Oscars beauty prep explained

Gwyneth Paltrow

When celebrities step out onto the red carpet, it’s easy to be wowed by their appearance. But what you may not realise is just how much work goes into ensuring a flawless appearance in front of photographers. With the Oscars fast approaching, Hollywood’s golden girls will already be prepping for the event, getting primped and preened ahead of the ceremony.

It doesn’t have to be a world-famous event though - whether you’ve got a big party or you just want to look fab for a date night, we’ve got the best tips for how to get that red carpet look.

Preparations four weeks in advance

The Oscars might not be taking place until February 28 (16), but some stars will have already started their preparations.

Natali Kelly, aesthetic practitioner and cosmetic dermatologist to the stars, advises that her 3D Facial Contouring treatment is the perfect way to begin the process.

“The contouring treatment with dermal fillers helps to perfect features, contouring the forehead, cheeks, chin, jawline and nose,” Natali told Cover Media. “This can add light and shade to the face ensuring a flawless complexion.”

It’s not cheap, with prices starting at around 920 euro, but can you really put a price on looking flawless?

If your budget is a bit more restrained, try visiting your local beauty salon for a good old facial. A facialist will also offer treatment advice for any skin issues such as acne or dry patches, so you can work on them in advance.

Preparations one week in advance

Whilst you might not think it – a lot can change in just seven days. One celebrity favourite is the iS Clinical Fire & Ice Facial, with stars including Gwyneth Paltrow and Halle Berry avid devotees. Known as the ‘Hollywood Red Carpet Facial’, this 197 euro treatment, a favourite at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, promises “clearer, smoother, tighter skin that is instantly more radiant and has a youthful glow.”

Another option is Natali’s Dr Levy Dermapen treatment, which infuses stem cells to stimulate, brighten and tighten the skin.

Preparations 24 hours in advance

The STARSKIN RED CARPET READY™ Coconut Bio-Cellulose Second Skin Hydrating face mask is the perfect option for a last minute skin boost. It gives you dewy, radiant skin and won’t break the bank, at a cost of around 11 euro, and is available from Selfridges, Harvey Nichols and www.asos.com.

Get the glow

A subtle golden tan is one of a celebrity’s best red carpet weapons. St. Tropez remains the favourite self tan among the famous, with many opting for a gradual lotion to build up coverage instead.

“Creating hyper-real, perfect looking skin for the red carpet is now so easy using St. Tropez Gradual Tan Tinted Everyday Body Lotion - the next generation in tanning,” Jules Heptonstall, St.Tropez Tanning & Skin Finishing Expert, told Cover Media.

Base matters

Achieving a flawless base is the most important aspect of red carpet make-up. Whether you want to go for a matte or dewy finish, you still need to make sure coverage is enough to withstand the photographers’ flashbulbs. L'Oréal Paris’ Infallible Face Long-lasting Foundation is a good choice at a budget busting 13 euro. Making it last

A make-up setting spray is the best way to ensure your look lasts the night. Urban Decay’s Cooling & Hydrating Make-up Setting Spray is a good choice, and will ensure you won’t get too hot and bothered on the red carpet. A cheaper option is the MUA Pro Base Fixing Mist, which “protects against heat, humidity, cold and windy conditions”.

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