Moll’s Beauty Bag: Prepping for the CMAs Red Carpet


As you know, I attended the 49th Annual CMA Awards this past Wednesday, and I wanted to share with you some products perfect for prepping for any big night! And, while this post is all about the preparation, next week’s Moll’s Beauty Bag will be all about the beauty I saw on the red carpet! For now, here are some of my current favorite picks that will get you award show-pretty in no time at all, before a much-anticipated event.

1 week out. Start gently exfoliating your skin on a daily basis with one of my favorites – Philosophy The Microdelivery Daily Exfoliating Wash ($28/8-ounce). This micro-massage exfoliating treatment wash gently exfoliates and cleanses, while also giving you some resurfacing action. Gentle enough to use every day without irritation, this moisturizing, sulfate-free formula replenishes and protects the skin, while producing your best, youngest complexion possible.

Moll Must: Start using it nightly 7 days prior to the big event for maximum results.


3 Days Before. So, you didn’t start gentle exfoliation in time? Well, that just means it’s time to bring out the big guns. Before a big event, or just when you want to feel your best, reach for a peel. Right now, I’m reaching for Kat Burki Restorative Dual Acid Peel ($125), which reverses, refines and refreshes your skin. Glycolic and Salicyclic acids are the powerful potions in this concoction, which with a side of hyaluronic acid, avocado oil and grape seed oil combine to exfoliate and moisturize, while brightening, tightening and renewing your complexion.

Moll Must: After an effective peel (which I prefer to apply at night), be sure to hydrate with a rich moisturizer. Applying moisturizer on freshly exfoliated skin at night actually leads to deeper penetration and hydration.


1 Day Before. Time to whiten those teeth! Luster Pro Light Dental Whitening System ($43.99) reverses pesky tooth enamel stains in just 30 minutes. That means…you can whiten while you watch Scandal! Utilizing the same light technology used in dental offices, this luxurious, but, not-so-luxuriously priced whitening system, erases years of stains, while nourishing and repairing your smile. Best of all? It’s approved for people with sensitive teeth!

Moll Must: Be a multi-tasker supreme! You can whiten while you watch Scandal! Just whiten – and wait – while Olivia fixes things.


The Day Of. The day of the big day, you can plump and prime your pout to perfection with LipFusion XXL Plumping Primer ($30). This “magic” lip pencil contours your lips, with a concentrated formula, packed with collagen-filling spheres, to redefine lips, reduce fine lines, and to prep the lips for the fullest pout possible. And, no worries about that bold fall lip color moving; with Sphingolipids, your lip color will be locked down, with no feathering, fading or transferring.

Moll Must: Apply your lip primer right before you do apply your eye makeup, so it has plenty of time to set, and fill in lines.