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7 Tips for Prepping for the Oscars

By Corinne Sinesi | February 12, 2019 | Style & Beauty

Every year, stars align on the iconic red carpet that leads to yet another exuberant Oscars show held in Hollywood’s Dolby Theater. Luckily, Philadelphia has some gold mines to give you the same glamour look as your favorite west coast stunners. Here, Philadelphia’s beauty and style VIPs give their first-class tips on prepping for watching (or walking) the red carpet.

Lisa Chiccine, Founder of Lisa Chiccine of Collections and Salons


"Channel Old Hollywood waves. Very soft and contrived, super easy. Using a medium size curling iron, wrap hair around barrel, starting at the roots, following through to the ends. Using small clips, secure each section to allow it to cool. Brush out and tuck one side behind your ear for an awesome finish!"

Deneen Marcel, Founder of Deneen Marcel Lashes


“Lashes are important. They help to give a glamorous look, making your eyes pop without making your eyelids look too heavy! The trick that can make them look more voluminous is to use lash extensions that have a strong curl pattern along with a thin eyeliner—preferably a pencil. My celebrity lash crushes Kim Kardashian and Gabrielle Union.”

Richel D’Ambra, Founder of Richel D'Ambra Spa & Salon located at the Ritz-Carlton

“A facial prepares the skin by deep cleansing, exfoliating, and hydrating; added boosters give you healthy, dewy skin which creates a flawless canvas. Don't overdue the eyeshadow; use natural hues on your eyes, cheeks, and lips; and add an illuminating accent to the cheeks—nothing exaggerated—to enhance your own individual assets.”

Joanna Nowak, Marketing Director at Joan Shepp


“No event gets more media attention than Oscars night. It’s an opportunity to show the world exactly who you are—with an extra layer of fabulous! Instead of allowing a stylist to choose their looks, more celebrities are looking to wear who and what they love. This year will be about authenticity and individuality. If you look good, you feel good—and vice versa.”

Beth Buccini, CEO of Kirna Zabête


“Bold jewelry is a must on the red carpet. Of Rare Origin's delicate details are always statement makers. For a little sparkle, Larkspur and Hawk does the trick. We predict that bright, colorful shoes will be a trend on the red carpet. Saint Laurent's neon pumps, for example, are so fun and make any outfit pop.”

Callie Viking, Store Manager of Bluemercury at Rittenhouse Square


“Fragrance is the finishing touch to any look! It allows the personality of the ensemble to shine. If you are wearing a dramatic look, pair it with a complex fragrance. My recommendation would be the best selling Myrrh & Tonka Cologne from Jo Malone London. The scent of the rich, hand-harvested sap of the Namibian myrrh tree, mingling with the warm almond and lush vanilla notes of the tonka bean makes it a perfect blend of sweet and spicy.”

Maria McCool, Co-Founder & CEO of Calista Salon & Spa

“Nails surely are an important accessory for every woman! Not having your nails done—especially for an event—would be like forgetting to put on your jewelry. And right now, the nail trends are bolder than ever. Just like back in the 80’s, it’s all about the length, shape, color, and design!”

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