With Prom season approaching, the time has arrived for dress hunting and style deciding, we have all seen plenty of stunning gowns, sculpted bodies, flawless skin and camera-ready coifs on red carpets in the past couple of months. We look at the Oscars after parties and magazine coverage for weeks afterwards, longing to look like those perfect looking celebs.
What they won’t see are the industrial-strength girdles, silicone nipple covers, fake hair and skin treatments beneath those flawless facades.
Stylists work overtime during the six-week stretch from the Golden Globes to the Oscars, and it typically takes a team to ready stars for their stroll down the red-carpet runway. Some of Hollywood’s most-coveted image experts swear by Spanx, a brand of Bodyshapers that promise to ‘‘rescue women from love handles, waistline spillage and cellulite,’’ according to the company’s Web site.
‘‘They go from under your bustline to the top of your breast to your knee has worked it compacts all your blemishes you want to smooth out. The key is to be seamless and bumpless.’’ even our top models and stars wear Spanx.
Breasts have their own set of needs. Busty beauties who want to wear backless gowns often turn to self-sticking ‘‘bras’ like Flex Body Bra, made of adhesive-backed silicone cups that fit separately over each breast.
Contoured silicone pads called ‘‘cutlets’’ can also be slipped into a bra to give smaller busts a boost.
Less-endowed women might go braless but opt for some kind of nipple cover to maintain modesty. These days, stores sell silicone versions that are undetectable under dresses, but stylists and stars weren’t always so fortunate. In my early days I distinctly remember putting tape over nipples, which did the trick, but very painful to take off at the end of the night!!!
Tape is still a critical part of a stylist’s toolbox. Surgical (or even electrical) tape can be wrapped beneath the breasts, squashing them together to create cleavage. But double-stick tape is even more popular. Stylists use it to hold spaghetti straps in place, keep loose dresses close to the skin and prevent plunging necklines from becoming pornographic. Before companies made special two-sided tape for fashion use, stylists relied on a brand of toupee tape called Topstick.
Natural fabrics are easily marred by sweat, so stars plan ahead to keep palms and armpits from perspiring. ‘‘With a silk dress, anything you touch will make a stain,’’ One drop spreads like it’s the ocean under your arm.’’ One solution is botox, which paralyzes overactive glands to temporarily stop sweating. Another is Drysol, a prescription treatment that celebs swear by that ‘‘dries up’’ sweat glands.
Then there’s the hair. Stars weren’t born with the lush manes you see on the red carpet. It’s all about extensions. ‘‘Celebrities get extensions like crazy for Oscar season because they want their hair to be thicker.’’ If you want thicker longer hair then use clip in extensions, Salon Continental’s range of hair extensions are perfect for a special night and are pre styled for red carpet polished finish. If you want to wear your hair up these are also great for creating easy DIY up do’s.
Stars who don’t want to make a major commitment might opt for ‘‘hair for a day,’’ quick, clip-on extensions that can be removed at the end of the night.
We even use extra hair for updos. We wrap hair clippings in a hairnet and stuff that inside buns and chignons ‘‘for that huge, full look.’
‘‘They can’t look that great all the time’’. ‘‘They go the extra mile for a red-carpet event. From the toenails to the tips of the strands of their hair, every inch of their body has had something done.’’
So the Prom Plan needed…body scrub, body moisturizers, Immac, tan, face moisturizer, eyelashes, tweezers, makeup, hair extensions, nail varnish, face mask.
I have created the perfect day-by-day prom prep plan to make you look gorgeous for the event!
Exfoliate and scrub, do this daily a week before the event, exfoliate and moisturize, gently not aggravating the skin, but simply getting rid of any dead skin cells to eave skin glowing especially legs under arms. Get your eyebrows shaped or DIY, I love the new eyebrow stencils you can buy in Boots to create the perfect shape yourself.
If your prom is on sat then get an airbrush tan Today, ask your operator for a level 8 or 10 most use 12 and for most girls that’s far too orange and looks particularly fake, you simply need a nice tanned glow. This is the one treatment I would recommend you pay for and get done professionally, a good tan can make all the difference, sadly a bad tan can make ALL the difference too, but not in a positive way, it can be all anyone remembers….”how bad was that tan…they won’t even notice your fabulous dress!!!!
Manicure and pedicure, DIY or shellac nails remember not too long on the nails, its much more effective, have lashes applied or apply them yourself I love Mac but I realize they can be pricey, Eyelure also do a great range at a more affordable price. Practice first if possible. Then in the evening, give hair a nice treatment for extra shine and apply a face mask
Have a nice bath and wash hair twice give a good long rinse then apply conditioners, apply moisturiser when skin is still damp, it will seal in extra moisture and give skin a nice glow.
Blow dry and curl hair or straighten whichever is your preferred style. If you are visiting a salon have your bath/ shower before you go, put on a track suit and make your appointment for about 3/3.30 this leaves you plenty of time afterwards and allows for the salon running late.