$309k nail polish, bird dropping facial among pre-Oscar beauty treatments
LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - Hollywood stars wanting to look their best for Tinseltown's biggest night of the year are being offered beauty treatments ranging from the lavish to plain loony such as US$250,000 (S$309,300) black diamond nail varnish and bird excrement facials.
The Academy Awards on Feb 24 are almost as much about fashion as they are about films, with the televised red carpet arrivals and ceremony drawing an estimated audience of one billion people worldwide.
It's a night when women - and men - spare no expense to out-dazzle other Oscar-goers. It also ends a two-month run of awards shows to reward the top stars and films of the previous year.
"It's the grand finale to the awards show season, so celebrities pull out all the stops when it comes to fashion and beauty," said style expert Sam Saboura, a fashion host on the cable channel TLC. "They're willing to go to any extreme to perfect their look and make a statement on the red carpet."