You’ve heard makeup artists talk about the importance of lip liner and hair stylists wax poetic about the wonders of texture spray, but there are less glam tricks that can really up your beauty game. A humidifier, for example, will lead you toward glowing skin, while not washing your hair can do wonders for your locks. Here are the top tips from nine celebrity hair and makeup artists.
You’ll find legendary makeup artist Dick Page backstage everywhere from Marc by Marc Jacobs to the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. It was at the latter that he offered this tip: “Make sure there are no sharp lines when drawing on eyeliner. Keeping the line soft, blended, and diffused creates a smoky effect that makes the eyes pop.”
“Avoid sleeping with the A/C on or at least crack the window if you do, so there is fresh air coming in,” advises makeup artist Georgie Eisdell (she works with everyone from Diane Kruger to Carey Mulligan). “And don't eat too much salt the day before a big event!”
Take Eisdell’s tip seriously and invest in a humidifier, like Crane Drop’s Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier ($45).
Makeup artist Rachel Goodwin’s whipped up some pretty dramatic looks for clients like Emma Stone and January Jones, but she says, “An important tip I give my clients is to never try and pull off any makeup look that you don't feel 100% confident about, no matter what anyone says; you've got to own the look or it will own you, period.”
Jenny Cho, who tends to the locks of Jessica Chastain and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, has one rule: “Keep it dirty. Don't wash your hair every day; second-day hair is always better.”
Second-day hair doesn’t mean greasy! Try Bumble and bumble’s Pret-a-Powder ($26), an easy-to-use, translucent dry shampoo.
If you ask Jake Bailey, Taylor Swift’s makeup artist, for one tip, he’ll tell you what any dermatologist will: “Wear sunscreen!!! Every day, all day; best thing you can ever do for your face.”
Try one of our favorites: L’Oreal Sublime Sun Advanced Sunscreen SPF 50 ($11) or La Roche Posay Anthelios Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid ($33).
“The number one tip I pass onto all my clients—men, women and children—is MOISTURIZE! Right out of the shower, when pores are open is best,” says makeup artist Tamah K (she works with Katie Holmes and Alexa Chung). “My #1 favorite is whichever one you will use every day!”
Our favorites include Clinique Moisture Surge ($) and Olay Complete All Day UV Moisturizer ($10).
Thinking about cutting your hair? “One thing you have to be careful with is face shape,” says stylist Cim Mahoney, who’s worked with Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Hudson, and Keira Knightley. “If you have a round face, for example, don’t cover up your cheekbones; keep one side of your hair behind the ear to show off your features.”
When makeup artist Beau Nelson walked us through the best drugstore foundations, he schooled us in application, too. “Using a sponge in a patting motion will give you the most coverage,” he says. “Using your fingers gives you more sheer coverage, so it’s best to use a combination of both. Of course, the more real skin you can show, the more natural your foundation will look.”
Shop the Beautyblender Sponge ($20) here.
“Spray hairspray on a wooden toothbrush with natural bristles,” says stylist Mark Townsend (he works with the Olsens, including Elizabeth). “Then brush down any flyaways at the part; that’s how you keep it looking fresh instead of filled with product.”
Shop the Swissco Wooden Toothbrush ($7) here.