Revealed: celebrity red-carpet secrets.
No, they did not wake up like this. Here’s how the biggest stars get red-carpet-ready.
Charlize Theron on her fave beauty food, looking good and being authentic.
GIVE US THE INSIDE STORY ON YOUR BEAUTY SECRETS. “If your body is healthy, your skin will be healthy, which is key when applying makeup. My makeup artist, Pati Dubroff, is very much about starting the beauty process from within. How we live our lives and what we do to ourselves will eventually be evident on our faces, so, in a weird way, we are in control of that stuff.” HOW DO YOU KEEP YOUR SKIN IN SHAPE? “I make sure to get plenty of sleep, eat well and exercise, and I use natural products that nourish and hydrate my skin. Water is the best beauty food.” HOW DO YOU STAY SO HEALTHY? “I’ve been practising yoga for over 20 years; it’s good for the mind. In the past five years, I’ve become somewhat addicted to spinning. In terms of food, I am all about balance. I think you can tell by looking at me that I don’t starve myself— we all know that it does not necessarily get you anywhere. I have too much of an appreciation for the joy that is food. I don’t look at food as a punishment or something to feel guilty about.” WHAT DOES FRAGRANCE MEAN TO YOU? “The sense of smell is incredibly powerful. It has been proven scientifically that we can be attracted to people purely because of their smell. That’s what chemistry is. I love light, natural scents, and I love the smell of the ocean.”
There’s a reason why Jennifer Aniston often tops those Best Hair Ever lists: Her hair evokes a highly covetable message of relaxed and natural beauty. We asked Aniston, who is Living Proof’s part owner and hair-care spokesperson, how she scores the best waves. “When you have hair that is a little more challenging than most, and you spend so much time doing it, you always have envy for the girls who just wash their hair and let it dry naturally without doing anything. I have wavy hair, and I used to have to combine all of these different things to get the right texture—and keep it from being too big or too flat and greasy. On days when I don’t wash my hair, I use Instant Texture Mist ($32)—my go-to—to get the texture back. I usually add a bit of water, spray it in and then finger-dry the hair around my face. It doesn’t build up or get sticky, and it has UV protection. It’s pretty foolproof.” h
ELLE LOVES LUPITA
Playing it safe is simply not an option for actress Lupita Nyong’o. Her hair and makeup choices on the red carpet are a beauty editor’s dream: fun, elegant and fashion-forward.
FOR KEEPING YOUR BLOWOUT ON POINT Look for a dry shampoo that doubles as a perfume and doesn’t build up on the roots. Katy Perry loves Oribe’s now-legendary-status dry shampoo. “It’s amazing! It smells great, and it’s good for those of us who want to keep a blowout forever.”
FOR BEING CAMERA-READY EVERY DAY Katie Holmes uses Alterna hair products and Olay skincare every day. “That daily maintenance really pays off for red-carpet appearances,” she says, adding that she loves Olay Regenerist Luminous Facial Oil, “especially when I’m travelling.”
FOR A MASCARA TECHNIQUE THAT TRULY OPENS UP THE EYES Use an eyelash curler and wriggle the mascara around into the roots. “Hold the wand near your roots and blink while doing it.” – Georgia May Jagger
Charlize Theron is the face of Dior. Dior J’Adore Eau de Parfum Spray ($70 for 30 mL). For details, see Shopping Guide.
Oribe Dry Texturizing Shampoo ($44)
Rimmel London Wonder’Lash Mascara ($8.49). For details, see Shopping Guide.