When it comes to looking glamorous, we can always count on celebrities to amaze us with their stunning sense of style, with their perfectly coiffed manes, and their fabulous makeup. In comparison to us, mere mortals, celebs do have at least one enormous advantage when it comes to their appearance: their stylists. But not all of them choose to make use of their assistance; in fact, some famous ladies opt for doing their makeup all on their own.
Who knows why? Maybe it’s because they want to have one little normal thing in their extraordinary lives, or perhaps they trust no-one better than themselves. Besides, a lot of celebs were already pros in the makeup game even before they became famous, and have even proceeded to open their own makeup lines. Let’s take a look at 14 of these celebrities, courtesy of Ranker.
1. Ariana Grande
Ariana Grande applies her makeup sitting in the sink. That way she can get closer to the mirror and get a closer view for a more precise application. And how do we know that? Well, her boyfriend, rapper Mac Miller, shared a photo of her doing exactly that back in December 2016.
The former Disney star also pays a lot of attention to her skincare. She makes sure her complexion is perfect with the help of her favorite cosmetic product: coconut oil. Grande applies the oil not only to her face, but to her body and hair as well.
Zendaya is definitely a very talented lady: she’s a singer, a dancer, and an actress, but she’s also a skilled makeup artist. Her red carpet makeup is always perfect and that is all her own doing. She has even shared a few makeup tips and tricks on Instagram. Zendaya’s favorite product is Aquaphor, which she uses on her lips to add some extra shine, and also on her cheekbones to finish off the highlighting.
3. Meghan Markle
Another celeb who loves taking care of their makeup on their own is actress Meghan Markle. She likes to keep things simple and fresh, and manages to look clean and classy at the same time. The future wife of Prince Harry achieves her signature eye look thanks to MAC Teddy Eye Kohl, and her favorite blush is NARS Blush in Orgasm.
4. Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift is known for her usually bold choices of lipstick. But did you know that the singer is the one who does her own lips? And she has even developed her own technique to achieve the perfect lips. This is what she does “I swipe on my lipstick, place a tissue between my lips, and blot. Then, if I really need the color to last, I hold the tissue against my mouth and brush translucent powder over it, which sets the color.”
5. Kate Middleton
The Duchess of Cambridge must have her own army of hair and makeup people and yet she did her own makeup for her wedding to Prince William. Apparently, she had a few lessons with makeup artist Arabella Preston before the big day in 2011 – it was a way to add a bit of normalcy to an event that would be witnessed by the whole world. Still, to this day, Kate prefers things low key.
6. Jessica Alba
Jessica Alba has her own makeup line, Honesty Beauty, and she often promotes it by sharing tutorials with her social media followers. It seems that the secret to her flawless skin is to use a combination of cosmetic products before applying makeup. The actress claims that exfoliating, plumping, brightening and hydrating are steps that must not be skipped before starting on the daily makeup routine.
7. Sophia Bush
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Sophia Bush revealed that she does her own makeup because it gives her extra confidence. The former One Tree Hill star keeps it simple even when she’s attending red carpet events:
“I do my makeup by myself 98 percent of the time. Honestly, I don’t like to spend that long [on it]. I always joke that I have a five-minute face routine. It’s really fast. I have a couple of things I like and that’s it. I own a ton of makeup and if it’s a red carpet event I can do a full-on look; I think it’s fun. But my day-to-day is super simple. I just feel comfortable that way. I’m a tinted moisturizer kind of person; I might put two drops of foundation in if I’m feeling like I want a little more coverage. I like a cream blush and an eyebrow gel and mascara, [then] I’m out the door.”
8. Gwen Stefani
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Former No Doubt lead singer Gwen Stefani’s signature red lips are all her own doing. Not wanting to allow makeup artists to make her look bad, she decided to take things into her own hands. She said,
“I started (wearing makeup) in seventh grade. We had home economics, and they’d bring someone in to show you how to put your makeup on [and] I can draw and paint. That’s my background. I learn from makeup people now but in the past, I had a real problem with makeup artists. I remember my first experience with a makeup artist [who] was doing the first No Doubt album, the one that was shelved. Go back and look at how ugly I look. It is the worst makeup. From that time on, I’m thinking; I’m not going to let someone do my makeup because they don’t know how to do it.”
9. Bella Thorne
Doing her own makeup is a way for actress Bella Thorne to keep her acne at bay. She’s been pretty open about having acne problems in the past, which is why now she doesn’t let just anyone touch her face. She admitted, “I don’t care if my nose is shiny… So what? I’m playing a teenager… It’s [also] no secret I struggle with acne. Sometimes it’s clear and sometimes it’s just not. I’m very self-conscious and constantly feeling bad about myself.”
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When it comes to makeup, Shakira’s motto seems to be ‘less is more’. For a long time, there have been rumors that the Colombian singer is her own makeup artist. In 2014, Shakira was asked to share a few of her secrets to achieving the flawless look, and she said, “I usually wear a natural color on my lips and accent my eyes. I feel like the less makeup I use, the better I look. After so many years in front of the camera, sometimes, I think I look better now than ten years ago when I wore so much! It’s important to let your own skin shine through.”
11. Olivia Culpo
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You know you’re a pro at applying your own makeup when you don’t even need a mirror. That’s the case with former Miss Universe Olivia Culpo. The model loves a more simple look, and she doesn’t even use mascara in her day-to-day life.
“I don’t know how I got this talent. It’s so crazy. Even lining lips, I don’t need a mirror! Everybody I work with always makes fun of me all the time because I will just be in the elevator and I will just be doing lip liner, even if it is a red lip. I think I’ve just been doing it for so long and I love it so much, I am trained…” she noted.
“My go-to beauty look is definitely clean skin, basically making sure there’s no blemish showing and then a lip [color] with curled eyelashes. No mascara, no eye makeup, maybe a little bit of highlight. But I rarely wear mascara actually because I like to focus more on the skin.”
12. Janelle Monae
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When she was younger, singer Janelle Monáe felt quite disconnected to fashion and beauty.
Now, she’s one of the newest faces of CoverGirl, but she still prefers to do her own makeup. She feels she’s honoring her heritage when she does that: “I didn’t see a lot of women represented with my complexion or hair texture in a mainstream way. I had a difficult time.”
13. Kylie Jenner
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When you take into account that she owns a makeup line worth millions of dollars, it comes as no surprise that Kylie Jenner is a dab hand at doing her own makeup. She shared her everyday makeup routine in a video she posted in 2016. All in all, it costs around $380 to follow her 15-step programme, but she did give her followers a few good tips anyone could benefit from. A few months ago, the reality TV star posted an updated tutorial that includes more of her own products.
14. Blake Lively
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Blake Lively also likes looking more natural, so she keeps her makeup routine short and sweet. About her everyday look, the actress said, “I just normally wear sunscreen, tinted moisturizer, and nothing else really. I also like to have a light lipstick in my purse, just a kiss of color [that] I’ll blot on my cheeks and eyelids. I learned that from a make-up artist years ago. You take blush and put it on your cheeks, on the tip of your nose, and wherever your parting is, as that’s where you get the most sun. That way it never looks like blush, it looks like the warmth [is] showing up on your skin asymmetrically. Not like makeup.”