Prep Your Pores and skin for Make-up Like a Superstar

Massive occasions give us one thing to stay up for, however getting ready for them may also be a supply of stress. The stress to look nice on one, particular day is overwhelming at instances. Whereas most of us have an enormous occasion on the books possibly every year, celebrities are getting ready for them always. Between red-carpet appearances, awards reveals, and performances, they’re no strangers to feeling the stress!

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 a whole lot 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 speak concerning the merchandise she used to prepare for the premiere impressed me to share a number of the suggestions I give my shoppers. 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 selection of issues you are able to do (and, extra particularly, not do) to make sure you’re trying wholesome and glowing to 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 all the time nice to incorporate nutritious meals which are excessive in antioxidants forward of the massive day (and normally!), however I by no means advocate dramatically altering your food plan in preparation for one, particular day. 

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


For shoppers liable to pimples, particularly hormonal pimples, I all the time advocate limiting dairy consumption throughout this week. It’s potential for dairy to set off cystic breakouts, so going straightforward right here might help cut 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 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 how you can handle under-eye puffiness

Keep away from Skilled Therapies 

Searching for out skilled remedies forward of an enormous occasion may be tempting, particularly in case your pores and skin isn’t fairly the place you need it to be. However for those who’re going to do any remedies, they need to be accomplished WELL prematurely. 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, you should definitely get your therapy a minimum of a month or two out. 

Don’t Strive New Skincare Merchandise

In the course of the week main as much as an enormous occasion, the very last thing you need to do is experiment with new skincare merchandise. Belief me, consistency is essential. By making an attempt one thing new, you threat having a unfavourable response that might take some time to appropriate. 

Deal with Soothing Hydration 

Normally, the main focus this week ought to be on retaining the pores and skin hydrated and soothed. Don’t throw too many robust energetic elements at it. The objective is to have clean, moisturized pores and skin as a canvas to your make-up look. You don’t need to threat irritation as this could result in bumpy, pink, or textured pores and skin. 

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

Take into account Slicing Again on Retinoids

Retinoids are hands-down top-of-the-line elements for lovely, glowing pores and skin. However for those who use a prescription, all too nicely that dryness and flakiness may be uncomfortable side effects. If this tends to occur to you, I counsel slicing your retinoid out every week forward of your occasion. You possibly can add it again in proper after, however this can guarantee your pores and skin is clean and flake-free to your vital day. 


Talking of retaining pores and skin clean 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 house 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 explanation you don’t need to do a peel the day earlier than an occasion is that it could possibly typically trigger a bit 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 to 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 wish to name the two-step exfoliation methodology. This mainly hurries up 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 demanding 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. 

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

In the event 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 need to preserve issues easy.

Keep Hydrated and Enhance Your Circulation

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

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

At-House Instruments

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

My private favourite is handheld microcurrent units. They assist convey a extra lifted look to the face, and so they can even assist a bit with de-puffing. You’ll get one of the best outcomes by beginning to use your machine a minimum of ten days earlier than an occasion, however most individuals will even see a constructive 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 stream to convey extra vitamins to the pores and skin. That mentioned, for those who’re very liable to redness or have plenty of energetic breakouts, I’d skip this.

Maintain Your Skincare Easy

A very powerful factor as we speak is that your skincare is appropriate together with your make-up. The objective is wearability and longevity, so I want 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 for those who layer too many skincare merchandise beneath. For these causes, I normally advocate that shoppers preserve their makeup-prep skincare tremendous easy, and Demi positively 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 proper 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 facet), 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 mentioned.

In case your pores and skin leans dry, attempt one thing a bit 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, but it surely additionally has light-reflecting properties that make this space look immediately brighter. Its light-weight texture makes it good below concealer

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