How Hollywood Gets Glowing Skin for the Oscars
Though there may be a heated debate over which film wins Best Picture, or which actress takes the Best Actress prize home (#teamReese), one thing is for certain: Tomorrow’s 87th annual Oscars is going to be a spectacle, and the celebrities (and their teams) are going to do everything possible to ensure they look their very, very best. It’s a lot of pressure to walk the Oscars red carpet, after all (Flash bulbs! Interviews! People tweeting your every move!), so it’s no surprise that celebs like Naomi Watts and Emma Stone get a little help from their friends before the big day—and by friends, we mean their go-to people who make their skin look radiant and camera-ready. Ever wonder who Beyoncé calls on before an awards show, or how Sienna Miller’s skin looks perpetually glowy in every photo op? You’re about to find out. Keep scrolling for the go-to facial treatments celebrities swear by!
Celebs who love it: Naomi Watts, Emma Stone, Sienna Miller, Heidi Klum
What it is:
Why get a microdermabrasion, laser toning, and chemical peel separately when you can get all three in just one treatment? Dr. David Colbert’s three-step skin rejuvenation session is a Hollywood favourite—and looking at the radiant skin of his clientele, you can see why. “We use a Qterra laser, a very light laser that doesn’t touch the surface of the skin and goes straight into the cells of the fibroblasts,” Colbert explains to us as we met him at his pre-Oscars pop-up in Beverly Hills. “That way, there is no disruption of the skin, and no down time.” That would explain why clients like Emma Stone will pop in for a treatment right before a big event, and why all the Victoria’s Secret Angels look so luminous marching down the runway (he preps all of them with a full-body Triad before the annual show).
Dr. Colbert created a line of eponymous products that help you mimic the results at home, at a fraction of the price. The Tone Control Disks ($64) act as a mild microdermabrasion, the Stimulate Serum ($154) rejuvenates tired-looking skin, and the Illumino Facial Oil ($138) seals everything in with a big dose of moisture.
Celebs who love it: Beyoncé, Sofia Vergara, Miley Cyrus, Kelly Rowland
What it is:
If diamonds and roses are involved, you know it’s going to be good. All of Nautra Bissé’s treatments are as relaxing and indulgent as they are skin-rejuvenating, and this latest rose-inspired experience from their Diamond Experience treatment line is no different. Think: a gentle glycolic peel, the brand’s signature diamond dust-infused serum, and a thick, hydrating mask to seal it all in. Oh, and the exfoliating arm massage doesn’t hurt, either.
Try any of the products in their Diamond Collection—they’re pricey, but will last you a while. Plus, Beyoncé loves them so much, she wrote about “diamond cream facials” in her song, Upgrade U.
Celebs who love it: Jennifer Lawrence, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Lopez, Bar Rafaeli
What it is:
The Total Lift Facial is only 15 minutes—but Dakkar’s clientele is proof you’ll see results. The non-invasive procedure is laser-free, instead using pulsed magnetic fields and radio frequency to heat up collagen fibres for tighter, firmer appearance. For extend the benefits past your face, you can get a 40-minute Total Lift Treatment for your entire body, too.
Dakar has a line of natural skincare products that Paltrow swears by (she even recently launched her products on goop). Try the Liquid Gold Organic Omega Ultra Nourishing Facial Serum ($52) for a HD camera-ready glow.
The celebs who love it: Julianne Moore, Dakota Johnson, Maggie Gyllenhaal
What it is:
Vargas’ signature red carpet facial includes a diamond peel to exfoliate and get rid of dead skin cells, followed by a microcurrent-charged facial “workout” (picture two handheld prongs that glide over your face and stimulate muscles, while gently brightening and smoothing the surface). To top it all off, you get a vitamin-spiked oxygen treatment at the end to give your skin an Oscars-worthy glow.
Try Vargas’ cult-favourite Daily Serum ($85), which contains hyaluronic acid, vitamins C, D, E and F, to even your skin tone and keep your skin looking hydrated. Or, Vargas suggests a DIY mask made with ¼ cup of honey, ½ cup of brown sugar, ¼ cup of milk, and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Keep it on for 10 minutes, then rinse off for clear, bright skin.
Have you heard of any of these treatments? What’s your favourite way to treat your skin before a big event? Sound off below!