Beauty secrets! How the stars get award season-ready in two weeks


PHOTOS: 2014 Emmy Awards

It's no secret that A-list stars have an almost an army of people responsible for keeping their skin, makeup and hair in tip-top shape, but when it comes to prepping for awards season, it's a whole different ballgame.

AOL caught up with one of the most sought after celebrity estheticians Vanessa Hernandez to get the scoop on how the stars really prep for awards season.

Hernandez, who is the newest brand ambassador for L'Oréal Paris, is responsible for making famous faces like Gwyneth Paltrow, Jenna Dewan, Jessica Capshaw and Claire Danes truly shine at the shows.

With the Emmy Awards right around the corner, she revealed her two-week plan ($750) for getting the stars ready!

Two weeks before award show: Usually we do a plan where they come in about two weeks before the award show and their first session is about one hour. We go a little more aggressive with treatments including microdermabrasion, oxygen, LED lights, wet microdermabrasion, and extractions. We really get the skin super clean.

Full-body gorgeous: During this appointment, we'll also do microdermabrasion on the back, chest, arms and a glycolic wash – it's a full-body treatment to get rid of the dead skin.

Time to peel: At the end of the session, I like to put on a retinol-based peel. You're a little bit pink for a few days and a little peeling, because you're sanding down everything on the skin and getting rid of all the excess dead skin, but you'll look so much more youthful.

One week before the award show: The following week, we do a gentle brush-up with a gold mask, oxygen, and LED lights, which is the hydrating, plumping aspect of the plan.

It's all about up-keep: The goal is to keep their skin as clean as possible, never fall asleep with makeup on, keep it as hydrated as possible and keep protected from the sun by using an SPF every day. L'Oréal Paris Age Perfect Eye Renewal is perfect to put under the eyes to help with dark circles.

Day-of award show red carpet ready maneuvers: Some stars do the laser-genesis. It doesn't hurt at all, but it stimulates collagen and it plumps up the skin, and it makes your skin look rosier. Then you can an definitely add oxygen treatment, which is almost like a spray gun, and it sprays vitamins, oxygen, and a serum into the skin, and it goes directly into the pores. Before they apply makeup, their makeup artist will apply an under-eye collagen mask to help with darkness under the eye, fine lines and wrinkles.

Touch-ups before the after-parties: Mist in the car! Rose toner, water are great refreshers and blotting paper are perfect in the car.

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