Rihanna Got This Contouring Facial Before the Met Ball, So I Did Too


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The fashion elite stormed NYC last night to celebrate Vogue's annual first Monday in May: The Met Ball. This year, the theme married together religious works of art and couture, aptly named Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination. Naturally, the dresses, headpieces, and elaborate jewelry were a focus, but for us, it was more about the hair, makeup, and skin. Ahead of her arrival, the evening's co-host stopped by Tracie Martyn's NYC spa, a British-born makeup artist who may have discovered the fountain of youth. So I stopped by too.

I walked through her delicately decorated doors for what Martyn refers to as the Red Carpet Facial. What I discovered is this facial very sculpts your entire face in mere minutes. No wonder goddesses like Rihanna, models like Naomi Campbell and Georgia May Jagger, and actresses like Kate Winslet and Allison Williams sing her praises. Oh, and Kim Kardashian West swears by her body cream.

I wondered, though, why this facial boasted results far superior to others. And for $450 a pop, it better be worth it. Simply put, it's powered by Tracie Martyn's proprietary resculpting machine. Of course, this is not the only microcurrent facial on the market, but Martyn's understanding of the precise requirements is unmatched. "It's necessary to deliver a specific amount and type of current at the right intervals (the waveform and frequency) customized to the area you're working on," Martyn explains. After discovering her technique in Europe, she had to reevaluate and adjust the technology for her clients in the U.S.—naturally, Americans are looking for instant gratification. "The clients here are looking to see a difference in one treatment, not after a series of 10."

To do it, she collaborated with Marius Morariu, a nutritionist with a passion for science. Together, they developed her "Beyond Microcurrent" lifting machine, which works to keep your skin elastic, your face lifted and contoured, and your features defined after just one 60-minute session. "The technology has the ability to de-puff your face (similar to a lymphatic drainage massage), enhance your cheekbones, and define your jawline by stimulating the skin and the muscles underneath," notes Martyn.

"We combine both light (including pulsating amber light that preserves collagen) and current with clean, natural products to enhance the penetration of the actives." Keep reading for the rundown of my entire facial (step-by-step) and the products you can purchase to re-create some of the results at home.

Here, find the best hair and makeup looks from the Met Gala red carpet and watch our editorial director get Madonna's pre-Met Gala facial.