While most of us won’t be prepping to walk the red carpet – which in fact was Champagne-colored this year – we can still benefit from tips shared by the experts who are responsible for some of Hollywood’s most beautiful complexions. Here, NEWBY HANDS gets the inside track – from JOANNA CZECH’s mustard baths to SHANI DARDEN’s face-sculpting wand and MELANIE GRANT’s evening routine
“We have about six weeks to get clients ready from the day the Oscar nominations are announced, so we begin with the body. I like [my clients] to drink three liters of water a day and take a bath with Dr. Singha Mustard Bath Soak every night. Epsom salts are great for the muscles, but mustard powder is a great detox. I also love the body-shaping massage technique used by Brazilian body therapists – it can really sculpt the body.”
“For the face, I start four weeks before [the event] with a lot of massage. I’ll prep the skin and then do 45 minutes of massage. It gets the skin so clean and, by week four, the whole shape of your face and upper body has changed. I follow the massage with a microcurrent device, as the muscles are warmed up and more responsive, which makes it so much easier to get that lifted look. Then I finish with cryotherapy to infuse everything. I also do a weekly peel – and will even do a very light lactic peel two days before the Oscars, as it’s so smoothing and super-hydrating.”
“I get clients to do a special twice-weekly treatment at home, using a cleansing oil and a clay mask. First, cleanse the skin with the oil, leave it on and apply the clay mask over it. Then, after 15 minutes, massage the two together into the skin and remove. It’s a great deep-cleansing and micro-peeling treatment – do this twice a week for four weeks and your skin is perfectly smooth and decongested.
“I do my final treatment two or even three days ahead of the event, as you look even better a few days after a treatment. If I am treating someone on the day of the event, I’ll give them a 10-minute face massage (including microcurrent and cryo), finishing off with my Joanna Czech The Soothing Serum, The C+ Serum, and a tiny bit of The Balm – which is warmed up before I massage it in. After that, their skin is glowing and they are ready for their makeup.”