The entertainment industry is well known for its emphasis on the importance of appearance. Public perception can play a huge part in the roles that are offered, so it’s agreed that there are definite benefits to be considered the next “It” girl or Hollywood heartthrob. From being offered the best roles to landing lucrative endorsement deals, those that want to make the most out of their celebrity status know the importance of putting their best foot forward.
However, not every celebrity was born as naturally beautiful as Hollywood would have you believe. Chris Rock has addressed this anomaly a number of times, famously saying, “Money is the best lotion in the world!” on The Wendy Williams Show. While celebrities definitely have enough money to partake in all the best skin treatments, plastic surgery, nutritionists, and personal trainers, it’s not just the luxury lifestyle that makes them appear a perfect version of themselves.
Just as pageant queens have their little tricks of the trade, celebrities have some tricks of their own. While they’re not exactly stuffing bras and putting Vaseline on their teeth, there are some definite deceptions that have become standard practice in Hollywood. From appearing to have flawless skin to perfectly toned muscles, it’s funny how small falsehoods can create a totally different perception of even your favorite celebrity. Check out our list of 10 tricks celebrities use to hide their physical shortcomings on and off the screen, and take a peek behind the veil of the entertainment industry.
10. Youthful Wig Hair
Wigs have come a long way since the time when it was only old women who wore them. While it used to be the norm for them to be made of synthetic fibers, a handful of colors, and the same five or six styles, the options available are practically endless. Nowadays, wigs are used to create a completely new look, restyle a trendy haircut, or hide the hair underneath that has become sparse or damaged. Wendy Williams has always been open about the fact that she wears wigs, and opened up to Celebuzz about how the hair underneath has become extraordinarily thin due to thyroid disease. While she wears the wigs to still be able to stay on trend with new hairstyles, other celebrities, such as Nicki Minaj choose more vibrant colors to create a more youthful look.
9. Men’s Shoes That Add Height
While it’s a given that Hollywood starlets wear a variety of different heels on and off the red carpet, men can’t exactly throw on a pair of pumps when they want to look a bit taller. In fact, this can be a little tricky to navigate for celebrity couples, since so many A-listers are shorter than their female counterparts. During the 80th episode of Seinfeld, Kramer’s friend, Mickey, was ostracized by his fellow dwarf actors when it was discovered he had been wearing lifts in his shoes to appear taller. While this was portrayed in a comedic way, there has been more than one A-lister to wear men’s shoes with an oversized heel on the red carpet.
8. Camera Angle Tricks To Appear Taller
A strategically worn stacked heel can only do so much when it comes to adding height. For an actor that’s short in stature, it can be difficult to maintain a taller look throughout an entire film. When being paired with most leading ladies in Hollywood, some A-list celebrities would have to gain a full four inches to even be considered an equal height. However, there are a number of camera tricks that are used in the film industry to help make leading men look taller. An example of this is the POV shot that zooms in on a character’s close-up, which helps the audience see two actors during a dialogue without actually comparing their heights. Another trick is to position the shorter actor closer to the camera to give the illusion of actually being taller. Simple things like this may not seem like much, but it makes a real difference for film-goers and can help to disguise physical shortcomings.
7. Men’s Wigs For Balding
Anyone that has caught a glimpse of Donald Trump’s hair understands that not all men have embraced their hair issues with ease. While some actors, like Bruce Willis and The Rock, have embraced their new bald look, others still choose to fight against their hair loss. Just as women’s wigs have improved over the years, so have men’s toupees and hairpieces. Some celebrities have used this trick for so long, that it actually becomes shocking that they even wear men’s hair pieces. When John Travolta was photographed in 2011 without wearing his hair piece, fans were actually shocked to see what his real hair looked like. Always on the red carpet with a full head of luxurious hair, this was somewhat of a revelation to fans of this Saturday Night Fever star.
6. Fake Lashes For A Glamorous Look
Lashes may not seem like they make a whole lot of difference, but it actually creates a much more dramatic look than you might think. Ever since celebrities started divulging their false lashes secret, more and more regular women are starting to don their own false lashes for everyday wear. While it can be tempting to think all those mascara commercials were accurate in extending, plumping, and volumizing your natural lashes to make them appear more glamorous, oftentimes that wasn’t exactly the case.
L’Oreal became part of a firestorm when they had to pull an ad starring Penelope Cruz. When it was revealed she was wearing false eyelashes in the ad, people sited false advertisement. The National Advertising Division (NAD) didn’t create the uproar over the false lashes per se, but more over the fact that the company wasn’t offering transparency in the ad. So, the next time you see a commercial with a glamorous film star miraculously growing lashes from a simple tube of mascara, keep this Hollywood trick in mind.
5. Extensions to Add Volume to Flat Hair
While not all celebrities are willing to take the plunge into full-on wigs, that doesn’t mean they aren’t willing to add some extensions and weave into their natural locks. Perfect for celebrities that can’t seem to grow their hair long, due to breakage or damage, extensions can make hair look healthier and fuller. Transforming a once flat-haired look to a more glamorous hairstyle, this is a celebrity trick that is often tried to be replicated. However, not all celebrities are able to maintain this illusion with ease. Britney Spears has often made headlines for her extension blunders, from tracks pulled out live on stage to visible weave tracks due to ill-maintenance.
4. Contouring and Strobing for Sleek Facial Features
Celebrities have started to take makeup a lot more seriously in recent years. While a makeup routine used to entail a regimen of powder, lipstick, and rouge, the process now includes shading techniques and highlighting features of the face to make them appear more sleek and defined. Kim Kardashian is known for her contouring techniques to create dramatic cheekbones, and Jennifer Lopez favors the strobing technique that creates a sun-kissed and shining look. Proving that these new makeup tricks can do wonders, Julie Chen revealed her makeup process on the show The Talk. As a host, she had divulged that she had eye surgery early on in her career, and showed a before and after photo of herself. However, it was her nose that audiences felt looked like it had underwent plastic surgery. To squelch the rumors, she showed a video of her makeup process from beginning to end, and the contouring tricks provided by her makeup artist actually was the reason why fans thought she had received a nose job.
3. Slimming Apparel To Appear Smaller
What did women do before Spanx? When creator, Sara Blakely, first cut the feet off of her pantyhose, she couldn’t have dreamed she would make over $100 million in just six years. However, the slimming undergarments craze has swept over Hollywood, with Spanx being a favorite of many celebrities. One actress that didn’t mind revealing her slim-wear secret was Octavia Spencer when she won outstanding actress in a supporting role for her portrayal in the film, The Help. During an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, Octavia declared she was wearing three layers of Spanx on her big award winning night.
2. Photoshop For Perfection
The Photoshop dilemma in Hollywood is something that continues to gain momentum. While celebrities utilize Photoshop to smooth out imperfections, erase blemishes, and create a slimmer look, people have started to speak out against Photoshop since it doesn’t give a realistic depiction of the person. The true response to a little girl pointing to a magazine photo and declaring she wants to look like the woman in the photo is, “The woman in the photo doesn’t even look like the woman in the photo.” There have been a number of standout Photoshop flubs that have made headlines, including a Target model that had freakishly long arms and another photo that depicted an unobtainable thigh gap. However, the best Photoshop photos are the ones that trick you into thinking they weren’t Photoshopped at all.
1. Computer Generated Imagery For Six Pack Abs
When audiences think about CGI in films, it’s usually thought of for Sci-fi imagery or to create fantasy backgrounds. However, the film 300 proved that CGI can be used for far more than just peering over a mountaintop. Actor Gerard Butler has always had a manly physique, but the film portrayed him with rock hard six pack abs that he simply didn’t have at the time. After the release of the film, there was a surge of Internet searches on how to achieve abs like the warriors in 300. Yet, the funniest part was even the actors didn’t have the abs that were shown in the final cut of the film.
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