With award-season in full swing our inboxes and Insta-feeds are bursting with celebrities boasting perfectly plumped skin and makeup that looks immaculate, even in front of flashing lights. But how do they do it? We bring you our guide on to how to master red carpet skin for any occasion and any day of the week, including tips on how to perfect your routine with expert advice from New York dermatologist Dr Dennis Gross and Shannon Dellimore, Founder of Glamglow, as well as a failsafe edit of glow-inducing skincare.
A Month Before…
Although the perfectly preened celebrities we see treading the red make it look easy, remember their skin’s journey to complexion perfection has been a meticulous one. There’s a lot of hard work that goes into looking that polished and Dr Dennis Gross recommends implementing a strict skincare regime ideally a month in advance of any big event, “it’s always better to be proactive rather than reactive when it comes to skincare and the earlier you start, the better,” he says.
To jump start bright, glowing skin he advises using a gentle, daily chemical exfoliant like Alpha Beta Daily Peels, “they are formulated with a cocktail of alpha and beta acids at low concentrations to tackle multiple skincare concerns, but without irritating skin,” he explains. When it comes to ingredients, alpha hydroxy acids such as glycolic, lactic, tartaric, citric, malic and mandelic are all great for daily resurfacing, and help to shed dead cells and reveal brighter, revived skin.
For the second step, try to incorporate skincare rich in vitamin C, a powerhouse ingredient that works to brighten, tighten, decrease fine lines and wrinkles and reduce inflammation, all while protecting skin from damaging free radicals.
Dr Gross also suggests incorporating an LED device like SpectraLite FaceWare Pro into your weekly routine, “the device is perfect for preparing for a special event as it diminishes fine lines and wrinkles by actually stimulating your skin to make more of its own collagen and giving you a glowing complexion,” he says. SpectraLite is also suitable for using during the lead up to special occasions as it uses blue light to target acne causing bacteria, which starts to form beneath the skin’s surface two weeks prior to a breakout.
The Week Before…
“Face masks are one the best ways to deliver ingredients directly into the skin for instant results,” explains Shannon Dellimore, Founder of Glamglow. Plus, they are the perfect pre-makeup treatment to minimize pores, diminish fine lines and wrinkles and tighten skin for red-carpet killing contours. They’re an excellent way to tighten, brighten and pull out impurities, but be careful to leave enough time before the big day, just in case your skin purges and results in a breakout. To target different concerns at the same time and leave your complexion looking virtually poreless, Shannon advocates multi-masking. “For a Hollywood glow, I like to use Supermud all over as a pre-makeup treatment to shrink pores and draw out impurities, Gravitymud to firm and tone and Thirstymud for ultra-hydrated, glowing skin,” says Shannon.
The Night Before…
The good news is that if you do happen to experience a blemish right before an event, you can still use blue LED light as a preventative. Talika’s Free Skin Purifying Energy Booster uses a combination of red and blue LED light to combat inflammation and reduce redness as well as stop blemish-causing bacteria in its tracks. Also look for blemish-busting treatments that contain sulphur – a key ingredient that works overnight to clear blemishes by morning.
Give your skin the maximum time to recover by getting an early night right before your big day. Just before you turn out the lights, take a few moments to stimulate your circulation and blood flow by including a mini facial massage into your evening skincare ritual. Apply your products and work into skin in upward motions, taking special care around the delicate eye area to give skin a healthy, plumped-up look just in time for the big day.