The way to Prep Your Pores and skin for Make-up Like a Celeb

Massive occasions give us one thing to sit up for, however making ready for them can be a supply of stress. The stress to look nice on one, particular day is overwhelming at instances. Whereas most of us have a giant occasion on the books possibly every year, celebrities are making ready for them always. Between red-carpet appearances, awards exhibits, and performances, they’re no strangers to feeling the stress!

I’ve had the privilege of being Demi Lovato’s longtime esthetician, and I’ve helped put together her pores and skin for numerous occasions. She was recently featured in Vogue for the look she debuted on the Scream 6 premiere. (Demi is a significant horror movie buff and even wrote a tune for the film!) She spoke about what impressed her look, however she additionally touched on how she prepped her pores and skin for all that glam.

Demi is so fastidious about her pores and skin and places loads of work into it. It’s been an actual honor that she’s trusted me to assist preserve her glowing all these years. Seeing her discuss in regards to the merchandise she used to prepare for the premiere impressed me to share a number of the suggestions I give my purchasers. Hold scrolling to discover ways to get glowing earlier than your subsequent massive occasion! 

Within the Week Main Up To Your Occasion

There are a variety of issues you are able to do (and, extra particularly, not do) to make sure you’re trying wholesome and glowing on your particular occasion.

Restrict Sure Meals to Curb Puffiness 

To be clear, no quantity of inexperienced juice or “clear consuming” within the week main as much as an occasion goes to have a lot of an impression in your pores and skin. It’s all the time nice to incorporate nutritious meals which can be excessive in antioxidants forward of the massive day (and usually!), however I by no means advocate dramatically altering your food regimen in preparation for one, particular day. 

In relation to meals impacting your pores and skin within the quick time period, it’s extra about what you don’t eat.


For purchasers susceptible to pimples, particularly hormonal pimples, I all the time advocate limiting dairy consumption throughout this week. It’s doable for dairy to set off cystic breakouts, so going simple right here will help cut back the probabilities of a flare-up. Some individuals’s breakouts are additionally triggered by excessive quantities of sugar, so preserve sweets to a minimal. 

Alcohol and Sodium

The opposite two meals to look at throughout this week are alcohol and sodium. Each can result in puffiness, and extreme alcohol consumption could cause dehydration. 

Talking of puffiness, right here’s how you can handle under-eye puffiness

Keep away from Skilled Remedies 

Looking for out skilled therapies forward of a giant occasion will be tempting, particularly in case your pores and skin isn’t fairly the place you need it to be. However for those who’re going to do any therapies, they need to be finished WELL prematurely. That is very true if it’s a therapy you’ve by no means tried earlier than.

Whether or not it’s laser, microneedling, injectables, a chemical peel, extractions, or something in between, you’ll want to get your therapy a minimum of a month or two out. 

Don’t Attempt New Skincare Merchandise

In the course of the week main as much as a giant occasion, the very last thing you wish to do is experiment with new skincare merchandise. Belief me, consistency is vital. By attempting one thing new, you threat having a unfavorable response that might take some time to right. 

Concentrate on Soothing Hydration 

Typically, the main target this week needs to be on holding the pores and skin hydrated and soothed. Don’t throw too many robust energetic elements at it. The purpose is to have easy, moisturized pores and skin as a canvas on your make-up look. You don’t wish to threat irritation as this could result in bumpy, pink, or textured pores and skin. 

One nice technique to put together throughout this time is to up your use of a hydrating masks. When you’re breakout-prone, strive Rapid Response Detox Masque. In any other case, you possibly can attain for the ultra-soothing Bio Calm Repair Masque. Each of those are gel-based, and utilizing them a number of instances per week will enhance the water content material in your pores and skin to make it good and bouncy. When you wrestle with puffiness, you may as well preserve them within the fridge for an additional cooling impact. 

Think about Reducing Again on Retinoids

Retinoids are hands-down among the finest elements for stunning, glowing pores and skin. However for those who use a prescription, all too properly that dryness and flakiness will be uncomfortable side effects. If this tends to occur to you, I counsel chopping your retinoid out per week forward of your occasion. You may add it again in proper after, however this can guarantee your pores and skin is easy and flake-free on your essential day. 


Talking of holding pores and skin easy and flake-free, exfoliation is vital. If I’m not personally giving Demi a facial, I’ll have her do the Triple Berry Smoothing Peel two days earlier than her occasion. This has been one of her favorite masks because it launched, and she or he makes use of it faithfully! I’m actually pleased with this peel as a result of it offers skilled outcomes at dwelling with out irritating the pores and skin. (Once more, be sure to’ve used it earlier than, and don’t strive something new proper earlier than your occasion.)

The rationale you don’t wish to do a peel the day earlier than an occasion is that it might probably typically trigger a bit flaking the next day as outdated cells slough off. By doing the peel two days out, you’ll guarantee these outdated, expired cells are shed to disclose brighter pores and skin beneath, simply in time on your occasion. 

To assist these expired cells alongside, you may as well use a bodily scrub like Triple Berry Smoothing Scrub. Attempt utilizing it the day after doing the peel for what I prefer to name the two-step exfoliation methodology. This principally accelerates the exfoliation course of and is a good way to shortly obtain brighter-looking pores and skin. 

If You Get a Pimple, No Selecting!!

I do know it’s so tense to get a zit within the week main as much as an occasion, and this makes the urge to mess with it stronger than ever. However the worst factor you are able to do on this state of affairs is decide at your pores and skin! Having a blemish isn’t any enjoyable, however belief me, it’s a lot simpler to cowl with make-up than a scab or a wound. 

When you do have a blemish, faithfully apply Anti Bump Solution, which is non-drying. You may also use a high-frequency wand to shrink it utilizing the “sparking” methodology, as demonstrated by myself chin breakout right here

When you do nonetheless have a blemish the day of, apply a non-drying cortisone cream. As soon as it’s dry, apply moisturizer on high. The cortisone cream will assist with redness and swelling, which is able to make it much less apparent in order that it may be simply disguised with make-up. 

Pores and skin Care the Day Of Your Occasion

As soon as the massive day arrives, you’ll wish to preserve issues easy.

Keep Hydrated and Increase Your Circulation

On the day of your occasion, you’ll wish to deal with getting loads of hydration each in and out! Our pores and skin appears greatest when it has good circulation, so for those who can, make time to go for a stroll or do some yoga (or a exercise of your alternative) to get your breath flowing. This may additionally assist calm any nerves it’s possible you’ll be feeling. 

When you’re pressed for time and may’t match a exercise in, strive my 2-minute trick for glowing pores and skin.

At-Dwelling Instruments

When you’re a fan of at-home gadgets, deal with those that may create a visual change for the massive day.

My private favourite is handheld microcurrent gadgets. They assist carry a extra lifted look to the face, they usually may assist a bit with de-puffing. You’ll get one of the best outcomes by beginning to use your machine a minimum of ten days earlier than an occasion, however most individuals will even see a constructive change by utilizing it day of.

Another choice is gua sha or different therapeutic massage instruments. These are nice for lymphatic drainage therapeutic massage, which is nice for a dewier complexion as a result of it stimulates circulation and blood stream to carry extra vitamins to the pores and skin. That stated, for those who’re very susceptible to redness or have numerous energetic breakouts, I might skip this.

Hold Your Skincare Easy

A very powerful factor as we speak is that your skincare is suitable along with your make-up. The purpose is wearability and longevity, so I desire avoiding too many oils. These could make your make-up slip round. You additionally don’t need your make-up pilling, which may begin to occur for those who layer too many skincare merchandise beneath. For these causes, I often advocate that purchasers preserve their makeup-prep skincare tremendous easy, and Demi positively follows this recommendation. 

After cleaning your pores and skin, I preserve it to round 4 merchandise.

A Hydrating Masks

The morning of, use whichever hydrating gel masks you’ve been utilizing to start out issues off on the appropriate foot.

An Essence Toner

When you’ve rinsed off your masks, transfer on to an essence. An essence is principally simply an amped-up toner, and it deeply infuses your pores and skin with hydration. Once more, hydration is the secret as a result of it’s key to your make-up trying seamless. My go-to is Moisture Infusion Toner.


Subsequent up, a moisturizer for your skin type.

These with oily/mixture pores and skin ought to use one thing with a lotion texture versus a heavy cream. Demi is a Skin Type 2 (on the oilier aspect), and her standby for the pink carpet is Sheer Moisture Lotion. “…Sheer Moisture Lotion…has my pores and skin clear, prepped, and prepared with a pleasant glow earlier than I begin glam,” she stated.

In case your pores and skin leans dry, strive one thing a bit thicker, just like the Glow Enhancing Creme. This moisturizer was formulated to carry out your inside glow, and it’s moisturizing with out being sticky or greasy

A Brightening Eye Cream

Final however not least, a brightening eye cream. One other product Demi swears by when she’s prepping her pores and skin for make-up is the Vitamin C Eye Brightener. It reduces darkish under-eyes over time, nevertheless it additionally has light-reflecting properties that make this space look immediately brighter. Its light-weight texture makes it excellent underneath concealer

Additionally, that is the one time you’ll ever hear me say this, nevertheless it’s okay to skip sunscreen simply this as soon as! SPF ought to usually be the star of the present, however as we speak, it’s all in regards to the glam. I hope the following pointers helped and that they permit you to deal with the enjoyable and pleasure of your massive day.