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Beauty SOS

By Emily Listfield

​Trust us, even Kate Hudson has had a breakout at exactly the wrong moment. But whether you’re heading out for a job interview or a big night on the town, the last thing you need is an unpleasant surprise in the mirror. We went to the makeup artists and hairstylists who get the biggest celebrities ready for their close-ups, and we asked for advice on how to deal with some of the most common beauty predicaments.

Breakouts - When Brooke Shields and Catherine Zeta-Jones have a big appearance coming up, they turn to New York City makeup artist Kimara Ahnert. Her favorite trick to banish blemishes? Place an ice pack over the pimple for a few minutes, then squeeze a little bit of eye drop solution over the zit to reduce redness. Let the solution dry for a few minutes before dabbing on concealer. Follow with a light layer of translucent powder to set the concealer and even out the skin. Hollywood makeup artist Jerrod Blandino, whose products Scarlett Johansson is a fan of, adds this caveat: “Do not pick the pimple. It's easier to cover when it's not punctured. And make sure that the concealer you are using is an exact match for your skin tone so it's undetectable.”

Blotchy skin - Wake up with a road map of red splotches on your face? Don’t despair. With the right makeup, you can fake complexion perfection. First, apply moisturizer. “Use a product infused with naturally calming ingredients like chamomile, cucumber and aloe to soothe and alleviate redness,” Blandino suggests. Give that a few moments to sink in, then smooth on foundation. Pat concealer on any remaining red areas. Set with a dusting of translucent powder.

Puffy eyes - Too much salt and not enough sleep can leave you with so much baggage under your eyes you’ll be tempted to call for a moving van. But before you cancel your plans and climb back into bed, try celebrity esthetician Scott Vincent Borba’s favorite trick: “Put your eye cream in the freezer for ten minutes before applying,” he says. “It will act as a cold compress. Choose one with light reflectors to help reduce the appearance of puffiness.”

​Dark circles - To treat those telltale under-eye rings, first head to the kitchen. Dampen tea bags, take a seat and apply the bags over your eyes for a few minutes. “The tannin in tea has been shown to reduce swelling and discoloration,” says Ahnert. “Then use a yellow- or peach-toned concealer to cancel out the purple or bluish color under the eye. Stay away from pink-toned concealers: They can actually make your circles more noticeable.” Models love this tip from Blandino: “Line the corners and rims of your eyes with a flesh- or nude-colored pencil to brighten and lighten the eye area.”

Over-plucked eyebrows - Got a little tweezer-happy? Laura Geller, the New York City makeup artist who counts Mary-Louise Parker among her clients, suggests this: Fill in your brows with a brow powder that matches your natural hair color as closely as possible. If it’s too light or too dark, it will instantly give you away. When you apply it, extend the length of the brows on the outside for a more youthful appearance. Ahnert recommends applying the powder with a baby toothbrush for a more natural look and to whisk away any excess product. “Then brush a clear brow gel over the brows to give them a groomed and polished look,” she says.

Rain on your (hair) parade - You just spent 40 minutes blowing out your hair when a sudden downpour hits. Hats and scarves are one option, but New York City stylist Ted Gibson, who has tamed the locks of Anne Hathaway and Angelina Jolie, prefers a more elegant solution. “Pull the hair back into a sleek ponytail,” he says, “use hair pins to twist it into a bun, and finish off with some hair spray.” 

Emily Listfield, a former editor at Self, McCall’s and Fitness magazines, has contributed to numerous publications, including Allure, More, InStyle, Redbook, Parade and The New York Times. She recently published her seventh novel, Best Intentions. 

Spas in Orange County

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Aquaterra Spa - Surf and Sand Resort

1555 South Coast Hwy

Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Phone: (949) 376-2SPA

The Aquaterra Spa in Laguna Beach is the perfect retreat from life's daily stresses. Situated on the beach overlooking the blue waters of the Pacific, you can see Catalina Island in the distance. The Aquaterra Spa's Mediterranean-style architecture makes use of light and space to create a feeling of serenity and peace. Their massages, facials and body treatments are considered personal expressions of the artistry of body and healing; the media being the natural local botanicals that thrive in the lush Laguna Beach climate, the ocean's curative minerals and surroundings, and the cleansing renewal of the earth's mud and clay.


SPA RESERVATIONS AND CANCELLATIONS We suggest that spa appointments be made two weeks in advance. Spa services are guaranteed with a credit card. If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, please notify us at least 24 hours in advance.


Choose from four different exclusive Aquaterra aromatherapy oil blends, each designed to enhance a certain mood, aiding in stress reduction, revitalization, sports therapy and a sense of serenity.

Spa Gregories

Spa Gregories - Newport

200 Newport Drive, Suite 100
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Spa treatments include various massages, body wraps and polishes, specialty facials, and microdermabrasion. Permanent makeup, electrolysis, endermologie, hydrotherapy, waxing services and Spa Packages are also available.

A quiet room with a stone fountain, eucalyptus steam rooms, men's and women's locker rooms, complimentary plush robes with massage or facial treatments, complimentary tea & snacks, in addition to spa lunch cuisine that can be added on to any service!

Spa Gregories -Rancho Santa Margarita
22342 El Paseo Dr, Suite F
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688


Spa treatments include various massages, body wraps and polishes, specialty facials, and microdermabrasion. Mineral makeup, permanent makeup, and waxing services and Spa & Salon Packages are also available.

Salon Services include Haircuts and texture, Color and highlighting, Styling and up-dos, in addition to L’Oreal Professional & Kérastase custom prescribed Conditioning Treatments.

A quiet room, women's steam room, men's steam shower, men's and women's locker rooms, complimentary plush robes with massage or facial treatments, complimentary tea & snacks, in addition to spa lunch cuisine that can be added on to any service!


Spa Gregorie's mission is to deliver the quintessential spa experience for our guests while nurturing a passionate & professional staff and making a significant contribution to our community. Our Moroccan-themed Day Spa & Salon has about 5,000 square feet of space of tranquil surroundings and relaxing ambience. The spa has a private manicure and pedicure room, nine other treatment rooms, a quiet room, women's steam room, men's steam shower, men's and women's locker rooms, plus a retail boutique.

Spa Montage

Spa Montage

Address: 30801 South Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA
Phone: (949) 715-6010
A showpiece, the 20,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor oceanfront Spa Montage offers comprehensive programs and a la carte services ranging from herbal and hydrotherapy body treatments to fitness consultation and classes.

A total of 21 treatment rooms include 12 massage rooms; four facial treatment rooms; two hydrotherapy rooms; and three specialty treatment rooms with outdoor relaxation and plunge pool that can be used for a single or couple's massage or hydrotherapy treatments. Separate male and female club-style locker rooms feature a relaxation rooms, complete with fireplace, shower, steam and sauna areas, Jacuzzi and cold plunge

Appointments & Information: (949) 463-2134


Massage, skincare, Bodyworks and More


Located in the Montage Resort, offering indoor and outdoor oceanfront facilities with beautiful views. Some of the many services include: Ocean-Inspired Therapies, Bath & Water Therapies, Earth-Inspired Therapies, Touch Therapies, Facial Therapies, Pre-Natal Therapies, Spa Montage Signature Treatments, Spa Montage Exclusive Services Spa Enhancements, Hair Removal

Spa Gaucin - The St. Regis

Spa Gaucin

One Monarch Beach Resort
Dana Point, CA 92629
Phone (949) 234-3367
Fax (949) 234-3365

Enter Spa Gaucin and experience the sweet scent of fresh flowers and aromatherapy oils, warm natural light, beautiful works of art and three-story water walls and waterfalls. Each treatment begins with the toss of a coin into the "Well of Desires," where symbolically the cares of life are left behind.
Spa Gaucin offers beautiful waiting areas, a tranquility lounge, whirlpools, aromatic steam and sauna and a fitness center. Use of the spa facilities is complimentary with a booked spa service.
Spa Boutique Featuring our signature skin line, resort wear, accessories, candles, and gifts, the Spa Gaucin Boutique is open daily from 9am to 7pm

Daily Spa Services and Facilities: 8:00am - 8:00pm
Fitness Center: 6:00am- 8:00pm  


Experience Spa Gaucin at St. Regis Resort. Whether you are looking for a day at the Spa, or you are looking for a relaxing and luxurious stay at our resort, we have the spa package for you.


Arrival: Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your service to check-in and change into the provided spa robe and slippers.

Cancellation: Please call the spa a minimum of 24-hours prior to your appointment to cancel or change a service. Calls made within the 24-hours will incur a $40 rescheduling fee. Cancellations and no-shows will be charged in full.

Facility use: Use of the facilities without a spa service is available to resort guests for a $20.00 fee. Fitness center is complimentary to resort guests.

The Spa at Laguna Cliffs

25135 Park Lantern

Dana Point, CA 92629
Phone: 949-487-7576

The Spa at Laguna Cliffs is open daily from 9am - 9pm
The Fitness Center is open 24 hours a day for our resort guests.


Our full-service destination Spa offers 14,000 square feet of facilities for treatments and relaxation. There are separate men's and women's changing areas with private lockers, whirlpool, wet steam and dry sauna rooms, and Swiss showers with 14 shower heads. The Vichy Shower is a rain bar that provides a gentle cascade of water used as a complement to any of our body treatments. We also offer a deluxe spa suite with private outdoor whirlpool tub, steam showers and a treatment room built for two.

Continue this special Spa experience at home with the Signature Orange products used in our treatments. Our Spa Boutique features signature blended aromatherapy products, professional skin and body care, plush robes, candles and unique gifts.

During your day at the Spa, work out in our 2,500-square-foot Fitness Center featuring Life Fitness strength training equipment, and Star Trac treadmills, elliptical, upright bikes, recumbent bikes and stair stepper, all with flat screen TVs.

Spa Check-In
Please arrive at least twenty minutes prior to the scheduled treatment time

Minimum Age
The Spa and all of its facilities are appropriate for guests 16 years and older.

Massage, Body Treatments, Facials, Microdermabrasian, Salon

Where to Find Us
The Spa is part of the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa

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