Celeb beauty blunders & how to avoid them
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By Brienne Walsh
Being in the spotlight has its perks. And setbacks. When a makeup malfunction happens, celebs have nowhere to hide. To help us learn from their mistakes, here are eight beauty flubs—from major to minor—plus tips on how to avoid them.
With her over-powdered cheeks, Ashley Judd looks like she stepped out of the kitchen and onto the red carpet.
The Fix: Use loose powder sparingly, and blend carefully with a small domed brush (for better control), before doing a final check in bright lighting.
Getting in Line2 of 8
Kate Middleton is excelling in her role as Duchess of Cambridge, but her eye make-up—which she's rumored to do herself—could be applied with a lighter hand.
The Fix: "I would do a blended line on the top lid, and then get rid of the bottom color entirely," says NYC makeup artist Brian Duprey. An alternative? Opt for an eyeliner brush and brown powder to dust on a line that's soft and subtle.
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Streaky Situation3 of 8
Though Christina Aguilera's tribute to Etta James was moving, the singer sported what looked like a drip down her leg—no doubt the result of a last-minute spray tan.
The Fix: Major events call for a pro to provide an airbrushed faux glow. Ask for a lighter shade, so if there happen to be any blunders, they'll hopefully go unnoticed.
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Shining Light4 of 8
There's a difference between glistening and greasy, and unfortunately Gwyneth Paltrow found herself on the wrong side of this divide.
The Fix: While blotting papers sop up excess oil, you can prevent the problem in the first place with the right products. Look for primers and foundations with silica and other ingredients to help mattify shine.
Lip Service5 of 8
Sienna Miller's smeared lip color looks like the consequences of a little smooching. "If you have a dark lip color on, then you have to be prepared for everything," says Duprety. "Constant touch-ups are a must," says Duprey.
The Fix: A dusting of translucent powder can help your color stay put. Or for a fail-safe approach, try a lip stain that's virtually smudge-proof.
Neutral Zone6 of 8
It may seem as though Emma Roberts' nude lips are washing her out on the red carpet. But according to Duprey, her lip hue isn't entirely to blame.
The Fix: "Everything looks monochromatic," says Duprey. He suggests a little bronzer to brighten up the complexion and a necklace to break up the color.
Takes the Cake7 of 8
Carrie Underwood's flawless skin is a little too flawless, with a heavy caked-on layer of foundation that ages the 28-year-old star.
The Fix: To get complete coverage without the spackled look, start with a good moisturizer and then use a sponge or brush to apply liquid foundation. A cream blush will also help add a subtle sheen to skin.
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Losing It8 of 8
Most of the time Kim Kardashian looks camera-ready for the paparazzi, so the revelation of her bald spot was especially shocking. "This looks like a case of too many extensions," says Duprey.
The fix: Stying your hair to hide the spot can certainly help, but in a pinch, Duprey has this quick-thinking tip: "I would recommend covering the spot with an eye shadow that matches the hair color."
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