Look your best for a party! Hollywood beauty insiders tell you how their A-list clients prep their hair, skin and body right before a big event.
Take an Epsom Salt bath
Jennifer Lawrence always takes Epsom salt baths before a big event. It relaxes the joints, draws out toxins and improves blood flow. The result? You’re relaxed and glowing, even if you’ve had a really long week.
Jennifer also reduces belly bloat dandelion and chamomile tea – a natural diuretic that prevents water retention.
Power up your workout
Wes Okerson is a Hollywood trainer who helps celebs prep their bodies for film roles and big events like the Oscars. “Celebrities usually stay in pretty good shape throughout the year, but to look their best during the Oscars, they ramp up their training about four to five weeks ahead of the award show,” he says. “Usually, that means adding strength training to their usual cardiovascular routines like high-intensity training, spinning and resistance band work. For example, some of my clients do strength training in the morning followed by a cardio session in the afternoon.”
If you don’t have time to go to the gym, Okerson suggests even a quick jog or a Youtube workout in the morning. “Exercise will bring up your endorphins and give a natural glow so you look your best for a party.”
Get a treatment at least a week before
Rebecca George, a Hollywood facialist, says many Hollywood celebs will get a treatment like microneedling or a resurfacing peel. “Their glow is restored, and all the tired dehydrated skin is gone.” she says. However, she warns it can cause redness for a few days. “Generally, schedule your face treatments at least 7 to 10 days before your big event. It’s also better to get a treatment you’ve tried before, so you know how your skin reacts to it.”
If you only have a 1 or 2 days before a party, go for a hydrating facial. “Ask your facialist for something that will plump up your skin. This will make your pores look smaller, reduce the appearance of fine lines, and give you a healthy glow.”
If you’re not sure what to get, she recommends telling the facialist that you want to look your best for a party. She can recommend which treatments won’t have any downtime.
Get a haircut two weeks before
“If you’re planning to get a haircut or to retouch your highlights, do it two weeks in advance so it has time to settle in,” says celebrity hairstylist Adir Abergel. If you’re going to a wedding or a very formal party, bring a picture of the dress to the salon so you and your stylist can collaborate on the perfect hairstyle.
The night before the big event, do a hair mask (if you have dry or damaged hair) or a clarifying shampoo (if you have oily hair). “You don’t need to do a complicated look, just give your hair extra shine and bounce and you’ll be gorgeous.”
Go to the spa
Vicky Vlachonis, a wellness expert whose clients include Katy Perry and Gwyneth Paltrow, says many celebs detox and relax the week before a big red carpet event. “The week leading up to an award show is the most critical period. I like to think of it as a spa week—I tell all my patients to schedule two or three treatments to prepare their mood.”
Seven days before her clients start taking healthy soups and shakes that will drain out toxins and reduce bloat. “Sweet potato soup is my favorite pre-award-ceremony-week meal,” she says. They also get reflexology and massage treatments.”Focus on the trigger points of the foot and hand, to heal and strengthen weaker parts of the body, such as getting rid of sinus infections or healing migraines.”