What I’m wearing…
Dress – Bebe – LBD (little black dress from three seasons ago)
Shoes – Christian Louboutin – “Armadillo” red peep-toe
Purse – Glamma Classic – beaded silver clutch from the 50s
Red carpets are fun and utterly terrifying all at the same time… The A-listers always make it look so effortless, yet for some reason all I can do is creepily dart my eyes around while judging myself… “Is this a good stance? Oh lord, am I just being awkward? (shift my weight and cock a hip) Maybe this is better…?” and then of course my face starts to TWITCH from smiling so hard. Awesome.
The only good “tWitch” is the one from “So You Think You Can Dance”, also starring in “Step Up 4 – Revolution”, the premiere of which I was lucky enough to attend. My boyfriend, Tommy Dewey, played the villan in the last installment of the dance movie franchise and I got to be his arm candy for the night and pretend to be famous… (Apparently, I was mistaken for Icelandic actress Anita Briem.)
While I tried to look the part and walk the walk, just know that there’s always A LOT going on under those red carpet numbers. Even if you’re the smallest of the small, I’d suggest wearing some sort of Spanx or shape wear under your garment because bright lights are unforgiving and I wasn’t willing to risk a FUPA (Fat Upper Pelvic Area). Face it, it can happen to the best of us. My dress was basically painted on, and I didn’t have one of those built in onesie numbers, so I poured myself into a waist cincher which gave me more curves (I’ve got the body of a two by four. Thank you, gymnastics.) and reminded me not to breathe. Boys, I hate to ruin any fantasies, but believe me, it’s usually a mess underneath it all, and it ain’t always pretty.
Here are a few of the steps to looking red carpet ready… If you don’t have time for a spray tan (or just can’t get over that burnt chicken odor that radiates from your pours afterwards), Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs is incredible. It’s basically body makeup that washes right off. It doesn’t stain your clothes and it covers up bruises, uneven skin tone/tan lines, spider veins, etc… Just spray on, rub in, and wash your hands. Virtually no dry time.
…Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs…
(I use Medium Glow & get it at CVS)
…TC Shapewear waist CINCHER…
(Even if you wouldn’t need something like this is normal life, this is a necessary insurance policy)
1. Turn partially sideways to the camera, planting one foot in front of the other. Point your toe to the camera (creating a perpendicular angle) and shift your weight onto your back leg.
2. Hold your arms slightly away from your body, which keeps the upper arm from flattening out and appearing bigger.
3. When facing straight on, I like to put one arm on my hip. It accentuates the muscle and leans out your arm. (A trick from back in my college cheerleading days.) Go Ducks!
Personal photography tip…When a photographer has more of an aerial angle, you tend to look slimmer. Don’t feel ashamed to ask a stranger to hold the camera up higher when taking your photo
….And after all that hard work on and off the carpet, they’ll still have no idea who you are. G Dammit…Star Pulse.