How Hollywood Gets Glowing Skin for the Oscars
Though there may be a heated debate over which film wins Best Picture or which talented star takes the Best Actress prize home (#teamReese), one thing is for certain: Tomorrow’s 89th 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 Jennifer Lopez 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 award 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!
Colbert M.D. Intensify Facial Discs ($70)
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 favorite—and looking at the radiant skin of his clientele, you can see why. “We use a Q-terra 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 downtime.” 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.)
At-home version: 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.
Natura Bissé Diamond White Clarity Toning Lotion ($77)
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.
At-home version: Try any of the products in the brand's 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.”
Sonya Dakar Organic Omega Booster ($52)
Celebs who love it: Jennifer Lawrence, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Lopez, Bar Refaeli
What it is: The Total Lift Facial only takes 15 minutes, but Dakar’s clientele is proof you’ll see results. The noninvasive procedure is laser-free, instead using pulsed magnetic fields and radio frequency to heat up collagen fibers for a tighter, firmer appearance. To extend the benefits past your face, you can get a 40-minute Total Lift Treatment for your entire body too.
At-home version: Dakar has a line of natural skincare products that Paltrow swears by. (She even launched the products on Goop.) Try the Liquid Gold Organic Omega Ultra Nourishing Facial Serum ($52) for an HD camera–ready glow.
The celebs who love it: Julianne Moore, Dakota Johnson, Maggie Gyllenhaal
What it is: Vargas’s 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.
At-home version: Try Vargas’s cult-favorite Daily Serum ($85), which contains hyaluronic acid and 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 one-quarter cup of honey, half a cup of brown sugar, one-quarter cup of milk, and two 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 favorite way to treat your skin before a big event? Sound off below!
This story was originally published on February 21, 2015.