Gwen Flamberg, January 2023. Courtesy Gwen Flamberg
A golden alternative! When the invitation got here to attend the Golden Globes on behalf of Eisenberg Paris, a magnificence model that sponsored the official 2023 swag baggage for the occasion, I jumped at the likelihood. After 15 years as Executive Editor of Beauty & Style for Us Weekly masking the pink carpet magnificence prep of nominees behind the scenes, it was lastly my flip to get glowing!
I had three weeks to arrange. First, I amped up my skincare routine. Enter pores and skin biking, the place energetic substances are rotated to present cells “relaxation days,” stopping irritation. For my before-bed routine, I instantly began alternating my Shani Darden Retinol Reform and Lactic Acid serums, including in Retrouvé priming pads twice a week. Augustinus Bader The Cream adopted by a dab of Furtuna Due Alberi Biphase Moisturizing Oil to seal in hydration completed the routine earlier than I hit the sheets, subsequent to my Canopy Humidifier — which plumped up cells all through the night time.
Always a devotee of “massive gun” anti-aging units, I put myself on a regular schedule. Every different day I used the ZIIP system, an app-based gadget that emits a mixture of micro- and nano-current to carve and agency facial contours, layering therapies together with Sculpt & Lift, Instant Gratification and, my fave, Jowls. Every night, whereas watching Netflix, I dutifully spritzed on LYMA oxygen-based Mist, frosted my face with the model’s Glide and stroked the LYMA laser (which claims to spice up collagen and elastin deep in the dermis) in vertical swipes alongside each part from neck to noggin.
Luckily, I’d visited NYC plastic surgeon Dr. Amy Lewis’ workplace in mid-November for a Sofwave remedy, an ultrasound know-how presupposed to carry and agency whereas smoothing positive strains. Results are supposed to kick in after six weeks — excellent timing! My DIY efforts would absolutely assist keep the impact.
Of course, the pores and skin beneath the neck wanted love, too. I selected a tank type robe by eco-friendly model Reformation for the massive night time, which meant my decolletage could be on full show. Once a week, I smoothed on Eisenberg’s Firming Remodelling Mask to brighten and agency my chest complexion. 111 Skin sheet masks each few days helped fill in positive strains. For a contact of sculpting, I added the 15-Minute Seated Arm Series W/ Weights to my each day Lia Bartha B The Method exercises.
About a week earlier than the Globes, I headed uptown to superstar esthetician Georgia Louise’s Atelier for a facial. Since Georgia was already in Hollywood, tending to the complexions of precise celebrities and nominees, elite esthetician Helia Wilcox handled me to a micro-current lifting protocol that actually carved my jawline and cheekbones whereas leaving me with a glow akin to dewy child pores and skin. Almost pink carpet prepared!
With simply a few sleeps earlier than my flight to Los Angeles, I scheduled a gloss and blowout at celeb and model-frequented Soho hair salon Jenna Perry and a mani and pedi at JINsoon. But late the night time earlier than my appointments, I examined optimistic for Covid. Yes, pricey reader, Covid.
After the “wtf?” “why me?” and “how might this occur??” horror wore off, I used to be fast to appreciate that like many who got here earlier than me since March 2020, usually below a lot worse circumstances, my plans must pivot.
With Golden Globes night time upon Us, I did a DIY blowout with my Dyson Airwrap and polished my nails in Olive & June’s CV. With no paparazzi in sight, I slinked into my costume and sat in entrance of the make-up mirror. Putting a few years of celeb make-up artist how-to learnings to make use of, I fastidiously beefed up my brows and brushed on a bronze smokey eye. I used to be digicam prepared in about twenty minutes. The crowning glory? A stunning, velvety ruby lip — Eisenberg’s J.E. Rouge Lipstick in Rouge Opera.
After all that, I celebrated the Globes myself, at residence, however glad. It might take a village to prep like a superstar, however when sh*t occurs, you solely have your individual resilience to shift the narrative. A killer pink lipstick helps, too! The takeaway: Choose to make lemonade out of lemons (however serve it heat, with honey, a number of ginger and star anise.)