“One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art,” said Oscar Wilde, but when it comes to an event like the Met Gala, we say, why not both? As Monday’s red carpet will prove, extravagant, flamboyant clothing is best complemented by radiant skin, eye-catching brows, and conversation-piece nails. Fortunately, a crop of beauty gurus have flown in from around the country to set up shop and develop over-the-top, targeted treatments for anyone planning to make their way up the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art next week—and those lucky enough to swing an appointment in between stars.
Jimena Garcia Brows
Eschewing beauty trends in favor of artistic shaping and tinting has won brow “expressionist” Jimena Garcia a devoted following of Vogue editors and fashion industry insiders who block-book appointments during her New York residencies. Taking inspiration from Susan Sontag (whose 1964 essay defining camp as “love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration” provided the starting point for the Met’s 2019 Costume Institute exhibition theme, “Camp: Notes on Fashion”), Garcia is back in town and working with clients to create show-stopping brows for the Gala. “Think bold, dark brows accented by a streak of white, colors, and even metallics,” she says. “It’s for one night only, so we’ll be playing around and mixing blue, purple, and glitter eyeshadows into Chanel’s transparent Longwear Eyebrow Gel for a statement look.”
Book at www.jimenabrows.com
Dr. Barbara Sturm Pop-Up Spa
The orthopedic surgeon turned beauty guru behind the vampire facial and cult MC1 plasma cream will be in town with her team of aestheticians to deliver her sought-after pre–red carpet Instant Glow Facial. Incorporating techniques used in her German clinic, the 50-minute treatment includes cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, and a lymphatic and firming massage, all using her eponymous line of cutting-edge molecular skin care. “My philosophy is predicated on combatting inflammation,” says Sturm, whose devotees range from Cher to Hailey Bieber. “My skin-care innovations are the result of years of research, and when deployed in my exclusively designed facial massage techniques, inflammation is reduced and skin is left glowing.”
15 Wooster Street, 10013. Prices starting at $295. Book at [email protected]
Joomee Song at Tenoverten
Before tending to cochair Lady Gaga in preparation for the Gala, facialist Joomee Song will be offering her signature KAIKA treatment at Tenoverten’s Financial District location. The protocol, which she perfected preperformance with Gaga over the last five years, combines a Shiatsu-style deep facial massage with a unique Japanese micro-current machine that Song hooks up to herself, allowing the electric charge to be delivered through her hands, rather than the usual metal wands, as she works. “Creating space between the joints by stretching the muscles and fascia in the face, neck, and jaw creates increased blood flow, which instantly brightens, reduces puffiness, produces definition, and can completely realign facial structure over time,” says Song.
From May 3 through 5. Prices starting at $275. Book at www.tenoverten.com
The Beauty Sandwich at The Surrey
Despite its mouthwatering moniker, The Beauty Sandwich is not a ingestible skin-enhancing snack, but rather a tri-pronged treatment created by aesthetician Iván Pol that aims to instantly reduce the appearance of fine lines while tightening and toning the skin. Los Angeles–based Pol has garnered a fashionable following that includes Diane von Furstenberg and the Olsen twins, thanks to his non-invasive, no-downtime approach, which layers monopolar and bipolar radio frequency technology to sculpt and lift the skin with infrared light to stimulate collagen and elastin production. “This is all about building skin health from the inside out,” he says. “If the skin is firm and strong in the inside, it supports the structure on the outside. Think of it as contouring without the makeup.”
From May 3 through 5. Prices starting at $500. Book at [email protected]
Chillhouse Gaga for Gala Manicure
In the lead-up to red carpet events, cool girls (think Alexandra Richards, Calu Rivero, and Paloma Elsesser) get their chill on at this Soho nail salon–wellness cafe–spa. One offering, which might ruffle their calm, is the new, limited-run Gaga for Gala manicure: a high-camp, graphic mash-up of pastel aqua blues, mauves, and oranges inspired by Gucci’s Fall 2016 trompe l’oeil wool cape. “Camp to me means over-the-top, rogue, and exuberant,” says founder Cyndi Ramirez-Fulton. “I wanted it to reflect that uninhibited style we all wish we could pull off.” She suggests adding on a CBD-infused Reflexology and Chill foot and lower-leg massage to any big-night prep session for an extra spring in your step.
Prices starting at $58. Book at www.chillhouse.com.
Joanna Czech for Augustinus Bader
Hot on the heels of her new East Coast outpost, Czech has wasted no time in rolling out a new red-carpet treatment for her devotees, which include Kim Kardashian West and Bella Hadid. The celebrity skin-care guru has teamed up with Leipzig-based molecular biologist Augustinus Bader to incorporate his cult cutting-edge cream into her signature facial, which employs everything from microcurrent and LED light to ultrasound, negative ionization, and cryotherapy to create sculpted muscles and tighter skin that is a perfect base for makeup. “Bader’s Trigger Factor Complex 8 stimulates the body’s own stem cells and is incredibly repairing,” says Czech. “I have not seen anything like it in my 33 years as an esthetician. The skin becomes balanced and glowing, and clients tell me their pores feel smaller.”
Prices starting at $850. Book at [email protected]
Clean Market Radiant Glow
For an inside-out glow that radiates fabulousness, Upper East Siders slip into this zen-like, Los Angeles–inspired wellness center for functional lattes and a side of state-of-the-art self-care. The Radiant Glow 90-minute session, designed for the red carpet, combines a stint in a 150-degree infrared sauna, providing a mood-enhancing serotonin boost, a negative 225-degree freezing cryofacial, which banishes puffiness and dark circles, and finally an antioxidant-packed glutathione NutriGlow IV drip for boost of energy. “This combination cleanses the body by flushing out impurities, reducing inflammation, stimulating collagen, and providing a powerful punch of antioxidants from the glutathione IV that leaves clients glowing,” says Lily Kunin, founder and holistic health coach.
Packages starting at $200. Book at CleanMarket.com
Lais and Camila Perez’s Massage High Definition
For instant abs, toned legs, and a supermodel-worthy glow, Victoria’s Secret Angels Behati Prinsloo, Romee Strijd, and Roosmarijn de Kok all keep this Miami-based mother-daughter duo on speed dial. The pair will be doing house calls in New York City the weekend before the Gala, delivering their Brazilian-style high-definition lymphatic drainage massage technique that uses gentle muscle manipulation and cupping to reduce water retention and bloating in just one session. “The results are immediate,” says Camila. “The massage improves digestion and circulation, it is great for cellulite, and your legs will feel lighter.” Add a 30-minute facial onto the full body treatment for a contoured, lifted look from head to toe.
From May 3 through 5. Prices starting at $350. Book via Instagram direct message @camilaperez.mt @laisperez.mt