The 2014 Academy Awards are just 6 weeks away, which means one thing and one thing only in Hollywood right now: there will be no more fun had until the red carpet photos have been taken and the awards have been collected on March 2nd. That’s when Jennifer Lawrence, Cate Blanchett, Julia Roberts and almost the entire A-list of Hollywood will be hitting the red carpet in gowns custom-made for them in one of the most watched events of the year. It’s kind of like anxiously awaiting your high school reunion, except not at all like that. There’s a lot more pressure to look amazing when a bad photo of you can go around the world and make it on every computer screen. Nevertheless, the fear of friends’ Instagram and Facebook photos have definitely made us understand ever so slightly what it’s like to want to look our very, very best for an event on the horizon. Here’s how the celebrities are getting ready for the 2014 Academy Awards, from their diets to their beauty treatments, starting right now…
Bespoke Exercise Routines Specifically For The Dress
Sound ridiculous? Well, think of it in civilian terms. If you were going to wear a strapless dress to walk down the aisle, you’d want your arms to look extra fit. If you were planning on wearing a long-sleeve backless gown, your back would be a priority. Fair enough, right? Celebrities usually know what they’re wearing to the Academy Awards well in advance of the big night, much like with brides and their wedding gowns. Having the biggest designers in the world vying to create one-of-a-kind dresses for them just for the exposure is one of the most enviable things about being famous – besides the wealth, attention and exclusive parties. Actresses who opt for short dresses, which are rare at the very formal Academy Awards, will often work with trainers to concentrate on their legs so that their gams look cellulite-free and toned. Think countless squats, lunges and getting everywhere by foot for 6 weeks. The majority of actresses go for long dresses, and even the form-hugging ones can fit a pair of Spanx underneath. It’s the exposed skin on the top half of their bodies that’s going to stand out. That means there are likely more women pumping iron with their biceps in LA gyms right now than there are men, since guys get to hide under tuxedos. Is it fair? Um, totally. When was the last time you couldn’t wait to find out what guy made the best-dressed list?
Hardcore Diets & De-Bloating Tricks
We can all agree that Hollywood celebrities have near perfect bodies to begin with, so they don’t exactly have to crash diet in the same way that we civilians dream of losing 10-15 pounds before special occasions. That said, even fit stars will stick to strict diets in the weeks and even months before the Oscars to ensure they look their best – some even using popular cleanses like the Master Cleanse or the Blue Print Cleanse for a little extra trimming down. It’s the 1-2 weeks right before the red carpet when the stars adopt the strictest rules and habits when it comes to eating and drinking. And it’s not just for their physique. Skin looks it’s best too when it’s not bloated from too much water retention. A couple weeks before the big day, many celebs avoid high-sodium foods all together for both their bodies and faces. Even some vegetable, while diet friendly, lead to major bloating. Cauliflower and broccoli can cause mega gas for one, which could lead to more than just bloating trouble on the red carpet, and no one wants to feel shame in front of George Clooney. Veggies like asparagus and beets, on the other hand, have diuretic elements so they can actually help flush out water from the body.
Celebs give most carbs the boot from their diet the week of the awards, since carbs can hold a ton of water. Extra cautious stars will opt for easier to digest meats like fish over chicken and red meat as well. Celebrity diet staples like Diet Coke, which bloats, and coffee, which can make blood sugar skyrocket, are out of the question for many stars the week of the Academy Awards – stars stick to tons and tons of water instead. Some actors will even avoid gum, believing that chewing it tricks the brain into thinking it’s eating actual food, which produces unnecessary digestive acids. We’re not sure we’re going to get on board with that idea… at least until we have an Oscar nomination to stress about.
Perfectly Timed Cosmetic Procedures
Some celebrities partake in fairly innocent cosmetic procedures like Botox, lip injections, teeth whitening and facial peels leading up to the grand gala. Celebs who get Botox and Dysport can do the procedure as late as two days before the big day for best results, since the full results of the procedures are visible 48 hours after injection. For lip injections, which use fillers like Restylane or Juvederm, stars have to be cautious of bruising, swelling and even just plain over-estimating how much is necessary (we’ve seen enough paparazzi shots of ladies like Jessica Simpson and Lindsay Lohan looking overly lippy in the past to know even celebs do too much by accident sometimes). Stars who want a plump pucker for the Academy Awards tend to make their appointments no later than two weeks before the event.
Given that red carpet makeup looks best on super hydrated skin, stars sometimes add moisturizing facials and chemical peels into their beauty regimes prior to the Oscars. Deeper peels require heeling time so spas around LA are actually bustling right now with stars already planning beautiful skin for the big day in March. The week before the event, celebs opt for non-irritating treatments like microdermabrasion, ultra-moisturizing facials, or light peels to polish up. Beauty is an investment, y’all.