We love when people get really honest about their beauty regimens. None of that “Oh, my hair/face/body just does this” business; it’s the nitty gritty secrets we want to hear. And, while the world’s most beautiful people are just that—insanely beautiful—even they’ll confess to adding the odd, slightly off-key hack to their morning prep.
That’s when we take note. Just ask and you’ll have Kendall Jenner regaling us with her top hair-waving trick or Kate Moss confessing she dunks her head in a sink full of ice. Of course they’re naturally beautiful, but they’re also surrounded by the world’s wisest beauty experts, plus a budget that allows them to try every product, so you better believe they know their stuff.
We’ve rounded up the 10 beauty tricks and tweaks these flawless people secretly do. Keep scrolling to see the steps and products you need to try…
Kendall Jenner’s hair that enviable model-off-duty wave, but she confessed on her blog that her signature style doesn’t come naturally. “My hair is straight and silky and almost too healthy sometimes,” she writes, so she puts actual sea salt into her just-washed, wet hair before blow-drying the lengths. Next, “Spray Oribe … and massage into scalp,” she advises. Then she puts hair in a low bun for 10 minutes and gives it a scrunch.
Through the Top Shelf feature on her website, Into the Gloss, Emily Weiss has picked up a lot of celebrity beauty tips. And, the top one she lives by? It came from J.Crew’s Jenna Lyons. Weiss told Elle: “[She] says everything should not be perfect. I like when makeup moves around and looks lived in. You put on your bright red lipstick, but it looks cooler and more rock ’n’ roll a few hours later when it’s worn off. It turns into a stain that no stain can replicate.”
You know by now that flying can wreak havoc on your skin, but jet-setting actress Emily Ratajkowski has a pore-plumping trick up her sleeve. “If it’s a long flight, I’ll wash my face before sleeping,” she told The New York Times. Then she’ll “put on Sisley Express Flower Gel (£80). It’s a mask that you don’t have to wash off. It’s perfect for the plane.”
Why stick to the same old formulas when you can custom-mix your own? That’s what model Malaika Firth does when she needs a sheer face base. “I usually use Avène,” she told Into the Gloss, “And I mix it with a bit of concealer if I’m going to a casting and blot it on my face. It’s like a homemade BB cream! It’s simple and gives me that glow.”
“[Makeup artist extraordinaire] Pat McGrath showed me how to transform my lips with liner,” Karlie Kloss told Stylist. “It’s very Linda Evangelista in the nineties but I’m so into it. I have small lips so I overdraw them a little with a brown lipliner like MAC Lip Pencil in Spice or Oak (£13) to exaggerate the shape. It really does make my lips look bigger.”
We’re big into this tip, too. Double-cleansing your face is a must, as the first wash removes the surface grime and makeup, while the second works deeper into your pores. Model Jourdan Dunn told Stylist: “I use an oil-based cleansing balm like Emma Hardie’s Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm (£38) first to melt down my makeup, then a creamier cleanser like Tata Harper Purifying Cleanser (£49) to wash it all away.”
As well as skipping coffee (gasp!) and going on juice cleanses, Kate Moss told W that her top beauty trick came from the opening scene of Mommie Dearest. “Those old school tricks work,” she said, before explaining that she dunks her face into a basin of ice cold water with cucumber to get a glow. “It definitely works, because all the blood comes to the surface.” Alternatively, if you don’t fancy filling up the sink with ice cubes, try Anne Semonin Express Radiance Ice Cubes (£48 for 8), which are freezable pods of skin serum you glide over your face to brighten and hydrate.
Ruth Crilly offers bountiful beauty advice on her blog, A Model Recommends, but perhaps our favourite hack from the model is the one she turns to for bouncy hair. Describing her favourite way to use CoLab Active Dry Shampoo (£3.99), she told The Pool: “Spray it on before you work out to stop sweaty gym head, or put it in before you go to bed to give you fresh, bouncy hair in the morning.”
Beyoncé’s makeup artist, Sir John, gave us the beautiful girl’s guide to getting full brows. He told Byrdie.com: “If you’ve overtweezed your brows and are trying to grown them in, Rogaine Women’s Foam (£25) is actually one of the best things for helping brows to grow in just about four weeks.” So now you know.
Charlotte Tilbury gave one of Blake Lively’s smart beauty tricks away as she revealed on Instagram that the actress preps with something called The Makeup Light (£259). It can be dimmed or dialled up to mimic different levels of natural daylight—from bright sunshine to overcast—so you can alter your makeup to match your surroundings. Tilbury said it’s changed her life.
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