With awards season upon us, every year fashionistas and beauty mavens fawn over their favorite red carpet looks. Admired looks are quickly adapted to fit everyday style. Though trends complete your daily look, how can you perfect your appearance when it comes to your next big event? Beauty tips and treatments are the key. Here, a panel of dermatologists and beauty experts weighs in on tips/procedures to perfect your “Red Carpet Debut.”
Bold Brows have made a comeback! Everyone from Sofia Vergara to Kate Middleton has been spotted donning beautiful bold brows that wow on the red carpet. How can you get the look? “It’s all about the arch this season– big brows are back and they are more arched than ever,” explains Shana King, Beauty Blogger & Beauty Director at Anisa International. “So try to grow them in and visit your favorite esthetician or pick up a brow kit that has stencils to help fill your shape in. Benefit Cosmetics are arch experts and have an awesome brow kit that has everything you need.”
Looking for a more permanent fix? Triple Board certified San Diego-based Plastic Surgeon Dr. Richard Chaffoo recommends state-of-the-art NeoGraft Automated Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and Implantation Hair Transplant System. “It is a great solution for many women who suffer from hair loss. What many do not realize is that NeoGraft can treat several areas. Hair loss can occur with poorly performed plastic surgery associated with brow lifts and facelifts or with age. NeoGraft can reconstruct and restore a youthful hairline as well as camouflage scars by placing grafted hairs within the scars. It can be used to reconstruct eyebrows.” The procedure eliminates the linear scars, sutures or staples, which are often associated with the strip method of other hair grafting procedures currently being offered. Recovery is dramatically shortened and the overall procedure is much less invasive than the other older methods of hair replacement surgery.
A flawless face is usually a result of smooth and youthful skin. To rejuvenate your face for your special event, Board Certified Dermatologist Dr. Gregory Nikolaidis of Westlake Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery recommends Ultherapy®. The procedure is designed for full face and neck skin-tightening treatments. Ultrasound uses the cutting-edge technology of very high speed, low-frequency sound waves that radiate invisible micro vibrations deep within cells, helping stimulate the skin’s natural repair mechanisms in distinct ways. The treatment precisely targets tissue beneath the skin’s surface, leaving the top layers unharmed. It lifts and smooths the brow area, reduces sagging around the eyes, provides overall skin and neck tightness and provides a more refreshed look.
Another Red Carpet ready procedure suggested by Dr. Susan Tanne is Oxygen Treatments. “Nicknamed ‘The Hollywood Facial’ this scientific breakthrough is the latest, most naturally effective discovery in the continual search for the ‘Fountain of Youth.’ Many Hollywood celebrities rely on oxygen as a way to naturally maintain their skin’s young and vibrant look.” Cosmetic Laser MD’s oxygen treatment uses special serum combined with the pressure of hyberbaric oxygen, is infused into the skin to bring out its’ hyaluronic acid (the natural, youthful component that decreases over time). Infusing oxygen, along with essential vitamins and antioxidants, richly replenishes the skin. New and healthier cells are revived while harmful toxins are reduced. Lips are noticeably plumper, and fine lines are diminished. Results typically last 5-7 days.
What better way to get red carpet ready than by rejuvenating your skin? The HydraFacial™ treatment is a new breakthrough in aesthetic technology. It takes its name from the root word Hydrate; “to cause to take up moisture”. This ability to moisturize the skin separates the HydraFacial™ from all other skin resurfacing procedures. The HydraFacial™ treatment removes dead skin cells and extracts impurities while simultaneously bathing the new skin with cleansing, hydrating and moisturizing solutions. The treatment is soothing, refreshing, non-irritating, immediately effective and has little to no downtime.
For photo perfect matte skin, Shana King says,” Focus on perfecting your canvas with products that help mattify, perfect and smooth. Like BB cream, long wear primer and skin serums. MAC has a great one that even has an SPF of 35 in it.” To top off a flawless face, go crimson. “Crimson Lips. Lips are red hot this season and the bolder the better. Try using a lip primer before applying color to help prevent lipstick from bleeding. I am loving Revlon’s Color Burst.”
Skin-tight short dresses are always a big hit on the red carpet and any event, however– bulging skin and cellulite could have you rethinking your outfit. With little downtime and quick results, Dr. Nikolaidis favors Thermage. The procedure uses unique radiofrequency (RF) technology to safely heat the deep layers of your skin, while cooling the surface of your skin to keep it intact during the procedure. This deep heating stimulates your body’s natural skin renewal process, which helps tighten existing collagen and form new collagen. Over time, sagging or wrinkled skin is replaced with smoother, tighter skin; improved tone and texture; and an overall younger looking appearance. The treatment reduces wrinkled and sagging skin on the legs and arms, and works to rid those love handles and lessens the appearance of cellulite.
Want to look slimmer? Dr. Nikolaidis recommends freezing away your body fat for the perfect red carpet look. ZELTIQ CoolScuplting is an FDA-cleared and patented method of fat removal. Patients typically start seeing results as soon as three weeks after treatment. The ZELTIQ system utilizes a patented method called Cryolipolysis, which naturally cools fat cells, causing them to eventually shrink and disappear. The ideal patient is someone looking for spot-reduction in stubborn areas.