Where Celebs Get Red Carpet Ready in L.A.
We all know that the Oscars goes down at the legendary Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. But if you were to map all the places celebs go in advance of Hollywood's big night, it'd span the city limits and then some. Below, the 12 spots every A-lister goes to get red carpet ready, from a high-end hotel on Sunset Boulevard to a celeb-favorite gym in Studio City.
Illustration by Hannah Becker
At the three-week mark, it’s all about punitive workouts and body cleanses. And at the infamous We Care Detox Spa and Spiritual Retreat, a Desert Hot Springs wellness destination that counts Liv Tyler and Matt Damon among fans, celebs submit themselves to a whole range of extreme detox services from liquid-only “meals” to fitness classes and treatments like lymphatic stimulation and daily colonics. Back in L.A., stars hit the trails in an effort to shed pre-Oscars poundage. With its close proximity to Hollywood Hills and its relaxed dog policy, Runyon Canyon is one of the more celeb-filled spots, followed by Griffith Observatory Trail and Bronson Canyon Park.
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Most celebs have a squad of beauty professions on speed-dial, so you’d think that the majority of them would opt for the convenience of getting it all done in one day. But given the sheer volume of beauty services administered, cosmetic prep typically begins a week ahead of time. The first stop? Laser hair removal at Sev Laser Aesthetics, a Hollywood clinic frequented by the likes of Sofia Richie, Chrissy Teigen and Kim Kardashian; teeth whitening at the clinic of Dr. Bill Dorfman, who has the brightened the smiles of everyone from Hugh Jackman to Anne Hathaway; and hair color at the famed Mèche Salon, whose founder, celebrity hair colorist Tracey Cunningham, pioneered the “ombre” hair trend. With a week to go until the big day, this is also when celebs like Gwyneth Paltrow and Lena Dunham start dropping in for the core-blasting workouts at the Tracey Anderson Studio in Studio City. See what all the hype’s about by trying her workout here.
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With only three days to go, it’s officially crunch time. To help streamline pre-award scheduling and transportation, most celebs elect to temporarily move into a luxury hotel near the Dolby Theatre. And the Chateau Marmont, a legendary castle-like hideaway on Sunset Boulevard, is not only the most exclusive place to stay (Oprah Winfrey and Naomi Watts are regular guests), but also the buzziest place to play. (After the 2011 Golden Globes, the Mad Men cast allegedly went skinny dipping in the hotel pool at 2 a.m. causing the staff to scramble for 40+ bathrobes.) Also on the agenda: a sunless glow at the Venice spray-tan spa, Lavish Tan (buy the celeb-endorsed tan line here); a facial at Sonya Dakar, the celebrity esthetician behind the flawless complexions of Jennifer Lawrence and Drew Barrymore; and a juice cleanse with cult wellness brand Moon Juice, where celebs stock up on beautifying herbal power blends and tonics (sample them here).
Pampering reaches its zenith on Oscar day. We’re talking massages, anti-aging IV treatments (that is: intravenous drips containing beauty enhancing elixirs to combat jet lag and vitamin deficiencies) at Leaf MD Skincare, and Siberian mink eyelash extensions at Blink Bar. After, it’s time for the finishing touches: makeup by beauty guru Jeanine Lobell, the woman behind the red carpet looks of Natalie Portman and Cate Blanchett, and hair by internationally renowned stylist Laini Reeves.
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