8 Bizarre Celebrity Red Carpet Secrets To Try This Weekend (If You Dare)
Drinking lots of water and always removing makeup at night? Not that spiel again. We prefer when stars just straight-up
admit their beauty routines are taxing, and when they hit the red carpet, we’d prefer them to flash us a leg and a gaudy stripper heel.
Unfortunately most celebrities aren’t as candid about their red carpet secrets as
Dame Helen Mirren is, so we had to do a little digging. And what we found makes stripper heels seem as normal as a three-day juice cleanse. Eating your lippy and rubbing food on your face? Heels for dudes? Panty liners where?
Click through for five weird tricks celebrities use for looking their best when the whole world’s watching. Some of them might come in handy for whatever you’ve got planned this weekend, and others we’ll be staying right the hell away from.
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1.High Heels... For Dudes
How did 5’7” Tom keep up with 5’11” Nicole in the height department, besides lifting his head as high as humanly possible? Four-inch pumps would have been a little obvious, but he did wear heels. Tom got a lot of grief for wearing heeled dress shoes and platform sneakers when they emerged back in ’08, but five years later he’s still repping them hard.
2.Pepto Bismol Face Mask
We’re no longer taking advice from
Cat Marnell, but slapping the stomach-settler all over your face is actually a thing. Diane Irons, author of The World’s Best-Kept Beauty Secrets, explains that Pepto contains salicylic acid, an acne-fighting ingredient, and gives your skin a mega glow if you let it sit for a few minutes. Recipe here.
No, not that kind of escort. ‘Celebrity Whisperer’ Chris Gaida’s role involves hovering around his celebrity clients (including Jessica Alba, Cameron Diaz and Megan Fox) armed with words of encouragement, prepared lines and back-up wardrobe options. Want to know more? His spill-all,
Arm Candy: A Celebrity escort’s Tales From the Red Carpet, was published in January.
4.Eyeshadow... On Hair
We’ve heard of using dry shampoo to disguise regrowth, but Hollywood hairstylist Ken Paves has another trick. On his A-list clients he puts a bit of hairspray on the roots, then uses a gold eyeshadow – on both blondes and brunettes – to cover any regrowth.
Marlene Dietrich is credited with the idea of using surgical tape to achieve a facelift effect. But now that surgery is commonplace in Hollywood, the old school practice is still popular for a fast fix. Cher’s been caught out, and have you ever wondered why Sarah Jessica Parker wears her hair back so tight?
6.Jello vs Lipstick
We’re all guilty of being a bit methodical when eating candy to achieve a long-lasting lip tint. Well, some of us anyway. But the logic also applies in reverse – did you know applying red lippy to your gums gives the impression of whiter teeth? Just be sure to keep a flip mirror handy at
Stars wearing Spanx is nothing new, but they don’t always stop at one pair. At the Screen Actors Guild awards last year,
Octavia Spencer wore three pairs of the super-sucking foundation garments under that slinky, silver-blue drapery. Looking at her glum expression, we believe it when she says they’ll pinch you in places you didn’t even know could be pinched.
8.Panty Liners... As Sweat Guards
Yes, celebrities have sweat glands too. We’ve heard rumors of them rubbing deodorant on their faces, but this might be even more bizarre – panty liners in the underarm of their dresses. Obviously this is only to be tried when you’re wearing long sleeves, but come winter you’d better believe we’re testing it.
9.Want to know more strange Hollywood secrets?
these unique ways four stars got into character, besides making a tacky Tumblr.