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Going to the Oscars? Here's where to go for one-stop beauty

February 22, 2011 |  6:08 pm


Wake up to your perfect life: It’s 9 a.m. Sunday and later that day you’re headed to the Oscars.
To be red carpet ready in preparation for the 42.1 million or so people watching (judging) your every little jiggle and wiggle, you’ve braved a six-week (slightly masochistic) body boot camp; you’ve been nipped, tucked and puffed; you’ve survived a gluten-free/dairy-free/meat-free/practically food-free diet; and you and your fabulous, if somewhat dictatorial, stylist have culled the closet-full of goddess-evoking gowns, offered (gratis) by internationally renowned designers, down to one perfect creation.
You’re just a hairdo, makeup application, manicure and limo ride away from a night that dreams are made of –- but with paparazzi stalking every starlet who is off to a beauty treatment, now’s not the time to be running all over town.

And it’s not just celebrities who need to put on an Oscar face: behind-the-scenes movie makers, escorts, spouses, all want to look their best. Stars who've planned ahead will have beauty services coming to them, but there are some other one-stop red carpet beauty alternatives. Here are some places that will be offering Oscar day services — be sure to book ahead — and their totaled minimum prices for hair/makeup/nails:

Luxury lodgings understand that their A-list clients require a virtual Glamourpalooza of head-to-toe beauty masters who are at most an elevator ride away. And you don’t have to be a celebrity to receive star treatment, “All of my clients we treat like celebrities,” says Lea Journo, whose eponymous hair salon at the Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire is open Oscar Sunday. You don’t have to be staying in the hotel to book an appointment.

All of the hotels below have an on site spa and hair salon open on Oscar Sunday and some even offer tanning, brows, extensions, men’s grooming, body slimming treatments, lash extensions, medi-spa treatments, waxing and massage in addition to makeup, hair and manicure-pedicures. “But a facial -- never, never, never do that the same day as the event,” says Journo. Also avoid waxing, drastic hair changes, tanning and most dermatological procedures the day of any event. Suppose, for instance, hair color goes wrong. You’ll need more time to fix it.

Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire & Lea Journo Salon Beverly Hills – starting at $415
9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212 (310) 275-5200
Montage Beverly Hills & Kim Vo Salon – starting at $400
225 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 (310) 860-7800
Sunset Tower Hotel & Argyle Salon & Spa – starting at $300
8358 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069 (323) 654-7100
The Beverly Hilton and The Bellezza Salon – starting at $325
9876 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210 (310) 274-7777
The Beverly Hills Hotel and the Joseph Martin Salon – starting at $210
9641 Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA (310) 276-2251
Ritz-Carlton Downtown – starting at $245
900 West Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015 (213) 743-8800

It may not be the big game, but for Hollywood, Oscar Sunday is the Super Bowl of award shows and many salons kick into overtime and will be open. Among them are:

Frederic Fekkai West Hollywood – starting at $75
8457 Melrose Place, West Hollywood, CA 90069 (310) 777-8700
Lukaro Salon – starting at $350
323 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210-4713 (310) 275-2536
Christophe Hair Salon – starting at $305
348 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills (310) 274-0851
Gavert Atelier Salon – starting at $225
9666 Brighton Way, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 (310) 858-7898
Privé Salon - Starting at $240
7373 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036 (323) 931-5559

If you can do with a bit less than everything –- say, just makeup and blow dry or makeup and lashes only — try Makeup & Go!/Bubble Blow Dry [13038 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049 (310) 451-6253] or Makeup Mandy [8441 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, CA 90069 (310) 858-1970].

Here's looking at you!

--Alene Dawson

 Photo: The Oscars red carpet, 2010. Credit: Bryan Chan/Los Angeles Times.