Planning, precision and posture. That’s what it takes to really make it work in January and February in Los Angeles. Yes, for this city, the holidays aren’t the most wonderful time of the year—awards season is. This is when things really get cooking as the Golden Globes, The Grammys and of course, the biggie— the Academy Awards, bring on a slew of parties both pre and post. One gown will not suffice. it’s like high school. who wants to be seen —let alone photographed—in the same outfit twice? Consider this your go-to guide for the best of the best in town—from the facialists to the jewelers—for the next two months of red carpet mayhem.
Put Your Best Face Forward
Sure you want people to check out your décolletage but it all starts with your face, and during award season, that’s where the cameras are going to start. It’s imperative you look your best, your skin, your makeup, and those fine lines—at least momentarily—need to disappear. Here are a few ladies to help you in that oh so important department.
JAMIE SHERRILL/BEAUTY PARK
Jamie Sherrill decided early on that she’d rather be in Santa Monica as opposed to Beverly Hills in setting up her uber popular locale, Beauty Park Spa on Montana. “I like seeing people strolling by in their yoga pants, and the feel of the ocean air,” mentions the RN (whose roster of clients has included the faces of Kirsten Dunst, Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie-Madden, and Jennifer Love Hewitt). In addition to a not-so-expected locale, Sherrill’s technique is not so predictable either: You come in, she assesses and then tells you what she thinks you need—not the other way around. “I had someone in here who wanted me to make her look like a wax figure – she’d already had too many injectable treatments, and I had to turn her away; I just can’t do that because you want me to. I have scruples.”
Her favorite these days? Lasers. “A facial these days costs about $200 and for a little bit more, you can get something better, that’ll last a lot longer, too.”
Furthermore, she suggests injectables, which she says are now more preventative maintenance as opposed to sheer enhancements, should be done at least a week prior to your blessed red carpet event.
Beauty Park, 1511 Montana Ave.
Santa Monica, 310.587.3502
NERIDA JOY SALON
Jennifer Garner, Reese Witherspoon, Kate Beckinsale, and Courteney Cox are just a few of the celebrities in Los Angeles who swear by facialist Nerida Joy. Joy has worked with some of the most famous faces in the world, who depend on her to give them the 411 on their skin up front because let’s face it, their face is their fortune in this town. Both Elle and Self magazines have proclaimed Nerida to be one of the top 15 facialists in the country. And when we see these ladies—and the faces of Hilary Swank, Amy Adams and Isla Fisher—you know that Nerida’s programs are definitely working. Nerida’s biggest advice? Well, it’s just like your Mom always told you. “Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. And ALWAYS wear a sunscreen of at least 30 SPF over your daytime moisturizer to keep the skin tone even and healthy.”
Nerida Joy, 416 N Bedford Drive, # 306 Beverly Hills, 310.777.8897
FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION:
Dr. Lisa Chipps: There’s always going to be something new and cutting edge in skin rejuvenation and right now, it’s Pelleve. This wrinkle reduction system goes after those nasty little wrinkles with virtually no pain, no downtime, and needs no anesthesia. After just one hour treatment, you’ll see firmer, tighter skin, which will last you not only for award season, but up to the next six months. Currently, Dr. Chipps is one of only two doctors in Los Angeles where you can get this procedure done.
Dr. Lisa K. Chipps, 421 N. Rodeo Drive Terrace level, 310.274.5372