If you had the chance to pick the brain of a world-renowned make-up artist, a celebrity hairstylist or a dermatologist at the top of his or her field, what would you ask them?
As beauty editors, we’re fortunate enough to get one-on-one time with the industry’s finest, and the tips and tricks we pick up are too good to keep to ourselves.
Here, Dr. David Colbert, a New York City-based dermatologist with clients that include Jennifer Lawrence, Naomi Watts and Robin Wright, reveals how celebrities achieve radiant, red carpet-ready complexions.
The doctor is in: Stars like Jennifer Lawrence, 27, visit New York-based dermatologist Dr. David Colbert before big red carpet events to ensure a glowing complexion
Award-winning skin: The expert tended to the complexions of celebs like Keri Russell (left), 41, and Robin Wright (right), 51, before last week’s Emmy Awards
With packed schedules that include press junkets, red carpets and their after parties and long days on set, we were not surprised to learn that Dr. Colbert’s clients’ number one skin priority is to avoid looking stressed and tired.
‘Stars want a fresh, happy glow that lasts the duration of the marathon of parties and endless paparazzi,’ he said after tending to the complexions of A-listers for the Emmy Awards last week.
To ensure this, stars pay him a visit a month before big red carpet events like the Emmys, and then again two or three days before the ceremony.
His Triad Facial, Runway Facial and eTwo Sublime Facial Contouring and Tightening – anything that lifts, tightens and brightens – are among his most sought-after treatments.
Celeb-approved: Dr. Colbert’s clients like Naomi Watts, 48, love his facials which include treatments like microdermabrasion, laser toning and a chemical peel
Shop glow-inducing products from top left:
Colbert MD illumino Anti-Aging Brightening Mask ($110 for five masks, colbertmd.com)
Moroccanoil Pure Argan Oil ($52, moroccanoil.com)
Frownies Facial Patches ($17, walgreens.com)
A $2,000 treatment may not be in your budget, but a red carpet glow can still be yours.
Leading up to a big event like a wedding, Dr. Colbert advises eating a diet rich in foods like kale, almonds, white fish, Greek yogurt and olive oil to promote beauty from within.
For a quick boost, the skin expert likes Frownies, patches applied to the area in between the eyes that he says help reduce the appearance of crow’s feet overnight.
‘They target the underlying muscles to assume a wrinkle-free appearance and give an instant smoothing effect,’ he said.
Another way to smooth out the skin is with argan oil. ‘The shimmer effect also gives you a glowing complexion,’ he said.
The morning of, he suggests applying a brightening face mask like his own line’s Illumino Brightening Mask for an instant refresh.