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Strike a pose: How to wow on the red carpet

Published 25/04/2013 | 05:00

Red Carpet  Poses   see copy Deirdre Reynolds  PIx Ronan Lang/Feature File
THE JOKER Who does it? Kate Hudson has clearly been spending too much time on the set of Glee. Her signature red carpet pose looks like a teenager posing for a selfie on Facebook. Yet she still looks ‘amazeballs' — sooo unfair. How to do it: Cross your eyes, stick out your tongue and then pray that the wind doesn't change. WARNING: Only those who are already beautiful can afford to goof off on the red carpet like Kate. Everyone else, stick to trying to make yourself look more attractive — not less.
Red Carpet  Poses   see copy Deirdre Reynolds  PIx Ronan Lang/Feature File
THE FAKE KISS Who does it? With Ryan Gosling on her arm, it's no wonder that Eva Mendes looks so loved up all the time. The Place Beyond the Pines star is famous for blowing kisses to her adoring fans on the other side of the rope. How to do it: Lightly press your hand to your lips before slanting it towards the camera, taking care not to smudge your expertly-applied lippie in the process. WARNING: Blowing a kiss like a normal person is a bad idea because, with all those photographers around, you're sure to look like a pufferfish in the next day's papers.
Red Carpet  Poses   see copy Deirdre Reynolds  PIx Ronan Lang/Feature File
The Rear View Who does it? You couldn't accuse Jennifer Lopez of not knowing her angles. The bootylicious star ensures she's mostly seen from behind on the red carpet with this curve-enhancing stance. Unsurprisingly, Beyoncé and Jessica Biel are also huge fans of the sexy over-the-shoulder look. How to do it: With your back to the camera, glance over your shoulder making love to the lens with your eyes. Combined with a dramatic backless number, it's sure to leave the competition in the shade on the red carpet. WARNING: VPLs can be a problem with this pose, which works best on those with impossibly pert posteriors.

Deirdre Reynolds picks the stars' favourite looks ahead of the VIP style awards

Ireland's biggest stars are set to strike a pose at the VIP Style Awards this weekend. But from 'The Jolie Leg' to 'The Rear View', how well do you know your celebrity red carpet poses?

Rising starlet Lauren Farrell from Leitrim is currently in rehearsals for an upcoming production of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man at The New Theatre in Temple Bar. First, though, she nailed some of Hollywood's most famous poses.

"Walking the red carpet is all part of the biz," reckons Lauren, who trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York.

"Stars who bring personality to the red carpet – such as Helena Bonham Carter and Eva Green – are my favourites. However, I cringe every time I see Katie Price 'working it' for the camera."

"My dream is to walk the red carpet at the Oscars one day. I watch it every year and it's always so glamorous."

"I always advise ladies to do some mirror work before a red carpet," says Trish Fallon of 1st Option Models. "It's a great way to get to know your angles.

"My biggest tip is never forget your neck. Lower your shoulders, extend your neck and tilt your chin ever so slightly down to look red-carpet ready.

"Jennifer Aniston and Megan Fox get it right every time."


• Dresses by Marian Gale Boutique, 8a The Mall, Donnybrook, Dublin 4. Tel:(01)2697460

• Shoes and accessories by Karen Millen, 72 Grafton Street, Dublin 2. Tel: (01)6339546

• Hair by Danielle Dignam and make-up by Michelle Kinsella using Db Face, Dylan Bradshaw Salon, 56 South William Street, Dublin 2. Tel: (01)6719353

• Shot on location at Radisson BLU Royal Hotel, Dublin 8. Tel: (01)8982900

• Model: Lauren Farrell l Stylist: Deirdre Reynolds

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