9 Pre-Event Skin-Prep Tips Loved By Beauty A-Listers

When it comes to looking your best for an event, how you prepare can truly transform and elevate your skin. MALENA HARBERS discovers what the experts do to achieve a glowing complexion when it really counts

With a bit of pampering and preparation, you too can achieve the glowing, event-ready skin of Zoë Kravitz, Simone Ashley and Gemma Chan

Gucci Westman, makeup artist

“If I have anything important coming up, I always reach for products that I know and trust – it’s not the time to try something new. The night before, I’ll ‘baby’ my skin a bit with an extra-rich moisturizer from Augustinus Bader. When I’m getting ready on the day, I like a bit of gentle exfoliation to smooth away any dead skin cells, too – it gives a good base for makeup. My favorite step is to combine a bio-cellulose sheet mask with facial massage for lymphatic drainage. The ultimate combo for me lately has been 111Skin’s Sub-Zero De-Puffing Energy Facial Mask with a ReFa face roller. Not only is it a luxurious experience, but it instantly de-puffs and lifts my skin.”

Huda Kattan, founder of Huda Beauty

“The night before, I’ll cleanse my skin twice, then indulge in my holy grail product – the Huda Beauty Wishful Yo Glow Enzyme Scrub. I use it over my entire body, so my skin is polished and ready to glow. After this, I’ll soak my skin in a moisturizing sheet mask packed with active ingredients, followed by a hyaluronic acid serum and a jelly moisturizer, taken down from my face and neck to my décolletage. Finally, to truly feel relaxed ahead of a big day, I love to drench my skin in a facial rose oil, massaging it into my skin either using a jade roller or gua sha tool. Pairing this with a good night’s sleep means I wake up ready to take on the world.”

Miranda Kerr, model and founder of Kora Organics

“When I’m getting ready to go out, I definitely use a gua sha, and I love the NuFace microcurrent device, as I see the difference in my face – plus I’ve started using the NuBody, too. My Kora Organics Noni Glow Sleeping Mask is a hydrating mask and I’ll use it for 15 minutes, wash it off, then use a serum with the NuFace tool.”

Shani Darden, aesthetician

“I have a go-to routine for hydrated, glowing, sculpted skin that I do the night before an event. I start off by using my Cleansing Serum, then I use a chemical exfoliant such as Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare’s Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel pads or my custom professional lactic-acid peel, depending on what my skin needs. Next, I do a vibration-therapy treatment with my Facial Sculpting Wand for a more lifted appearance. I always rely on this tool when I need to look my best – it really helps to tone, tighten, lift and clear out any puffiness. Following that, I use Dr. Nigma Talib’s Serum No1 to deeply hydrate and plump up my skin. I finish with my Weightless Oil-Free Moisturizer, which combines hyaluronic acid and hydrolyzed collagen to keep skin supple without causing any congestion.”

Charlotte Tilbury, makeup artist and entrepreneur

“I’m obsessed with the Charlotte Tilbury Radiance Resurfacing Facial: when I’m exhausted, it sloughs off dead cells and my skin looks reborn. And I love cryo; I would always do bowls of ice for my clients, as it’s amazing how much it can tighten and lift the skin. Now I keep my Cryo-recovery Face Mask in the freezer, and if I’m puffy or haven’t slept enough, it’s like an ice gym for the skin that instantly gives me a tighter jaw line and brighter eyes. I use my Magic Serum underneath – the cold makes it really penetrate – and while I have the Cryo mask on, I press it up under the cheeks and then pitter-patter my fingers over it to get the circulation going.”

Sarah Chapman, facialist

“Before an important event, I focus on brightening and plumping my skin. After cleansing with lots of massage, I combine an acid exfoliant with a 10-minute steam using my Sarah Chapman Pro Hydro-Mist Steamer. As well as infusing the skin with plumping hydration, ionically charged steam helps the exfoliating acids to penetrate deeper for better results. After steaming, I sweep my Skinesis Liquid Facial Resurfacer on top for a final polish. Next, I use my Meso-Melt Infusion System. The combination of microneedling and serums really plumps my skin and boosts blood flow to make me look fresh. For extra radiance, I then apply an intensive vitamin C-based brightening serum to supercharge my skin’s luminosity. And to lock in moisture and nourish my skin overnight, I finish with my Skinesis Overnight Facial elixir and take a few minutes to really massage this into my skin to drain puffiness for a sculpted effect and leave my skin with a rosy glow. I believe in lashings of product before going to bed for a really glossy look the next day.”

Jess Hunt, founder of Refy

“I always begin my prep the night before any event. I like to start by polishing my skin with a physical exfoliator, followed by a makeup-removing gel cleanser to make sure my skin is clean and fresh. I’ll then sleep in a thick, nourishing repair lotion that helps to support my skin’s moisture barrier, so I wake up with the most hydrated and glowy skin. The day of the event, I like to use a brightening face mask – my favorite is the 111Skin Rose Gold Brightening Facial Treatment Mask. Before I apply my makeup, I use my Refy Face Primer, as I find this gives my makeup a good base and helps it to last.”

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, model and founder of Rose Inc

“The night before an event, I love a spray tan. I find it’s important to exfoliate my skin first, so I use the Rose Inc Skin Resolution Clarifying Toner – it’s very gentle and is so good for acne-prone skin like mine. I also love a face mask, especially 111Skin’s Rose Gold Brightening Facial Treatment Mask, as it gives instant hydration.”

Dr. Rosemarie Ingleton, dermatologist and founder of Rose MD Skin

“I always start my event-day skin prep with a fruit-acid cleanser, which I typically leave on my skin for one to two minutes before rinsing off. This will give me a nice exfoliation without being too aggressive. Next, I apply my Rose MD Skin Skin Calming Booster, which uses hyaluronic acid to deeply hydrate and calm any leftover skin irritation. Finally, I use my Signature Moisturizer over the top – to help smooth my complexion and promote a dewy glow upon waking the next day.”

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