Celebrities may appear on red carpets looking flawless, but we’ve become savvy enough to know that J. Lo’s super-low-cut dress does not stay in place simply because she has good posture. Professional stylists rely on a few tools of the trade. Fortunately you don’t have to be a pro to track them down.
The store has an entire section dedicated to averting dreaded wardrobe malfunctions. Fix It: Look for the ample supply of clear double-sided tape. Extra: Owner Maurice Stein knows a thing or two about latex and spirit gum. The former makeup artist won an Oscar in 1969 for Planet of the Apes. > 4400 Riverside Dr., Ste. 110, Burbank, cinemasecrets.com.
La Sensual Boutique
f you favor “body con” dresses, this place has the essential underpinnings, including derriere lifters and compression garments, at wholesale prices. Fix It: Waist trainers (aka modern corsets) cinch you in, too. Extra: Booty shorts in a rainbow of colors reside at the rear, naturally. > 1131 Santee St., downtown, lasensualboutique.com.
What Katie Did
Head here for such retro throwbacks as bullet bras, classy corsets, and sexy girdles. Fix It: Bargains abound: Overbust corsets start at $230 (similar styles go for upwards of $2,000 elsewhere). Extra: To create a smooth finish under clothing, high-waisted panties are the answer. > 7970½ Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, whatkatiedid.com.
Palace Beauty Galleria
A range of international products draws insiders to this emporium. Fix It: You can never have enough deodorant-removal sponges, garment shields, and lint rollers. Extra: Fashion emergency kits (safety pins, needle and thread) contain all you need in a pinch. > Galleria Mall, 3250 W. Olympic Blvd., Koreatown, epalacebeauty.com.
La Peer Beauty
“Chicken cutlets” are not just for dinner: That’s industry lingo for silicon adhesives that support braless ensembles and are one of the shop’s specialties. Fix It: Clear bra straps provide invisible lift. Extra: The daring yet modest opt for nipple covers. > 8950 W. Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills, lapeerbeauty.com.