Sponsored Post: 5 Awesome Tips for Getting Red Carpet Ready

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So, most of us won’t be strutting the red carpet alongside Ryan Seacrest and his fab coif, playing the “which-ex-is-the-song-about” guessing game with our favorite country glam star T.Swift. We may not even be on the A list (or B, or C list for that matter) of Vanity Fair’s hot soirees, but even us mere muggles have events we want to raise the va-va-voom factor for. (Think office parties with cuties from the East Coast office. Your sorority sister’s wedding which will also most likely be attended by your ex.) Here’s The Budget Fashionista’s guide to looking like a million bucks on, well, no more than a couple bucks.

Five Awesome Tips for Getting Red Carpet Ready

Lighten up your meals: This isn’t about shedding pounds or looking thinner, but opting for healthier meal options before a special event is key to looking and feeling your best. Who doesn’t get the midnight munchies, but before you head to your nearest Mickey D’s to order that Big Mac, pause. It’s hard to feel fab when your breath smells like leftover Fillet-o-Fish and fries.

Get skin-tastic: Ready for your close-up in HD, and ready for the constant Facebook-uploading/Instagramming/etc? Half the battle is beautiful skin. Prep your skin by making sure it’s hydrated, which means drinking lots of H20 and being generous with your moisturizer. Wait until your skin is moist before you apply your foundation to avoid flaky makeup, especially during the winter!

Lash out: If you weren’t blessed with the Kardashian sisters’ ridiculously long lashes that deserve their own zip code, fake it with mascara. COVERGIRL® Clump Crusher Mascarais awesome because it gives your lashes a dramatic boost without being clumpy. The mascara brush has unique bristles that help separate each lash, and there’s less of a chance you’ll end up with raccoon eyes at the end of the night. Plus, the more you apply, the more volume you get—and did I mention no clumps! Here’s another tip. For those who want/need that extra lip, blow dry your eyelash curler for 5-10 seconds before using it. The heated curler will essentially perm your lashes upwards.

Nail It: The difference between dressed up and glamorous lies in the subtle details. Jewelry that pops. Or red lipstick. For us, we love fancying up our nails with CoverGirl® Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss, which comes in 15 fun colors available now like Constant Caribbean, and Grapevine and even more to choose from in January. Not only are the colors vibrant in the bottle, but only one coat is needed—no top or base coat required either. (Translation: You don’t need to coat on 3-4 layers to get the color you want.) And COVERGIRL promises it will last up to a full week.

Pack an emergency kit: No, we’re not talking about lugging a first aid kit around, but having an “in-case-of” kit is smart. What to include? Breath mints in case the main course includes a boatload of garlic. Oil blotting paper in case your friend uploads pics sans filters on Instagram. Lip gloss to reapply as needed. Band aids because we know that pretty shoes are sometimes pretty painful. Tampons/pantyliners because that time of the month tends to come at the worst times ever.

So, whether it’s for a holiday party, big date, or a high school reunion, every woman has those evenings where she pulls out all the stops and these five tips will up your glam factor.

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

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  • erica best

    i am not a girly girl but like to look cute every now and then 

  • AngelaLilly

     I do not see an actual sweepstakes prompt anywhere on your post, so I will just comment on the post itself.  I hope this is OK!  I 100% agree with the drinking water for your skin!  I also sleep with a humidifier running in the winter to help plump and keep my skin moist!  Thanks for the chance to win!
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  • I like to make sure I’m well rested before a special night out because my eyes tend to get very puffy if I’m tired.  With a new hair style and long glittery dangling earrings I feel red carpet ready.

  • Debra Ford

    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.

  • nanlara

    i like a nice manicure
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  • 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.

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  • Nancy

     I keep it pretty simple, so my red carpet ready is a great haircut, a little mascara and a beautiful outfit.

  • Debbie B

    I like to put on my dressiest outfit and take extra time and effort to have my makeup and hair looking very nice!

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  • Angel Jacklyn

    I think this is the first post I’ve came across on this campaign that actually mentioned having your skin look best. I totally agree, & will totally try drinking lots of water before any special occasions where I get glammed up. Another thing you pointed out, eat slightly less, is a great idea too! I’ve suffered so many times where I stuffed myself with food before heading out the house, only to feel like crap & not want to go anywhere. As for the emergency kit, you should see my purse. It’s a total emergency kit for any given day… lol!     [email protected]

  • Norma

    A great outfit, then taking some time with fixing my hair and make-up makes me feel Red Carpet Ready!

  • LAMusing

    Powdered Mineral foundation makes me feel polished and ready to go – it’s smooth but natural looking. My go-to is a fabulous lipstick. Really it’s all about the details!

  • Kerry

    The perfect jewelry and a great hair day make me feel good!

  • wear my favorite covergirl lipstick make me feel ready
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  • Rhoneygtn

    Curling my hair and fake lashes for me.

  • sy

    Lighten up my meal is a great tip thanks 😀

  • Amy Tong

    I love pretty nails.  I prefer to wear a sharp color as a contrast to my “go-to” little black dress.  🙂

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  • gotta have a great dress and heels plus mascara
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  • To feel Red Carpet ready I like a fresh haircut and a great outfit. Plus my nail done. both hands and feet. 

  • Cgies25

    I love to wear bronzer to sparkle for a nice night out.   Also a go-to to feel great is a mani/pedi

  • Excellent tips. My go to for confidence is that emergency touch up kit that includes everything.

  • JessieC

    A little black dress with heels make me feel red carpet ready.

  • jennifer horn

    I grab a pair of great heels and some eye makeup and I feel red carpet ready.

  • 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.

  • I like to have a nice new haircut and use good mascara to make my eyelashes longer

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  • tweet–https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/276680924358377472

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  • I like to have a nice up-do.

  • I like to put some lipstick on and a cute outfit!

  • courtney b

    i like to curl my hair and put on fake lashes

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