6 Beauty Secrets Celebrities Learned From Their Makeup Artists

Updated 04/19/19

Considering the amount of time celebrities spend in the makeup chair with wands, brushes, and sponges whirling around their faces, it's only natural that they'd absorb a great deal of beauty intel from the artists they hire. In fact, for many celebrity–makeup artist relationships, their bond is much more than a professional contract. They're good friends off set too. It's simply the nature of the industry. Artists aren't tight-lipped about their process but rather generously share what they find works best.

By trade, celebrities pass on the beauty knowledge that they've soaked in, too.

There have been so many times an actress, singer, or model shared an exceptionally good makeup nugget with us that we found it fruitful to sift through the many interviews we've conducted for the best tips they ever learned from a makeup artist. Their insight, below.

Add a bit of oil to your foundation for increased luminosity

"On [Riverdale], we actually use a mix of the Kat Von D Lock It Foundation ($35) and Josie Maran's Vibrancy Argan Oil Foundation Fluid ($45), which creates a really gorgeous glowy illusion that translates really well on camera," she tells us.

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Makeup sponge movement is key

If you've ever seen makeup wizards like Patrick Ta or Ariel Tejada wield a Beautyblender, then you know what Shay Mitchell is referring to (here's a video for reference): "Coming from working with some of the best makeup artists, it's been really interesting to see their techniques, you know? They all moisten their Beautyblender, and the way that they blend is like a whole thing on their own. I try and do what Ariel [Tejada] and Patrick [Ta] do—I haven't gotten there yet, but it's like a really light touch and it's, I mean, the amount of times that they've used a Beautyblender on my face, I would love to count it."

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Or forgo sponges altogether

Hailey Bieber says one of the best foundation tricks she's picked up is 100% free: "A lot of makeup artists will first put foundation on their hands, rub it together, and then press it into the skin, rather than applying it with a brush. I think it gives a nicer, more natural glow to the skin."

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Use concealer as eye shadow primer

When asked which beauty trick she's learned that's stayed with her the most, Eva Longoria offers this tried-and-true product-repurposing tip: "Sometimes I use a bit of concealer as a base on my eyelids since it can help my eye shadow stay in place longer and it’s one less product to lug around since I usually always have a concealer in my bag."

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A lighter can instantly transform your eye pencil…

Padma Lakshmi has been immersed in beauty classes since she was a young girl and then inadvertently as a model. "I just had an innate curiosity and a lot of practice," she tells us. "In high school, my friends and I would light matches to our eyeliner—in those days, at least in my price bracket, you didn't have soft, smooth, creamy eyeliners that would blend but also stay on. And then when I started modeling, of course, because I was interested in makeup, I soaked up all the information I could get from every makeup artist, editor, and fellow model."

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…and your lip liner

Rather than using a lighter to change the texture of her liner, Karlie Kloss learned that doing so is great for hygienic reasons. "I love a good lip liner. If you want to disinfect a liner, perhaps you had a cold last time you used it, heat the tip with a lighter to disinfect it," she says.

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