GETTING RED CARPET READY WITH SAKARA, FURTHERMORE FROM EQUINOX & VIOLET GREY: WEEK 4
First of all, props to you for working so hard over these last few weeks to whip yourself into red-carpet-ready shape. Change is beautiful, but it’s also tough sometimes (ok, a lot of the time), so it’s important to show yourself compassion, kindness and love along the way. So in case you need a little reminder...you’re beautiful, amazing and super HOT!
Along with the guidance and support of your team of pros at Sakara Life, VIOLET GREY and Furthermore from Equinox, you’ve been carried this far by your strong, vibrant body, your calm, focused mind and your inspired, fiery spirit. Now, it’s time to add the glossy, glowing final touches to
your almost-finished product. We all know it’s what’s inside that counts—not least of all because that’s how you get real results that show on the outside. So in this fourth and final week, you’re going to focus on internal wellness habits that have a direct link to the glow you radiate out into the world. You’re also going to accentuate your natural beauty with a red carpet makeup tutorial that will get you ready for your close-up. Finally, you’ll power through several full-body workout routines to maximize this final week of toning and tightening. Get ready to be your sexiest, most confident, most gorgeous self.
DIET a la Whitney & Danielle, Sakara Life
Get a daily dose of high-quality probiotics to feed your your microbiome—a.k.a. the community of good bacteria in your body. You can find these healthy microbes in fermented foods like kimchi, apple cider vinegar, pickled vegetables and kombucha; we also recommend enjoying one piece of our Probiotic Chocolate each night after dinner. A thriving microbiome will give you clear, bright, camera-ready skin and beat bloat—no Spanx required. Double down with prebiotics, too—these are foods that feed the existing healthy bacteria in your body. They include garlic, asparagus, radishes, carrots and tomatoes, as well as spices like turmeric and cinnamon.
Load up on cruciferous veggies. They contain sulfur, a nutrient that’s essential for the production of keratin and collagen (which are required for beautiful, healthy skin, hair and nails). Bonus: they also aid your liver in detoxifying your body, which will help to keep you feeling light, bright and sexy as you prep for the red carpet.
Eat good fats. Find it in foods like raw nuts, coconut oil and avocado. These unsaturated fatty acids help nourish the skin’s oil barrier, keeping it plump, bright, even and glowing. They also aid in keeping those locks shiny and strong.
Swap one daily caffeinated beverage for tea. If you’re still 100% off caffeine, go you! If you just couldn’t give it up (or have started phasing it back in), that’s cool, but this week we strongly suggest you give up one daily dose. Caffeine saps the moisture from your skin, while tea can actually boost your glow—and not only because of the extra H2O, if you choose a blend with beautifying ingredients like red rooibos, which is packed with age-defying antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory rose. If your red-carpet look is particularly slinky and body-con, try a tea with dandelion root, a natural diuretic.
BEAUTY a la Kira Nasrat, VIOLET GREY Brand Ambassador
You're almost red carpet ready! Your skin is healthy and glowing from head to toe, and now it is time for a show-stopping makeup look for the big night. To start, layer a primer on top of your moisturizer and before applying foundation—it will give your skin a radiance boost and ensure your makeup goes on smoothly and lasts all night. Kira suggests Laura Mercier’s Foundation Primer in Radiance. For foundation, she counts Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Moisture Foundation among her favorites because it has lightweight but buildable coverage and looks gorgeous in HD as well as against the flashing lights of the red carpet. She recommends applying it with the Chanel Pinceau Teint 2 En 1 Fluide Et Poudre N°8 2-in-1 Foundation Brush Fluid and Powder, then using a damp Beautyblender Pro to press the makeup gently over the skin. The effect is a smooth, seamless finish.
For perfectly face-framing brows, Kira points to Dior’s Diorshow Brow Styler—its wax technology allows the product to glide on smoothly, while the thin point helps you draw individual “hairs” in sparse areas as needed. Once your skin is prepped and your brows are in place, you're ready for the Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer (either in #2, #7 or #11, depending on your skin tone). Dispense one pump of product and use your fingertips to blend it on the planes of your face (wherever the light hits it), like your cheekbones. Add a little to your collarbone and shoulders to highlight and give them a gorgeous glow.
Next, you’re ready for some color! Kira loves La Prairie Cellular Radiance Cream Blush in Peach Glow and Rose Glow, depending on skin tone, to bestow radiance from all angles. Application is a breeze—use your fingertips to apply the product to the apples of your cheeks and blend upwards.
After all the hard work you’ve put into your skin, let its glow take center stage by keeping eye makeup minimal. That said, play up your peepers with warm neutrals. Kira suggests using Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Cocoa to draw a line close to the lashline, then diffusing it by blending back and forth with the Utowa Pointed Eyeshadow Brush 7P. Finish off your subtle smoky-eye look by curling your lashes using the Utowa Eyelash Curler and adding two coats of Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes mascara in Glossy Black to the top (stick to one coat on the bottom). Now you’re in full flirt mode!
Last but definitely not least, lips! To prevent lipstick from bleeding and help it last all night, use the Lipstick Queen Invisible Lip Liner. Want to go all-out Hollywood glam? Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipstick in Brat Pack is the perfect rich, bright, bold red. If you prefer more of a pinky-nude, Kira suggests Tom Ford Lip Color in Spanish Pink, a cult favorite. Finally, add a last-minute bronzer touch-up with the help of the Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder. Swipe it across the forehead and in the hollows of your cheekbones for subtle contour.
BODY a la Simone Tchouke, Equinox Tier 3 Trainer
Monday: You’ll be doing total-body sessions this week. Choose light to medium weights and increase your repetitions to 12 to 15 total—you’re putting the finishing touches on the previous weeks of hard work. Start with the legs: Choose 4 quad-dominant exercises.
Using kettlebells or dumbbells, try front squats, back squats, walking lunges, and leg presses. Then shift to your upper body, doing at least 2 pulling exercises (pull-ups and lat pull-downs work well here), 2 pushing exercises (think
push-ups and overhead/shoulder presses), and 2 shoulder exercises (military press, lateral press). Battle ropes are another amazing upper-body option. Finish with 15 to 30 minutes (if you can squeeze it in!) of HIIT cardio on the treadmill or bike. (1-1.5 hours)
Tuesday: Since you started with legs yesterday, begin with your upper body. Again, you want to do at least 2 pulling exercises, 2 pushing exercises, and 2 shoulder-specific exercises. For your leg session, incorporate the hamstrings. (You worked the front side of your legs yesterday, now it’s time to focus on the opposite side). Some good hamstring-specific exercises included Romanian deadlifts, glute bridges, hamstring curls, and good mornings. Finish with another HIIT cardio session—the cardio will really help lean you out. (1-1.5 hours)
Wednesday: Repeat Monday’s session, but be sure to tack on one additional compact movement that targets the total body. A good option: The deadlift. A burpee is another choice. (1-1.5 hours).
Thursday: Repeat Tuesday’s session.
Saturday: Party time!