Not all stars are natural beauties. It takes a village to get them prepped for their close-ups.
They looked flawless under klieg lights, at parties or just walking around town.
But it didn’t just happen overnight. Stars have a battery of miracle workers to call when they know they’re going to brave the zoom lenses.
As dermatologist Dr. Lisa Kellett of DLK on Avenue in Toronto explains, the regimen often starts way ahead of time.
ONE MONTH BEFORE
Begin intensive treatment with pharmaceutical grade vitamins A and C topically, which together act on fine wrinkles and constitute an antioxidant regimen to brighten skin.
If prone to acne, begin acne control and maintenance treatment using water-based, oil-free skin care and makeup formulas (as mother always said, it’s better to prevent breakouts than treat them). Kellet’s line, CLEAR, is a good choice. For fast control, she recommends one or two treatments of Levulan Photodynamic Therapy for immediate effect.
30-something stars, such as Penelope Cruz, can use Botox treatment for frown lines and crow’s feet and enhance their lips with injectable fillers. Stars with fair skin, such as Reese Witherspoon and Kate Winslet, should seek treatment by a dermatologist for redness and spider veins on the face using an Nd: YAG laser, which treats both quickly and easily.
40s and 50s
Remove brown age-spots on the face, backs of hands and chest with a Q – switched ruby laser. Botox treatment can lift the brow (creating a non-surgical “eye lift effect”) and also remove neck lines (necklace lines).
TWO WEEKS BEFORE
Epidermal peel to remove dead skin cells, brighten skin, remove superficial brown spots and improve skin texture. Apply an alpha-hydroxy acid formula on the feet and hands to ensure skin on these areas is baby smooth.
Laser hair removal for underarms, bikini lines, legs and face. In the past, ideal candidates were those with fair skin and dark hair like Christina Ricci, but now technology available at dermatologists’ offices can treat all skin types, including black skin like Kerry Washington’s.
Celebs with olive skin tones, such as Jennifer Lopez, are prone to brown spots and should remove freckles so that light is reflected uniformly off the face in preparation for close-ups. This is done using Intense Pulsed Light Therapy, which also brightens skin and improves skin tone and pore size.
40s and 50s
Celebs in the age group of Sigourney Weaver can use non-surgical Erbium: YAG laser peels to brighten and tighten the skin on the face, hands, chest and back.
ONE WEEK BEFORE
All ages: Physician-directed medical grade oxygen treatments to improve skin oxygenation and promote healing and cell turnover. Chest, neck and especially back treatments (if wearing an unforgiving backless dress, like Robin Wright Penn’s) with crystal microdermabrasion so skin on the body glows as equally as skin on the face.
Some young stars might be prone to acne and should check with a dermatologist to increase strength of acne medication.·
Stars with very fair skin, such as Cate Blanchett, should apply pharmaceutical grade vitamin C twice daily to the skin because it has a strong antioxidant effect and can reduce inflammation.
40s and 50s
Celebs in their 40s and 50s, such as Jessica Lange, can defy time by using injectable line fillers to the eyebrow area for a non-surgical lift and also to the cheeks for facial contouring.
THE DAY BEFORE
All ages and skin types:
Diamond peel (the stars’ secret weapon) removes dead skin cells using a handpiece encrusted with diamonds. The result is an immediate improvement in the way light reflects off the face, giving a glowing, fresh-scrubbed red carpet look. No alcohol.
See a dermatologist for any last-minute breakouts. Treatment with Light Modalities and prescription medication can decrease the inflammation of a pimple very quickly.
30-somethings, such as Rachel Weisz, would be wise to use a salicylic acid mask the night before a screening for 20 to 30 minutes to increase blood flow and clear pores.
40s and 50s
Actors in their 40s, 50s and beyond, such as Sandra Bullock, Sharon Stone and Julie Christie, can use a very simple trick to decrease under-eye puffiness: sleep on two pillows the night before a screening to keep the face above the level of the heart. Pleasant dreams.