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5 Beauty Tips for Red Carpet Stardom & A $100 Giveaway (CLOSED)

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Parties, reunions and special nights out are at the cusp of a woman’s life when she must look her best. For my five beauty tips for “red carpet stardom” at social extravaganzas AND a chance to win a $100 Visa Gift Card sponsored by COVERGIRL, keep reading.

I- Channel Your Favorite Celebrity’s Style

There’s a lot of inspiration to be gained from your favorite female celebrities. If you’re a fan of Sofia Vergara, you know she’s famous for playing up looks that make you think of romance on the red carpet. Maybe, Janelle Monae is more your style. Her fashion sense is a bit more edgy. Janelle has been often seen wearing dark nail colors and rocking a tuxedo. Once you’ve decided the type of look you’re going for (formal, bad girl, etc), it’s time to plan your color palette.

II- Choose a Color Scheme for the Evening

For the most polished look, color coordinate from head to toe. Your makeup should be properly coordinated with your clothes, accessories and nail polish. When in doubt, go neutral (bronzes, silvers, golds). Neutral colors that shimmer are a great way to look gorgeous for a social gathering. COVERGIRL® Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss #230, Golden Opportunity is a gorgeous high gloss shade of gold with just the right amount of shimmer. This nail polish applies smoothly and is equal in quality to more expensive brands. It has a 3-in-1 formula so there’s no need for a base or topcoat. Visit COVERGIRL online for full details and 15 shades to inspire you (more shades coming in January!).

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III- Prep Your Skin

Caring for your skin in the most protective way should be standard practice, but when you’re looking for red carpet stardom, you need a special glimmer. Some skin prepping is necessary. Before applying your makeup, give your face a good exfoliation. This will deep cleanse and even out your skin. Follow with a toner, moisturizer and oil-free primer. Then, you’re ready for makeup

IV- Play Up Your Eyes

To make a splash of impression, use your eyes to capture attention. Aside from your eye shadow and liner, your choice of mascara shouldn’t be made lightly. You need a mascara that glides on smoothly and has staying power. COVERGIRL® Clump Crusher Mascara will give you voluminous lashes that are set for the evening. This formula does not clump ever! I was a skeptic at first but after testing out the “zero clumps, even after 30 strokes” claim, I was convinced.

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The curved brush design allows you to layer this mascara on for darker, more voluminous lashes that last the evening through. Score!

V- Every Hair in Place

If you’re a natural girl like me, make sure every curl is in place. Wash-and-go styles are perfect for special occasions. Seal your hair before styling to prevent frizz from taking over. Layering a butter based curl cream over a gel yields beautiful results.


If you’re not a natural curly, use stylers to keep your straight hair in place for a polished look. If you choose to “create” curls, style it in an up-do that cascades those curls for a sassy look.

BONUS Tip: Prepare for Mishaps

While this tip is less about getting you social stardom from appearing red carpet ready, it’s important because it will help keep you that way. When you’re out on the town, beauty mishaps happen. Make sure your handbag is stocked with beauty essentials like HandiWipes, hair pins, deodorant and a nail file. Check out the SheMergency Survival Kit Infographic for more ideas. Before your next event, follow these beauty tips to help you look radiant to release that inner diva!

Visit COVERGIRL on YouTube for more great ideas on how to get red carpet ready!

What makes YOU feel ‘red carpet ready’ and what are your go-to tricks?

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Michelle Smith
Michelle is a Christian special needs mom residing in the NYC area who shares useful tips to grow and maintain fine natural hair. She's a published author and Creator of Fine Natural Hair and Faith, inspiring others with faith for living along side knowledge on how to care for their "crown."

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  1. For me, my toenails MUST be perfect! Even in the winter. Looking down and seeing the pretty sparkly toes makes me feel all girly, when otherwise I am not!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.


  4. I feel red carpet ready when I have my eyeliner and mascara on. My go-to trick is to blow-dry my eyelash curler to get it heated and then use it to curl my lashes before applying mascara. Thank you!

  5. Red lipstick, voluminous curls, and a beautiful dress make me feel red carpet ready! If I’m short on time, my go-to trick is to wear my hair in a messy bun.

  6. 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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  7. My red-carpet ready is pretty much the same as yours, except when you say prepare for mishaps come that day, you should see my purse on ANY given day. I prepare for the daily mishap, so my purse is stocked FULL! lol

  8. I have to have a dress that I feel confident and comfortable wearing and a manicure. The only tip I can think of is, I keep a dryer sheet in my purse when I start getting static cling on blouse or dress

  9. I straighten my hair, make sure it’s tidy and looks nice. I put on lip gloss and wear appropriate clothes. Thanks for the tips and giveaway.
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  10. Having my makeup bring out my best features makes me feel red carpet ready!

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

  15. Being red carpet ready for me is making sure my eyebrows and lashes are well manicured. One of my tricks to get the look I want is to plan the outfit O want for the occasion and coordinate my natural hairstyle to match the look

  16. 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.

  17. To make me feel red carpet ready. I like a fresh haircut, light makeup, a nice outfit and my nails done. It has to be both hands & feet.

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