Celebrity beauty ex­perts share the top treat­ments lead­ing up to the big day .

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Celebrity beauty ex­perts share the top treat­ments lead­ing up to the big day.

When it comes to look­ing your best, celebri­ties are the kings and queens of the red car­pet, with ac­cess to ex­clu­sive, cut­ting-edge treat­ments that help them shine in the spot­light. We spoke with Tin­sel­town’s top beauty ex­perts to find out their favourite ways for get­ting stars in prime shape for a big event. Whether it’s a walk down the red car­pet or your own big day, here’s how to get raz­zle-daz­zle ready.

6 Months to a Year

Ac­cord­ing to New York celebrity der­ma­tol­o­gist Dr. Ariel Os­tad, get­ting ready for the red car­pet be­gins with healthy, clear skin. “We be­lieve that the prep doesn’t start the night be­fore or even the week be­fore,” says Os­tad. “The se­cret for anti-aging and beau­ti­ful, nat­u­ral re­sults that are red car­pet-wor­thy starts with a con­sis­tent rou­tine that def­i­nitely in­cludes SPF.”

Hol­ly­wood’s Nurse Jamie would agree. The for­mer on-cam­era nurse to Paris Hil­ton and Ni­cole Richie counts Jes­sica Alba, Reese Wither­spoon, Ruby Rose and Rita Ora among her fans. Her Nurse Jamie Beauty Bear Age De­lay Pil­low ($86, at Sephora) is a pop­u­lar must-have among the celebrity set who count on it to pro­tect the del­i­cate skin around the eyes and neck. “They all know that sleep­ing on their back is key for a more bal­anced, line-free face,” she says. “Get­ting the red car­pet glow is a life­style, not just a one-time event. Th­ese girls look good be­cause they do the work. Main­te­nance is key. Eat well and sleep well, us­ing the right pil­low. Take makeup off at night and use good qual­ity prod­ucts. It’s al­ways bet­ter to main­tain than re­claim, so put in the time and ef­fort early on to do less later.”

3 Months

For Os­tad, the top pre-red car­pet treat­ments start ap­prox­i­mately three months be­fore a ma­jor event. “We rec­om­mend a se­ries of non­ab­la­tive Fraxel resur­fac­ing treat­ments that give pa­tients health­ier, tighter skin and re­place dam­aged skin cells,” says Os­tad. “This non-in­va­sive ap­proach for skin re­ju­ve­na­tion has no down­time, and en­sures an easy yet ef­fec­tive so­lu­tion for clear, healthy, glow­ing skin. Our pa­tients are mildly pink and flaky for a few days af­ter­ward, so we rec­om­mend a good mois­tur­izer and sun­screen. Most pa­tients ben­e­fit from a se­ries of two to three treat­ments ($1500 each) to achieve that red car­pet glow. If one of our A lis­ters has a last-minute event, a quick gly­colic peel ($250 to $1500) the week be­fore will help them put their best face for­ward.”

Stars like An­gelina Jolie and Shay Mitchell know how to rock a high-slit dress on the red car­pet, but un­sightly spi­der veins can make even the most beau­ti­ful fig­ures self-con­scious. Ac­cord­ing to Os­tad, scle­rother­apy re­mains the gold stan­dard pro­ce­dure to elim­i­nate spi­der veins. “This pro­ce­dure helps pa­tients achieve smooth, flaw­less legs. It in­volves a mi­croin­jec­tion that re­duces bruising and swelling, and uses aethoxysklerol, a so­lu­tion that is in­jected di­rectly into the vein, caus­ing the vein to dis­ap­pear grad­u­ally over three to six weeks,” says Os­tad. “For larger veins, I use foam scle­rother­apy to treat a wider area. Fol­low­ing the treat­ment, pa­tients should avoid high im­pact ac­tiv­ity for three to five days. Com­pres­sion stock­ings are highly rec­om­mended to en­cour­age suf­fi­cient cir­cu­la­tion and im­proved re­sults. We rec­om­mend any­where from two to three treat­ments ($700 to $1000 each, de­pend­ing on the num­ber of veins be­ing treated) for op­ti­mal re­sults, with the ideal time start­ing in the fall or win­ter, or three months prior to the big night.”

1 to 3 Months

Three to four weeks prior to an event, Os­tad’s clients, who are faith­ful to his less is more ap­proach, come in for Bo­tox in­jec­tions ($600 to $1450 per treat­ment). “Once their Bo­tox reaches its max­i­mum ef­fect (three to 14 days later), our pa­tients have a nat­u­ral, smoother ap­pear­ance around their eyes (crow’s feet), on their fore­head and be­tween their eyes (the 11’s),” says Os­tad. “Our pa­tients do not want to walk the red car­pet frozen, so it is im­por­tant to see a Board Cer­ti­fied Der­ma­tol­o­gist or Cos­metic Sur­geon. There is no down­time, but we rec­om­mend our pa­tients re­frain from ex­er­cise for one to two hours post-treat­ment.”

At Nurse Jamie Beauty Park in Santa Mon­ica, Cal­i­for­nia, the SculpSure ma­chine uses a light-based tech­nol­ogy to dis­rupt and de­stroy adi­pose tis­sue for a sweat-free slim down pre-red car­pet. The high-tech, non-in­va­sive laser treat­ment ad­dresses flanks and ab­domen, dis­solv­ing fatty de­posits and tis­sue and promis­ing li­po­suc­tion-like re­sults in just one or two treat­ments ($1800 per area). Ac­cord­ing to Nurse Jamie, it takes about six weeks to see the re­sults, but there’s no down­time what­so­ever.

“This is prob­a­bly the hottest treat­ment we have right now in the clinic,” she says of the fat-bust­ing treat­ment that’s also used to tar­get belly bulges, love han­dles and back fat. “Pa­tients lit­er­ally pee out the me­tab­o­lized fat and they are so svelte that they can re­tire their Spanx!”

2 Weeks

A cou­ple of weeks be­fore the big event, Os­tad’s VIPs come back to eval­u­ate their Bo­tox and as­sess their skin for pos­si­ble der­mal fillers. “Our go-to filler to tighten, lift the skin and de­fine cheek­bones is called Voluma,” says Os­tad. “With one or two ex­pertly placed sy­ringes ($1200 each), our celebrity pa­tient re­ceives an in­stant re­ju­ve­na­tion that re­stores vol­ume in their face and sculpts their jaw line. There is no down­time, how­ever mild bruising is pos­si­ble, so we tell our stars to avoid con­sum­ing cham­pagne the night be­fore. Al­co­hol is a blood thin­ner and that in­creases the risk for bruising. We ask pa­tients to not drink al­co­hol or take as­pirin or Advil 24 to 48 hours be­fore the pro­ce­dure. The re­sults last 12 to 18 months.”

1 Week

When A-lis­ters like Kate Winslet, Ri­hanna, Ge­or­gia May Jag­ger and Brie Lar­son are booked for a red car­pet event, they turn to New

York-based celebrity face ex­pert Tra­cie Mar­tyn to help them get ready for their high-def­i­ni­tion close-up. Her trade­mark Red Car­pet Fa­cial (start­ing at $387) firms, lifts and con­tours the face, and keeps it look­ing fresh and youth­ful. “It works won­ders in de-puff­ing,” says Mar­tyn. “It’s done with my pro­pri­etary equip­ment called the Res­culp­tor that de­liv­ers a mild cur­rent com­bined with the most ef­fec­tive pul­sat­ing, wrin­kle-defying Amber LED lights, crys­tal-free mi­cro­der­mabra­sion and oxy­gen.”

“I also put my clients on the Ruby Ray light bed that de­liv­ers pure red light,” she adds. “It’s su­per safe, not a laser, and helps to re­gen­er­ate, brighten and im­prove elas­tic­ity.”

For clients who break out or need a few ex­trac­tions or lanc­ing of white­heads, Mar­tyn ap­plies her Pur­ple Ray Fa­cial (start­ing at $300), which com­bines age-defying tech­nol­ogy with pu­ri­fy­ing meth­ods to at­tain a clear com­plex­ion while turn­ing back the clock. It in­cludes a com­bi­na­tion of red and blue LED lights to ad­dress blem­ishes, a gen­tle ex­trac­tion process, a pu­ri­fy­ing yet hy­drat­ing mask and a lift­ing process us­ing the Res­culp­tor to tar­get wrin­kles, elas­tic­ity and puffi­ness around the eye area.

Clients usu­ally visit Mar­tyn a week be­fore the big event, but no down­time and no side ef­fects mean the treat­ments can be done right up to the day of an event.

48 Hours

When her star clients need a lift, Nurse Jamie uses the Ac­cent XL ra­diofre­quency de­vice ($300 per area, or $2000 per visit for full body), which is ef­fec­tive yet gen­tle enough that stars can head straight to hair and makeup af­ter­ward. “Skin tight­en­ing is su­per pop­u­lar in Hol­ly­wood,” she says. “I’ve done eye­lids and brows for nu­mer­ous ac­tresses right be­fore red car­pet events. In­stantly, the skin looks taut and there is no down­time—can’t beat that!” The Ac­cent XL can treat cel­lulite, wrin­kles and sag­ging skin on the face, neck, arms, thighs and ab­domen. Its ra­diofre­quency tech­nol­ogy heats the der­mis (the skin’s in­ner layer) to in­duce the for­ma­tion of col­la­gen for tighter, firmer, smoother look­ing skin. The re­sults are most vis­i­ble in the 48 hours af­ter the treat­ment, but with four to five monthly treat­ments you can main­tain the re­sults for about a year.

Celebs like Jes­sica Alba, Rosie Hunt­ing­ton-White­ley, Chrissy Teigen and Lily Aldridge flock to L.A.-based skin ex­pert Shani Dar­den to help put their best face for­ward. Dar­den’s $300 Cus­tom Fa­cial is tai­lored to each client, but be­fore a red car­pet event can in­clude a light chem­i­cal peel to get skin glow­ing, an oxy­gen treat­ment for hy­dra­tion, and LED light ther­apy to boost col­la­gen in the skin. “Since most clients who are headed for a red car­pet like to come in the day be­fore an event, I avoid ex­trac­tions be­fore a red car­pet event so no down­time is re­quired,” says Dar­den.

Nerida Joy has prepped Jen­nifer Gar­ner, Maggie Grace, Cat Dee­ley and Tyra Banks for the red car­pet. A cou­ple of days be­fore a big event, she likes to per­form a cus­tom fa­cial ($285, 90 min­utes) that in­volves a long mas­sage to bring oxy­gen to the cells and stim­u­late mus­cle tone. “I like to use a pearl silk mask to hy­drate and brighten the skin, leav­ing it flaw­less and pretty and ready for their event,” she says. For more oily skin, she prefers to do a treat­ment about four to five days prior to the event. “I in­clude light ex­trac­tions and a gly­colic treat­ment along with mas­sage and a heal­ing­bright­en­ing mask to leave their skin pore free and glow­ing.”

Day Of

Nurse Jamie’s trade­mark Baby Drop Filler fea­tures a special nee­dle that de­liv­ers “baby” drops of filler to smooth away wrin­kles even on the day of an event. The treat­ment (start­ing at $500, de­pend­ing on the num­ber of sy­ringes) uses a hyaluronic acid-based filler like Resty­lane or Ju­vé­derm for nat­u­ral-look­ing re­sults and takes about twice the time of a reg­u­lar in­jec­tion, but prom­ises bruise-free re­sults—key be­fore a big ap­pear­ance.

On the day of their red car­pet ap­pear­ance, Mar­tyn rec­om­mends her clients use her En­zyme Ex­fo­liant ($90, tra­ciemar­ “It’s a mask plus ex­fo­lia­tor in one, and it’s packed with bright­en­ing, smooth­ing and pore-min­i­miz­ing in­gre­di­ents like al­pha-beta hy­droxy acids, pineap­ple en­zymes and ko­jic acid to im­prove the ap­pear­ance of your com­plex­ion for the big mo­ment,” says Mar­tyn. “An­other se­cret weapon are the Lo­tuSculpt Eye Pads ($40) and ac­ti­va­tor, which can erase the ef­fects of over-work­ing and over-par­ty­ing. You wet the pads with the ac­ti­va­tor, leave on for 10 min­utes and voilà: a brighter, smoother, less puffy un­der-eye area.”

From head to toe, our favourite stars cer­tainly know how to put their best foot for­ward. And now thanks to th­ese celebrity face and body treat­ments, we can too.

Jes­sica Alba

Brie Lar­son

Nurse Jamie Beauty Bear Age De­lay Pil­low $86, Macy’s

Lily Aldridge

Kate Winslet

Tra­cie Mar­tYn En­zyme Ex­fo­liant $90, Bloom­ing­dales

Maggie Grace


Tra­cie Mar­tyn Lo­tuSculpt Eye Pads $40, Tra­ciemar­

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