We unveil the beauty tricks of the celebrities who put the 'art' into party
When it comes to beauty and skincare, not a day goes by without a new beauty ‘trick’ being dished out; from alternative ways to use a beauty blender to things you never knew you could do with Vaseline (seriously, there are loads), but prepare to have your mind blown with these celebrity beauty secrets that are literal game changers.
From skin secrets to make-up hacks, the A-list are well-placed to offer up this kind of advice, seeing as they get face time with professional make-up artists and skin-care experts on a weekly, if not daily basis. In fact, we’d be slightly worried if they didn’t have a few celebrity beauty secrets stuffed up their sleeves.
If you always find your make-up sliding throughout the day (we’re talking about eye-shadow that literally creases after 30 minutes) and an oily t-zone that just won’t be tamed, then take your cue from these A-listers who are masters at perfecting long-wear make-up.
Jessica Alba swears by ColorStay Foundation from Revlon, thanks to its liquid, long-lasting formula that never looks cakey. Hey, if it’s good enough for a red-carpet appearance, it’s good enough for us. And if you take the CBA approach to false eyelashes, Tallulah Harlech is all about lining the upper inner rim of your eyes with kohl liner to create a blow-out, false lash-effect look.
Surely, our favourite celebrity beauty secret has to be Victoria’s Beckham’s recent revelation in Net-A-Porter’s The Edit, about how important salmon is to her diet. We all know that fish is an important facet of healthy diets due to its high levels of omega-3 fatty acids and is also a great Vitamin D food (in fact, it’s arguably one of the most Vitamin D rich food out there), but we didn’t know just how important it was for skin care until we read her musings.
Read on to find out more celebrity beauty secrets, and don’t forget to visit the beauty Mecca that is Fabled by Marie Claire, to discover the latest make-up products and beauty innovations that may well change your life…
‘I see a dermatologist in LA, called Dr. Harold Lancer, who is incredible. I’ve known him for years–he sorted my skin out.’
‘I used to have really problematic skin and he said to me, “You have to eat salmon every single day.” I said, “Really, every day?” And he said, “Yes; breakfast, lunch or dinner, you have to eat it every single day.”’
‘Exfoliate, exfoliate! Before a party, I always have a mitt and scrub to hand and buff from face to feet before moisturising. It’s great for the circulation and getting skin glowing. Next, I apply Revlon’s Colorstay Foundation [£12.49] all over my body- it literally doesn’t budge, which means I don’t have to wear tights (I hate tights).’
‘Kerastase’s Oleo-Relax masque £25.90 is my favourite pre-event treatment- it does terrific things to my hair.’
‘When I’m on the red carpet, I need something that won’t budge but doesn’t make me look like as though I’m caked in make-up. I’m not much of a touch-up girl and I don’t often look in the mirror, so Revlon’s Colorstay Foundation, £12.49, is my favourite. It looks totally flawless.’
‘I love smoky eyes when I go out. My trick is to put black liner inside the entire eye- I was taught this on my first shoot when I was 14. The black contrasted with the white of the eyes really makes them pop.’
‘Vibrant lips are always glamorous and in vogue. In the winter, I love deep, lush, magenta-toned reds. Invest in a beautiful jewelled compact; Christmas is the ideal time to pick one up and it makes it acceptable to touch-up in public. Also, paint your nails an exciting, festive colour. And try my signature 1940s-era half-moon manicure.’
‘I’m not much of a party animal but when I’m going to an event I want to feel like myself. Despite being an actress, I don’t like feeling different to how I usually do. I like my thick eyebrows, so I tend to play them up while keeping the rest of my face and hair pretty natural. I think it looks cooler, especially if what you’re wearing is more ‘done”.
‘Fill your sink with ice water and plunge your face into it. It gives you a healthy glow, reduces swelling and tightens your pores so you’re ready to look glam before your night out.’
‘If you want thicker lashes but don’t want to wear falsies, just line the upper inner rim of the eye with a black pencil. It gives the same effect without the hassle.’
‘I love Stila’s Convertible Color in Poppy, £16. It’s really gooey, so it’s super-easy to apply and gives the perfect dewy glow.’
‘My party essential has to be a dramatic eye with a nude lip, or a bare face with a strong red lip- both elevate my look from day to evening. An eyelash curler and great mascara are essential for both. I love Le Metier de Beaute’s Anamorphic Lash Mascara, £22.25 – it creates incredible volume without clumping.
‘I start my ritual of getting ready by applying La Prairie’s Skin Cavier Luxe Cream, £258 as it feels super-luxurious. It’s the best facelift-in-a-pot, no matter how tired my skin feels. And you can’t go wrong with Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies Mascara, £8.19 – you don’t need to fiddle about with false lashes, so it’s a great time saver.’
‘I tend to go for either eyes or lips, but I find the bright lip look is hard to maintain – you end up looking like you’re not wearing any make-up – while a dramatic eye tends to stay put. I love MAC’s Eye Kohl in Smoulder, £13, as it shows up, even on the watery insides of the eyes. I’ll wear a bit of eyeliner and then rock it up later on, that way it stays all night.’
‘I make sure I have an eyelash curler, mascara and eye drops in my purse. I also use a slick of red lipstick to light up my face.’
‘For me, the secret to a perfect party look is beautiful, glowing skin. I’ll always start with a nourishing face-mask and I moisturise all over- especially the areas on show. When deciding on hair and make-up, I begin with my outfit, but I do have a tendency to go for a feline, smudgy eye with a bit of contouring and brow gel.’