How Oscar wannabes put their best face forward

02/21/2013 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Aestheticians move into high gear before the Oscars, as flawless complexions become ever more crucial for actors walking the red carpet. Some celebrities opt for laser toning, firming treatments, and lymphatic drainage ahead of the ceremony. High-definition TV cameras make the skincare treatments crucial, facialists and dermatologists say. "It's brutal. You can see a hair follicle," said facialist Nichola Joss. "You can see a pimple before it's even a pimple."

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