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How to dress like a star at the Oscars

Rent The Runway makes it afforadble to wear red carpet designer dresses and accessories.
Rent The Runway makes it afforadble to wear red carpet designer dresses and accessories.

Red carpet coverage of awards shows has grown from a few hours prior to the show to multiple daysbefore and after. From nail polish to shoes, every detail of a stars’ red carpet look will be photographed, talked about and emulated. But you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars to look good at your next big party or event. Here is a list of affordable beauty products and accessories you can buy to look red carpet ready.

Actress Angelina Jolie walks the red carpet at the 88th annual Academy Awards.
Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images

Red Carpet Dresses and Accessories

Just because you can’t afford the designer dresses you see on the red carpet, doesn’t mean you can’t wear them. Rent The Runway, the online dress rental company makes it easy and affordable for you to be dressed to the nines. From Versace to Christian Dior, you can rent a dress for just a fraction of the cost of owning it. The site also has a feature that shows photos of the dresses from customers, so you can see how it looks in real life. Pair your dress with a handbag and statement jewelry from designers like Oscar de la Renta starting at just $5.

Hair Extensions

All those perfect up-dos and perfectly coifed hairstyles have an element most of us don’t know about, hair pieces. The easiest way to get perfect hair is by using either permanent or clip-in hair extensions. Celebrities spend thousands on hair extensions but you don’t have to. An Australian company is bringing red carpet hair extensions to the U.S. masses. Original Diva has clip-in hair pieces made from real human hair that will take your hair from ordinary to happening. Diva in a box hair extensions start at $200,

Lovely Lashes

Thick, long lashes are a given accessory on any red carpet. But perfect lashes are rarely achieved with just mascara. Most celebrities wear fake lashes, lash extensions or use lash building products like Latisse. KISS Products has introduced a new line of natural looking lashes with tapered ends, making them appear more realistic. The KISS Looks So Natural Lashes are light, easy to apply and comfortable. Choose from five different designs, $3.99 a pair. Use with KISS Strip Lash Adhesive, $3.99 at Walgreens stores.

The Perfect Smokey Eye

Celebrities on the red carpet always have flawless makeup, courtesy of a makeup artist. Beth Bender Beauty has created a reusable eye stencil for making the perfect smokey and cat eye at home. Simply place it over your eye and apply shadow or eyeliner against the stencil. Stencils are reusable and work with any eye shape, $17.99 for the pair at

Spray Tanning

The secret to great looking red carpet skin is a spray tan. A tans adds color and continuity, making skin appear smoother and toned. Spray tans can cost anywhere from $50 - $100 a pop. Sephora has a high rated spray tan that will cost you a fraction of one tan in a salon. The Sephora Collection Tinted Self-Tanning Body Mist is a tinted bronzing mist that sprays on for instant results. A five ounce spray will cover about two tans and costs $16 or pick up the trial size for $6, at Sephora.

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