I usually enjoy spending time in the hairdressers. It’s a break from my busy schedule, a chance for a cappuccino and a catch up with all those lovely gossip mags. I have to say though, that this morning didn’t go as planned. Instead of enjoying my celebrity fix I became very disheartened. I began to wish I was younger, thinner, richer – and dare I say it – sexier.

It was only when I looked up from my magazine and glanced around me that I realised what a lie we are all being sold every day of our lives. The other customers at the salon didn’t look like the A-listers in the magazines. The passers-by in the street didn’t look like them either.  Even the hairstylists didn’t look like them and they were in the beauty business. Whilst we all admit, when pushed, that celebs aren’t ‘like us’ it seems they still have the power to make us feel bad.

Fight back. Flip through any magazine with confidence – and thank your lucky stars you can follow the tips below and look good without the paparazzi following your every move or reporters lining up to sort  through your rubbish.

Celebrity Life v Real Life

Celebrity Life
Having to flaunt a washboard stomach and beach body whilst frolicking in the waves.

Real Life
You don’t need a teensie weenie bikini and a killer diet to look glam on the beach. There’s an ever increasing range of magical swimsuits out there that enhance your bust or flatter your curves. For the better endowed you can choose a swimsuit with an underwired top or the fab new longer length tankinis with roll up bikini bottoms that cover that tummy.  Of course, you can make like a real celebrity and copy Nigella or Madonna in a beach burqa – but I don’t recommend it!

Celebrity Life
Cover shots of their leggy, tanned body in shorts or ethic prints enjoying yet another long, free holiday.

Real Life
You really don’t want a tan, it’s ageing and can be a dangerous road getting there. However it’s also an irrefutable fact that a light sun kissed glow makes everyone look slimmer, healthier and much better in photos.  So invest in a salon spray tan – they are getting better and cheaper all the time – and top it up when you start to think you need tights. Anyway, how relaxing can a Caribbean cruise really be with 20 lenses waiting to catch you every time you look less than your best?

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Celebrity Life
Airbrushed-out bingo wings, cellulite, wobbly bits, wrinkles and any general imperfections.

Real Life
Remember they can’t airbrush real life, only photos. With a bit of know how and some style advice you can actually make your least favourite bits disappear in everyday life. Follow the tips in my ‘dressing to disguise’ blog and wobbly bits will become a thing of the past.

Celebrity Life
Looking glamorous at yet another film premiere.

Real Life
Remember that most celebrity pics show your idols in evening wear. Come on – we all look great in evening dresses – made up, coiffed and fragrant.  A lot of celebs don’t look so wholesome out buying milk on a Sunday morning!

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Celebrity Life
A new pair of the latest designer jeans every week.

Real Life
Shop carefully to find a few pairs of jeans that really fit and flatter – try John Lewis or your local high- end boutique for those with secret control. Well worth the investment and they work better than a corset!

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Celebrity Life
A make up artist permanently on call.

Real Life
Aim for regular grooming – especially for no-make up alternatives such as eyebrow tinting and eyelash tinting. Don’t worry if you can’t afford a salon, I saw a queue of women waiting for some very good eyebrow threading and tinting in the local shopping centre for less than £10! You can even have eyebrows and eyeliner tatooed on to your face. For less extreme long lasting make-up options set your foundation with translucent powder. You don’t needs bags of products just a powder compact, a loaded lip brush and a tinted lip gloss and you should get through the day without the aid of staff!

And for a few more quick fixes:

Celebrity Life Real Life
Four inch Louboutins to every event. Marks and Spencer’s Insola brand. I know I’ve mentioned them before but independent reviews have been great and they’ll do more than just get you from taxi to table.
Personal Stylist to enhance their assets and ensure they stay on trend. Personal shopper – employ me or one of my consultants!! Much better, practical advice at an affordable price.
Wisdom teeth extraction for sculpted cheekbones and improved photogenics. A bit of fake bake, or some shader in the hollows of your cheeks.
Cutting edge cosmetic dental work. Go to your dentist and book some laser assisted teeth whitening – takes years off you and gives your face colour without a tan.

So next time you feel down and wished you looked more like Angelina just follow my tips and you never know – fame may well come knocking at your door!

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