RED CARPET COUNTDOWN
Celebrity beauty experts share the top treatments leading up to the big day .
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.”
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!”
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.”
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.
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.”
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, traciemartyn.com). “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.
Nurse Jamie Beauty Bear Age Delay Pillow $86, Macy’s
Tracie MartYn Enzyme Exfoliant $90, Bloomingdales
Tracie Martyn LotuSculpt Eye Pads $40, Traciemartyn.com