The Oscars red carpet is kind of a big deal in some circles. With all those cameras and no photoshop to fix the little things, the stars have to bring it to look their best. Here’s a look at what it takes to get those red carpet looks, courtesy of the New York Daily News.
- Vitamin Shots & IV Drips – Stars like the jolt of energy they get from vitamin B12 shots injected into their blood stream. They call it the perfect pick-me-up. You can get ‘em for about $35 bucks. The vitamin drips can be customized for whatever you need. They’re also known as a hangover cure. Fans of vitamin injections include Madonna and Rihanna.
- Teeth Whitening – As much as we’d like to think that vibrant dentals just go along with stardom, they don’t. Most folks get professional teeth whitening treatments a few days before major events. And don’t think those treatments are cheap. Depending on the dentist, they can run you between $2- and $5-hundred dollars.
- Laser Hair Removal – When you’re showing copious amounts of skin, you want it to be as smooth as possible. Must-do areas include legs, underarms, arms, and the bikini area. It takes at least four treatments for the hair to go away permanently, and the skin takes a day or two to recover – so this preparation begins weeks in advance. And it’s not cheap, either, starting at $250 bucks a pop.
- Microdermabrasion/Peels – Think that glow comes from makeup? Think again! The canvas had to be perfect, so they start with peels. Celebrity facialist Joanna Vargan says she’ll be giving her clients Emma Stone and Michelle Williams the Power Peel. It starts with a diamond peel microdermabrasion and ends with a blast of oxygen to rejuvenate the skin. She also uses an electric current to drain puffiness, tone muscle, and tighten skin. She also tells her clients to keep an exfoliating mask on their skin the night before the big event.
- Botox and Fillers – When Mother Nature hasn’t been kind, Botox and other fillers can make the difference. With Gwyneth Paltrow, Sharon Osbourne, and Courteney Cox being fans of the skin smoothing treatment, it’s no wonder that it’s popular. To reap the benefits, you have to start about a month out from a big event.
So, who's hard work paid off? Take a look at last night's red carpet: