If you’re an A-lister up against a wall of flashbulbs on the biggest night of the year, you start prepping from the ground up—and we’re not talking about the surplus of Spanx that are undoubtedly sashaying down the red carpet tonight. Renowned skin whisperer, Georgia Louise (and her Oscar suite complete with a roaring fireplace), is the first stop for the who’s who of Hollywood (including Amy Schumer, Isabelle Huppert, and more). The pro is so in demand that you can’t even add your name to the waitlist (we’re told it’s currently closed) for one of her famed $650 bespoke facials, but you can steal these tips straight from the source free of charge.
Big screen-worthy skin doesn’t happen overnight.
“I like to have my clients on a daily and weekly skincare regime for maintenance so they can keep their skin flawless,” said Louise. “Each client is different so I create a bespoke regimen accordingly. The basics—cleansing, toning, moisturizing, SPF—are always included and I may incorporate serums and masks if needed.” Some of her favorite skin prescriptions: “I’m a big fan of Biologique Recherche Lotion P50. It’s a liquid exfoliant and toner, so it balances the pH of the skin and gently exfoliates. Medik8 CE-Thione is my favorite Vitamin C serum. And to keep the integrity of your skin, you should use Vitamin A. My Vitamin A Complex Serum has the fatty acid form of retinol allowing for deeper penetration without the skin flaking. To add that last minute glow, a finishing serum, like my Vital Finishing Serum, seals in all the moisture and acts as a primer for makeup.”
But if you’re pressed for time, try this quick fix:
“Everyone wants the red carpet glow, so my treatments before red carpet events usually including lots of hydrating [ingredients] to plump, and rejuvenate the skin,” the pro explained. “For my clients where aging is more of a concern, I do a lot of manual lifting and lymphatic drainage to give that taut skin appearance.” If you can’t break out the big guns (like the “electric mask” seen above), try something a bit more low-tech but just as effective, like Environ’s Professional Intense C-Peel. “This is great for a client that has an event the same day and that wants instant gratification and brightening and tightening, and that dewy, glossy skin,” Louise said. To de-puff eyes and brighten dark circles, try Elemis Pro-Radiance Illuminating Eye Balm laced with reflective pigments that "bounce out the light." For even better results, stash the tube in the fridge to chill the metal tip.
The best way to boost circulation: “Massage!” said Louise. “Our busy lifestyles sometimes prevent us from taking the time to massage products into our skin and increase circulation.” She suggests using a vitamin C serum (like the aforementioned Medik8 CE-Thione) to up the radiance factor. Or, try gliding Louise’s Rose Quartz Butterfly Stone over a face oil to “lift and sculpt,” using the blush-colored tool “like an eraser” to minimize frown lines and crow’s feet.
No amount of concealer will erase the fact that you popped a pimple.
“I use high frequency masks and spot treatments to help reduce the appearance of the breakouts or get rid of them completely,” said Louise. “Never pop a pimple, especially before a big event.” In short: If you don’t have access to an Oscar suite outfitted with skin-saving gadgets designed to camouflage your complexion casualties in a hurry, keep your hands off!