How A-Listers Prepped Their Skin for This Year’s Highly Anticipated Met Gala

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It’s a big night in fashion, one we’ve been waiting on for what seems like forever. The last “Fashion’s Biggest Night Out” was held a lifetime ago, all the way back in March 2019, so this year’s event is extra special and the stars are taking extra care to look their glowiest.

Kate Hudson

While Hudson just announced her engagement to longtime boyfriend Danny Fujikawa, her glow is also due in part to the firming facial treatment performed by The Beauty Sandwich, Iván Pol, who gave her a facial treatment using his buzzy facial that features radio frequency and Dr. Barbara Sturm’s products.

Before Hudson stepped foot on the red carpet, her makeup artist Quinn Murphy prepped her face and neck with the CurrentBody Skin LED Light Therapy Mask ($349) and The Neck and Dec Perfector ($310). “I love using the Currentbody mask before I start skincare and makeup,” explains Quinn. “It’s only 10 minutes and you can see the skin is visibly smoother and more alive. For an event like the Met Gala, it’s a quick and important step to gorgeous skin. Kate was super-excited to try it.”

Karlie Kloss

Kloss also recieved Pol’s signature “The Beauty Sandwich” facial in which he sculpts the muscles using infrared and bipolar radio frequency. 

Laura Harrier

We can’t wait to see what Harrier will bring to the red carpet, but ahead of her Met Gala debut, Pol treated the actress with his signature facial, which gave her what she called that “pre-Met glow.”

Lily Aldridge

Aldridge did double duty, with some whole-body cryotherapy at The Fuel Stop in their natural air full-immersion cryo chamber. The treatment is said to help tissue circulation, detoxification and help lift the mood through an endorphin and dopamine boost. For her face, she trusted none other than celebrity aesthetician Joanna Czech who used her facial massage technique and 111Skin products to lift and sculpt.

Gabrielle Union

Union had the OxyLight facial with Czech, which includes oxygen therapy, red and blue LED light therapy, microcurrent and more, through the futuristic-looking multi-functional facial device that’s hovering above her. Czech also used 111Skin’s Sub-Zero De-Puffing Eye Masks on Union to get her camera ready for the event.

Nicola Ward

Another Mimi Luzon devotee, model Nicola Ward shared her mask moments just hours before she was set to hit the red carpet.

Lil Nas X

Less than 24-hours after his show stopping VMA performance, the rapper emerged looking fresh with skin as smooth as his metal armor thanks to celebrity makeup artist Grace Pae. She used the compact SolaWave ($149) facial device to give him a treatment that consisted of red light therapy, microcurrent, therapeutic warming and massage. The result, a jaw-dropping entrance with full glam from head to toe.

Emma Chamberlain

Makeup artist Kelsey Deenihan gave Emma’s skin the pre-party prep it needed to last all night: “To begin prepping, I applied a thin veil of the Colleen Rothschild Beauty Sheer Renewal Cream ($55) to Emma’s face. Next, to ensure that the foundation really hugs the skin, I used the Colleen Rothschild Beauty Black Tourmaline Face Primer ($44),” she says. “The Black Tourmaline Face Primer not only preps and primes the skin, it helps keep your face matte for that all day wear.”

Yara Shahidi

To get Shahiri red carpet ready, makeup artist Emily Cheng used Pause Well-Aging’s Fascia Stimulating Tool ($115). “You see an instant lift! It’s also medical grade and easy to sanitize, which we all know is of utmost importance these days,” says Cheng. “A basic, quick massage will stimulate blood-flow and boost radiance—and massaging outward and down, toward the jawline, reduces swelling and stimulates lymphatic drainage. For an event like the Met Gala, this tool makes all the difference!”

Lili Reinhart

Reinhart went the massage route to get her skin and body ready for the big night. At The Tox, a lymphatic drainage massage is always on the menu, especially before an important event. Their technique works directly with the lymphatic and digestive system to detoxify the body and mind.

Emily Ratajkowski

For Emrata’s gorgeous skin, noted facialist Lord Gavin McLeod-Valentine used the new Augustinus Bader Method, which he says combines facial massage which helps stimulate collagen and the brand’s TFC8 technology, giving her an incredible glow.


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Also a fan of Augustinus Bader, Lorde’s look begin with skin care from the brand applied by makeup artist Amber Dreadon, who used The Cream Cleansing Gel ($65), The Essence ($85), and cult-classic The Cream ($265) to cleanse, tone and hydrate skin to pamper before getting glammed up as a celestial goddess.

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