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As someone who chronicles the entirety of middle school being obsessed with beauty YouTubers, I didn’t get into the celeb beauty video world until quite late. From Vogue’s Beauty Secrets to “Waking Up With Elle,” there are dozens of ways to watch our favorite celebrities do their skincare routines and apply their favorite beauty products. I love watching real, seemingly normal people put on makeup, share their favorite products, and give me tips based on their own trial-and-error. For a long time, I figured celebrities could only give me as much as their makeup artists told them, and they definitely weren’t using beauty products I could actually afford.
But I finally gave in, and next thing I knew, I. was. Obsessed. I probably spent the entirety of a Sunday watching beauty videos (which isn’t all that different from any other normal Sunday except this time it was filled with movie stars!). I also have quite the hobby of finding dupes for every expensive beauty product, so I’ve done my research big-time to find alternatives to celeb-worthy beauty at a normie-worthy price.
This facial toning device uses microcurrents to massage the face. I watched three beauty videos with this in it and thought about going into debt for it immediately (don’t go into debt, please). You can see it add contours to the face that weren’t there, just by using it for 5-10 minutes. It’s also used to help prevent and treat fine lines and wrinkles. The reviews for this product are very inspiring, making this a good beauty gadget to add to your wishlist.
You can’t watch a celebrity do their makeup without a little Tom Ford. This cult-classic cream contour and highlighter is buttery smooth and blends into basically nothing on the cheeks. The highlighter is also genius for adding a glow without adding any glitters or shimmers.
This French pharmacy favorite is a must-have in the beauty routines of French models (including, ahem, Harry Styles ex-girlfriend Camille Rowe … who wouldn’t want to emulate everything someone who once kissed the lips of HS does?!). It’s a little hard to track down (it’s only sold in a few places online and in Biologique Recherche spas), but those who use it swear by it. It’s a toner that lightly exfoliates, hydrates, and balances the pH of your skin. Many say the smell is a little foul, but it’s all worth it for beautiful skin.
When I saw this drugstore bronzer used by Sofia Richie, I gasped. If you watch any beauty YouTube videos or have read a few beauty articles here on The Everygirl, you’ll recognize this bronzer; however, it’s also a favorite amongst celebrities too! It’s ultra-blendable and makes you look like you actually have a tan.
Considered probably the most iconic setting powder on the market, this is the exact powder used by most celebrities.
Celebrities travel a ton, and even us Z-listers know how much flying in an airplane can dry out the skin. This pricey-but-gorgeous moisturizer lives in the bathroom cabinets of celebs such as Alexa Chung and Ashley Graham because it’s lightweight while also plumping the skin with rich hydration.
A good concealer is a must for celebs who want to look put-together without a face full of foundation. The cult-favorite Radiant Creamy from NARS adds the right amount of coverage without looking cakey or dry.
Dr. Barbara Sturm
Dr. Barbara Sturm’s products are definitely on the higher-end, but celebrities (such as Hailey Bieber, Rosie Huntington-Whitely, Bella Hadid, Kourtney Kardashian—the list goes on!) rave about the German beauty brand. Her hyaluronic acid serum is one of her best-sellers because it contains multiple different sizes of hyaluronic molecules to penetrate the skin as deeply as possible. Its lovers say it’s lightweight, ultra-hydrating, and plumping.
You might be living under a rock if you don’t know about the magic that is Boy Brow. Women who previously never touched their brows are amazed by what a little bit of this brow gel can do, and makeup enthusiasts who have tried it all still swear by this product. Opt for a shade slightly darker than your eyebrows for lots of definition, or go with the clear shade just to add hold.
If you want to glow big time, this highlighter palette is exactly what you should add to your cart. All four shades serve a purpose—highlighter, blush, bronzer—and they add a serious glow everywhere. Use the top two shades right at the very top of your cheekbones with a finger to look like you were touched by the Gods.
Celebrities, dermatologists, and pretty much anyone with an affinity for skincare loves this vitamin C serum. In a Vogue Beauty Secrets video with Ashley Graham, she said you can even use this before a day at the pool or beach under sunscreen to increase the effectiveness of your SPF and keep your skin glowy.
This chic facial mist is more than just a facial mist—it primes your skin, adds hydration, and sets your makeup. It’s part-skincare/part-makeup. It’s another one of those products you’ll find in pretty much every model’s handbag.
An eyelash curler is a staple in the makeup bag of pretty much anyone who does their makeup in my opinion—and celebrities agree! I have yet to watch a celebrity not curl their lashes before mascara, and this classic one (that is supposedly the best for not pulling out your lashes) is used quite a lot.
A good liquid liner is key for those model-off duty looks as well as cat eyes for nighttime. This Dior eyeliner is easy to apply and stays forever.
I saw this eye cream used by models and JVN (our queen). Made for all skin types, this eye cream basically does it all. Reducing puffiness, hydrating the undereyes, and smoothing wrinkles are just some of its claims. You’ll see every celebrity apply their eye cream with their ring fingers (it’s the most gentle), so I mean, we probably should too.