Showbiz is a world of smoke and mirrors. Lucky for me, I get to see behind most of this smoke and catch the rare glimpse at the pre-styled, glamed, airbrushed versions of the people we see in the public eye. Take a deep breath friends, not everyone is as perfect as they seem. I promise that if YOU had an extra $5000 laying around to hire a glam-squad for a day you would look just as picture perfect as they do. Until that day comes, I offer you my tried and tested industy secrets to looking like a star!
Things I am obsessed with:
#1- Keihl's tinted lotion- boys hate makeup. girls hate exposing their acne(scars). A few years back a top celebrity make-up artist told me about this little gem. Covers up your flaws, lasts all day, looks super natural (even boys will like it), and doesn't get creepy or crackly as the day wears on. I use the light, and the dust a little bronzer over it each day. Instead of a normal lotion in the am I use this. Get into it!
#2- Gel manicures: You know what is so annoying? Sitting for an hour for someone to paint your nails and then 3 days later them looking totally busted again. I suffer from the little, weak baby nails that never want to grow strong...this new manicure changed my life! I get the gelish "passion" on my nails and toes (it's a little pricey $40-up) but I do not have to touch my mani/pedi for a whole 4 weeks!
#3- Tantalizer: As a dancer most of my legs look like a great battle was fought on them. (and it was!) scars, bruises and red marks that will not fade. If you are heading to the prom in a short chic dress (very me, of you) or rocking a bodysuit on stage ala. Beyonce- have no fear, industry secret... This tinted, shimmery lotion is a mix of foundation, gleam and perfector for your body. It leaves you looking tanned, perfect and soft...even if you aren't.
#4- Victoria secret "Miraculous": The 90's are over. Please promise me you will never get a boob job! Yuck. Every now and then, us flat chested girls might find a need to spend the day being a little curvier than normal. This bra will change your life. I only wear a bra like, 4 times a year but when I do. This is a magic one.
#5- MAC "ladyblush": You know how sarah silverman always looks perfectly blushed? I asked my MU artist friend what I needed to do in order to look the same...she mentioned zee LADYBLUSH! It is a bright yummy pink color and goes on dewey and gorgini! I am obsessed!
#6- NASTYGAL: I hate shopping. I might be the only girl who does. I find it really overwhelming to be in stores and searching through racks and have to put all kinds of things together...my saving grace is shopping at nastygal.com. The models are cute, the clothes are cuter and they always match everything up with a sock, shoe or blazer. I usually just order the whole outfit the girl is wearing, and because it isn't forever 21, I do not have to worry that everyone will be wearing it!
#7- TWLOHA tank : Last week TWLOHA sent me a few of their new super soft snuggle-town tanks. I wore the black one for 3 days straight, did a photoshoot in it, and eventually switched over to the blue. There is something so wicked about a perfectly yummy shirt that just feels and looks great.
#8- Eyelash extentions: The only thing I really find special about the kardashians is their excellent use of false eyelashes. If you were not naturally born with long, lush lashes...we are in the same boat. I have short little mini ones. I started gettting lash extentions about 2 years ago, and I love them! You can fake the $$$ of the professional pair yourself- I do this for my mom. Buy two packs of the ardelle individual lashes at the drugstore, and buy the PERMANENT lash glue (it's clear, it smells bad). With clean lashes and no make-up on apply a row of the little trios of lashes all along your lashline, NOT on your skin. They should last about a week, and whenever one trio falls out just replace. Try not to use mascara as the oil in it breaks up the bond of the glue for the falsies!
#9- Kiehls argon oil: I treat my hair like crap. Photoshoots, gigs and life make my strands dry, ugly and dull. A good stylist friend of mine (she does Britney + Dakota) told me her secret, once a week a 30 minute oil treatment under a showercap. My hair has never been healthier.
#10- C. booth Glycoprotein pack: If you are too busy to head out and get a facial, the next best thing is this pack. It takes about 10 mintues and your skin looks like you spent 2 hours at the spa. (I even use this on my guy friends!)
Things that will also make you look beautiful: laughing, smiling, skipping.