How to Fake a Red-Carpet Look
Los Angeles’s best salon and spa services
There’s a certain tough justice to the fact that awards season comes just after the holidays. So how do celebrities manage to look flawless on the red carpet after months of indulgence? Here, a guide to the best beauty specialists in town. Let their skills work magic on you, too.
Quick, who has the best-looking hair in the universe, as it forever whips in the breeze? Bey, that’s who. And you can get a weave put in by Kim Kimble, her personal stylist. Prices to apply sewn-in extensions start at $400, plus the cost of the hair.
Kimble Hair Studio, 8280 Santa Monica Blvd., W. Hollywood; 323-650-2222 or kimkimble.com
Remember when Viola Davis caused a sensation by wearing her curly hair natural to the Oscars? Well, the real story was her elaborate eye look--mink eyelash extensions ($380) applied one by one by Mandy Jacobellis at her West Hollywood salon. They’re pricey, but they last six to eight months with no touch-ups.
Makeup Mandy, 8441 Melrose Ave., W. Hollywood; 310-858-1970 or makeupmandy.com
More Tanned Skin
A really natural-looking spray tan depends on the application--a missed or too-dark patch of skin makes you look like a badly manufactured mannequin instead of a glowing goddess. Stars like Julie Bowen and Jessica Alba count on the Infinity Sun system, in which custom-mixed pigments are applied with a hand-held gun ($39).
Sunset Tan West Hollywood, 8539 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood; 310-289-8262 or westhollywoodsalon.sunsettan.com
How smooth are your elbows really? Get them and every other inch of your body super-soft with the Ole Henriksen Head to Toe Spa Ritual ($285). In less than two hours, fans like Kate Beckinsale get a scalp massage, reflexology, a full body exfoliation and a slathering of warm lavender body oil.
Ole Henriksen Face/BodySpa, 8622 Sunset Blvd., W. Hollywood; 310-854-7700 or olehenriksen.com
Hmmm, ever get a whim to have lipo but wimp out on the idea of fat vacuuming? Choose Gwyneth Paltrow-approved brand Sonya Dakar, whose Total Lift ($500) treatment is a non-surgical option in which a technician rubs a wand across your tummy, thighs and even jiggly upper arms. Radio frequency heats your skin from the inside, tightening up collagen and resulting in firmness. Plan for a month’s worth of weekly treatments.
Sonya Dakar, 9975 Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills; 310-553-7344 or sonyadakarskinclinic.com