The Elite Facialist Behind Oscar Night Skincare

The Elite Facialist Behind Oscar Night Skincare

Brie Larson with her fiancé, Alex Greenwald of Phantom Planet. Christopher Polk/Getty Images

When Brie Larson showed up to the Academy Awards on Sunday night, she did so with a gleam in her eye and a glow on her face. While the honor of presenting a Best Actor award is enough to make anyone shine, her dewy skin and angelic complexion was actually a result of Tracie Martyn, who’s known to manage the skincare of Hollywood and New York’s elite. Squeezed between dress fittings and hair and makeup consultations, Ms. Martyn applied her signature red carpet facial on Ms. Larson just hours leading up to the ceremony.

Ms. Larson wasn’t the only star to have benefitted from Ms. Martyn’s touch last weekend. The New York-based facialist hopped a flight to Los Angeles to work her magic on such faces as Sofia Vergara and Robin Roberts, who interviewed everyone on the red carpet leading up to the event. Ms. Martyn is also known to work with Kate Winslet, Kelly Ripa, Diane von Furstenberg, Riccardo Tisci, Jennifer Jason Leigh and more. Her famous treatment is a result of her collaboration with longstanding partner Marius Morariu, a nutritionist with a background in science. In 1999 they came together to create a treatment that fused an element of pampering with result-driven performance.

“At the time, Tracie was working on shoots as a makeup artist and telling models what to do to care for the skin from the inside, like nutrition and exercise, but it wasn’t enough,” Mr. Morariu said from inside the violet-hued, zen-like Tracie Martyn salon in downtown New York. “She knew electricity worked as an application for beauty, so she came to me and we figured out how to create something efficacious with instant gratification.”

Sofia Vergara has been a recipient of the facial. Jean-Baptiste Lacroix-AFP/Getty Images

The pair found a manufacturer to help them develop a patented “resculpting” machine that emits electro-currents to stimulate, contour and firm the skin. When applied to the face it leads to a decrease in puffiness, a more rested look and firmness under the chin and lift around the cheekbones. But the red carpet facial takes it a few steps further. Ms. Martyn added the benefit of amber LED lights that reduces wrinkles, as well as a diamond tip Microderm abrasion for exfoliation and an oxygen peptide mist that reduces wrinkles. There’s also her coveted products – a salicylic cleanser, firming serum and enzyme exfoliant mask peppered through the treatment. But the best part of the $450 facial is the aftermath. It gives instant glow, where clients won’t emerge with redness or irritation. They won’t have to hibernate for one week as they wait for their skin to peel off.

“At the time, there wasn’t anything out there that people could do before an event,” Mr. Morariu said. “There are lots of things to do at a dermatologist’s office, like injectables or laser. But right before an event, it’s not recommended. What we do is niche. You can get it before an awards show or a wedding, or a bar mitzvah or an anniversary. A lot of our clients are from the fashion industry. We do designers before their runway shows.”

Cara Delevingne. Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

The facial also grows with clients as they do. Ms. Martyn will perform the same treatment on model Cara Delevingne as she does her godmother Joan Collins. She works with Riley Keough and mother Lisa Marie Presley. “This facial is not for a particular age and it truly spans the generations,” Mr. Morariu said. “If you’re a young model and you’re tired and puffy, we’ll lift that right off. If you are an icon in your 70’s or 80’s, you will look like you’ve had a vacation.”



The model and Bulgari accessories ambassador shares her day.

9:00 A.M. What time do I wake up? I wish I could say something productive, but it honestly depends. Sometimes I wake up at 9 and get on with my day. Sometimes I'll stay there until 2 in the afternoon and have a bed day. I tend to lie around for a bit. I prefer to take my time in the morning and just have a chill. When I'm not working it's nice to have some downtime and not have to stress about getting up. I live in London with two flatmates, and one is one of my best friends. It's like a constant sleepover. In the morning, she'll come into my room or I'll run down to hers. We met through mutual friends about eight months ago and are the same person. We moved in a few months ago, so I'm still trying to get it all sorted. I need to take a trip to find some nice stuff for my room; at the moment there is so much stuff everywhere.

9:30 A.M. The first thing I'll do is brush my teeth, wash my face, and have a shower. I have a great Tracie Martyn cleanser for my face, and use a Dior primer and Charlotte Tilbury's Magic Cream to prep my makeup. If I'm heading to a photo shoot, I go barefaced. Otherwise, if I'm just going out for a typical day, I use an Yves Saint Laurent foundation that's very good and doesn't cake your face. And I like Charlotte Tilbury's mascara—it doesn't make your eyelashes clumpy or anything. It's the perfect wand. I have so many products and have gone through so many to find the right ones for me. I'm bad about throwing things out. I'll have six of something and not use five, but will keep them just in case. I have seven tubes of mascara right now, for example.

"I have a great Tracie Martyn cleanser for my face"

10:30 A.M. For breakfast, I'll usually have hard-boiled eggs, some grainy bread, and salmon. I eat so much salmon. If I'm working out with my trainer, which I do three times a week, I will eat a bit earlier, to make sure the food goes down before I work out. We do a lot of burpees, even though I hate them. Then we'll do some boxing and skipping rope, which I like because it doesn't feel like you're working out. They're actually fun to do. Now I only work out with my trainer, because he is amazing—he knows that if you force it, it's not going to work. He lets me come to him.

11:00 A.M. I like to listen to music when I'm in the car on the way to a shoot. I like Drake. I could literally listen to every kind of music, except I'm not too into the whole grime scene that we have in England. I go to a lot of festivals in the summer. This year, Glastonbury was my favorite. It was very muddy, and my Wellies got stuck in the mud, so I fell. Adele was probably my highlight. I was crying listening to her. And Catfish and the Bottlemen. Nobody ever knows who they are, but I'm obsessed with them.

"I like the occasional pizza, but keep that on the down low."

11:30 A.M. What I like most about modeling and being on set is getting to be around such interesting people. The people I have worked with have been so much fun, from the models to the photographers to the stylists and hair and makeup. Everyone is always fun, and it creates such a great atmosphere. There are so many creative people and so many creative minds, it makes it really fun. It is fun to push boundaries.

1:00 P.M. We'll break for lunch around 1 p.m., and I'll have some sort of rice or stir-fry. I also like soups or chicken. And I carry nuts with me; I'm obsessed with nuts. Pistachios, peanuts—I love them. I keep them in my bag with a phone charger and some kind of lip gloss. Right now I'm using this green Bulgari bag that has studs on it. I think I have 12 of their bags. This one is cute and can hold a lot, although it doesn't look like it. I use it to go out at night too. You don't want to carry around a massive bag at night, and it's the perfect size.

3:00 P.M. Leaving set early almost never happens, so it's a miracle to have a free afternoon. In my future I want to do something creative with fashion, and I like to browse through images on Pinterest. The people I look to for creative inspiration are designers like Jeremy Scott and, obviously, Karl Lagerfeld. I admire Fendi and Chanel and everything he does.

5:00 P.M. Depending on how much I do during the day, I can be a homebody. Sometimes I like to chill and watch TV. I read a lot of crime thrillers. TheGirl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins, was amazing. It was a life-changing book. I have just started reading something similar called Behind Closed Doors. I'm not that far into it, but it's very good so far.

8:00 P.M. If I'm heading out for drinks and dinner with friends, I will amp up my outfit a bit. During the day I tend to wear black jeans with a jumper and maybe some Timberlands, but at night I like to dress up. I'll wear knee-high boots with jeans or a jumper. Restaurant-wise, I love either sushi or Italian. I can literally go for anything: seafood risotto, linguine… I even like the occasional pizza, but keep that on the down low. The one food I'm not a fan of is Chinese. It's the only thing I don't like, and of course that's what everyone wants to get if we're ordering takeout. If the restaurant is cool, we'll stay for drinks after, or if not we'll head somewhere else. I love a cosmopolitan, but tequila on the rocks is my main drink.

11:00 P.M. When I get home I'll prepare for bed by taking off my makeup and putting on night cream. I like to mix up a few and use whatever I feel like that particular evening. Then I'll read or watch TV. Over here we have this show called Planet Earth. I don't know if you guys have it in America, but it's narrated by David Attenborough. It's basically a range of animals, and it follows different things that they do, like reproduction, birth, the fights they have, and predator and prey. Some nights I won't watch, though, because I fall straight asleep, and I am like a brick. Once I'm sleep, I am gone. There could be fire alarms going off and I still wouldn't wake up.

From left: "I read a lot of crime thrillers. The Girl on the Train was amazing. It was a life-changing book." The Girl on the Train, $13,; "This Bulgari bag can hold a lot, although it doesn't look like it." Bulgari bag, $3,500,; "I use an Yves Saint Laurent foundation that's very good and doesn't cake your face." Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Foundation, $58,; "Nobody ever knows who [Catfish and the Bottlemen] are, but I'm obsessed with them." Charlotte Tilbury's mascara has the "perfect wand." Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes Mascara, $32,


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