The secret skin recipes only celebs know
The perfect cover-up
Celebrity makeup artist Jeannia Robinette discovered this combo when she needed to hide a scratch on her face. “My one-year-old scraped me with her little nails,” she says. “I threw on La Mer The Eye Concentrate [#1, $165, lamer.com] and then Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer [#2, $24, tartecosmetics.com]. The serum filled in fine lines, making the concealer go on smoother. Now I do it all the time. I just used it on Jessica Alba, and she loved it!”
The celeb blush trick
The cream-blush and lip-balm blend that makeup artist Kim Bower uses on actress Maggie Grace mimics the flushed look you get from a walk in the woods on a cold day. Bower mixes Revlon PhotoReady Cream Blush in Coral Reef (#1, $13, at drugstores) with Smith's Rosebud Salve (#2, $6, sephora.com) on the back of her hand, then rubs it onto the apples of cheeks.
The formula for spotless skin
I have a love-hate thing with tinted moisturizers: love the light, dewy coverage; hate that they often don't conceal enough. What Bower uses on Christina Hendricks gives a great glow and a little more coverage. Mix Clarins Beauty Flash Balm (#1, $45, clarins.com), a moisturizer that ramps up your radiance, with Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation (#2, $60, giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com), a weightless base that can mask anything.
Red-carpet nude lips
Makeup artist Romy Soleimani created this tinted lip-balm recipe for Jessica Biel. I love it on almost-no-makeup days or with dramatic eyes. First she uses a cotton swab to apply By Terry Baume de Rose (#1, $60, barneys.com), which plumps and softens lips. (Your own lip balm will work fine too.) Next she uses her fingers to pat on Vapour Organic Beauty Siren Lipstick in Chère (#2, $22, vapourbeauty.com), a perfect nude, until lips are well coated.
The 10-minute celeb facial
Aesthetician Joanna Vargas uses this brightening facial on clients like Michelle Williams the morning of an event. The ingredients are pricey, but you can use them over and over—much cheaper than a spa facial. First she applies two serums, Phyt's Multi-Vita Anti-Aging Serum (#1, $136, phyts.com.au) and Joanna Vargas Skincare Rejuvenating Serum (#2, $100, joannavargas.com), then layers on Éminence Organics Hydrating Mask in Strawberry Rhubarb (#3, $52, eminenceorganics.com for retailers)—or you can just use crushed fresh strawberries. “After 10 minutes I remove the whole thing, and skin glows from inside out,” she says.
The A-List eye secret
When his kit got lost on a trip, makeup pro Jeffrey Paul snagged stuff at the drugstore to prep a star, using lip gloss to make her eyes shine. Now he uses this combo on clients like Emily Blunt all the time. Sweep Maybelline New York Color Explosion Eyeshadow in Caffeine Rush (#1, $11, at drugstores) over lids, then pat L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Le Gloss in Naturally Nude (#2, $8, at drugstores) on top.
The exact best skin softener
Makeup pro Autumn Moultrie concocted a fast fix (for clients like Christina Milian) that instantly makes dry, ashy skin soft and glowy: Mix equal parts Carlene K Shine Bronzer (#1, $28, carlenecosmetics.com) with Bliss Naked Body Butter (#2, $29, blissworld.com), then massage into skin, especially knees and elbows. Says Moultrie: “This bronzer is perfect: not too gray or red, two common pitfalls, and the Bliss Body Butter is so moisturizing it erases scaly skin.”
And makeup artist Julie Morgan turned me on to this to warm up pale skin. Smooth Nars The Multiple in South Beach (#1, $39, narscosmetics.com) on one palm, add a dab of Johnson's Baby Oil With Shea & Cocoa Butter (#2, $3.50, at drugstores), then rub hands together and massage onto skin.