6 Beauty Secrets Celebrities Learned From Their Makeup Artists

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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, the bond is much more than a professional contract. These close collaborators are often 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. Learn six of the best celebrity makeup tips below.

Add a bit of oil to your foundation for increased luminosity

Lili Reinhart wears a radiant makeup look in sunlight


"On [Riverdale], we actually use a mix of the Kat Von D Lock It Foundation ($40) and Josie Maran's Vibrancy Argan Oil Foundation Fluid ($45), which creates a really gorgeous, glowy illusion that translates really well on camera," Reinhart tells us.

Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil
Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil $49.00

Makeup sponge movement is key

Shay Mitchell wears a neutral, contoured makeup look


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."

Beautyblender Pro
Beautyblender Beautyblender Pro $20.00

Or forgo sponges altogether

Hailey Bieber wears a minimal makeup look and tassel earrings


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."

BareMinerals BarePro Performance Wear Liquid Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Fair
BareMinerals BarePro Performance Wear Liquid Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Fair $35.00

Use concealer as eyeshadow primer

Eva Longoria wears a rose-toned makeup look


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 eyeshadow stay in place longer and it’s one less product to lug around, since I usually always have a concealer in my bag."

L'Oreal Paris Makeup Infallible Full Wear Waterproof Matte Concealer
L'Oréal True Match Super-Blendable Multi-Use Concealer $6.00

A lighter can instantly transform your eye pencil

Padma Lakshmi wears a rose-toned makeup look with winged liner


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."

Nars Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner Via De'Martelli
Nars High-Pigment Longwear Eyeliner $24.00

…And your lip liner, too

Karlie Kloss wears a minimal makeup look


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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