20 facialists and makeup artists explain how they prepped celebrities’ skin for the 2022 Met Gala
As we spend the week unboxing the fashion and beauty looks seen on the red carpet, one major beauty question is on our minds: how do the experts really make these stars’ skin look so good?
“I’ve always had an approach where I emphasize skincare as part of the makeup ritual for myself and others,” says makeup artist Gucci Westman, who has worked with Emily Ratajkowski. for the night. vogue. “You’re laying down the whole makeup foundation, if you will. When you take the time to [perfect the skin]it makes a big difference to the overall outcome of your look.
With the stakes so high to get the perfect glamour, it’s no surprise the routines start days before the Gala. A session with famed facialist Toska Husted can involve sculpting, lifting and toning, while time with Iván Pol can include his Tour de Force rejuvenating treatment (as he did on Katy Perry) or his infamous treatment. Triple Threat which focuses on the eyes, eyebrows, and jawline.
As to what do not to do before a big event? Pros advise against invasive or harsh treatments such as extractions, microneedling, and peels, leaning instead toward creating definition, luminosity, and enhancing natural beauty. Here, 20 facialists and makeup artists tell us how they prepped their celebrity clients’ skin for fashion‘s biggest night.
Pol was behind Kris Jenner’s royal glow. After her signature treatment, “I applied Chanel’s No.1 Revitalizing Serum to the skin and penetrated the natural actives derived from Red Camellia to boost radiance. So her skin might appear almost golden,” he explains. He then followed with Chanel’s No. 1 Conditioning Cream and what he calls his secret sauce: “a skin enhancer powered with golden sandalwood to give skin more of that golden look.”
Westman trusted Noble Panacea for skincare, opting for serum and eye cream from her Brilliant collection, the latter of which she particularly loves for its light-reflecting properties under the eyes. “[Noble Panacea] it’s also nice because when you’re working with other people, it’s nice that it feels very hygienic and precise,” she says, since the formulas come in recyclable monodoses.
Joanna Vargas, the celebrity facialist who worked with Vanessa Hudgens and Lori Harvey ahead of the gala, not only focuses on personalized skincare routines, but also a range of in-office treatments. Think micro-currents, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, and a full-body LED light bed. For similar results, she would recommend the Magic Glow Wand from her collection to boost radiance or the Eden Hydrating Pro Moisturizer for an at-home facial.
Husted, who treated Karlie Kloss and Khloe Kardashian, started sessions with an enzyme cleanser, like Auteur’s Definitive Enzyme Cleanser, followed by a mild milky cleanser. Then, after dusting off, contouring and a cocktail of serums, she relied on Biologique Recherche’s PIGM 400 Mask to boost radiance.
Professional makeup artist Vincent Oquendo relies on FaceGym’s beauty tools for skin prep. To release tension from Daisy Edgar-Jones’ face, he used the FaceGym Face Ball with the Multi-Sculpt contouring gua sha. “It helps deflate and drain any remaining tension and adds gorgeous definition to the face.”
Mario Dedivanovic perfected Kim Kardashian’s makeup with the help of Augustinus Bader’s range. Along with the trademark cream, he used a few drops of The Face Oil around the cheekbones and brow bones “for extra hydration and dew.”
Before applying Maude Apatow’s classic glam, makeup artist Kelsey Deenihan turned to Skinfix to prep the actor’s skin. “I lightly applied Skinfix Barrier+ Triple Lipid-Boost 360° Eye Cream under her eyes to make sure the concealer didn’t smudge or crease,” she says. Next, she chose Repair Balm “for extra hydration and to prep lipstick” — the key to that eye-catching, long-wearing red lip.
Makeup pro Mai Quynh worked with Chloë Grace Moretz for the evening. “By using Naturopathica’s glow-inducing skincare before and after makeup application, I was able to accentuate Chloë’s already radiant skin to create the ultimate canvas for her red carpet look,” says Quynh. Before makeup, she applied the Vitamin K Eye Brightening Complex to add a “touch of radiance to the under-eye area,” even under concealer. Then, after powdering Mortez’s look, she spritzed Lavender & Honey Balancing Mist “to help makeup blend into skin and achieve a dewy, balanced look.”
Makeup pro Rachel Goodwin turned to Monastery Skin Care for Emma Stone’s pre-Met prep, saying the brand had “quickly become my go-to for treating my clients’ skin before makeup.” While a hyaluronic acid-infused gel-serum provided weightless, plumping hydration for the face, a squalane-infused oil provided a photo-ready glow to Stone’s arms and legs.
Social media darling rapper Jack Harlow trusted groomer Fitch Lunar for his Met Gala appearance. Lunar started his session with the TheraFace Pro, using the cleansing attachment, then switched to LED and Percussive technology “to relax any facial tension.” Then he relied on a cocktail of Murad products, including Correct & Protect SPF to hydrate and protect.
111Skin was famed makeup artist Georgie Eisdell’s collection of choice to perfect Dakota Johnson’s look, a process that began and ended with effective masks. Eisdell opted for the Rose Gold Foil Mask to brighten and clarify the face, and the Celestial Black Diamond Eye Mask to revitalize under the eyes.
Lizzo’s makeup artist Alexx Mayo relied on the Dermaflash Luxe microplaning device to prep the musician for the Met Gala. “I like to start with clean, dry skin and use the lowest setting. I use gentle downward strokes to remove any peach fuzz and dead skin on the surface.
“I like to rely on the skin and enhance the skin with makeup rather than putting on a thick mask of foundation and recreating glow or contours on the face, so the CurrentBody mask is one of tools that I always use on my regular clients,” says makeup artist Matin Maulawizada, who worked with Olivia DeJonge for the Met Gala. “She’s already been using the mask for a few weeks and today we used it again to follow her pre-skincare routine.”
“When my buddy Joe Jonas asked for a cool and easy grooming vibe for the 2022 Met Gala, I immediately thought of skincare!” said Scott McMahan. He opted for Mario Badescu’s Buttermilk Cleansing Oil and Moisturizer to protect and moisturize Jonas’ skin.
“A theme like Gilded Glamor and a show-stopping Versace dress called for a timelessly elegant makeup look with an emphasis on radiant, flawless skin and beautiful tawny tones on the eyes and lips,” makeup artist Fiona Stiles explains on her Met Gala skin preparation philosophy for Gabrielle Union. To achieve this, she relied on TheraFace Pro’s cryogenic and heated attachments to reduce puffiness and help products penetrate the skin.
“Rachel’s makeup doesn’t matter [Brosnahan], skin care is of utmost importance. I rarely stray from a natural glowing complexion and Susanne Kaufmann gets the job done,” says makeup artist Lisa Aharon, who applied A-brand hydrating mask and eye cream for a stellar glow.
“For me, The Gilded Age/Gilded Glamor was all about opulence and I find that the richer the skin, the more luxurious the beauty,” said celebrity makeup artist Moani Lee, who trusted 111Skin to prep Kacey Musgraves. She started with the Y Theorem Repair Serum NAC Y² for its anti-redness and soothing benefits, as well as the Rose Gold Radiance Booster for extra radiance on the high points of the face.
How did groomer Kumi Craig prepare Pete Davidson to walk the red carpet hand-in-hand with Kim Kardashian? He started with Olehenriksen’s Vitamin C-rich Stellar Serum to brighten and plump the skin, and finished with an elasticity-boosting moisturizer.
The famous make-up artist Jen Tioseco entrusted Mario Badescu with the preparation of Madelaine Petsch’s skin. She started with the brand’s coveted witch hazel and rosewater-infused toner to balance, then used her glycolic eye cream as the perfect base for concealer.
To perfect Sydney Sweeney’s look, makeup artist Melissa Hernandez relied on Laneige’s Water Bank collection, including toner, serum and moisturizer for deep, long-lasting hydration.
This article first appeared on Allure.com
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