16 Beauty & Skin Care Tips from Celebrities You’ll Want to Steal
If you’ve seen any pictures of Alicia Keys, Kim Kardashian, or Jennifer Lopez lately, you’ve probably already caught on to the latest celebrity trend: the no make-up, fresh face. Of course, on one actually achieves the “no make-up” look without some tricks and a few high-quality products…I mean, unless you’re just really blessed genetically and you plan on staying eternally 21. If you want what they’ve got, take their tips and try it out for yourself with our 16 Beauty & Skin Care Tips from Celebrities You’ll Want to Steal.
1. Invest in Eye Cream
Your eyes are your face’s focal point. It may not technically be a window into you soul, but it is an open book into general wellbeing. Loose a little sleep, divert a little from your regular diet, and boom! It’s written in those two little bags. For a busy woman on the go, Kate Winslet recommends finding a good eye cream to de-puff and keep the stress away from your face. Selena Gomez tells Into the Gloss (intothegloss.com) that her favorite happens to be First Aid Beauty’s Eye Duty Triple Remedy ($36).
2. Heat Your Eyelash Curler
Again, making your eyes pop can brighten up your whole face, which is why lashes have always been given special treatment. They are the gatekeepers to those soul windows, if you must. If you want to do away with mascaras, primers, and plumpers, then Isla Fisher recommends using a hair dryer to heat up your eyelash curler before using. The heat helps curl hair better, much like your curling iron. Or if DIY isn’t your thing, than try a heated eyelash curler.
3. Slick on Petroleum Jelly
Continuing with the eye theme, once you’ve de-puffed your eyes and flung those lashes wide open, what about above the eye? Freida Pinto uses petroleum jelly on her lids to achieve a “dewy, angelic look.” This is a trick many makeup artists have also used on the runway during Fashion Week. Some have also mixed in eye shadow for a pop of color. Just remember, don’t lay it on too thick or it’ll get everywhere.
4. Smooth on Facial Oils
You may have heard that people with oily-type skin should avoid facial oils. That’s a myth. Facial oils replenish the skin with antioxidants, helps aging skin keep elasticity, and protects the skin from outside debris. Gwyneth Paltrow is a fan. She uses omega-3 oil, which is light on skin. Makeup artist Dotti, in her interview with W Magazine, reveals that she uses the Pure Jojoba Oil ($42) from MV Organic Skincare line on Alicia Keys. You can’t deny the evidence – those two women always look youthful and radiant.
5. Drink More H2O
We’ve all heard that the human body is 70% water. Where is that water? In your cells and blood, helping your body regenerate, grow, and heal every moment of every day. So what does that mean for those who want an easy and cheap beauty boost? Drink more water! If you’re not getting around 8 cups a day, your skin, scalp, hair, and nails will dry out and age faster. America Ferrera attest to the fact that water has helped flourish her in all those aspects. In addition, Renée Rouleau, celebrity esthetician and skincare expert, also stresses hydrating your skin directly with alcohol-free toner and serums that contain hyaluronic acid and sodium PCA.
6. Spritz Rosewater Spray
Liv Tyler is eternally glowing, in life and on camera. She swears that the secret to looking naturally flawless, aka no make-up flawless, is misting skin with rosewater spray. She sprays it on after some foundation, blush, and translucent powder. Then she places a Kleenex over her face for a few seconds as to spray sets. There are so many different types on the market, ranging from under $5 a pop to $65 plus, you can definitely find one that fits your look and budget.
7. Dap on Toothpaste
There are literally hundreds if not thousands of products out there that claim to help fight breakouts. There are extensive regimens to follow, some disclaimers to heed (like the ones that say it’ll get worse before it gets better, so just deal), and a lot of money to shell out. Guess what Fergie does for her breakouts? She uses toothpaste. Something we all already (should) own. It’s actually been proven that toothpaste helps by reducing the swelling and drying out the acne. Use white toothpaste, dap on spot at night, and wash off in the morning! The effects will take place in a couple of days.
8. Wash Your Face
Taking care of your face is biggest part of achieving the no-makeup,s I-woke-up-like-this look. This means you’ve got to be vigilant about washing your face. Dotti, Alicia Key’s makeup artist, stresses the importance of washing not just once a day, but twice. Our faces secrete a mixture of oils and other things at night and a gentler wash in the morning is order to keep skin clean and healthy. Miley Cirus suggests the Sensai brand. Like many others who have jumped on the Asian-skincare wagon, she knows that’s where to find the most technologically innovative products in the market.
9. Make Facials a Routine
To be a celebrity requires keeping up with a certain image, which is why they go all out for dermatologists, makeup artists, and other specialists for chemical peels, LED light, oxygen treatments…you name it, they’ve probably done it. Rouleau says that if we take away anything, it’s that we should find a way to fit facials into our beauty routine and budget. Whether it’s going to a spa for a monthly facial, or using a home facial once a week, or making DIY facials from your kitchen – you’ve got to do what you can. If you’re looking to buy, Kristen Bell recommends Kate Somerville’s line of products.
10. Wear Sunscreen
When you’re going for a no-makeup look, you’re likely to reduce the amount of product on your face. However, no matter how low-maintenance your routine becomes, Rouleau stresses the importance of wearing SPF. Going out in the sun bare-skinned exposes your skin to free radicals and UV light, which are the leading causes to premature aging. So no matter how good you think your genes are, make sure you use some kind of product with a minimum of 30 SPF. If you do wear other products – moisturizers, serums, toners – then apply those first before sunscreen. Try SPF rising star Supergoop’s Everyday Sunscreen ($10-$48).
11. Massage with Ice
Word around the block is that a cold shower or bath is beneficial for your health and can help you lost weight. Though that specific statement has been highly debated, using the cold against the skin can be beneficial. For Alicia Keys, Dotti places a jade roller into ice until it’s freezing before working it over Keys’ face. The cold brings the blood up to the skin’s surface, which revitalizes the skin. In addition, jade is believed to have healing characteristics in traditional Chinese medicine because it draws out unhealthy elements from the body. But at the end of the day, gently massaging something cold over your face would suffice.
12. Crush that Cucumber
There’s a reason why an image of two adjoining cucumber slices over the eyes brings immediate thoughts of peacefulness and tranquility. Cucumbers are known to be anti-aging and rich in moisture and vitamins. Whether you eat them or put them on your face, there will be benefits. If you want the Alicia Keys’ glow, Dotti recommends grating a cucumber into pulp and applying all over the face and around the eyes. Like with the cold, cucumber draws out heat and brings the blood to the skin’s surface.
13. Fill in and Groom Eyebrows
Now that we’ve covered the basis with skincare tips, there are just a few makeup products worth mentioning because they go a long way on their own in creating the no-makeup look. First, let’s talk about what’s most important: those two little hairy caterpillars that frame our faces. Bold and naturally full brows have been in for some time, and finding a good brow pencil, powder, or brow gel can make a huge difference. Benefit Cosmetics recently came out with eyebrow kits, which comes in either 3 presorted kits ($34) or an assemble-your-own kit ($69).
14. Bronzer Many Ways
Bronzer is like magic in a bottle/tub/compact! It can replace aging with a youthful glow. It can highlight your cheek and brow bones, giving you that insta-contoured look without the repetitive contouring palettes. And it gives you the back-from-vacay look without any of the harmful UV damage. Rachel Bilson likes to dust her cheeks and eyelids with bronzer for a quick and easy look. Eva Mendes recommends mixing bronzer with moisturizer for a more dewy look.
15. Flash a Pop of Color
Another one-product flawless look is bright or colorful lipstick. By matching the right shade of red with healthy, glowing skin, you’ve got a bold day look or a sexy night look without much additional work. When picking reds, choose based off of your skin’s undertones: cools with pink and bluish-based reds and warm with copper and coral-based reds. A peachy red is universally flattering. If you’re adventurous, try the trending dark-reds like burgundy or wine. Gwen Stefani, queen of the bold red lip, recommends mixing different colors together for that perfect, customized shade.
16. Buff Your Nails
Lastly, we move from the face to the one other stand-alone feature that can make or break your beauty look: nails. Let’s be honest, many of us paint our nails not just for the color but to also cover up imperfections due to lack of care or bad habits (chewing, for example?). Joy Bryant reminds us that buffed nails are at once classy, chic, and is au naturale. Keeping fingers well moisturized, cuticles pushed back (but not trimmed, which can cause more damage than good), and nails buffed for an effortless no-makeup look that goes beyond the face.
Skincare, like everything else worthwhile, takes time and effort. But with these tips and tricks up your sleeve, your morning selfies will be I-woke-up-like-this beautiful.