Red Carpet-Worthy Beauty Looks for Less

A look at Black stars on the red carpet at the Oscars.

Welcome to Beauty School!  Every Monday, JET experts will teach you how to preserve your sexy.  This week, make-up and hair expert Dre Brown shares tips for getting red carpet-worthy looks from brown bombshells.


Hollywood’s community of big-screen beauties has never looked so bodacious . . . so fierce . . .  so breathe-taking . . .  nor SO BROWN!

With now more starlet sisters setting the tone of hair, makeup, and skincare trends for the mainstream, everyone is eager to try their looks on for size. I did some digging and discovered some of the go-to products used by the hottest brown girls in TV and film and their trusted professionals. Then I put on my “drugstore diva” hat and compiled a hearty list of frugally fab buys you can use to get the looks of these glamazons on a not-so-Hollywood budget.

It’s time for your close-ups, lovelies! Enjoy . . .

1. Lupita Nyong’o:

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Love the luster in this Oscar-winning wonder woman’s complexion? Her makeup artist has revealed priming her foundation with YSL Top Secrets All-in-One BB Cream ($50). The miracle potion boasts extreme hydration and skintone-evening benefits for optimal radiance.


Try getting your own award-worthy glow with Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Eventone BB Cream Medium/Dark – ($9). Available at Wal-mart.


2. Kerry Washington:

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It’s a SCANDAL that Olivia Pope’s skin is always fresh and flawless despite the weight of West Wing drama. The secret: Stila Convertible Color ($25). This creamy multipurpose product absorbs into cheeks for an effortlessly natural blushy pop.


Avoid the need for beauty budget bail-out by achieving Kerry’s look with No7 Natural Blush Cream – ($9). Available at Rich in color and texture (but not in cost), you can “Pope” your face daily for mere pennies.


3. Viola Davis:


This Help star gets help in buffing away the years with her Clarisonic Mia 2 cleansing brush ($150). Known for setting the industry standard in exfoliation and pore refining, this tool is trusted for appearing age-proof on the big screen.


Rev up your radiance without wrecking your wallet with the strong and effective CVS Facial Cleansing Power Brush – ($20). Available at CVS. Pair with your favorite cleanser and massage away dead skin and build-up for a star caliber complexion.


4. Taraji P. Henson:


Miss Henson swears by nothing but Paul Scerri pH Balancing Lotion ($38) for supple-ing up her skin. This daily moisturizer follows cleansing for intense healing and hydration.


Think like Taraji without spending like her by opting for Aveeno Active Naturals Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer ($18).  Available at Natural ingredients promote skin evening and brightening.


5. Meagan Good:


Even as a hardworking station manager in Anchor Man 2, Meagan’s eyes didn’t appear to have missed a wink of sleep. This could be thanks to her go-to Peter Thomas Roth Instant Firmx Eye ($38) which smooths and tightens delicate under-eye skin.


Get all of Good’s goods for less with Neutrogena Healthy Skin Brightening Eye Perfector  ($12). Available at With moisture and a damage-fighting SPF 25, this serum allows you to keep the stars in your eyes without the fine lines.


6. Zoe Saldana:


This super star may have not yet played Catwoman, but she sure gives great “cat eye.” Her go-to artist trusts Écriture de Chanel Automatic Liquid Eyeliner ($34).


Purr-fect your eye line for less by trying L’Oreal Paris Lineur Intense Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner ($10). Available at Wing tip wonders will be as easy as signing autographs with this specially designed stylus.

YOUR TURN: What’s your favorite drugstore beauty find? Let us know in the comments!