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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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“My last appointment was Riley Keough at 1:45 PM at The Mark. The lobby was insanity, because so many stars were staying there. There were tons of people waiting outside watching, but waiting for the elevators was the most stressful part! At one point I was waiting almost for 15 minutes.

“After that I got a little bit of sushi to go and ran home to walk my dog, Wally. Balmain invited me to their party at the Boom Boom Room, but I never go to the after-parties! I just want to go home and sleep!”
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