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Oscars: The High Cost of Getting Red Carpet Ready

In Celebs by Wendy Michaels , on Wednesday, February 22, 2012, 11:35 AM (PST)
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How Much Does It Cost Celebrities to Get Ready For the Oscars?

Have you ever watched red carpet arrivals at awards shows and noted how exorbitant it must all be?

If, like me, you're a bit frugal, you might even wonder why it's necessary to spend so much for one event.

It's not like it's your wedding day, after all.

Still, one awards show red carpet can either put you on the map or cast a dark cloud, depending on whether you make the best dressed or worst dressed list.

Read: Kelly Osbourne is Designing Her Own Oscars Dress

Forbes has the break down of how much it costs to prepare for the Oscars, a by-the-numbers look at the high cost associated with the biggest of the awards shows.

Forbes puts the estimated cost around $35,000, when you factor in clothing, a stylist, jewelry, hair and makeup.

It's not for cheapskates, that's for sure.

Is it worth it for just one night? Probably yes, if you take into account that studios often pick up the tab on a lot of the expenses for celebrities.

Celebrities often get the jewelry loaned to them and designers clamor for the opportunity to dress A listers. After all, it's free advertising when a star utters your name as the designer of their fabulous dress when asked the ever important question, "Who are you wearing?"

Read: 2011 Oscars Best and Worst Dressed (Photos)

It's not like highly paid celebs can't afford it anyway, right?

Here's Forbes.com's breakdown of Oscar expenses - a bit mind blowing, really:

Manicure and pedicure: $90
Makeup: $400
Hair: $400
Dress: $5,190
Clutch: $1,995
Earrings: $9,800
Shoes: $865
Perfume: $98
Designer Coat: $5,000
Stylist: $5,000

Factor in a car service and other random expenses and they note the tally is $35,488.

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