How A-Listers Prepped Their Skin for This Year’s Highly Anticipated Met Gala

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It’s a big night in fashion, one we’ve been waiting on for what seems like forever. The last “Fashion’s Biggest Night Out” was held a lifetime ago, all the way back in March 2019, so this year’s event is extra special and the stars are taking extra care to look their glowiest.

Kate Hudson

While Hudson just announced her engagement to longtime boyfriend Danny Fujikawa, her glow is also due in part to the firming facial treatment performed by The Beauty Sandwich, Iván Pol, who gave her a facial treatment using his buzzy facial that features radio frequency and Dr. Barbara Sturm’s products.

Karlie Kloss

Kloss also recieved Pol’s signature “The Beauty Sandwich” facial in which he sculpts the muscles using infrared and bipolar radio frequency.

Laura Harrier

We can’t wait to see what Harrier will bring to the red carpet, but ahead of her Met Gala debut, Pol treated the actress with his signature facial, which gave her what she called that “pre-Met glow.”

Lily Aldridge

Aldridge did double duty, with some whole-body cryotherapy at The Fuel Stop in their natural air full-immersion cryo chamber. The treatment is said to help tissue circulation, detoxification and help lift the mood through an endorphin and dopamine boost. For her face, she trusted none other than celebrity aesthetician Joanna Czech who used her facial massage technique and 111Skin products to lift and sculpt.

Gabrielle Union

Union had the OxyLight facial with Czech, which includes oxygen therapy, red and blue LED light therapy, microcurrent and more, through the futuristic-looking multi-functional facial device that’s hovering above her. Czech also used 111Skin’s Sub-Zero De-Puffing Eye Masks on Union to get her camera ready for the event.

Nicola Ward

Another Mimi Luzon devotee, model Nicola Ward shared her mask moments just hours before she was set to hit the red carpet.

Lil Nas X

Less than 24-hours after his show stopping VMA performance, the rapper emerged looking fresh with skin as smooth as his metal armor thanks to celebrity makeup artist Grace Pae. She used the compact SolaWave ($149) facial device to give him a treatment that consisted of red light therapy, microcurrent, therapeutic warming and massage. The result, a jaw-dropping entrance with full glam from head to toe.

Emma Chamberlain

Makeup artist Kelsey Deenihan gave Emma’s skin the pre-party prep it needed to last all night: “To begin prepping, I applied a thin veil of the Colleen Rothschild Beauty Sheer Renewal Cream ($55) to Emma’s face. Next, to ensure that the foundation really hugs the skin, I used the Colleen Rothschild Beauty Black Tourmaline Face Primer ($44),” she says. “The Black Tourmaline Face Primer not only preps and primes the skin, it helps keep your face matte for that all day wear.”

Yara Shahidi

To get Shahiri red carpet ready, makeup artist Emily Cheng used Pause Well-Aging’s Fascia Stimulating Tool ($115). “You see an instant lift! It’s also medical grade and easy to sanitize, which we all know is of utmost importance these days,” says Cheng. “A basic, quick massage will stimulate blood-flow and boost radiance—and massaging outward and down, toward the jawline, reduces swelling and stimulates lymphatic drainage. For an event like the Met Gala, this tool makes all the difference!”

Lili Reinhart

Reinhart went the massage route to get her skin and body ready for the big night. At The Tox, a lymphatic drainage massage is always on the menu, especially before an important event. Their technique works directly with the lymphatic and digestive system to detoxify the body and mind.

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How Eiza González Gets Ready for a Fashion Week Party

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Eiza González was determined not to miss this New York Fashion Week—even if that meant a chaotic flight path to get here. The actor, who was just in Venice, Italy, for the Venice Film Festival had to stop in L.A. for just 12 hours before making it to New York City for this week’s fashion festivities. Despite the jet lag, though, “it was all worth it,” says the Mexican actor. “This is my first New York Fashion Week!”

On Wednesday night, González started her jam-packed week by attending a party for Bulgari’s B.zero1 fine jewelry collection (she is a face for the label) at the Boom Boom Room downtown. “I love the new collection,” Gonzalez says. “I’ve spent so many New Year’s Eves at [the Boom Boom Room], so it was fun being there to celebrate it.” Wondering how a megawatt star such as herself gets ready for such a glitzy affair? She documented it all for Vogue.

González’s getting-ready process yesterday began with a quick exploration of Manhattan, where she stopped for coffee and lunch at Souvlaki GR. Then, she stopped to indulge in a fancy facial from an old pal. “Iván [Pol] at The Beauty Sandwich is one of my closest friends,” Gonzalez says. “He’s been prepping me for every event—when you’re like, ‘I’m bloated and need to get snatched, hunny.’”

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Once caffeinated and snatched, it was time to get ready with stylist Elizabeth Saltzman, who dressed her in a chic Khaite look and Le Silla footwear. “I love the big, pleated pants and a feminine corset,” says González, who is a fan of pantsuits in general. “The older I get, the more comfortable I am in being in touch with my masculine side. I feel way more comfortable when I’m wearing pants and comfortable shoes. I also love that we live in an era where girls don’t have to be wearing skin-tight dresses to be sexy—it’s about being fun, chic, and comfortable.”As for the jewels, she wore pieces from Bulgari, of course. “I loved the chunky rings and the chain necklace,” she says. “I have always been more of a chunky jewelry type of girl. It just heightens the look. I’ll even wear sweatpants with jewelry.”

You can expect her to make a cameo at Tom Ford on Sunday, too. “I really wanted to do Tom Ford,” she says. “I love him not only as a designer, but as a director and curator. He’s just incredible. I’m so honored he invited me to the show.” Then, it’s off to jet-setting for more work obligations. “I’m filming two different things, a show and a movie,” says the actor. “I’m going to be flying across the world in the next nine months of my life. And then I’m starting to promote Ambulance with Jake Gyllenhaal and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II.” For this Hollywood A-lister, the work simply never stops.

Below, how González got ready for the Bulgari event.

We Tried Panera’s New Mac ‘n Cheese Sandwich to See if It’s Any Good

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Have you ever worked in an office? Then surely you’ve been to Panera, that place you go when you’re craving a soup and a sandwich and you have an extra $11. If you haven’t been paying attention to the chain, it’s expanded its menu offerings, and now serves up grain bowls worthy of those expensive salad chains and a new line of flatbread pizzas.

Recently, it set the internet ablaze with an attention-grabbing lunch option: the Grilled Mac & Cheese Sandwich, which combines everyone’s favorite side dish stuck between two slices of white bread. We stopped by a Panera to see if it’s as good as it looks… or if it’s even better.

Panera’s mac ‘n cheese sandwich is its version of stunt food

The type of stunt food at chain restaurants that gets people excited are creative takes on comfort food (see: Crispy Chicken Sandwich Tacos, breakfast bacon cheeseburgers). And while Panera is never going to out-stunt the likes of Taco Bell or Burger King, it never hurts to be a part of the conversation. After all, the company just recently became profitable, according to an interview the CEO did with the Associated Press, and one way to stay profitable is to entice former and current customers with new, original menu offerings. Move over, you boring Baja Bowl with Chicken. Enter: the Grilled Mac & Cheese Sandwich.