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Met Gala Ready

By Anna Griffin, Editor in Chief

At this year’s Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual Costume Institute Benefit titled "Sleeping Beauties: Awakening Fashion," clean, sustainable beauty took its place center-stage as Augustinus Bader, the premium, award-winning skin and hair care line known for its innovative science and commitment to clean, highly efficacious beauty essentials, was used to prep the skin of several A-Listers before they graced the red carpet for fashion's biggest night out. Renowned Los Angeles beauty expert, celebrity facialist, and Augustinus Bader In-House Brand Representative and Spokesperson, Lord Gavin McLeod-Valentine, used The Method by Augustinus Bader to prep celebrities' faces including co-chair, Chris Hemsworth, and his wife Elsa Pataky, Naomi Campbell, Sienna Miller, Zoe Saldana, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Kelsea Ballerini, and Phoebe Dynevor. Making their skin Met Gala ready he explained, “Rooted in the principles of tapping into biological wisdom to enhance cellular communication, The Method brings the best of Augustinus Bader’s range to work synergistically with the skin to bring vibrancy, hydration and enhance tone. Through techniques of fascia manipulation, rhythmic massage and radiofrequency, we trigger a reaction that amplifies the connectivity of the skin tissue and accelerates the function of the products, providing results that are visible instantly rather than over time.”

Using The Method by Augustinus Bader, Gavin prepped and perfected celebrities’ skin to have it red carpet and Met Gala ready:

Start with applying Augustinus Bader The Cleansing Balm, to clean skin, while delivering a gentle massage to release tension in the neck and jaw, and encourage blood flow.

Next, apply the Augustinus Bader The Cream Cleansing Gel to deeply penetrate the pores and remove barriers for active products to come followed by an Oxygen Infusion powered with hyaluronic acid, glycerin, squalane, Vitamins A C E to build a reservoir of hydration.

Next, applying the Augustinus Bader The Face Oil, Gavin delivers a facial massage inspired by the ancient Japanese art of Kobido to activate the facial muscles and lymph nodes, followed by Effleurage to encourage the breakup of lymphatic drainage.

Next, applying the Augustinus Bader The Face Cream Mask, Gavin applies cryo sticks to work underneath the cheekbones and thread through the temple for increased lymphatic drainage.

Next, applying the Augustinus Bader The Ultimate Soothing Cream, Gavin puts clients under an LED light to tighten the fibers of the skin, lift and rhythmically contract the muscles. This is followed with a second round of Effleurage to remove any remaining congestion.

The process is finished with a Radiofrequency treatment that settles the skin and a Contour Kinetic Suction. The results are then sealed with Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream.

Next, applying the Augustinus Bader The Ultimate Soothing Cream, Gavin puts clients under an LED light to tighten the fibers of the skin, lift and rhythmically contract the muscles. This is followed with a second round of Effleurage to remove any remaining congestion.


Chris Hemsworth

"Chris Hemsworth is an action man so it was important for me to emphasize his signature chiseled look, magnifying his cheekbones and strengthening the outline of his jaw whilst moisturizing away any signs of skin stress due to travel and this year's co-chair commitments. Finished The Method with The Cream."


Naomi Campbell

“Working with an iconic beauty like Naomi Campbell is really about drawing out the nuances that make her such a signature face. For me Naomi is renowned for those incredible cut glass cheekbones so I wanted to annunciate the tonality of the vibration of moisture in skin within her skin and give her an upward sweeping lift and really focusing on grounding the energy and deep hydration topical radiance and having that snatched appearance.” 


Sienna Miller

"As a long-time client, my primary focus is to enhance Sienna’s inward and outward radiance by washing away any signs of exhaustion from recent motherhood and allowing her to express her natural beauty in the purest form. I finished The Method with The Rich Cream to draw out her natural creamy tones.”


Zoe Saldana

"Zoe’s skin comes alive with hydration, bouncing amber tones and natural highlights through a process of lifting and sculpting with my signature handwork and finishing with a high-level glow courtesy of The Rich Cream and The Eye Cream."


Da’Vine Joy Randolph

"Da’Vine's naturally honey-toned complexion was further enhanced with the high emolliency of The Ultimate Soothing Cream combined with The Face Oil and finished with The Rich Cream to create a spotlight effect on the superstar that she is."


Kelsea Ballerini

“Kelsea has been on quite the whirlwind journey, from presenting at the CMA to attending fashion shows and recording her latest album. Spending so much time in makeup can seriously dehydrate the skin and bring about a sense of dullness. I aimed to highlight her incredible eyes by smoothing contours, lifting cheekbones, and imparting a youthful, fresh glow to her complexion.I finished The Method with The Rich Cream topped with The Ultimate Soothing Cream for enhanced comfort and glow."


Phoebe Dynevor

"Phoebe is such a young, vital beauty that I really wanted to keep things very simple, give subtle lifting and sculpting, and obviously impart the skin with a healthy, natural glow to combat travel fatigue that comes with coming to New York and getting the Met Gala experience."

Photo credit: Augustinus Bader


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