Inside the Crazy Life of a Celebrity Makeup Artist

The relationship between a celebrity and her makeup artist is a hallowed thing, one that requires a lot of faith, understanding, and sometimes even mind reading (yes, mind reading—we’ll explain later). At the end of the day, makeup artists are often the people celebrities trust most—the ones who see them without makeup (sans filter or good lighting), the ones they travel with, and the ones who get up close and personal with their pores. We’re endlessly fascinated with the inner workings of the celeb beautifying ritual, which is why we selfishly decided to pick the brain of a top celeb makeup artist to see what it’s really like behind the curtain. How long does it usually take to get a client red carpet–ready? What’s it like to travel with a celeb? Do you just get, like, hordes of free makeup sent to you on the daily? We asked all these questions and more to the talented Daniel Martin, Dior Beauty brand ambassador and makeup artist (and friend) to the likes of Jessica Alba, Kate Bosworth, and Olivia Palermo.

If you’ve ever been curious about what really goes on in the sacred hour (or two) before a celeb hits the red carpet, you’ll want to keep reading. Keep scrolling to find out what it’s really like to be a celebrity makeup artist!