Red Carpet Ready!

Oscar season calls for Hollywood celebrities whipping out their A-game and looking their best. The Academy Awards is that one night of the year everyone eagerly awaits to show off the incredible hard work they put in over the last 365 days. Whether it’s a hot body, wrinkle-free skin or beautiful mane, the red carpet at the Oscars is the perfect place to show it all off. The adage ‘If you’ve got it, flaunt it’ couldn’t be more apt than on the last Sunday of February, every year.

A-list celebrities are frequently compared to both professional athletes and race cars: they’re expensive, exquisitely delicate machines who require year-round maintenance. And they all have a retinue of caretakers, be it trainers, nutritionists, dermatologists, manicurists or stylists. Salma Hayek famously said that “it takes a village” to get one red carpet ready And while she might have been the only celebrity honest enough to admit it, plenty of Hollywood hotshots have undertaken some pretty rigorous regimens to get Oscars-ready. Here’s a sneak peek into some of their routines.


Sandra Bullock
She swears by the right cosmetics to get her A-game going during the awards season. “It’s called excellent makeup artists; don’t give away my secret! You haven’t seen me drop off my son in the morning at preschool. It’s not pretty,” Bullock says.

She also attributes her red carpet ready figure to gruelling workouts with her trainer, Simone De La Rue. It’s a mix of Pilates, kickboxing, weight training, running, and biking, which leave her with a flawless body that’s fit to rock a couture gown.


Jennifer Lawrence
This beauty doesn’t take her workouts or regimen to an extreme level before the Oscars. Instead she just focuses on being healthy. Jen is confident and famous for being comfortable in her own skin. “I eat like a caveman,” Lawrence reveals, adding, “I’m never going to starve myself for a part.”  

The blonde beauty uses epsom bath salts to detoxify pre-event, and also gets rid of stress with a dandelion and chamomile tea combination. “Chamomile tea helps calm the body and get rid of stress that could build up before an event, leading to bloating,” says her trainer, Dalton Wong. “The dandelion tea is a brilliant diuretic, so it helps prevent water retention and flushes out toxins.”


Kate Winslet
Kate is known to enlist the services of Hollywood pro Tracie Martyn’s infamous “Red Carpet Facial,” which uses a resculptor device to help erase fine lines, puffiness, lift the eyes and cheekbones, and also give the jaw a defined shape.

The actress says that she knows where her priorities lie, and it is with her kids before her beauty regimens. “I want to be as healthy as I can be, and I want to have as much fun as I can have,” she says. “I want to be around for my children. That’s it. Those are the priorities. I like staying fit and healthy; it’s all part of a healthy attitude towards life.”


Julia Louis-Dreyfus
The actress swears by Kate Somerville’s med-spa before any big red carpet event. She also attributes her fit body to good old exercise: “I think I’m a little bit addicted to that post-workout high,” Louis-Dreyfus says. “I run, I hike, and I take these classes where you get on the treadmill, then you do these things while on a BOSU ball, then you get back on the treadmill.” She is not shy to admit to using the one magic fix that so many women have in her wardrobe:
“I try to push the worry down, and pull the Spanx up!”


Kerry Washington
Kerry believes in enjoying the whole process of having fun while getting red carpet ready, rather than getting worked up. The actress says she sleeps well, gets up early, works out, and then has a really great time with the hair and makeup people. “I watch what I eat. My body is really sensitive, so I’m very conscious of what I put in my mouth. I try to eat things that are going to make me feel better, not worse.” Apart from watching her diet, she also has some gruelling sessions in the gym with Pilates guru, Nonna Gleyzer.  

            --- Suneela