The Met Gala is a bit like the Super Bowl of beauty and fashion events, but landing a coveted invite to Anna Wintour's affair is only half the battle. The real work comes in the weeks (and months) leading up to it. While designers are hard at work creating various masterpieces to fit the theme — this year, it's "Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty" — celebrities and their glam teams begin with beauty prep for the red carpet. Some of the beauty modifications are easy to spot, like Kim Kardashian's blond hair for the 2022 Met Gala; others are a bit more subtle but important just the same — like the skin prep. One way stars like Cara Delevingne, Lily Collins, and Stephanie Hsu get ready is by getting a facial with A-list aesthetician Joanna Czech.
Czech is no stranger to the Met Gala and the pressures of the annual gathering — she started out as Wintour's personal facialist. Now, she helps some of the biggest names in Hollywood get their skin ready for the big night. Each treatment Czech does is customized to the star and features a combination of techniques and products, including peels, serums, lasers, and facial massages.
Skin prep can start as early as four to six weeks in advance. "This way, if there are any more aggressive treatments they need, like a chemical peel, they can do [it] with time to recover," Czech tells POPSUGAR. "The days leading up to the Met, I focus on soothing, hydrating, evening [the] complexion, sculpting the face, and reducing any inflammation or redness."
Every facial starts with a massage using just her hands to sculpt and lift the face. Then she moves on to a water peel, which is a gentler form of exfoliation. After exfoliation, Czech applies serums to target a variety of skin-care concerns, from dullness to discoloration and dryness. "Afterward, the LYMA Laser is used to improve skin elasticity, reduce pigmentation, brighten, and push skin-care products deeper into the skin," she says.