Celebrity Makeup

A Short List Of Favorite Beauty Products

It is always fascinating to me (go figure), to discover what can be found in a celebrity makeup case.  Why? It's kind of like a little treasure chest full of the 'short list' of exceptional beauty products.

I would venture to say, that those short listed celebrity makeup items are definitely delivering a high quality performance because when you are a celebrity, you can't afford mediocre results.

Getting short listed is directly linked to these three things:

#1  The celebrity's first hand exposure on set to excellent quality, results driven cosmetics  products via a talented professional makeup artist.
#2  The received tips and recommendations by a respected peer or beauty professional, on set.
#3  The word of mouth amongst their peer group has put a cult favorite on their radar and into their makeup case. Examples? Tarte Cheek Stain, NARS Powder Blush in "Orgasm" and Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler .

Whether 'on set', at a fashion shoot, a press release, a movie premiere, or what have you, actors and/or models experience a lot of beauty preparation.  It is not an exaggerated time frame to say hair, makeup wardrobe etc  daily, take hours and hours.

The sheer focus of the time and energy that goes into this process will improve your product knowledge and fine tune your choices to the best performing cosmetics.

celebrity makeupMy last reason that I would encourage you to pay attention to celebrity makeup tips or beauty product choices (provided they are not a paid spokesperson for the company), is the fact that they can choose anything they want.  Budget constraints are not likely limiting their options. So, it makes sense that whatever they choose to use, is probably a very good product in its category and definitely worth my consideration.

note graphicSome SKIN CARE Beauty Products Popular Amongst A Lot of Celebrities

#1 Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream

There are more than a few stars that love this healing soothing cream for chapped, dry or irritated skin, but here a few; Amanda Peet, Jennifer Love Hewitt, the O.C.'s Rachel Bilson and Jennifer Beals.

Amanda's Celebrity Makeup Tip: She refers to this cream as her "secret weapon" (reference: In Style Magazine) and to use this cream for anything dry...

#2 Mario Badescu

This is a name that keeps popping up amongst the stars. Rachel Leigh Cook swears by his pimple zapping Drying Lotion. In fact, when you go to his site there is quite an impressive list of "thank-you" from very well known stars like Ashley Judd, Charlize Theron, Liv Tyler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Aniston and Naomi Campbell. Heidi Klum on his home page is quoted as saying "My skin has never looked better, thanks."

#3 Crème de la Mer

The La Mer products are raved about by many celebrities, and in particular this prized night cream....and therefore should be included amongst celebrity makeup and beauty tips. However, the price tag is a little over the top...

A few stars that have confessed to paying this price tag are Heather Locklear, Shannon Elizabeth, Christina Applegate, Gabrielle Union and Jill Hennesy.

#4 Proactive Skin Care

This acne busting product has impressive testimonials by Elle McPherson, Vanessa Williams, and Jessica Simpson. Selma Blair also refers to using this product in her skin care regime.

note graphicSome MAKEUP Brands Popular Amongst A Lot of Celebrities

#1  NARS

In reviewing some of the celebrity makeup choices, some seemed to be particulary popular.   NARS (French prestige cosmetics brand) seems to be in  almost everyones collections.  In particular; NARS lipstick is very popular and fans included Amanda Peet, Sofia Coppola, Christina Ricci, and Famke Jensen .  NARS powder blush fans included Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Aniston.

There is lots to love at NARS; duo eyeshadows, multi purpose stick 'The Multiple', etc.

#2  Laura Mercier

In addition to her amazing talent, her beauty products get mentioned frequently by the stars. Renée Zellweger (also on her client list), and Gabrielle Union are fans. One product in particular has been repeatedly mentioned and is a must in the celebrity makeup tips list; Laura Mercier's Secret Camouflage is a popular pick with stars Angelina Jolie, Megan Mullally, and Rosario Dawson.

Laura's "fan/ client list" includes Gwyneth Paltrow, Sharon Stone, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Madonna, Claudia Shiffer to name just a few.

#3  Bobbi Brown

Another guru pro and celebrity makeup artist and entrepreneur with her own VERY SUCCESSFUL prestige makeup line. When surveying celebrity makeup bags you will often find something by Bobbi Brown ie. Jennifer Beals has Bobbi Brown Natural Brow Shaper in sable, Michael Michele has her beautifully Sheer Foundation, Rachel Bilson has Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in bronze and Victoria Principal has Bobbi Brown Essentials lipstick in Café Stain.

#4  Shu Uemura

Shu Uemura seems to be a popular makeup line with the stars, and surprise surprise, with makeup artists too. One of its most famous award winning  products is their famous Eyelash Curler. Famke Jensen (once top model turned actress) says most of her makeup bag contains Shu Uemura, Toni Collette can't do without her Nobara foundation and Scarlett Johanssen uses Mark Concealer for blemishes.

note graphicAlphabetical List of More Celebrity Makeup Favorites:

    Epicuren Discovery facial cleanser, Epicuren Discovery Evening Emulsion and Bioelements Equalizer as a toner, am Decleor Alpha Morning with SPF12, and her Celebrity Makeup Tip; Amanda's "secret weapon" Elizabeth Arden's Eight Hour Cream for anything dry.

  • Her makeup style is based on the "less is more" principal but includes Origins Pinch Your Cheeks, Face Stockholm Strawberry Blush, MAC Studio Fix, Face Stockholm Conceal eye/lip pencil and Keihl's lip balm. She is also a fan of Nars lipsticks.
    Clé de Peau moisturizer
    Nars Lipstick
    Angelina's one recent favorite discovery is Hourglass Veil Fluid Makeup; Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage to keep her skin looking perfect and French product Lierac Aqua-D for her skin care.
    Brandy get's that sun kissed look using Bare Escentuals gold Showgirl Body Glow lotion
    Bridget keeps her complexion beautiful using Cetaphil Gentle Facial Cleanser which is gentle, effective and great for all skin types.
    Carmen Electra evening's out include use of Nars Glitter pencil in Area
    Christina Applegate's skin care regime includes Peter Thomas Roth Acne Wash, Yonka makeup remover because so gentle and Crème de la Mer Moisturizer under makeup, boo boo zap by Benefit for pimples dries up quickly. In her makeup bag highlights include Benefit Benetint , Pureness Rice Paper Pads, popular MAC lip pencil "spice", Stila lip glaze in raspberry, Clinique chubby stick for lips, Nars lip lacquer in Chelsea Girls.
    Christina Ricci's skin care includes Shiseido Benefiance eye cream and makeup items like Cargo Topeka blush, Lancome Juicy Tubes, Nars lipstick Time Square and Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse oil, Chanel Precision eyeliner in Satellite and Dior eyeshdow.
    Constance Marie enjoys using La Mer eye cream.
    Courtney Cox loves Kinerase skin care product line so much she is now the spokesperson.
    Famke Jensen's skin care includes Elizabeth Arden's Visible Difference and wears a minimal amount of makeup that includes Shu Uemura pink cream blush and Nobara cream foundation, night time lipstick is Nar's Venice.
    Gabrielle Union Bad Boys II beauty who plays Will Smith's girlfriend, highlights Kiehl's Calendula toner, Keihl's oil-free moisturizer daytime, and Crème de La Mer moisturizing cream and Keihl's Avocado eye cream in the evening.
    Gabrielle's Celebrity Makeup Tips "Trick" for puffy eyes; Clarins Eye Contour Gel or for bad puffy, try Preparation H.
    Gabrielle Union's makeup bag highlights include Laura Mercier oil free foundation in Deep Bronze, light weight and doesn't cake, Cargo Blush in Laguna, and Delux Beauty Lip Gloss in Norris.
    Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon favorite moisturizers include Bioelements or Prescriptives.
    Gwyneth Paltrow's favorite powder blush, as well as a sleuth of top makeup artists, is Nars Powder Blush ( most popular shade being "Orgasm").
    Jennifer Aniston is a fan of Nars Powder Blush.
  • Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox Lisa Kudrow love Bare Escentuals I.D. Bare Minerals Liner Shadow.
    Jennifer Beals loves Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour cream, and in the makeup department she uses Stila Convertible Blush in rose, Bobbie Brown Natural Brow Shaper in sable and MAC lip glass
    Jennifer Love Hewitt swears by Elizabeth Arden's Eight Hour Cream
    Jessica Simpson swears by Proactive Acne Solution.
    Jill Hennessy not only loves the moisturizing effectiveness of Crème de la Mer, she says it prevents her skin from breaking out.
    Kelly Hu is a fan of Aquaphor.
    Kirstin Dunst is a fan of Prescriptives Magic Liquid Powder for Dry skin
    Liv Tyler loves Lancome Définicils mascara.
    Megan Mullally (Will & Grace) is a fan of Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage.
    Michael Michele is a fan of Bobbi Brown's foundation for its sheer but effective coverage qualities.
    Rachel Bilson from the show O.C. makeup bag highlight's Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in bronze, Benefit Georigia blush and Bad Gal Lash mascara and Tarte goody two shoes eyeshadow compact. For her skin she swears by
    Elizabeth Arden's Eight Hour Cream.
  • Rachel Leigh Cook is a fan of Pink Crush lip gloss and Scanda-Lash black mascara
    Rachel Leigh Cook swears by this pimple zapper Mario Badescu Drying Lotion. Celebrity Makeup Tips features this product above.
  • RACHEL WEISZ celebrity makeup tip is using Delux Beauty products because of ease of application (with your fingertips).
    Renée Zellweger loves Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer (she is also on the fan/ client list of Laura Mercier).
    Roasario Dawson's skin care includes Kiehl's glycerine soap and Satin Soft body oil, and Jurlique's organic skin care products
  • Rosario Dawson's favorite makeup includes Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage, Makeup Forever liquid foundation, Tarte Cheek Stain in Flush, Tarte lip gloss in Tarzan & Jane, Lorac eyeliner collection and Duwop Lip Venom clear gloss.
    Scarlett Johansson uses Clinique Quick Corrector for undereye concealer and Shu Uemura Mark Cealer for blemishes…she also loves MAC makeup products and Trish McEvoy lip gloss
    Selma Blair skin care includes Shiseido's Pureness Hydro-Purifying Mask and Proactive Solution treatment skin care line excellent for acne prone skin, her makeup bag features a lot of Chanel products including the Correction Perfection Face Kit and Glossimer lip gloss, Nars multi purpose stick in Mauritius, Smashbox's highlighter Smashing Champagne and Lancome mascara.
    Selma Blair suncare is Jurlique Sun Lotion SPF 30+ with titanium dioxide
    Serena Williams uses Clé de Peau Beaute eye cream
    Shannon Elizabeth loves La Mer skin care products but in her favorite is Crème de la Mer.
    Terri Hatcher takes Phytophanere Dietary Supplemnt for Hair & Nails
    Toni Collette "can't live without" her Shu Uemura Nobara cream foundation for its creamy natural look that still provides great coverage.
    Uma Thurman is a fan of SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic.
    Victoria Principal, of coarse, loves and wears her Principal Secret Cosmetic Line Products but she also wears Bobbi Brown Essentials lipstick in Café Stain, and Prescriptives blush in Pompeii.

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