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What if it rains on Oscar day?

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Zhang Ziyi: Fitzroy Barrett/Globe Photos

The tickets are handed out. The outfits are being assembled. The party RSVP lists are closed. What’s the one thing Hollywood can’t control about Oscar Sunday? The weather. And wouldn’t you know it, there’s a chance of — gasp! — rain.

”I heard about the forecast on Tuesday and the first thing I thought was, Oh, s—!” says Vidal Sassoon manager Etienne Taenaka, who styled Zhang Zhiyi, Marcia Gay Harden, and Mark Ruffalo for last year’s Oscars. ”But it’s just like a wedding day. We’re all going to pray and pray that it won’t rain.”

Still, Taenaka has called in the big guns — 1,000 bottles of frizz control cream and anti-humectent hair products. Plus he’ll probably be opting for spray-heavy tight up-dos (”The ones that are the most sculpted will last the longest”) instead of pin-straight hair (”People who have to have hair set like that will be the worst off”).

As for the makeup, Melanie Glover — a senior artist for M?A?C — is stocking her shelves with silicone-based products that are more resistant to moisture and, of course, she’s got waterproof mascara. ”Usually the first casualty of a rainy day is mascara,” she says. ”The one piece of advice I keep offering is ‘Bring an umbrella!’ But the real lesson here is don’t take too long out on the red carpet or nothing will help you.”

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