Celebrities know the secrets to looking glamorous and glow-y all the time. Of course, their secrets include an expertly staffed glam squad and $3,000 facials. I've never been invited to a red carpet, but that doesn't mean I don't want to mimic the radiance A-listers are known for. Luckily, I don't need a six-figure net worth to achieve it.
After testing countless products, I've found a few foolproof skincare methods that help create the perfect red carpet glow. While I may never be rich and famous, following this regimen gives me a complexion that's typically reserved for celebrities. In fact, some of the products I rely on happen to be staples in makeup artists' kits. It's no star on the Walk of Fame, but it comes pretty close.
Treat Skin With a Facial Steam
It's almost irresponsible to attend a red carpet event without getting a facial beforehand, but I can achieve similar results in the comfort of my home by using a pro-level facial steamer. Not only does the steam improve the results of topical skincare products — it helps them sink in quicker — but it also creates the kind of healthy glow only unencumbered teens tend to have.
Moisturize, Prime, and Highlight
After steaming my skin, I move on to my moisturizer. Normally, I reach for the Weleda Skin Food Light Nourishing Cream. The plant-rich formula absorbs instantly into skin, quickly hydrating my entire face using a unique blend of chamomile, calendula, and pansy extracts. But that’s not the only reason it's essential in my routine. Thanks to the lightweight and fluid texture of the cream, the Skin Food Light also serves as a primer for my makeup — whether I’m opting for something minimal and natural, or full coverage.
It’s true: Weleda Skin Food Original Ultra-Rich Cream was made for ultradry skin, but it’s also no secret that this green tube is often found in makeup-artist kits all over Hollywood — and for good reason. Not only does the pro-approved formula deeply nourish skin, but when tapped into the high points of the face over makeup, it creates a natural highlight. So, instead of cocktailing three different highlighters together, I simply blend this rich cream onto my cheek and brow bones for a can’t-miss glow.
Depuff Skin With a Facial Roller
I get it: I thought facial rollers were a gimmick, too — at least until I finally tried one. Now, it's an essential tool in my routine. After applying moisturizer all over my face and décolletage, I use the facial roller to massage every inch of my forehead, cheeks, and neck. It's like a deep-tissue massage for the face — my skin is instantly lifted, firmed, and glowing. Most pros swear by the tool because it's said to stimulate blood flow, keeping skin looking healthy and vibrant without a hefty price tag. It's also downright relaxing.
DIY a Full-Body Glow
Any Hollywood veteran will tell you that a red carpet glow needs to extend past the face. For everyone else, that means brushing a powder highlighter or body makeup up and down their legs, across their clavicle bone and shoulders. Instead of doing that, I opt for a generous dollop of the Weleda Skin Food Body Butter. Infused with shea and cocoa seed butters, this emollient formula melts into skin and locks in moisture without leaving behind a greasy residue. It's my fuss-free solution to getting an effortless glow.
I can't start or finish my entire routine without using Weleda Skin Food Lip Butter. I first use it to prime my lips while I do my makeup, then use it as a topper for my matte lipstick. Not only does it introduce even more moisture to my lips, but it leaves behind a glossy sheen that looks really pretty — if I do say so myself.
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Credits: Editor: Samantha Sasso; Photographer: Felix Wong; Art Director: Samara Grossman; Designer: Becky Joy; Wardrobe Stylist: Alexis Badiyi; Hair and Makeup: Ashley Schultz; Producer: Cassie Doyle.