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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

ALISSA'S TOP 5 TIPS & TRICKS TO GET RED CARPET READY




Whether it’s a holiday party, big date, or a high school reunion, every woman has those evenings where she pulls out all the stops. Here are my 5 best tips for looking red carpet ready.




Take pictures of prospective outfits
When it comes to finding that perfect outfit for an event I like to try things on and take a picture of myself in it. I have to admit that I got that tip from the 90’s cult classic movie Clueless. Yes, mirrors don’t always tell the truth but a camera will. Taking pictures of my outfits has helped me to see if certain colors really do match or if any of my nooks and crannies are bulging out where they shouldn’t be. Once I find the right look it’s as if that photo screams it out to me saying, “Wear me.”
Walk around in shoes a day before
I learned this trick from the shoe-loving women in my family. If I know I have an event coming up, I try to wear the shoes a day before to help stretch them out and get familiar with them. This helps me determine how long I can wear the shoes. Whether it’s 2 or 3 hours before they start to hurt my feet. Also, make sure you have a pair of cute flats that are able to fit in your bag in case your feet hurt.


Get a mani and pedi
Nothing says polished like well-groomed hands and feet. I love getting a manicure and trying out new nail polishes. I like to get my nails done at least 2 days before the event so the polish is still fresh. Most recently, I tried COVERGIRL® Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss in “Forever Festive.” It is the perfect shade of red for my skin tone and the color screams party time. I guess that’s why it’s called Forever Festive. I am not the one to be doing my own manicures but COVERGIRL’s Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss is perfect because the color is consistent and not streaky due to its high pigment. The brush is small enough for me to use without getting polish everywhere else except my nail. The polishes have a 3-in-1 formula that is made up of a base coat, high-gloss color, and a chip-resistant topcoat that helped my nails to dry quickly and look super shiny.


Try a bold lip

I don’t know what it is but every time I have a party to go to, or an event, I am always reaching for the brightest lipstick in my collection. 

One of my favorite celebrities is Janelle Monae. Whenever she is having a red carpet moment there is one thing you can count on with her. She is always, always rocking her signature bold red lip. As a woman of color I love to play around with lipsticks and see what colors work for my complexion. I love when I wear a bold lip and someone asks me what color lipstick am I wearing. A little joy fills my heart. Currently I am obsessed with bright pink or fuchsia lips.




Look like you're wearing faux lashes by using mascara that adds volume
Whenever I can’t get my faux lashes put on, I rely on mascara. COVERGIRL® Clump Crusher Mascara has 200% more volume and gives a great illusion of full lashes. No matter how much you put on, it never clumps, even after 30 strokes. It just makes your lashes look full. They say the key to great-looking mascara is the shape of the brush. COVERGIRL’s Clump Crusher Mascara has a curved brush and lots of tiny little bristles that prevent clumping. I am a true mascara girl and CoverGirl’s no-clump mascara will be in heavy rotation.

My bonus tip and absolute favorite thing to do when I want to be red carpet ready is smiling. Let’s face it, when you know you look good, you can’t help but smile from ear to ear. I know I do!

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83 comments:

Savannah said...

I feel red carpet ready when I do a nice facial and I blow out my hair after showering. I also like to plan all of my outfits and accessories before I go to my event. I love your black and white dress!

Not sure if you need emails, but here is mine: Savannah.Perry.95@gmail.com

xxx

Anonymous said...

Hi Alissa..I really like a deep plum lip and nail this time of the year.Anything metallic in clothes and accessories lift my spirits,too
rrhawk@hotmail.com Robin H.

Mami2jcn said...

I feel red carpet ready with a nice up-do.

My tip is to blot lipstick.

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Mami2jcn said...

tweet:


https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/276150595516252160

Elena said...

I feel red carpet ready when I wear a nice dress and high heels

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Elena said...

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Tammy S said...

To feel red carpet ready i like a nice outfit, fresh haircut and my nails done. You have to do both your hands and feet to really pretty!

Tammy S said...

Tweet

https://twitter.com/CouponTammy/status/276183456256516097

akronugurl said...

i feel glam when my nails are done

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akronugurl said...

tweet: https://twitter.com/akronugurl/status/276359430168272896 .

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Kyra said...

Blush makes me feel capet ready. I use that with mascara and high shine lip gloss.

Courtney B said...

i like to put on fake lashes and curl my hair

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Courtney B said...

tweet

https://twitter.com/MeandBells/status/276364879730995202

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Tj and Amy said...

I like to put on some bright lipstick and a cute outfit. amypugmire@live.com

Tj and Amy said...

tweet. amypugmire@live.com
https://twitter.com/1amypugmire/status/276543570352156673

Lisa Brown said...

I always feel "red carpet ready" when I have a great colored lip product on.
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Lisa Brown said...

https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/276759862472495104
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chambanachik said...

Probably just wearing simple and classic things, like heels and a little black dress! :)

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tara1965 said...

When I put on nice clothes.

Anonymous said...

What I do to get red carpet ready is take a nice hot shower or bath. Play some party music, while i get ready and make sure i have my spanx ready.

Anonymous said...

To get red carpet ready, I would have my hair in a curly style and of course a super cute outfit. moni262626@msn.com

Anne said...

I tweeted: I feel red carpet ready when I take my sweet time getting all dolled up. Stress free primping always improves my mood!

https://twitter.com/pumpkin_sauce/status/276850944816336896

Also, having a matching bra/underwear combo makes me feel really confident. :)

Anonymous said...

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kellyr78 said...

I always wear mascara and a shimmery lip gloss to make me feel carpet ready. A friend once told me the trick is not to wear a lot of eye makeup and lip makeup at the same time, choose one or the other, so that is my trick.
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kellyr78 said...

tweet
https://twitter.com/Kellydpa/status/277064396830814208
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jenspurg said...

A great pair of heels and a little darker makeup make me feel red carpet ready.
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jenspurg said...

https://twitter.com/jen_r_horn/status/277146655567011840
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MCantu1019 said...

I get a manicure and wear red lipstick.
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JC said...

A pretty little black dress and heels make me feel red carpet ready. My go-to tricks- shimmer nail polish, lip gloss and a glitter clutch.

JC said...

https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/277991290342359041

rachel said...

I like to spend more time on my eye makeup -- lots of mascara, eyeliner -- and red lipstick!

Jessica To said...

I am red carpet ready if I shave my legs! My go to trick is to wear shimmery lip gloss.
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Judy B. said...

Like your tips. I carry a touch up kit for confidence.

Judy B. said...

tweeted
https://twitter.com/BBirdie2/status/278385959932948480

cellobetty said...

my #1 way to get fancy right now is really big cat-eye liner =^.^=

Tina said...

I feel ready when I have my hair done.my go to trick is to wear my favorite red lipstick.
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Tina said...

https://twitter.com/HappyTina0115/status/279041114386874368
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cw said...

I have to agree with the mani/pedi and
I little bronzer to sparkle and lipstick makes me feel ready for the red carpet

Tiffany Winner said...

gotta have a great dress and heels plus mascara
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Tiffany Winner said...

tweeted https://twitter.com/thismomwins2/status/279641624651370496
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Gina Wildorchid said...

Having my makeup bring out my best features makes me feel red carpet ready! My tip is to bring extra lipstick or liner with me if I go out.

Thanks for the chance to win!
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Gina Wildorchid said...

tweet--https://twitter.com/WildOrchid985/status/280021123196932097

sy said...

I like to straighten my hair and wear brighter lip gloss. If my friends are going to the event too I ask what they're wearing and wear something appropriate. Thanks for the tips and giveaway. I'll try on shoes before the event.
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sy said...

tweet: https://twitter.com/syytta/status/280524415555485698
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Amy said...

a pretty black dress makes me feel red carpet ready. My go-to trick is to have bright color lip stick to go with it. You have some wonderful tips here. :)

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Amy said...

tweeted:
https://twitter.com/uTry_it/status/280581664776790017

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Madeline Brubaker said...

I like to wear a flirty dress with some metallic eyeshadow.
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Madeline Brubaker said...

Tweet link: https://twitter.com/shala_darkstone/status/281381929369088001

greaterexp said...

I make sure my hair looks good, but I put my best smile on to really light up my face.

Rebecca Graham said...

Wearing bold colored clothing makes me red carpet ready.

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MANDY83 said...

A black dress and a great pair of heels makes me redcarpet ready. Also tons of hairspray!
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MANDY83 said...

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Kerry said...

The perfect jewelry and a great hair day!
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Kerry said...

tweeted: https://twitter.com/KerryBishop/status/282959776076419072
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Norma said...

Starting with an outfit I feel attractive in, then taking the time to fix my hair and apply make-up makes me feel red carpet ready!
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LAMusing said...

Powdered Mineral foundation makes me feel polished and ready to go - it's smooth but natural looking. My go-to is a fabulous lipstick.
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LAMusing said...

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Angel Jacklyn said...

Like your "bold lip," I like a bold eyeliner & shadow. It can really spruce up any outfit & bring out the sparkle in the eyes. I like my hair done, my nails done & my face lookin' fresh! Thanks for the chance to win!

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Angel Jacklyn said...

Tweeted too! https://twitter.com/kytah00/status/284110441234452480

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Anash said...

To feel red carpet ready the dress has to be stunning! also, the shoes can make it or break it!Thanks for a super giveaway!
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Anash said...

I blogged:
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Thanks for this snazzy giveaway!
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ms-texas said...

i feel red carpet ready when i put on my best outfit and have my hair and makeup fixed very nice.

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ms-texas said...

I tweeted here:

https://twitter.com/bellows22/status/284482153062998016

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Lynn said...

My favorite nude pumps make me feel red carpet ready! My go-to "trick" is to wear red lipstick!

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nanjhall said...

I keep it pretty simple, so my red carpet ready is a great haircut, a little mascara and a beautiful outfit.

nanjhall said...

Tweet: https://twitter.com/njhhb/status/285066145856364544

Jammie Morey said...

eyeliner all the way! I am an eyeliner girl brings out my eyes. sweepmorey at gmail dot com

Thomas Murphy said...

A nice pair of jeans and a great haircut make me feel red carpet ready or a black suit if I'm going somewhere special.

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Thomas Murphy said...

https://twitter.com/thomasmurphy40/status/285193719496458240
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jakiesmom said...

to look red carpet ready i like a nice manicure and my go to trick is to use mayo as conditioner for my hair..rinse well and it no longer is dry
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Deb said...

I don't wear a ton of make-up, but I feel really pretty when my skin looks healthy and great and with a touch of bronzer to give me a wonderful glow.

susitravl said...

A new outfit!

Betty C said...

A new hairdo and a dress in a great bold color makes me feel ready to take on the town.

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Betty C said...

Tweet - https://twitter.com/willitara/status/285635687670247425

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slehan said...

A great smile always makes me feel pretty.
Thanks for the contest.

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slehan said...

https://twitter.com/slehan/status/285709918932176896

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Tabathia said...

Red lipstick always makes me feel red carpet ready
and my go to is mascara
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Tabathia said...

tweet
https://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/285804430291521536
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angie lilly said...

I put on my silver snowflake dangle earrings, my silver and crystal sparkly necklace, and paint my nails a frosty light blue!
Angie
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angie lilly said...

I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/MsTofuFairy/status/285823946027331585
Angie
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kimberlykeyosha@yahoo.com said...

I feel red carpet ready when I put on a lil eyeshadow. It brightens my whole face. As a dark skinned woman I never thought I would wear eye shadow...until I saw a person do it right and decided to give it a try .
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Erica Best said...

no tricks but i love the post really cute pics

Erica Best said...

https://twitter.com/purplelover04/status/285872556022583296

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