Oscars Beauty: Jennifer Lawrence’s Skincare Guru Doesn’t Mess Around

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Renowned celebrity skincare facialist, Sonya Dakar, lays down the law, and Hollywood’s most gorgeous actresses love her for it.  With hundreds of photographers and a worldwide audience of millions at the Oscars, Dakar leaves no room for error.  A-List clients like Jennifer Lawrence and Gwyneth Paltrow rely on Sonya’s six-week beauty boot camp to get their skin red carpet ready.  

From the woman who has mastered the mega-watt glow, here are her seven skin-perfecting beauty tips. According to Dakar, if you follow these tips “there’s no way on the planet you are not going to look years younger, sexier, healthier, and more beautiful.”

1. Absolutely no injectables allowed
“My philosophy and my concept means there is no way clients can go get injectables and then ask me to make it more natural,” explains Dakar. “So I put my foot down and say, ‘You cannot do anything like this.’ I don’t care who the client is. I don’t care if it’s Queen Elizabeth. At that point, it is 10 steps forward and nine backwards. Absolutely not. It has to be me alone with my work and my technology.”

2. Make healthy choices
Dakar has seen firsthand the link between diet, exercise, and healthy skin. “I tell clients, drink water and watch your diet. Be super gluten free for the week of the Oscars, stay away from bulky food, and please exercise.”

3.  Peel away the layers
Several weeks before the event, Dakar works on ridding the skin of problems. One of her favorites is the Diamond Peel. “It is 16 different diamond-tipped wands focusing on texture. What it does is resurface, remove lines, and acne on face, neck, and chest. I do also arms because a lot of my celebrities wear beautiful gowns.”

4. Indulge in a magical facial
Dakar’s clients have regular facials leading up to the Oscars. She is known for using a variety of techniques to transform skin without injectables, including radio frequency, LED lights, and even stem cells. “The stem cells come from a rare Swiss apple and offer specific benefit—getting rid of all the pores, anti-aging, and making skin flawless.”

5. Don’t do anything too extreme before the main event
Raw, red skin can be the unwanted result of aggressive treatments done too close to a public appearance. Dakar avoids this by doing her last treatment 48-hours before the red carpet. “Two days before, I do the red light LED, some oxygen, and a light peel,” she says. “I will not take a risk, not even a tiny risk. It has to be gorgeous when you walk out. You’ll be camera-ready from the second you leave here.”

6. Serum is your game day secret weapon
Serums and oils add an extra glow to skin that Dakar loves. “The liquid gold omega serum is the magic secret weapon. Before makeup, they just use two drops and tap it into skin.”

7. Everyday maintenance is key
“The secret is to do your homework. My clients have seven to eight products they have to use every single night—masks, flash facials, moisturizers,” reveals Dakar. “You cannot change your face [for the better], unless you take care of it every day.”


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