Tips on how to Prep Your Pores and skin for Make-up Like a Movie star

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

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 numerous work into it. It’s been an actual honor that she’s trusted me to assist hold her glowing all these years. Seeing her discuss in regards to the merchandise she used to prepare for the premiere impressed me to share among the ideas I give my purchasers. Hold scrolling to learn 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 wanting wholesome and glowing in 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 affect in your pores and skin. It’s at all times nice to incorporate nutritious meals which might be excessive in antioxidants forward of the massive day (and usually!), however I by no means advocate dramatically altering your weight loss program in preparation for one, particular day. 

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


For purchasers vulnerable to pimples, particularly hormonal pimples, I at all times suggest limiting dairy consumption throughout this week. It’s potential for dairy to set off cystic breakouts, so going straightforward right here can assist cut back the probabilities of a flare-up. Some folks’s breakouts are additionally triggered by excessive quantities of sugar, so hold 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 may cause dehydration. 

Talking of puffiness, right here’s the right way to handle under-eye puffiness

Keep away from Skilled Remedies 

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

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

Don’t Strive New Skincare Merchandise

Through 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 essential. By attempting one thing new, you danger having a adverse response that might take some time to right. 

Give attention to Soothing Hydration 

Usually, the main focus this week ought to be on preserving the pores and skin hydrated and soothed. Don’t throw too many sturdy energetic components at it. The purpose is to have easy, moisturized pores and skin as a canvas in your make-up look. You don’t wish to danger irritation as this will result in bumpy, crimson, or textured pores and skin. 

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

Think about Slicing Again on Retinoids

Retinoids are hands-down the most effective components for lovely, glowing pores and skin. However in the event you use a prescription, you understand all too effectively that dryness and flakiness might be negative effects. If this tends to occur to you, I recommend reducing your retinoid out per week forward of your occasion. You’ll be able to add it again in proper after, however it will guarantee your pores and skin is easy and flake-free in your essential day. 


Talking of preserving pores and skin easy and flake-free, exfoliation is essential. 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 he or she makes use of it faithfully! I’m actually pleased with this peel as a result of it provides skilled outcomes at residence with out irritating the pores and skin. (Once more, ensure you’ve used it earlier than, and don’t attempt 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 could possibly typically trigger just a little 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 in your occasion. 

To assist these expired cells alongside, it’s also possible to use a bodily scrub like Triple Berry Smoothing Scrub. Strive utilizing it the day after doing the peel for what I prefer to name the two-step exfoliation methodology. This principally hastens the exfoliation course of and is a good way to rapidly obtain brighter-looking pores and skin. 

If You Get a Pimple, No Selecting!!

I do know it’s so aggravating 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 scenario is decide at your pores and skin! Having a blemish is not 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 too can use a high-frequency wand to shrink it utilizing the “sparking” methodology, as demonstrated alone 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 prime. 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 hold issues easy.

Keep Hydrated and Increase Your Circulation

On the day of your occasion, you’ll wish to give attention to getting loads of hydration each inside and outside! Our pores and skin seems finest when it has good circulation, so in the event you can, make time to go for a stroll or do some yoga (or a exercise of your selection) to get your breath flowing. This may additionally assist calm any nerves you might be feeling. 

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

At-Residence Instruments

When you’re a fan of at-home gadgets, give attention to those that can create a visual change for the massive day.

My private favourite is handheld microcurrent gadgets. They assist convey a extra lifted look to the face, and so they may assist a bit with de-puffing. You’ll get the perfect outcomes by beginning to use your gadget a minimum of ten days earlier than an occasion, however most individuals can even see a optimistic change through the use of it day of.

An alternative 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 movement to convey extra vitamins to the pores and skin. That mentioned, in the event you’re very vulnerable to redness or have numerous energetic breakouts, I might skip this.

Hold Your Skincare Easy

A very powerful factor at this time is that your skincare is appropriate together 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 might begin to occur in the event you layer too many skincare merchandise beneath. For these causes, I normally suggest that purchasers hold their makeup-prep skincare tremendous easy, and Demi positively follows this recommendation. 

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

A Hydrating Masks

The morning of, use whichever hydrating gel masks you’ve been utilizing to begin 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 wanting 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 crimson 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 mentioned.

In case your pores and skin leans dry, attempt one thing just a little thicker, just like the Glow Enhancing Creme. This moisturizer was formulated to convey 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, however it additionally has light-reflecting properties that make this space look immediately brighter. Its light-weight texture makes it good underneath concealer

Additionally, that is the one time you’ll ever hear me say this, however it’s okay to skip sunscreen simply this as soon as! SPF ought to usually be the star of the present, however at this time, it’s all in regards to the glam. I hope the following tips helped and that they can help you give attention to the enjoyable and pleasure of your massive day.