Genius Beauty Tips From 8 Lovely Leading Ladies

Celebrities may have a glam squad at their beck and call, but many of Tinsel Town’s brightest stars are actually pretty savvy primpers in their own right. You can’t hang around the top hair and makeup pros all day and not pick up at least a few tips.
With that in mind, we asked Hollywood’s most gorgeous leading ladies — everyone from It Girl Zooey Deschanel to screen legend Monica Bellucci — to share their beauty secrets. From Halle Berry’s genius tip for keeping her lipstick in place to Salma Hayek’s best DIY beauty treatment, read on for the top-secret tricks these megawatt stars employ to keep themselves looking amazing. And no, we promise “drink more water” is not one of them.
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Zooey Deschanel

Everyone's favorite New Girl lives up to her quirky reputation with sweet, retro-inspired beauty looks that we just can't get enough of. Even more refreshing: the fact that she does the majority of her primping all by herself.

"In real life, I don't have a hairdresser doing my hair so I am usually working with my natural waves," she says. "I like to play around with different hairstyles that wouldn't necessarily work for my characters. When I’m playing shows with my band I like to do a roller set in my hair because it looks nice even when I’m jumping around on stage. Also, I like creating a lot of volume in my hair at the crown and spraying it [with hairspray] – subtly. It gives your hair a lot of lift and body and flatters most faces."

When it comes to the products she relies on to get polished and pretty, she keeps it pretty basic. "I like that the Pantene Beautiful Lengths Shampoo and Conditioner doesn’t weigh my hair down but still moisturizes it. When you have long hair, the ends can get dry and damaged, and you really need a good shampoo and conditioner that keeps long hair strong and protected, so I always have to have those with me. Also, I love lipstick! It’s compact and can double as blush so it’s handy."

Pantene Beautiful Lengths Shampoo and Conditioner, $5.99 each, available at; T3 Voluminous Hot Rollers, $99, available at

Photos: Peter Brooker /Rex USA; Courtesy of Pantene; Via
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Zoe Saldana

Sure, Zoe Saldana has the kind of features that can throw even the most secure woman into a fit of blind rage, but what we love most about the Avatar star is just how down-to-earth she is about her beauty routine. Zoe credits her mom for her low-key approach to looking fabulous.

"My mother was a hippie and very health conscious, so growing up, she always encouraged my sisters and I to be as natural as possible. She gave us a book she bought at a garage sale about natural beauty remedies and we used to look up everything, like how to make masks out of oatmeal or give our hair highlights using henna tea or even rum. Once a year, we all still get together and put mayonnaise in our hair for old times' sake. We'll do it on my niece, and we'll always try to get our partners to do it, but they refuse." Their loss!

In addition to rubbing olive oil on her dry ends and chopped-up aloe leaves on sunburns, Zoe says she also has a few conventional products she swears by. "I’ve always used Cetaphil cleanser and moisturizer. My skin’s not very sensitive, but because I travel so much, it sometimes reacts to the change in environments. I’ve also been using La Prairie Cellular Power Infusion. It makes my skin feel rejuvenated."

Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion, $11.49, available at; La Prairie Cellular Power Infusion, $475, available at La Prairie.

Photos: Picture Perfect/Rex USA; Via, La Prairie
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Cate Blanchett

Sometimes life just isn't fair. If it were, we would all look as good at 43 as Cate Blanchett does. She attributes it to a combination of staying out of the sun and using the right skin care products, namely her beloved SK-II. "Well, I’ve been using it for a long time, I think it’s about 10 years now. A friend of mine in London who’s a makeup artist put me on to it. I’ve always used the Essence, which I suppose is the most mysterious thing in the line."

For those of you not willing to drop the $$$ on the luxe line, Cate has another suggestion: "The only other things I use are essential oils — there’s an oil that I use called emu oil. In indigenous Australian culture, that’s the first oil they put on a baby because it’s so hydrating. If you’ve got a sunburn or you’ve had a scar, or anything — it’s incredible. I’ll use that on the kids, and on the elbows. [I also use] papaw ointment."

SK-II Facial Treatment Essence, $195, available at Bliss; Lucas' Pawpaw Ointment, $8.60, available at Aliveplus Pharmacy.

Photos: Matt Baron/BEImages; Via SK-II, Aliveplus Pharmacy
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Krysten Ritter

The star of Don't Trust The Bitch In Apartment 23 has long been on our radar for her unique look, which she describes as a cross between Beetlejuice's Lydia Deets and Audrey Hepburn. Along with her porcelain skin and bold red lips are her signature baby bangs. "I came out of the womb with these bangs. I see pictures of myself as a kid and I had little tiny bangs and long black hair," she says.

The star says she swears by Kerastase's Oléo-Relax and is pretty low key with her styling. Her hair secret? "I put it in a knot in the back with a rubber band and wrap it around. Then you just blow out your bangs nicely and that’s all you need."

Her makeup routine is just as low-maintenance, consisting of just two integral products: mascara and lip color. "I love DiorShow Mascara and Tarte Lipsurgence," she says. "I'm always into lashes and lips and pretty much nothing else. If you have lashes and lips, you can leave the house feeling confident."

Tarte Lip Surgence Natural Lip Tint, $24, available at Tarte; Dior DiorShow Mascara, $25, available at Sephora; Kérastase Oléo-Relax Serum, $31, available at

Photos: Walter McBride/Corbis; Via Tarte, Sephora, Kérastase
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Monica Bellucci

Sometimes we think the term "screen siren" was coined specifically to describe Monica Bellucci. The Italian icon, who looks more stunning at the age of 47 than most starlets do at half her age, is still inspiring the beauty world with her sultry style. Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana launched an entire lipstick collection this month completely inspired by (and with input from) her.

So, we guess it's fitting that Monica's essential beauty product is lip color. "I always wear lipstick. I would not feel fully dressed without it," she says. "The most attractive thing about a woman wearing a strong lip shade is the boldness and vivacity of her look and the woman wearing it must know she looks fantastic. I usually choose a lip color that expresses my mood. I love to wear an audacious, vibrant color to lift my mood and make me feel ready to take on anything, and nothing signifies dynamism and fearless beauty like a bright diva red."

That's all well and good, but as we've stated many times before, a bold lip can be so high-maintenance. Monica Bellucci to the rescue! She's got a genius tip for keeping that lippie in place: "I love to intensify the color when I apply red lipstick so that the pigment is really striking and beautiful. I usually apply a really light coat of pressed powder between coats – it really helps the color lay properly so it doesn’t slide or bleed as your day wears on. And when you get compliments about your lipstick toward the end of the day, you know it works."

Dolce & Gabbana Voluptuous Lipstick in Natural Monica and Italian Monica, $32 each, available at Saks Fifth Avenue; Le Métier De Beauté Visage de Soie Finishing Powder, $40, available at Nordstrom.

Photos: Via Dolce & Gabbana, Nordstrom; AGF s.r.l./Rex/Rex USA
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Emma Watson

Watching Emma Watson grow up over the past decade has been bittersweet: We miss seeing Hermione on the big screen now that the Harry Potter saga has come to an end, but we're delighted at the perennially chic, confident woman that Emma's grown into.

That includes her beauty routine, which is surprisingly simple. "I don’t really do a huge amount in terms of a regular beauty routine, but I religiously take off my makeup, especially before bed. It’s one of the best pieces of beauty advice I’ve ever received," she says. "Lancôme’s Bi-Facil Eye Makeup Remover is great at taking everything off, even waterproof mascara. I especially need it after I’ve been on a film set and they’ve put tons of makeup on me," she says.

And as far as products that add on instead of taking off, we couldn't help but laugh a bit when she told us what her must-have was. "I am English and pale, so I love blusher!" Hear, hear!

Lancôme Bi-Facil Double Action Eye Makeup Remover, $27, available at Macy's; Vincent Longo Dewdrop Radiant Blush, $30, available at Nordstrom.

Photos: Via Macy's; Andreea Angelescu/Corbis; Via Nordstrom
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Salma Hayek

Who knew someone as glam as Salma Hayek would be down with DIY beauty treatments? We always imagined her to be the type to slather her skin in the priciest potions money could by, but as she told us, concocting her own homemade beauty treatments actually runs in her family. "My grandmother was a trained cosmetologist, but she liked to make her own remedies and beauty products at home using ingredients from the kitchen," says Salma, who watched her nana closely and picked up some of her secrets, which are the basis for her Nuance skin-care line.

So, what's the best treatment in Grandma Hayek's beauty cookbook? "There are so many, but the most valuable thing I can give is a recipe my grandmother used for when you burn yourself," Salma told us. "I'm so grateful because it saved my daughter’s arm once. If you whip egg whites and put them on the burn, not only will it take away pain and heal it, but also create a crust that prevents blisters and scarring."

When she doesn't have time to whip together a DIY mask, Salma says her must-have product is her Nuance My Secret Super Body Cream. "I brought a sample of the cream my grandmother had made and had the lab copy it. The formula is rich and indulgent, and has shea butter, honey, babassu, and macadamia seed oils to keep skin hydrated all day — and all night!"

Nuance Salma Hayek My Secret Super Super Moisturizing Body Cream, $14.99, available at CVS.

Photos: Rex/Rex USA, Courtesy of Nuance
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Halle Berry

After careful consideration, we think we can safely make the claim that Halle Berry is aging backward, Benjamin Button-style. How else to explain her glowing, line-free visage?

Halle, care to weigh in? "I think [great] skin is really genetic. My dad has great, great beautiful skin," she says. "I think there are things that we can do to make good and bad skin better. But I think the real quality, texture, and luminosity of skin is [in] genetics. And you can affect it by what you eat, drink or whether you smoke or do drugs. I use a line called Kinara created by Olga Northrup. She has a spa that’s really close to my house and I’ve used her products for about 15 years."

While she may look perfect, it is refreshing to know that Halle struggles with some of the same beauty quandaries as the rest of us. When asked about her beauty essentials, she replied, "Face powder, as I’m a shiny mess, and a lip [treatment]. I have a bad habit of chewing my lips and without something on there, I just chew them off. I need some sort of moisture there, whether it be a lip balm or lip color. I've been wearing Revlon Just Bitten Kissable in Honey. It's the perfect, creamy nude."

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Honey, $7.69, available at Target; Kinara Lactic Acid Hydrating Serum, $75, available at Essential Derm Care.

Photos: Edward Le Poulin/Corbis; Via Target, Kinara