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                       As the Oscars near, we give local actress Missy Dowse a red carpet makeover
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                       BY ANNE BRATSKEIR
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                       February 19, 2007                                                                 Email this story
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Comics                 In posh hotel suites all over Los Angeles, the stars are revving up for their close-ups at Sunday's
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                       "it" gals (you know, Kate and Cate, Beyoncé, Jennifer and Helen, to name a few) will wear.
                       Jewelers such as Cartier and Harry Winston are negotiating with the glitterati to wear their glitter,
Parents & Children     while battalions of makeup artists and hairstylists are feverishly working to create special looks for
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                       Nothing can compare to that whirlwind, right?
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                                                                                 designer clothing emporium, a top jeweler
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                                                                                 us duplicate the experience -- just for fun.
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                                                                              thespian and most likely to be famous in
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                                                                              University, she is on the star track, with a                                      • A martial thwart
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                       home her own golden statue," says Bob Spiotto, Hofstra's artistic director for community arts                                            Imus
                       programs and executive producer of Hofstra Entertainment.
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                       On a frigid day last week, Dowse arrives at Hirshleifer's at the Americana in Manhasset, the                Photos: Red carpet             Barack Obama: Walt
                       überluxe boutique that sells the big-name designers (think Badgley Mischka, Valentino, Chanel) at           makeover                       Handelsman Animation
                       very serious prices (think economy cars). The store's Tova Soto and Gina Monte.fusco act as                                                LUPUS: NEW INSIGHTS,
                       stylists, plucking the best looks from the swanky inventory. First, a silky animal print number by                    Video
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                       Blumarine ($1,760), which fits the trim, size 4 Dowse like a glove. "I love how it looks and the bow                                       Focusing on present
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                       ($3,565) follows, then a glorious black and white confection from J. Mendel ($7,500). But soon                                             Rutgers players to meet
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                       designer Pamela Dennis arrives for a trunk show, and her dresses are the stuff of dreams. Dennis,                                          with Imus
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                       The designer is definitive. "That is something that Nicole Kidman or Charlize Theron would wear. It
E-Mail Newsletters     is feminine and young and it fits her beautifully." Dowse agreed. "I feel like a princess." The royal                                                  Best Bets
                       price? $8,700. (P.S. The glamorous little clutch that went with it, also by Dennis, runs $2,800).
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                       On to hair and makeup at Nubest Salon & Spa, where Michael Mazzei, the owner, and his son,                                                8       9    10   11   12   13   14
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                       "I don't want it to look like prom hair," declares the senior Mazzei. After a wash and a blow dry,            The price of glamour
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                       Jamie "dusts" her hair with scissors to give a crisp, fresh look without taking off length -- just tiny                                  Search by event type
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                       millimeters of hair. Then, after it's curled, makeup maestro Charles Douglas works his magic. "She                                         Choose type
                                                                                                                                   Dowse's red carpet look:
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                       Knightley way," he says.
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                                                                                                                                   Pamela Dennis jeweled
                       for the red carpet requisite -- big jewels. London staffers Maureen Aronson and Sandy Finkel,                                                    Restaurant directory
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                       taking their inspiration from the shimmery gold and white gown, envision Dowse in diamonds --
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How2Guide              loads of them. A choker (59 carats) glows around Dowse's neck, earrings of the same stuff (19                                             All Restaurants
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                                                                                                                                   Makeup with lashes: $95
                       bracelet watch, both by Van Cleef & Arpels.
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                       "I could get used to this," Dowse says, as shoppers crane their necks to see her get into a waiting
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                       clothes and jewelry were returned the minute the last photo was taken.)
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                                                                                                                                 18-carat yellow and white
                       hairdo and trying to figure out what they've seen her in. Our prediction: Give it a couple of years.
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