Make sure you look camera-ready for your next event with some of the best beauty treatments to get before a big day or night.
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Cold gel laser
A favourite among celebrities in the know, cold gel laser treatments or Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT), boost the production of collagen and rejuvenate and enhance your skin’s natural ability to stay firm. It's safe for all skin types and unlike some treatments, there’s no downtime or redness.
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As long as you get a regular facial at least two to three weeks before your event, it can be a great way to give your complexion a boost when you need to look your best. Any issues your skin has been having (breakouts, uneven tone or texture) can be addressed and dealt with before you need to be in front of a camera or group of people.
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No time to get to a spa? No problem. You can get your glow on at home with the help of a mud mask ($76) that gently exfoliates while also helping to leave skin smoother and more radiant. Kristen Stewart, Miley Cyrus and even Michael Buble are known to be fans of the 10-minute treatment.
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Known as a celebrity secret for red carpet-ready skin, oxygen facials have remained a go-to treatment leading up to big events for everyone from J-Lo to Madonna. These treatments involve spraying oxygen that’s been infused with a serum packed with antioxidants and other complexion-enhancing ingredients that boost collagen and leave skin smooth and younger-looking.
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Josie Maran Exfoliating Cleansing Powder
Exfoliation should be part of any skin care routine, but it’s especially important leading up to an event so skin is smooth, soft and bright. Choose a gentle formula like Josie Maran Argan Exfoliating Cleansing Powder ($49) so you don’t irritate your skin and avoid exfoliating the day of your event.
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If you have some time to play with and want to deal with skin issues like fine lines, hyperpigmentation or uneven skin tone and texture you can think about adding microdermabrasion to your pre-event to-do list. Just make sure you have buffer of a few days so your skin can settle.
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Sleeping or overnight masks have been gaining in popularity. Instead of putting it on for 10 or 20 minutes during the day and then washing it off, these are masks that work while you sleep. The results are more visible since the ingredients have longer to work. As long as you’ve already tested it, overnight masks can be a good way to boost skin the night before an event. We like Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask ($39).
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Add some substance to your strands before an event with the help of hair extensions, something celebrities do regularly to add length and volume.
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A gloss treatment will add new life to dull hair. The translucent colour treatment makes hair shiny and smooth and can help repair damage.
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Skip the mascara and instead, get your lashes tinted. That way you can cry all you want at the wedding without worrying about looking like a raccoon.
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A little bit of colour is always nice to have before an event. A professional spray tan can be customized to your skin tone to ensure you don't look orange or end up looking streaky.
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A gel manicure lasts longer than a traditional one and is much more durable so chips are far less likely. They also stand out more thanks to the glossy finish.
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If you have time, consider visiting a blow dry bar the day of your event for a professional blowout. The results last longer than if you blow dry at home and in the long run, you’ll save yourself time and effort.
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A few days before your event, hit the spa for a body scrub that will not only be relaxing, but exfoliate your body top to toe ensuring smooth skin all over. If you don’t have time to book an appointment, make sure you have a body scrub in the shower like Bliss Soap 'n Scrub Super Minty Exfoliator ($32).
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While not necessarily a beauty treatment in the traditional sense, getting a massage the day before or the day of an event will leave you feeling relaxed, which is essential for having a good time.
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Summer means sandals so a pedicure is a must when it comes to getting ready for a big event. Book one a few days prior and if you have time, combine it with your gel manicure.