Ever since Lady Gaga hit the music scene with her single Just Dance in 2009, everything about the 33-year-old pop star’s appearance has been extra in the best way. From her outrageous fashion (meat dress, anyone?) to her boundary-pushing beauty looks, we learned to expect her to shock the public every time. However, when she made her silver screen debut as Ally in A Star Is Born, Gaga’s face was put on the big screen with—gasp—a bare face.
The most surprising thing about her pared down look? Her amazing skin. It made everyone wonder how they could channel the Haus Laboratories founder’s radiant complexion at-home. Even her longtime makeup artist, Sarah Tanno, told TODAY that the singer has “the most incredible skin in the business.” Here's how she does it.
Gaga's top shelf is full of cult-favorites.
The first is Ole Henriksen’s Truth Serum, a vitamin C serum, which according to Tanno, “leaves the skin feeling tight, smooth and glowing.” Tanno uses it to prep Gaga’s skin along with the Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrate moisturizer. This French cream can double as a makeup remover too — Gaga herself told Allure it's what she turns to after a long day: “I’m kind of old-school. I put it all over my face and just wipe it off.” In the same interview, she also said that her favorite sunscreen is Supergoop!, proving that Gaga knows the importance of daily sun protection.
Other essentials Tanno has attributed to Gaga’s flawless appearance are Sisley Paris’s Confort Extreme Nutritive Lip Balm to soften lips.
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She is obsessed with face masks.
Tanno has revealed Gaga uses and lots (and lots) of Talika face masks. “They have one for everything you need,” she explained. “I love to give the hydrating one to Gaga on a flight to keep the skin hydrated. The anti-aging one is great for makeup prep because it tightens the pores and leaves the skin really smooth for application. They have a purifying one I like after we do a show to help detox the skin after heavier looks and sweating on stage.” Gaga is also a fan of Talika’s Eye Therapy Patches to help relieve puffiness as well.
She gets regular facials.
She turned to her favorite facialist, Joomee Song, an esthetician and owner of Faceworks Inc., who has worked with Gaga on American Horror Story. Song told Refinery 29 that anytime Gaga was filming a close-up scene she’d do a scrub with hyaluronic acid to help minimize redness. “Instead of acids or granules, I use a piece of gauze as a physical exfoliant and hydrating emollient products to get her glow,” she explained about the process. “Your skin already has the ability to shed its dead skin cells and my goal is to support what your skin can do. So, I massage in a brightening serum and then literally scrape it off with the gauze."
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She relies on facial massages with microcurrent technology, too.
Another technique Song relied on during filming was kaika, a form of facial massage from Japan that promotes circulation, releases tension and reduces puffiness. “Everything looks tighter and brighter,” explained Song to Refinery 29. What sets this treatment apart from others is that it is a combination of finger pressure and a Japanese microcurrent machine that’s specifically designed to release tension—fast.
Gaga reiterated her love of microcurrent facials to Allure as well: “I love this microcurrent facial. There are actually two attachments—one goes on the aesthetician, and then one goes on you. The electricity flows through both of our bodies at the same time to lift the muscles. It’s also a stress reliever, which for me means less pain because my pain is neuropathic.”
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She keeps her skincare simple for red carpets.
Even for major events, Song avoids going overboard on products. She told Refinery 29 that she’ll use May Lindstrom products and particularly likes Cosmetics 27’s Plasma 27 Mask ($95, amazon.com) before awards shows. “It’s formulated with plant stem cells for calming inflammation and brightening skin,” she said.
Her strict diet and love for spin classes also help keep her glowing.
While dancing keeps her in shape, PopSugar has reported that she follows a consistent workout schedule created by her trainer, Harley Pasternak, that’s twenty-five minutes long and designed to be done five times a week. Additionally, Gaga regularly practices yoga and loves a good SoulCycle sweat sesh (so much that Well + Good reported that she has two custom SoulCycle bikes in her tour bus!).
As for her eating habits, PopSugar has noted that she’s a follower of the 5 Factor Diet, which says to eat five times a day (two meals and three snacks) of foods falling into these five categories: lean protein, low-glycemic carbs, healthy fats, fiber, and a sugar-free beverage. Her personal chef, Bo O’Connor, told Self that a typical meal for her needs to be healthy, nutritious, filling and full of fiber like “something like quinoa with black beans, grilled shrimp, beautiful veggies.”
At the end of the day, it's in the genes.
Gaga like to give credit to her mom—after all, mother knows best:
I have quite a skincare routine, rituals I learned from my mother and my friends mothers. thank you ☺️
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) October 30, 2017
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