STYLE.COM, February 2015
OSCAR SKIN PREP
When your complexion needs a boost before standing in front of a wall of flashbulbs, there’s only one woman to call: Georgia Louise. The Manhattan-based facialist is the go-to for Oscar nominees like Emma Stone and supers such as Linda Evangelista, Karolina Kurkova, and Behati Prinsloo. (In fact, Evangelista is such a believer in the skin guru’s face-sculpting powers that she offered to book Style.com's beauty editor an appointment during an interview.) Here, Georgia Louise shares her Oscar-prep adventure.
“This is my first experience traveling to L.A. with all my equipment, tools, and products—including those from Environ skincare, a line I’ve used on clients since I was 18. You should have seen me in airport security trying to explain that my microcurrent machine was not a bomb, and that my magnifying lamp was not for my vanity but to get a good look at celebrities’ pores. Apart from only having three hours of sleep the night before, I feel excited and totally overwhelmed, as I am meeting a totally new set of faces, including Jennifer Aniston’s BFs!”
“I feel like Pretty Woman in this ridiculously oversized, impressive suite on the ninth floor at the Beverly Wilshire. Normally I could never afford it, but I splashed the big notes because I wanted to create a beautiful space for my clients to have facials. I’m feeling stressed, as I’m still unwrapping my shipment and am in the middle of erecting my beauty couch—I’m just pleased it arrived with all four legs!”
“The room looks great—just like my New York atelier. A home away from home! My assistant on this trip, Tehmina Sunny, just so happens to be an actress.”
“My red carpet treatment focuses on tightening and brightening with no down time so that my A-listers can relax and enjoy their newly polished faces. It starts with a brightening enzyme, followed by a custom formulation of serums that I mix up and are pulsed into skin via sound waves and galvanic currents. Next comes a layer of placenta, and on goes the LED mask, which emits red lights to rejuvenate the skin. My Lift & Sculpt Massage helps de-puff and contour, while a microcurrent lifts the muscles. I finish with a collagen mask and a hand and foot massage.”
Karolina Kurkova was my first biggie. She was utterly lovely and told me her whole life story, including the Vogue cover that launched her career at just 15 years of age. She left glowing and positive after we talked about potentially working together on empowering young girls by teaching them how to naturally look after their skin. Prevention is better than a cure.
“Jennifer Aniston arrives with a big hug! So happy to see her, after all, the only reason why I committed to travel here was to look after her—she is presenting an award at the Oscars, so somebody needs to take great care of that gorgeous face! Her skin gets better and better as I peer through the mag lamp.”
“The door knocks and it’s Whitney Cummings. I can’t get over how transparent her skin looks from afar.”
I had a total of six clients today—each facial lasted two hours. I’m ready for hot bubble bath!