Award shows are about so much more than which movies are worth seeing this year. The 75th Golden Globes were on last night, and ICYMI, almost every woman wore black to show support for the Time’s Up movement and Oprah gave the best speech in the history of award show speeches—two important talking points. While we’re totally into the all-black wardrobe choice, we’re also literally floored by how good everyone looks on the red carpet. Like, aside from their dozens of personal trainers, nutritionists, plastic surgeons, and makeup artists, these celebs go through a lot to get ready for award shows, and we did some research on what exactly goes into the process. Get your Xanax ready and take notes.
1. Toning-Specific Workouts
Most celebrities (maybe with the exception of Jennifer Lawrence) already work out all year-round, so it’s not like they start sprinting marathons and doing a bunch of SoulCycle classes before award shows. However, celebrity trainers tend to focus on toning-specific workouts before award shows to make sure their clients’ arms and legs look super toned on the red carpet. A lot of stars go to Modelfit, Pilates or Megaformer classes to tone up beforehand.
2. Personalized Diets
It’s hard to pinpoint one exact diet that celebrities go on before award shows because they all do different things. Some celebs do intermittent fasting for the month before the show, which means they eat for 8 hours a day and fast for the remainder. A lot of celebrity nutritionists like this diet because it burns fat by cycling your body’s eating patterns, but some would rather their clients just eat as clean as possible without any sugar or fried foods for the few weeks before the show. Think green smoothies and grilled chicken.
3. A Gross Amount Of Sleep
I guess if you don’t have that many responsibilities or a 9-5 job you can afford to sleep 10 hours a night, and that’s what a lot of celebrities do before an award show. Must be nice. Aside from the healthy diet and exercise routine, celeb trainers make their clients get a ton of sleep leading up to the show. I mean, it makes sense that no one would want under-eye circles to show on the dress comparison page of People Style Watch, but this seems a bit extreme. Then again, if somebody told me I needed to get the amount of sleep of a hungover 17-year-old boy for a month, I wouldn’t protest.
4. Meal Delivery Services
For celebs that are too lazy to cook their own meals before award shows, a lot of them sign up for healthy meal-delivery services that bring organic meals to their doorstep. A celeb favorite is called Sakara, and the company specializes in a plant-based diet that helps you lose weight and even improve your skin before the red carpet. A lot of people are unsure about whether these food services are actually healthy, but like, Gwyneth Paltrow is a customer, so that should clear up the skepticism.
5. A Spa Week
After all the dieting and exercising, a lot of celebrities go to the spa for up to a week before the award show. The point of this ridiculous ritual is to relax their bodies and rejuvenate before the red carpet, and they schedule treatments throughout the week to make sure they’re completely chilled out before the big night. I mean, IDK why they can’t just smoke a J in their limo and get the same effect, but whatever works.
6. Specialized Red Carpet Facials
Getting a facial isn’t a big deal, but most celebrities go to skin specialists the day before award shows to give them a specific facial that makes them look younger and makes their cheek bones look more defined on camera. Joanna Vargas and Tracie Martyn are both celeb faves, and they have specific red carpet treatments for clients. These treatments literally erase lines on your face and lift your jawbone and cheeks. Day-of appointments are reserved for nominees, obviously.
7. Colonic Treatments
Apparently some celebs get colonics before award shows to make sure their bodies are totally cleaned out so they can look as thin and emaciated as possible on camera. Also known as colonic hydrotherapy, this treatment basically includes an infusion of water into your rectum by a colon therapist to completely cleanse your colon. It’s kind of like a colonoscopy but for no medical reason. Sounds fun.
8. No Alcohol
This one might seem obvious to some people, but we assume celebrities need to drink like, five times as much as the average person just to get through the day, so we’d imagine this is pretty tough. Most celebrity dietitians tell their clients not to drink any alcohol for a month before the show. Alcohol obviously adds on a ton of calories and can make your face look puffy the day after, which is basically a sin for the red carpet. I guess on the bright side, their tolerance is low enough to black out pretty fast at the after party.