It’s not exactly groundbreaking for me to say that celebrities are pretty much constantly putting their best face forward. (Don’t call Miranda Priestly.) But often times, it seems like they are using super expensive products or a permanent Glamsquad to follow them around and create their effortlessly gorgeous looks. And, to be clear, that is the case some of the time. But sometimes the answer is a little simpler than we all think—they just find what products work for them, and continue to use them. So here are the beauty products celebrities swear by, whether it’s a body scrub, moisturizer, foundation, or whatever else. Many of these beauty products celebrities swear by are actually v accessible, so you might find yourself online shopping at the end of this list. A fair warning.
1. Chrissy Teigen
It’s no surprise that we are shamelessly obsessed with Chrissy and everything about her realness. From her open conversations about pregnancy to her political views to her self-confidence, it’s a no-brainer that we’d want to know her tips to looking and feeling good, too. Some of her favorite products include Ouai Shampoo and Conditioner, Ouai Scalp and Body Scrub, and a must-have: Coconut oil. She especially loves the one made by Vita Coco.
2. Kim Kardashian
For starters, Kim obviously uses her own products the most. I mean, duh. Her contour and highlighter kit as well as Kylie’s bestselling Kylighter are among her faves. However, she’s also a fan of Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Matte Bronzer and Guerlain Orchidée Impériale Rich Cream, according to Harper’s Bazaar UK.
3. Emily Ratajkowski
Not only is Em Rata insanely fit and unafraid to show off her abs, but she always seems to have the best sun-kissed, glowy skin too. It’s just not fair to have both a good body and good skin. Ugh. If you’re like me and would die to know her skin care secrets, you’re in luck. She shared with Vogue that she uses Eucerin Aquaphor Soothing Skin Balm and Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Foundation.
4. Hailey Baldwin
This secret is for all the blondes out there who are constantly looking for a conditioner to keep their strands looking fresh and healthy. Hailey’s hair stylist, Ryan Pearl, shared a favorite purple conditioner to follow with. The secret? Like with anything else, Pearl says too much purple shampoo can cause more damage than good, so using a deep purple conditioner afterwards like Redken’s Color Extend Blondage Conditioner once a week can maintain your color and nourish your roots.
5. Bella Hadid
The Hadids know how to turn heads on the runway and in the streets. Their impressive (and v expensive) wardrobe and 6-pack abs help, but it’s their flawless makeup that really does the trick. Specifically, Bella enjoys some of Dior’s most popular beauty products. For those lengthy lashes, she likes using Dior Diorshow Pump ’N’ Volume Mascara and tops off her pout with Dior Lip Glow.
6. Jennifer Lawrence
I really wish my girl, JLaw, would get an Insta because I am really so obsessed with her. I would LOVE to see the hilarious sh*t I imagine she’d post because honestly, she is my drunk alter ego. She likes to keep her makeup pretty minimal, but she really loves a good face mask. Who doesn’t? One of her favorites is the Decleor Radiance Flash Mask.
Ri is serious goals and my go-to when I need a reminder of the boss betch I am. As predicted, she uses her own Fenty Beauty products like the Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation and Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter. She also shared with Vogue an easy under-eye trick for pesky dark bags because obviously, we’ve all been there. She advises to use deep colored eyeshadow shades to cover the bags and “add definition”.
For some, god is a woman, and that woman could very well be Queen Bey. Since those in the Beyhive would absolutely die to be a clone of her, getting some insight into her beauty routine is the first step. Her well-known makeup artist, Sir John, shared with Glamour UK that he doesn’t use a setting spray or even a moisturizer. Instead, he layers cream and powder. He also shared that he uses Tom Ford Bronzing Powder right on the T-zone for a natural-looking glow.
9. Jennifer Lopez
J.Lo is super secretive about her beauty routine and tbh, I would be too if I looked that good at her age. Guys, Jenny from the block is almost 50 years old and she seriously always looks like she just turned 25. HOW DOES SHE DO IT? For starters, she says she drinks a ton of water and that she doesn’t drink caffeine or alcohol. So, ya, we’re pretty much screwed from the start. A couple of her favorite products include a highlighter from her collab with Inglot and some luxurious creams like Dr. Hauschka’s Rose Day Cream.
10. Ariana Grande
In addition to her hella long ponytail, Ariana is never out without an on-point cat eye. I mean, her winged liner as always as fierce as they come. If you’re envious and desperately trying to figure out her talented ways, her makeup artist’s go-to is Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Bourbon.
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Summer is hands down the best (and betchiest) season for many reasons: day drinking, tans, cute summer clothes—I don’t need to convince you. But let’s be honest, summer has its downsides. It’s the little things, like feeling the need to shave every five seconds because your legs are always on display, and then shaving so much you end up irritating your skin, and having those awful bumps around your bikini area. The worst. It can also be really tricky to navigate how much makeup is too much at a beach party. Also, a sun-kissed glow may be easy for some to achieve naturally, but for others, it can end in a disaster (sunburn). I am the latter. Since we deserve to flaunt what we’ve got in the summer without botching our skin, we asked celebrity makeup artist Carrie LaMarca, who has worked with top models like Ashley Graham and Emily Ratajkowski, for her best summer beauty hacks.
What are your top tips for achieving glowing, smooth skin?
Glowing skin is my favorite, and there are several steps I take to achieve that. One: drinking lots of water is key! Second, I strongly advise using a power serum. Mad Hippie’s Vitamin C serum is my current must-have product. It evens out your skin tone and brightens and plumps fine lines all in one, leaving your skin supple and glowing. Finally, I always make sure that my face is free of any “peach fuzz,” because this helps your foundation to go on super smooth and even. For this, I love the Clio Beautytrim, a personal facial groomer, which is super gentle and small enough to keep in my makeup bag.
What’s the one thing we should be doing this summer to avoid ingrown hairs, bumps, and redness?
A big way to avoid ingrown hairs is to exfoliate before you shave. It helps to soften and loosen the hair, making it easier to get a clean, smooth shave. For bumps and redness, it helps if you use witch hazel on the area after shaving, and follow up with a light moisturizer.
What’s the one item you have to have in your beauty bag when working with celebs?
My number one, can’t-live-without item is the Cle De Peau concealer sticks. They are expensive but worth every penny! They work wonders on covering any red spots and under eye circles and are so lightweight and smooth that they look like your skin.
What’s the craziest beauty bind you’ve gotten into behind the scenes at a Sports Illustrated shoot, and how did you fix it?
This wasn’t a Sports Illustrated shoot, but it was a swimwear shoot, and somehow the model didn’t get the memo and showed up unshaven “down there!” Thankfully, I always keep the Clio bikini trimmer in my kit! I make sure to pack it for swim or underwear shoots because it quickly removes hair, but doesn’t leave any redness or irritation that shaving with a razor can cause. I was able to clean her up quickly and got her right on set to start shooting. Crisis averted!
Any cool summer beauty hacks you can share for those of us who will be showing off our legs all summer?
A tan always makes your legs look better, so I’d recommend using a self-tanner like St. Tropez—one of my faves. But if you are too scared to commit to tanning yourself, or if you’re in a last minute pinch, mix some of your foundation with your body lotion, and it works great for evening out the skin tone on your legs and covering up any redness.
As a top celebrity makeup artist and skincare expert, Carrie LaMarca has worked to prep top models like Nina Agdal, Ashley Graham, and Emily Ratajkowski for their close-ups. From shoots on exotic beaches to the catwalk, Carrie is a pro when it comes to grooming and keeping the skin looking camera-ready.