Celebrities don’t just wake up looking that good, do they? With a few rare exceptions (think Heidi Klum), no, they don’t. In fact, they have a team of make-up pros dedicated to giving them the flawless skin we lust after. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get fabulous skin, too. We asked top make-up and skin care experts to share their favorite celebrity skin care secrets.
Get your tan on
According to celebrity make-up artist Raquel Castaneda, hot celebrity skin begins with a dose of healthy color. Castaneda, whose celebrity client list includes Paris Hilton, Heather Locklear, P. Diddy and more, the spray tan is a celebrity’s best friend. “But, if holding your nose in the spray booth gets a little stuffy, try one of Victoria Secret’s self-tanners or NARS’ bronzing powder in Laguna. I wore it all over my body and it lasted 24 hours!” she said.
Speaking of getting a nice tan, you rarely see celebrities with sunburns or tan lines, right? That’s because they’re serious about sun care. Castaneda recommends never leaving the house without SPF. Her favorite products include Chanel’s UV Essentiel SPF 50, or one of Neutrogena’s all-over SPF sprays.
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After flipping through the latest gossip magazines, it’s hard to imagine that celebrities even know what cellulite is. Don’t let yourself be fooled by their fit and firm appearance, though. One trick to their super tight skin? Castaneda suggests trying Rodial’s Tummy Tuck Sticks. “It’s a dietary supplement to help speed up digestion for a skinnier waistline,” she said.
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One of the most important factors in the battle for flawless celebrity skin is hydration. That includes hydrating your body by drinking plenty of water, in addition to hydrating your skin with moisturizer. According to Castaneda, hydration is the key to Heather Locklear’s amazing skin. “I use Embrioles All-in-One Moisturizer on her, and it was stunning! I applied it before airbrushing foundation,” she said.
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Revive your face
Does your face feel dull and tired? Wake it up with this simple and free celebrity skin care secret from Hollywood make-up artist and health and fitness pro, Loa Blasucci. Her clients have included Courteney Cox, Matthew McConaughey and Raquel Welch, amongst others.
Blasucci says her signature skin care technique brightens the face by involving “skin patting.” According to Blasucci, the surface and texture of a celebrity’s face is the most cared-for part of her body. “The surface is the canvas or backdrop for the face. All other features — eyes, lips, cheek bones, nose — springboard from the skin’s surface. If the skin’s not smooth and clear, all other features will pale,” she said.
As Blasucci discovered, if one of her celebrity clients was tired, overworked or not sleeping well, her skin appeared dull, so in order to brighten the face, Blasucci recommends ensuring ample blood circulation by using the soft pads of your fingertips and gently, but firmly, patting the face.
Here’s how to do it:
Step 1: Since the eyes are prone to fluid retention (those annoying under-eye bags), begin at the top of the cheek bones and pat with your fingers quickly towards the nose, then back to the cheek bones in an upward motion, coming around to the temples and upward across the brows.
Step 2: Next, apply a tiny amount of light daytime moisturizer using upward, smoothing strokes, moving up the neck to the jawline.
Step 3: Purse your lips as you tap at the outside corners of the mouth and out to the cheeks.
“A few moments of patting will bring a flushed pink color to the skin. This is oxygen coming to the rescue, and voila’, the face is brighter and appears tighter,” Blasucci said.
The instant facelift
Who doesn’t want an instant, pain-free facelift? Skin care expert Vera Kantor, proprietor of Verabella Skin Therapy Spa and Verabella Bevery Hills skin care products, says she has an at-home remedy to help you achieve Kristen’s Bell’s flawless skin. In addition to Bell, Kantor also treats celebrity beauties like Vanessa Hudgens, Kerry Washington, Lindsay Lohan and Diane Lane.
“When my clients need an instant facelift, but can’t come to the spa for my signature Perfect Lift Treatment, I suggest that they make this amazing and effective double mask, using ingredients that they can usually find in their kitchens,” she said
Double mask ingredients:
Step 1: Mix the egg yolk with honey and a drop of olive oil. Apply to a clean face. Relax and think about your next vacation while it dries and tightens the skin. Once it dries, wait an additional five minutes before removing. This mask nourishes, exfoliates & moisturizes the skin.
Step 2: Wash off thoroughly.
Step 3: Mix the egg white with a few drops of lemon. Apply to face, and relax again. Once the mask is completely dry, wash off and apply your favorite serum and moisturizer. This second mask will tighten and brighten the skin.
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