The sculpting tools used by Elizabeth Olsen and Ellen Pompeo ahead of the Emmys

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It’s no secret that red carpet skin prep often involves the use of tools and techie devices before make-up comes into play. Ahead of last week’s Met Gala, for example, Kate Hudson’s complexion was made more incandescent thanks to a LED mask treatment. While yesterday’s Emmy Awards saw A-listers Elizabeth Olsen and Ellen Pompeo get a facial ‘workout’ with not one but three instruments each to help contour their features.

Leading Hollywood make-up artists, Pati Dubroff and Bea Nelson, incorporated FaceGym practices into their routines with the actresses. A system fusing manual kneading movements with high-performance skincare, tools and technology, FaceGym’s ethos is to act as a non-invasive face lift for those lucky enough to be on the receiving end.

Firstly, the artists gave the skin a ‘warm up’ with the brand’s Face Ball; a mini yoga ball which when rolled across the face helps release tension while kick-starting circulation and lymph drainage.

Next came the ‘cardio’ part courtesy of the FaceGym Pro, a device delivering triple wave technology to tone the muscles. Dubroff explains, it “completely lifts the face and de-puffs while giving the skin a beautiful foundation to sit on”. Using it on Olsen wasn’t a one-off. “I always use it for red carpet sculpting as the results are instant,” the artist adds.

Last, but not least, was the sculpting session, using a next-generation gua sha. “The Multi-Sculpt has six different edges that help me to lift and contour and also encourage lymphatic drainage to de-puff the skin and soften fine lines,” Dubroff said. The result? “Instantly healthy skin perfect for smooth make-up application.”

Olsen’s skin speaks for itself.

While facial tools are often lauded for their aesthetic benefits, the concept is the perfect example of how skincare and self-care merge. Many of us use beauty rituals to help manage our mood, and these devices can aid that. Whether using light therapy with a LED mask, or touch therapy enhanced by a massager, they pose much face- and spirit-lifting potential.

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