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.
Yet from Angelina Jolie to Kate Winslet and Julia Roberts, a bevy of leading ladies manage to pose for cameras without a flaw. Cherished skin care favorites and clever makeup tricks are what keep these A-list stars ready for their close-ups. Read on for must-have products and secret strategies.
On Lashes: Lashes often point straight out or down," which can make them appear shorter than they actually are, explains Andrew Sotomayor, celebrity makeup artist and host of the iVillage series DIY Beautify. "Curling lashes upwards makes them look longer, lifts the eyes, and makes you look more awake."
On dark circles: The reason it can be hard to find the one perfect shade of concealer is because you really need two shades," explains Sotomayor of layering on an effect similar to Taylor Swift's. "Use a shade that matches your skin to first neutralize the grey or brown undertone around the eyes. Then, layer a lighter concealer on top, and carry it out across the cheekbones for a brighter, more lifted look."
On Dry Skin: supple complexion like Rachel Bilson's might feel like an impossibility for sufferers of severely dry skin. "Many women with the condition resort to thick, chemical-laden creams", says renown dermatologist and VMV Hypoallergenics founder Dr. Vermen M. Verallo-Rowell. "But these formulas can irritate and sting. Instead, try organic virgin coconut oil, an ingredient that prevents water loss and contains fatty acids that are native to human skin, so it goes so far as to help replace skin's lost natural oils."
On eyes: Angelina Jolie: It'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.
On Canvas Face: To prep skin for a seamless on-camera finish, Today Show makeup artist Eve Pearl uses a priming moisturizer.
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Don't forget to get your concealer and make sure it's 2 shades, so a beige 1 or 2 and an ivory concealer would work great together for someone with medium skin. If you're ivory, go with Ivory 2 and Ivory 1 together. If you have really heavy dark circles, use yellow after your normal shade to brighten underneath and into the cheekbone area.