When it comes to primping and priming yourself during your morning beauty routine, who better to look to for advice than celebrities? After all, they do look perfect all the time (as annoying as that is). They’re known for their stunning red carpet good looks, and a few of them have been nice enough to release their tricks out into the world for which you can take advantage. Here are some of the top beauty secrets from Hollywood A-listers:
Use Lip Balm as a Highlighter
Miranda Kerr, the stunning wife of Orlando Bloom and Victoria’s Secret angel, uses her lip balm as a shimmery highlighter around her eyes. As long as you stick to a natural product, it won’t clog your pores and it will help your peepers stand out.
Alternate Blow Drying Temperatures
Oscar Blandi, hair stylist of the gorgeous Jessica Biel (a.k.a. Mrs. Justin Timberlake), keeps her locks looking perfectly in place by switching off using hot and cold air during the blow drying process. The cold air helps keep the hair’s shape and the roots lifted throughout a long day.
Enrich Your Hair with a Beer
When it comes to hair tips, this has got to be one of the weirdest, but according to Catherine Zeta-Jones, it works wonders. And with her silky and shiny locks, we believe her! The alcohol in the beer removes any buildup that sits on the surface of the hair. After you shampoo, towel dry and massage a cupful of beer into the strands of your hair. Cover with plastic wrap for five minutes, then rinse. No need to splurge on an expensive craft beer, any kind will do.
Always Remove Your Makeup
It can be easy to jump into bed after a long day without removing any of the makeup you worked so hard to apply that morning. But Mary J. Blige lives by this rule: even if you’re dead tired, make a habit out of cleansing your face and removing makeup during your nightly skincare routine. Dirt from your cosmetics can seep into pores, causing unwanted blemishes to pop up.
Use Dry Shampoo
The Hunger Games star, Oscar-winner and all-around amazing person Jennifer Lawrence is no stranger to dry shampoo. It turns out hair spray doesn’t stand up to the power of dry shampoo when it comes to keeping a style in place. The starch in the product creates a small amount of friction between the hair strands and the bobby pin, giving it an extreme hold that won’t budge.
Apply Cinnamon Oil on Your Lips
Lisa Rinna likely has a few makeup tips up her sleeve, but one of the products she regularly relies on using is cinnamon oil. Adding a few drops of it to a lip gloss will help to plump up your pout, giving it that extra oomph. However, before you apply, spot check the oil against a patch of skin to make sure it doesn’t irritate.
Swipe on Bronzer
When it’s the middle of winter and your skin is looking just as dry as the ground outside, whip out your bronzer. This is what Rachel Bilson does for a natural glow. She dusts her favorite bronzer on her cheeks and eyelids for beautiful skin anytime of year.