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Amal Clooney & Katy Perry Had an Intense De-Puffing Facial Massage Before the Met Gala

Behind the scenes with the fashion industry’s go-to same-day facialist, Thuyen Nguyen.

When celebs lie down for a facial with Thuyen Nguyen, they know they’re about to enjoy one last hour of relaxation before the craziness of hair, makeup, and wardrobe ensues. Nguyen, who has become a go-to for Michelle Williams, Jennifer Aniston, and Uma Thurman, and is known for turning hotel beds into impromptu spas—so his clients often nap while he massages their faces for their red carpet debut.

At this year’s Met Gala, the former masseuse turned skin magician was tasked with de-puffing the visage of co-chair Amal Clooney, in addition to Katy Perry and Cindy Crawford…and a few others. Here, Nguyen took us behind the scenes as he ran from one Upper East Side hotel to the next to give Hollywood’s best a heavenly glow.


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“I had to ship some skin-care products to clients in L.A., because they were flying to Asia, so I literally ran to the closest FedEx and then cabbed it up to The Surrey for Cindy. I met her years ago through Uma Thurman’s makeup artist, Hung Vanngo.

“Because Cindy’s based in Malibu, I work with her once a month, but she always catches me for fashion week or if she has a big event in New York. I’ve given Kaia a sample just once. She’s only 16 and can barely be pinned down!”
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