Celebrities, you might think, have it easy. With teams of make-up artists, stylists, hair dressers and personal assistants fussing over their every whim, is it any wonder that they are the image of perfection when they shimmy up the red carpet?
But living life under the glare of a lens has its downsides, namely that having a bad hair day is out of the question, and looking glam around the clock is essential. So how do they do it?
We reveal the beauty secrets that celebs rely upon to keep themselves looking in tip-top condition.
Being a teenager is hard enough for most people, but imagine living your adolescent years in the spotlight. Every pimple or bad hair cut immediately makes the front pages, and any puppy fat or weight loss will be examined over and over again. It’s no wonder that Lost in Translation star Scarlett Johansson, 21, has been spotted picking up Clinique’s Quick Corrector (£11.50), a liquid concealer that’s great for covering up bumps and blemishes.
British star and Hollywood A-lister, Keira Knightley, 20, is also well known for her down-to-earth attitude towards her appearance. The ultra-cool young actress keeps her skin shine-free with Pout’s Lola Oil Free Creme Foundation (£26).
But the concealer that all the stars reach for is Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage (£25). This clever, two-tone solid concealer is designed to be mixed together so that everyone can find their perfect shade.
’ÄòWhen you have a blemish, apply Secret Camouflage, using the lighter shade around the spot and the darker shade on the tip of the eruption to minimise its appearance. Then set with translucent powder,’Äô says celebrity make-up artist Laura Mercier.
Foundation is usually too heavy for young skins, so many teenage celebs opt for using a tinted moisturiser rather than a foundation during the day. If foundation is required, the general rule is that less is more. Apply it only where you need it rather than slapping it over
your whole face and use a product which is sheer and blends easily.
Cult American make-up range Benefit, who count girls about town Rachel Stevens and Denise van Outen as fans of their product ranges, has NonFiction (¬£19.50), a super-light base which gives even coverage without suffocating the skin.
Celebrities know every trick in the book to shave a few years off their appearance. But while more and more are turning to Botox
to keep their foreheads wrinkle-free, there are other methods at their disposal for keeping the lines at bay.
Having a good skincare routine is essential, says 1960s supermodel Twiggy, 56. ’ÄòI’Äôve always had dry skin and the best advice I can give anyone is: moisturise, moisturise, moisturise,’Äô she says. ’ÄòThe most important thing you can do is to look after your skin from as early a stage as possible.’Äô
One good, all-round anti-ageing moisturiser with a celebrity following is Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream, ¬£75, which has had praise heaped upon it by party girl Meg Matthews. But if your budget won’Äôt stretch to A-list prices, then take a leaf out of new mum Geri Halliwell’Äôs book and stick to Nivea Creme ’Äì a small pot is around ¬£1.19. ’ÄòToo much base and powder under the eyes can be very ageing,’Äô says Pati Dubroff, make-up artist to Hollywood film star and Oscar winner Hilary Swank. Concealer and mascara can settle into the creases below the eye, so dot a good, light-reflecting concealer such as celebrity favourite Touche Eclat by YSL, ¬£21, on bags and blend gently with your finger. For all older and more mature skins, choose light-reflecting products and shimmery bases.
It’Äôs all about making your skin look radiant and glowing. Try Chanel’Äôs Vitalumiere foundation, ¬£22, which is one of Kylie’Äôs favourites.
You’Äôll be hard pressed to find a bona fide celebrity who doesn’Äôt look after her eyebrows. Well- shaped brows can frame your face giving you a perfectly groomed look. ’ÄòOne look at Liz Hurley’Äôs face should make you realise what a difference groomed brows can make,’Äô says make-up artist to the celebrities, Ruby Hammer.
Shavata, who regularly tweezes the brows of celebs, including Jade Jagger and Kate Hudson, gives the following advice for pristine eyebrows. ’ÄòEyebrows should start before the eye on the nose side. Tweeze both brows together, taking a few hairs from each at a time. Get your eyebrows done professionally, even just once a year. Once you have the brows you love, tend them regularly ’Äì it’Äôs easier to tweeze one or two stray hairs than a batch.’Äô
OK, so having your own personal hairstylist does help with preventing the bad hair days that have the rest of us looking glumly in the mirror before reaching for our emergency hat. But there are things that we can do to keep our locks in perfect condition. Daniel Galvin Jr, whose clients include Sophie Anderton, Amanda Holden and Kelly Brook, says that there are three simple rules to keep your tresses looking great at all times.
’ÄòMake sure that you use a clarifying shampoo to get rid of any product build-up once a week as this can weigh your hair down, leaving it limp and lacklustre. Treat your hair to an intensive condition once a week and never straighten hair when it is wet or damp,’Äô he advises. Sleek bobs are popular at the moment, but hair needs to be in perfect condition to look its best in this trendy style.
’ÄòHave your hair trimmed every eight weeks as this will keep your hair free from split ends and keep the style neat,’Äô says celebrity stylist Andrew Jose. And treat your tresses to a good hair mask once a week to boost moisture levels. Try Healthy Hair Quench Intensive Conditioner, ¬£4.99 or invest in Linda Barker’Äôs favourite: Kerastase Age Recharge, ¬£16.50.
BODY TO DIE FOR
While much can be done with personal trainers and strict diets, if there’Äôs only a day before the red carpet then every celebrity will have her own last-minute fixes to ensure that she looks her best.
Model Sophie Anderton is used to stripping down to underwear or a bikini for fashion shoots, and says that her secret ingredient for perfect pins isn’Äôt some hugely expensive anti-cellulite cream, but granulated coffee!
’ÄòBecause of my work, having a beach body is an all-year thing for me. If I’Äôm doing a lingerie or swimwear shoot then I’Äôll exfoliate from head to toe, have a fake tan and have a deep tissue massage to break up the toxins,’Äô she says. ’ÄòI rub coffee granules in the back of my legs to get the circulation going. It really makes my skin glow.’Äô
If you’Äôd rather drink coffee than spread it on your thighs, then try Charlize Theron’Äôs favourite polish, L’ÄôOccitane Orange Sugar Scrub, ¬£24.
Another top celeb beauty secret is using lashings of fake tan. Not only does fake tan make you look slimmer, but it hides a multitude of sins including cellulite. The perma-tanned Katie Andre (Jordan to most of us) uses buckets of St Tropez to achieve her super-bronzed look.
’ÄòYou should never be afraid that you’Äôre putting on too much fake tan. I like St Tropez the best. I apply it at night and really pile it on ’Äì it looks like I’ve just come out of a mud bath. But when you shower it off in the morning it goes even, she advises.
Once you’re in your party dress, there’s nothing wrong with a little bit of cheating.Take a tip from supermodel Tyra Banks: ’ÄòI put extra shimmer down the middle of the leg going down, as if that’s a muscle that I don’t have. I shade the flabby parts and highlight the nice parts. Try Nuxe Prodigieuse Oil, £22 to give skin a shimmery glow or Michael Kors Leg Shine, £22.
If you’re having a night away from the red carpet, then treat yourself to a relaxing time in your bathroom. If you have dry skin or are prone to eczema, then soaking in a moisturising bath can give irritated or winter-stressed limbs a much needed boost. Try Anna Frie’s favourite Elemis Skin Nourishing Milk Bath, £35.
Don’t just use this in the bath ’Äì it can also be directly applied to the skin as a moisturiser and contains soothing milk proteins.