It’s that time of year when red carpets are being rolled out, stars are frantically working out to fit into slinky gowns, and entertainment execs are furiously lobbying for votes. Yep, it’s award show season. And with the Golden Globes and just behind us, and the SAG Awards, Grammys and the big daddy of ’em all, the Oscars, quickly coming up, it’s the perfect time to add a little Hollywood glam into our own lives.
So what if the closest you’ll get to a golden statuette is a date with Academy Award host Ellen DeGeneres via your remote control? We have six easy ways to up your style ante, whether you’re hosting a viewing party at home, looking for some fashion inspiration from the nominees or simply ready to try something new. Here’s lookin’ at you, kid!
Grab the red lipstick: True, red lips on the red carpet is sort of a no-brainer, but in 2014, it’s especially trendy. At the Golden Globes, gobs of actresses touted deep red mouths – Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Moss, Taylor Swift, Drew Barrymore, Zooey Deschanel, Zoe Saldana, Michelle Dockery; we could go on and on. See, nothing adds glam to a look like a swipe of crimson lipstick, whether you’re wearing jeans and a white T-shirt or an Oscar de la Renta sequined gown. Celeb makeup artist Dimitri James, who created Skinn Cosmetics, says to exfoliate lips with a scrub to get rid of any dry flakes. Next, line the lips with a lip liner that matches your lipstick, apply the red shade and finish by blending the lipstick out to the liner with a lip brush. Now you’re ready to pout for the cameras (even if it’s just for your Instagram account).
Go for the gold: Inspired by all those gold awards being passed out? Treat yourself to a little beauty bliss by opting for makeup or skincare with gold in it. Jane Iredale’s 24 Karat Gold will give you some unexpected sparkle whenever you bat your eyelids ($13.50 at shop.janeiredale.com). Prai 24K Gold Wrinkle Repair Creme ($39.95 at hsn.com) uses gold flakes to help skin look younger. Of course, you could always opt for glittery gold nail polish to show off in your own “mani-cam.” We like Ruby Wing’s scented nail polish in Strawberry Shortcake – outside, it appears as a glittery rich brown with red tones, but inside it changes to a fab gold ($10 at rubywing.com). Or, if you have a celebrity-size bank account, pony up for La Prairie’s Cellular Radiance Concentrate Pure Gold, a gold-infused revitalizing serum made to get rid of those fine lines and wrinkles ($615 at laprairie.com).
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Dress for less: We’ve been there before: You see a superstar on the red carpet and dream of the day when you will wear her haute couture dress. Why wait? If you just must have that gown, look to labels including David’s Bridal, Edressme.com and A.B.S. by Allen Schwartz, which all offer styles similar to those seen on the red carpet without the haute couture price tag. And if you really want that label sewn in your dress, consider a site like Renttherunway.com, where you can rent a designer gown for a fraction of the retail price.
Do the hustle: The 1970s-set film “American Hustle” is up for a slew of awards this season (Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence both took home Golden Globes for their performances in the film), so pay homage to the movie – and the decade – by rocking (or should that be disco-ing?) a few pieces from the Me Decade. We like a still-hot wrap dress, a faux fur collared jacket, halter necklines, sequins and gold necklaces to update that ’70s style in 2014. But, sorry, Bradley Cooper. We draw the line at the man perm. That’s a trend that should never come back around. Like, ever.
Blur lines: Encourage the man in your life to take a cue from Robin Thicke, whose smash hit “Blurred Lines” is up for a Grammy this year. Look for slim-cut dark suits, paired with open collared-shirts and black oxford lace-up shoes. Don’t forget to grab a pair of aviator shades and a little pomade for the hair. Sharp-dressed men never go out of fashion.
Wave to the cameras: Mimic that fancy red carpet hair by adding waves (search YouTube tutorials for advice) with a curling iron or hot rollers. Or, try the sleek, slicked back hairdo, popular at the Golden Globes (see Emma Watson, Sandra Bullock, Emma Roberts, Allison Williams and others). Stephanie Flor, a hairstylist and beauty expert, says the gelled-back side part, notably worn by Kelly Osbourne, starts with damp hair and a thick gel (she likes L.A. Looks Wet Look). Comb hair with a side part and pin hair into sections, Flor says, coating each section from root to end with gel. Let it dry naturally or, for a more matte like, like Elizabeth Moss wore, blow dry hair.