The best way to Prep Your Pores and skin for Make-up Like a Movie star

Large occasions give us one thing to look ahead to, however getting ready for them can be a supply of stress. The strain to look nice on one, particular day is overwhelming at instances. Whereas most of us have a giant occasion on the books perhaps yearly, celebrities are getting ready for them always. Between red-carpet appearances, awards reveals, 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 lots 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 among the suggestions I give my purchasers. Maintain scrolling to discover ways to get glowing earlier than your subsequent large 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 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 influence in your pores and skin. It’s all the time nice to incorporate nutritious meals which might be excessive in antioxidants forward of the massive day (and normally!), however I by no means advocate dramatically altering your food regimen in preparation for one, particular day. 

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


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

Alcohol and Sodium

The opposite two meals to observe 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 find out how to handle under-eye puffiness

Keep away from Skilled Therapies 

Looking for out skilled remedies forward of a giant occasion may be tempting, particularly in case your pores and skin isn’t fairly the place you need it to be. However in case you’re going to do any remedies, they need to be finished WELL upfront. 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, make sure you get your therapy a minimum of a month or two out. 

Don’t Attempt New Skincare Merchandise

Throughout 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 threat having a unfavorable response that would take some time to appropriate. 

Give attention to Soothing Hydration 

On the whole, the main target this week ought to be on preserving 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 in your make-up look. You don’t wish to threat irritation as this may result in bumpy, pink, or textured pores and skin. 

One nice solution to put together throughout this time is to up your use of a hydrating masks. In case you’re breakout-prone, attempt 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. In case you battle with puffiness, it’s also possible to preserve them within the fridge for an additional cooling impact. 

Think about Reducing Again on Retinoids

Retinoids are hands-down probably the greatest elements for stunning, glowing pores and skin. However in case you use a prescription, you recognize all too effectively that dryness and flakiness may be unintended effects. If this tends to occur to you, I counsel slicing your retinoid out per week forward of your occasion. You may add it again in proper after, however it will guarantee your pores and skin is easy and flake-free in your vital 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 happy with this peel as a result of it provides skilled outcomes at house with out irritating the pores and skin. (Once more, be sure to’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 may well typically trigger slightly 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. Attempt utilizing it the day after doing the peel for what I prefer to name the two-step exfoliation technique. This mainly hastens the exfoliation course of and is an effective way to rapidly obtain brighter-looking pores and skin. 

If You Get a Pimple, No Choosing!!

I do know it’s so worrying 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 choose 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. 

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

In case 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 concentrate on getting loads of hydration each inside and outside! Our pores and skin seems to be greatest when it has good circulation, so in case you 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 you could be feeling. 

In case 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

In case you’re a fan of at-home gadgets, concentrate on those that can 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, and so they can even assist a bit with de-puffing. You’ll get the very best outcomes by beginning to use your machine a minimum of ten days earlier than an occasion, however most individuals will even see a optimistic 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 movement to carry extra vitamins to the pores and skin. That mentioned, in case you’re very vulnerable to redness or have numerous energetic breakouts, I might skip this.

Maintain Your Skincare Easy

A very powerful factor in the present day is that your skincare is suitable 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 case you layer too many skincare merchandise beneath. For these causes, I often advocate that purchasers preserve their makeup-prep skincare tremendous easy, and Demi undoubtedly 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 begin issues off on the correct foot.

An Essence Toner

When you’ve rinsed off your masks, transfer on to an essence. An essence is mainly 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 says.

In case your pores and skin leans dry, attempt one thing slightly thicker, just like the Glow Enhancing Creme. This moisturizer was formulated to carry out your internal 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 good 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 in the present day, it’s all in regards to the glam. I hope the following pointers helped and that they let you concentrate on the enjoyable and pleasure of your large day.