Our favorite celebs are getting glam for this weekend’s Oscars, and before they walk the red carpet, you can bet they’ve been prepping days in advance. For us non-Hollywood A-listers, we turn to our leading lady Julie Raistrick, director of Spa Montage at Montage Beverly Hills, who offers DIY countdown and beauty tips to achieve red-carpet glamour any time of the year.
Photographer Scott Frances
Julie’s tips are sure to create showstoppers, which makes us all winners. (And we don’t even have to give an acceptance speech.)
• 30 Days Before: Tone up
Begin expanding your workout regime to include toning exercises for the biceps, triceps and shoulders. Make sure to do daily abdominal exercises or add two Pilates classes to your weekly routine. This mix of toning exercise will ensure a defined, toned look prior to any special event or start of the bathing suit season.
• Two Weeks Before: Get glowing
Prepare your body and skin for a healthy glow by trying a detoxification wrap or at-home detoxification diet to flush your system of unwanted toxins that can give your skin a dull, tired look.
• One Week Before: Pay attention to your backside
If you’re wearing something backless or heading out in a back- or arms-bearing top, try a facial focused on your backside. It’s important to do this early and a couple of times to ensure your skin has time to react to the benefits. This will help balance, smooth and tone, leaving a nice healthy glow to show off those fabulously toned arm and back muscles.
• A Couple of Days Before: Face time
Anti-aging facials can immediately reduce the appearance of wrinkles, smoothing fine lines and helping achieve a youthful glow. Facials are best the day before or morning of a special event. At-home facials with cold cucumbers for your eyes help achieve a remarkably refreshed appearance.
• Most Essential Beauty Tip: Rest up!
It’s called beauty sleep for a reason and is essential to ensuring a fresh, relaxed appearance. After all, no one wants to worry about their eyes looking tired and dull due to lack of sleep!