Celebrity beauty experts reveal how they keep their clients looking flawless in the age of IMAX and HD
As if the glare of a life spent in front of the camera weren’t enough, today’s high-definition standards put every pore and fine line under public scrutiny. Whether on an IMAX screen or caught with a DSLR lens, perfection is the expectation. “Celebrities really hate those pictures,” confides New York City plastic surgeon, Michelle Copeland, MD. “It requires them to always be at their best.”
Yet from Angelina Jolie to Kate Winslet and Julia Roberts, a bevy of leading ladies manage to pose for cameras with aplomb and nary a flaw. Cherished skin care favorites and clever makeup tricks are what keep these A-listers ready for their close-up, according to the beauty experts who tend to their faces firsthand. Read on for must-have products and secret strategies!
Glamour comes easily to Angeline Jolie who, as the mother of six and one-half of a Hollywood power couple, is perhaps the most photographed woman in the country. While third world charitable causes factor high on her list, her beauty drawer remains a study in luxury.
Makeup artist Mary Burton, who has prepped the actress for both big screen and red carpet, swears by La Mer The Treatment Fluid Foundation SPF 15 for the flawless finish for which Jolie is best known.
Jolie is said to be a fan of La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Cream which, while steep at $390, boasts equally indulgent benefits. “Caviar is rich in fish oil and omega-3 fatty acids—antioxidants that scavenge free radicals that break down collagen,” says celebrity dermatologist, Patricia Wexler, MD.
t’s all in the eyes for the 36-year-old, who requests sultry emphasis for high definition occasions. “She likes to look exotic,” says Burton, who delivers by doing a gently elongated eye with Chanel Le Crayon Khôl in Noir.
Julia Roberts is America’s sweetheart, known as much for her sparkling smile as her charm and peaches-and-cream complexion. The au naturel beauty and mother of three prefers a lighter hand of makeup, so keeping skin glowing with the help of plant peptides is a priority.
Roberts has told Oprah that Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream is a beloved essential. Packed with rose hip, rose petal and antioxidants, the lotion eschews chemicals in favor of botanicals.
Makeup artist Richard Dean, who has worked with Roberts on the set of Eat, Pray, Love and the not-yet-released Snow White, says he likes to smudge the coffee-toned Lancôme Waterproof Le Stylo in Café along her lash line. “It’s always in my kit!” he exclaims.
Her movie stardom may have soared to Titanic proportions, but Kate Winslet’s beauty is marked by an approachable elegance that only the mum of two can pull off with such an English sensibility. For the 35- year-old, it’s all about transforming skin into the perfect canvas with the help of today’s leading topicals.
Celeb facialist Tracie Martyn prepped Winslet with her lifting Red Carpet Facial before the star’s recent Emmy win; to maintain results, the actress relies on Martyn’s Lotu Sculpt Activator, which brightens and hydrates with topical collagen and hyaluronic acid.
Winslet’s personal makeup artist, Linda Melazzo—who was most recently on the set of Mildred Pierce with the star—relies on the rounded air powder spheres of Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra foundation for a silky skin finish. “I apply with a foundation brush, and then blend with a squeezed, slightly damp makeup sponge. Flawless!” says Melazzo.
“ M.A.C Prep + Prime is a genius loose powder,” says Melazzo. For a translucent finish, she presses it on skin sparingly with a velour powder puff. “It controls shine all day, even when it’s exceptionally hot and humid.”