13 Beauty Products Celebs Use to Stay Fresh-Faced Onstage

by Nikki Brown
Feb 5, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. ET

Even in the dead of winter, we prefer makeup that won’t slide off our face. Yes, there are innumerable formulas that claim to be oil-free, but the truth is we don’t have the time or money to try every single one. So who better to snag recommendations from than the celebrities who spend their time moving and shaking onstage? Thanks to trusty makeup artists and skin experts, the products they use under the flashing lights aren’t just camera-friendly; they’re also sweatproof and pack plenty of staying power.

We're always excited to see what makeup magic artists such as Sza and Lady Gaga will conjure up for their highly anticipated performances. And we’re taking notes from them and a slew of other singers with beauty expertise. Ahead are some of the products our favorites use to stay fresh-faced.


Originally posted on StyleCaster.

1 /13: Giorgio Armani Power Fabric Foundation

1/13 :Giorgio Armani Power Fabric Foundation

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Demi Lovato’s makeup artist, Jill Powell, said, "Because of the velvet-matte finish of the foundation, it lasts throughout the day and even performances."

Power Fabric foundation, $64 at Giorgio Armani Beauty

2 /13: Marc Jacobs Le Marc Liquid Lip Crayon

2/13 :Marc Jacobs Le Marc Liquid Lip Crayon

In an interview with InStyle, Lady Gaga’s makeup artist, Sarah Tanno, said the singer "wears it because the colors never bleed."

Le Marc Liquid lip crayon, $26 at Marc Jacobs Beauty

3 /13: SheaMoisture African Black Soap

3/13 :SheaMoisture African Black Soap

While chatting with Vogue in 2017, Sza revealed that she uses black soap and hemp oil to keep her skin gleaming on and offstage.

“You don’t have to wonder or wish to do things, you just have to be active about caring for yourself."

African Black Soap, $5.99 at SheaMoisture

4 /13: Marc Jacobs Magic Marc'er Liquid Eyeliner

4/13 :Marc Jacobs Magic Marc'er Liquid Eyeliner

Ever wonder what the secret to Adele’s signature cat-eye is? While speaking with E! News in 2017, her makeup artist revealed he uses this precision applicator to keep her makeup on point while touring.

Magic Marc'er liquid eyeliner, $30 at Marc Jacobs Beauty

5 /13: Vita Liberata Self Tanning Anti Age Serum

5/13 :Vita Liberata Self Tanning Anti Age Serum

When Alicia Keys first decided to adopt a (mostly) makeup-free lifestyle, her go-to skin guru, Sharon McGlinchey, revealed to W magazine that she uses this potion to give her a warm, natural-looking glow onstage.

Self Tanning Anti Age Serum, $45 at Vita Liberata

6 /13: Urban Decay De-Slick Setting Spray

6/13 :Urban Decay De-Slick Setting Spray

Who could forget Pink’s epic performance at the 2017 VMAs?! Her longtime makeup artist, Kathy Jeung, revealed to Billboard that she was able to keep her makeup in place thanks to what she called her "hero product" of the night.

De-Slick setting spray, $32 at Urban Decay

7 /13: Lit Cosmetics Glitter

7/13 :Lit Cosmetics Glitter

Kesha has been a longtime advocate for cruelty-free beauty. While speaking with Teen Vogue about her go-to products, she and her makeup artist, Vittorio Masecchia, said, "We absolutely adore these glitters and the range of shades and sizes they come in.”

Glitter, $19 at Lit Cosmetics

8 /13: Fenty Beauty Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter

8/13 :Fenty Beauty Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter

Since launching her makeup brand in 2017, Rihanna hasn't worn much of anything else onstage and off. In an interview with InStyle, she revealed this was her favorite product.

“I put it on my eyes, cheeks, and body. It goes on smooth, and the texture is superfine, almost like liquid — plus it’s extremely high-shine. There’s a ton of different colors,” she said.

Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter, $34 at Fenty Beauty

9 /13: Tom Ford Cream and Powder Eye Color

9/13 :Tom Ford Cream and Powder Eye Color

In a recent interview with Byrdie, Tinashe said that she loves this product because "it glistens and glitters and glows for you.... But it's also kind of natural in the sense that it's not pink or blue or anything like that."

Cream and Powder Eye Color, $62 at Tom Ford

10 /13: L'Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Foundation

10/13 :L'Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Foundation

Yes, even Jennifer Lopez loves drugstore makeup. Last year, her makeup artist, Mary Phillips, revealed on Instagram that she preps the singer's skin with this affordable foundation before a Vegas performance.

L'Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover foundation, $12.99 at Ulta

11 /13: Revlon ColorStay Makeup

11/13 :Revlon ColorStay Makeup

When it was announced that Gwen Stefani would be a spokesperson for Revlon, she told Cosmopolitan, "When you're on stage, you sweat and that's one of your big worries. You want to be emotional and connect with your audience, rather than worrying about your makeup. That's why the formula of the Revlon ColorStay Makeup is so incredible."

Revlon ColorStay Makeup, $7.49 at Target

12 /13: CoverGirl Ready, Set Gorgeous Foundation

12/13 :CoverGirl Ready, Set Gorgeous Foundation

During her Prismatic tour, Katy Perry’s makeup artist, Todd Delano, told People he loves this formula "because it’s oil-free and will stay matte." To make it really stick, he would finish with a thin layer of setting powder.

CoverGirl Ready, Set Gorgeous foundation, $8.79 at Walgreens

13 /13: Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit

13/13 :Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit

Up-and-comer Lizzo is known for her glamorous makeup onstage, but the one product that makes her feel ultra-confident is this shimmery palette. She told Refinery 29, “We actually got that from a girl who was touring with us. She bought it, and it was so poppin’ that we started using it. Eventually, I loved it so much I got it for myself.”

Glow Kit, $40 at Anastasia Beverly Hills