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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.

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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.

“At 11:00 AM, I went to see Amal at The Carlyle. On Saturday, right after she flew in, I focused on draining the lymph system and doing things that wouldn’t trigger breakouts. Stress is such a big factor in these events, and it’s going to trigger skin issues, so I stick with what’s going to calm the skin down as much as possible.
“On the day of, it’s more about toning the muscle and contouring the face. For Amal, I used the Alkaline Charcoal & Rooibos Tea Facial Masque and the Multi-Vitamin Nourish Serum. Because she’s a new mom and isn’t sleeping a lot, I also circulate the eye area with Complete Eye Care, which is my oil-free eye gel.
“Her twins were in the suite with us, and even with the nanny there, Amal was aware of the kids the whole time, so she’s never fully rested!”
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