>We try out Joanna Vargas' Triple Crown Facial — same treatment Karlie Kloss and Michelle Williams got before Met Gala Source: NEW YORK DAILY NEWS BY Beth Stebner Parading on the red carpet is hard work, but appearing in front of hundreds of reporters for an event like Monday’s Met Gala is the Kentucky Derby of public appearances. It’s small wonder, then, that A-listers depend on a face jockey worthy of the task. Enter Joanna Vargas, master esthetician.
The veteran facialist helped prep Karlie Kloss, Zac Posen, Sofia Coppola and Michelle Williams to be red carpet-ready with her signature Triple Crown Facial.
Karlie Kloss At the Met Gala/Getty Images
Vargas told us that Posen, Coppola and Kloss are all regulars whenever they happen to be in New York.
“All of them travel a lot and they are all busy people, so we want to focus on making the skin fresh-looking,” she said.
The facial promises to temporarily reduce puffiness, sweep skin clean and even reshape the jawline with three distinct steps — and zero surgery.
After hearing this, we decided we had to get one of the Triple Crown facials ourselves to see what all the fuss was about.
The Powder Room went to Vargas’ light, airy, loft-like space right across the street from the Stephen Schwartzman branch of the New York Public Library, and steps away from Bryant Park. The space contains three rooms, each full of light and a breath of fresh air to the endless cramped facial tables I’ve seen in the past.
“The idea is to make it a completely personal experience,” Vargas told me as she started the first part of the Triple Crown — a diamond peel used to gently exfoliate dead skin. I’m surprised at how gentle it feels, especially because I have extremely sensitive skin.
Turns out, so does Vargas, which led her to develop skin care customized to each and every client. “It’s not a product-heavy treatment, so even if you have super sensitive skin, you won’t have a bad reaction,” she says.
Next, Vargas used microcurrent technology — via two handheld prongs — to stimulate my facial muscles. It wasn’t painful, but I felt my facial muscles twitch uncontrollably as currents pulsed through my muscles.
Vargas made sure to do my left side of my face first, and handed me a mirror so I could compare. “See the difference?” she asked. Yes, I could — laugh lines, expression lines, and even a crow’s foot or two — magically disappeared.
“People see a difference with the puffiness, cheekbones look lifted, and the eyes look > <