By now, you will have read—and seen—a lot about the new Barbie movie. Whether it’s Margot Robbie wearing every shade of pink imaginable, or Ryan Gosling’s Ken-ified blonde hair tips, the press tour has been bountiful in the beauty department. What you might not have seen is those that have worked behind the scenes during filming. Skin expert, Jasmina Vico, was one such woman, whose task it was to create the kind of skin befitting of a Barbie doll. From Margot Robbie to Emma Mackey, America Ferrera and Hari Nef, she welcomed many of the Barbies through her doors for skin and well-being treatments… and lots of tea.
“It’s Barbie and she needs to look perfect, so the brief for the skin was to create that halo of light often seen in 1940s photographs,” Vico tells Vogue exclusively. “Everything in the movies is about lighting. That’s when I thought, okay, we’re going to work on the liver; calm the nervous system; and make skin glow, but crucially, we’re going to work on that glow from within.”
Working with Ivana Primorac, the movie’s lead make-up artist, Vico created a skin and wellness protocol for each of the Barbies to follow, while seeing them consistently for in-clinic treatments in tandem. Margot, the lead character and producer on the film, visited Vico the most. “Sometimes it was twice a week, sometimes every two weeks, it depended on her schedule,” Vico explains. “I looked after her like a baby! Not just her skin, but her energy. It’s a stressful job so we worked on calming her and making her feel great.”
So, what was that protocol exactly? Here Vico shares the details with Vogue.
Harnessing the wonders of a number of different modalities—both holistic and high-tech—Vico treated all of the Barbies’s skin to her famous Vico Glow. “We did lots of depuffing and lymphatic drainage – we used lots of ice balls,” says Vico. “It all depended on what day the actor was on screen. Generally, we combined different types of lasers (including cold laser) to reduce inflammation in the skin and strengthen the skin barrier, alongside peels, massage and pressure points to open up the face.” When Margot, specifically, had some downtime, they’d sneak in some micro-needling to help with luminosity and skin texture, too. This, combined with a comprehensive supplement, stress and dietary protocol helped keep skin health on point and inflammation low.