Oscar nominee kicked off her red carpet run by prepping her hair with Couture Colour Pequi Oil Treatment, reveals David Babaii, who styled her updo using the weightless antioxidant- and lipid-rich formula at the SAG Awards.
Stars like Renée Zellweger are amping up their fitness routine with the vibration technology of the Power Plate, says Will Caton, who has worked with the actress. “[The] equipment works fast and effectively, a necessity for long days of filming,” he explains of the machine, which stimulates muscle reactions 25-50 times per second, potentially cutting workout time in half. “This makes it the perfect match for celebrities who need noticeable results quickly, to prepare for a role or a red carpet event.”
“She knew the outfit she was going to wear so we just thought let’s do cheetah hair,” says hairstylist Terrence Davidson, who created four equally outrageous wigs for the rapper to choose from for the Grammys. “I started making it about 2:30 a.m. and finished at five in the morning.”
“After going through many different options – such as a long black nail, a long beige nail or a bejeweled nail – I pulled Yellow Brick Road out of my kit,” says manicurist Deborah Lippmann of choosing her eponymous brand’s soon-to-launch shade about an hour before the star hit the Grammys red carpet. “One of my favorite parts of the evening was when Lady Gaga was getting into the egg. Right before they closed the cover, she reached out and said ‘I love my yellow nails!’ It was perfect.”
“Both my mother and grandmother used Elnett growing up,” says La Roux’s flame-haired singer of the cult-favorite hairspray, which she now uses herself to set that signature quiff – including for the Grammy Awards. “The smell gives me a comforting feeling.”
“If I have two or three weeks notice that I ll be working with a celebrity client, I immediately start brainstorming ideas,” says iconic hairstylist Oribe who has worked with everyone from to and . “The day of the show, the team generally starts between 12:30 and 1:00 p.m. The celebrity usually has to be out the door by about 4:30 p.m., so I plan the schedule based on how elaborate the style is going to be.”
“It’s the new smooth,” says Studio Alexandria L.A. owner Lina Kennedy of Hollywood stars swapping traditional waxing for sugaring to remove hair and keep legs smooth. Kennedy says that her clients, who include Mariska Hargitay, prefer the method’s sticky blend of sugar and lemon juice because it’s less painful and “super clean, safe and sanitary – no sticks, spatulas or dipping into the pot, ever.”
“It’s exhausting,” says of attending awards shows. “Not in a bad way – but it’s exhausting because you’re constantly on.” Her key to maintaining her red-carpet stamina? “I gotta make sure I eat before,” she says, citing proteins and salads as her go-tos. “Once it starts, you don’t eat the entire night. If I don’t have food in my stomach, I get cranky and I have no energy, and it’s so hard for me to be up.”
“These are the same shoes that I’ve been wearing to everything for the past month. So I’ve made peace with them,” the actress tells PEOPLE of how she stays comfortable in towering heels during red carpet season. “They’re really actually not that bad.”
“Diet and exercise make a huge difference in the quality of the skin,” says Clarins celebrity beauty artist Pati Dubroff, who played up Julianne Moore’s beauty at the Golden Globes. “Cutting out wheat and dairy can take away puffiness and breakouts. Drinking a lot of water and fresh juices also can bring more vibrancy to the skin.”
“Once we found the dress everything kind of fell into place,” the Jenny-Packham-clad Glee star says of the beauty starting point for her SAG Awards look. “We just wanted to feel kind of more natural today. Dewy. That’s the word that I keep thinking. Dewy. And since it rained, that was helpful.”
While we can reasonably expect his Academy Awards cohost to take a glamorous route to getting ready for the big night, plans to stay true to his laid-back temperament. “I’ll just relax and put on a suit, I guess,” he says of how he’ll prep for his hosting duties.
“Massages are nice,” says of her sure-fire way to unwind. “I’m not like a regular massage person but if I can really feel that my neck is really stressed out from holding up a guitar every night, every couple of weeks or months I ll get a massage.”
Planning ahead is the key to a unified hair and wardrobe look. “Down made more sense than up,” says hairstylist Jamal Hammadi, who began imagining People’s Choice Awards coif the moment he learned which Paule Ka frock she’d be wearing. “The dress and ruffles were gorgeous, [but] I didn’t want the look to be all about the ruffles,” he explains of says of counterbalancing the design’s stand-out feature. “The night was about Selena, so I set about to best complement her and the dress with the perfect hair look.”
The Modern Family actress keeps up that ageless glow with regular visits to Beverly Hills skincare guru Sonya Dakar for a famed Apple Stem Cell Facial, which harnesses fruit stem cells and science’s best technologies to exfoliate skin and encourage cell turn-over.
“I was really lucky the week of the CMAs because I was in Nashville promoting Country Strong, and I really had a nice schedule when I was there,” the tells PEOPLE, sharing how she unwound before hitting the red carpet. “I got to go out and eat ribs and chicken and potatoes and pie, and just go crazy with my fun – Cracker Barrel and everything else that I love and am obsessed with in Nashville.”
“We start throwing ideas at each other whenever we think of them. We’re always thinking,” says the hair pro, Motions Celebrity Stylist Ursula Stephen, of their planning process. In the leadup to a big event, “I keep her hair looking vivid by using color preserving products, shampoos and conditioners,” says Stephen, who prefers using Motions products when working with the singer.
“There is nothing more beautiful on the red carpet than a comfortable and confident star!” says hairstylist Ted Gibson, who works with celebrities like Globes nominee . The key is giving hair a healthy head start. “I tell all my celeb clients to get a haircut and deep-conditioning treatment one to two weeks before a red carpet appearance.”
The biggest fitness mistake stars make before an awards show? “They don’t give themselves enough time,” says David Barton, owner of the world-famous namesake gym where perfectly toned stars like work out. “Give yourself six weeks to get in shape – not six days. It can’t be a crash course.”
Before performing at the American Music Awards, the asked Scott-Vincent Borba to make a house-call to perfect her skin with his famed Diamond Facial, which brightens and buffs using his signature Borba products, including H-D Illuminating Serum, Age Defying Eye Cream Concentrate and Advanced Recovery Cream.
“For really important events like the [Golden] Globes, the color should be done either a week or two before the event so that if any tweaking needs to be done, there is still time to do so,” says colorist, Marie Robinson. “This also gives the color time to settle in, which I personally always think looks better.