How the skin pros prep these A-listers for the red carpet: we’ve got the low-down, the how-to and the kit you need to glow at any event.
1. Charlize Theron
For beaming luminescent skin at just about every red carpet she graces, Theron’s facialist Joanna Vargas whips up a DIY mask of strawberries, yogurt, and honey. “I wanted her to be able to wear minimal makeup, so she needed to have a dewy complexion,” says Vargas, who preps Theron’s skin for the Oscars. “Honey hydrates, yogurt soothes but also has lactic acid to gently peel, and strawberries are amazing for toning pores.”
2. Mila Kunis
Mila always nails lustrous, gleaming skin by indulging in her aesthetician Scott-Vincent Borba’s unbelievably decadent $7,000 HD Diamond and Ruby Peel, pre-awards season. “I always do [this on] her skin, neck, décolleté, arms, and the back of her hands—anything that will be possibly showing with her dress,” says Borba, who exfoliates her skin with an arsenal of crushed diamonds and rubies while Mila sucks on ice cubes to decrease puffiness.
3. Lupita Nyong’o
Supernaturally perfect skin doesn’t even begin to describe Lupita’s incandescent complexion that we all gawk at, one red carpet after another. Her makeup artist Nick Barose preps her skin with “something hydrated but not heavy so it won’t turn greasy. We use Lancôme Advanced Genifique and massage it thoroughly on her face and neck. I love this under makeup because it hydrates and absorbs well and doesn’t turn greasy so the makeup performs well on top of it.”
4. Jennifer Lawrence
For pre-event skin detox of the raw, natural kind, J Law swears by epsom bath salts and gorges on a cocktail of dandelion and chamomile tea to drink away stress lines on the face. “Chamomile tea helps to calm the skin and get rid of stress that could build up before an event, leading to redness,” says her trainer, Dalton Wong. “The dandelion tea is a brilliant diuretic so it helps to prevent water retention and flushes out toxins from her skin.”
5. Gwyneth Paltrow
Paltrow credits her enviable beauty chops and that beyond-flawless complexion to regular pre-award show jaunts to the Sonya Dakar Skin Clinic. According to Dakar, “Gwyneth gets the Apple Stem Cell Facial, a series of treatments for the face, neck and chest that leaves skin looking youthful, tight and glowing,” followed by LED light stimulation for collagen growth and a Total Lift Treatment. “There’s no downtime,” says Dakar, so “she can immediately get her makeup done.”
6. Cate Blanchett
Her secret to always turning up on the red carpet with that ethereal, Galadriel-esque glow is two-fold: an SK-II Facial Treatment Mask and a team of pros to slather it on. “We’ll prepare with cleanser and toner, and then Cate will sit back in a chair while her manicure and pedicure is done,” says Dotti, her makeup artist of nearly 15 years. “Then we’ll apply the mask to her face—it’s Cate’s thing, it helps her relax and makes her skin look radiant.”