When it comes down to the beauty secrets of models and celebrities, we take notice. Despite an unlimited beauty budget, you’d be surprised to learn that looking like an A-list celebrity isn’t as nearly as expensive as one would imagine. Just ask Gigi Hadid.
She may be one of the highest-earning models in the world yet Hadid loves budget-friendly beauty items as much as the next person. One would expect the runway extraordinaire’s complexion to appear dull and lifeless due to all that heavy makeup she's required to wear on a near-daily basis. Yet the 23-year-old has her skincare regimen firmly down pat and it's all thanks to one secret weapon — the St. Ives Blemish Control Apricot Face Scrub, which costs a mere $9.99.
From skincare to makeup must-haves, we’ve done a deep dive to find out the beauty must-haves as sworn and used by your favourite celebrities.
Gigi Hadid can’t look past the St Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub and credits it for her flawless complexion. In her words, Hadid says, "It's been around because it's the best." So in the hopes of attaining Hadid’s radiant glow, I put the cleanser to the test myself and can safely confirm that the blonde beauty knows what she’s talking about. The scrub is perfect for sensitive skin as it deeply exfoliates without stripping and drying out the skin.
There’s nothing more satisfying than peeling away a pore strip and inspecting the gunk that’s just been stripped from your skin. A brand ambassador and frequent user of the Biore Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips, Pretty Little Liars star Shay Mitchell understands this satisfaction all too well and swears by the deep-cleansing strips. Her top tip? "For a while I was peeling it off incorrectly, I'd peel it off from one side to another. But you're actually supposed to have both fingers on both ends and peel it off in one movement."
One of Kylie Jenner's favourite products for keeping her skin hydrated and blemish-free during the harsh winter months is the L’Oreal Paris Pure-Clay Mask Detox and Brighten.
If you want to emulate Rosie Huntington Whiteley's signature pout for yourself, then the Burt's Bees Naturally Tinted Lip Balm might just be the product for you. The supermodel admits she opts for the Burt's Bees lip tint over expensive lipstick any day."I'm not a big lipstick person because I hate that you have to touch it up every five minutes. I stick to a tinted lip balm instead, like Burt's Bees."
Kim Kardashian West
When Kim Kardashian West shares her favourite go-to makeup products, you can guarantee that we’re going to be listening - and quite intently at that. The reality star turned entrepreneur recently took to her app to reveal that she’s also a fan of the cult favourite, L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Mascara. "It's the perfect shade of black and it really lifts and separates each lash. It's perfect for an everyday look or you can layer on multiple coats for a more dramatic eye," she wrote.
Prior to her days as a Duchess, Meghan Markle revealed that her number one beauty essential was Nivea’s Q10 Plus Skin Firming Body Lotion. 'I use this religiously. It’s honestly my favourite lotion on the market, it’s so affordable, and makes my skin look and feel amazing. I would buy a case of this at a time if I could find it.’" No need to say anymore Megs, we’re already sold.
Actress Jenna Dewan understands that there's nothing quite like the feeling of discovering the perfect product at an exceptional price point. “I love Maybelline volumizing mascara. It’s in a yellow bottle and that mascara is better than any mascara you get at a department store. I’m one of those girls that will go to a RiteAid or drugstore and spend entirely too much money. I go there for one thing and leave with 20.”
Ever wondered how Chrissy Teigen achieves her sultry beach waves? Teigen turns to TRESemmé’s Beauty-Full Volume to give her enviable tresses that natural, effortless flare. “I really do use TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume. On Twitter, it’s like, “I don’t believe she uses it.” And I’m like, “Okay, what can I do to prove it?” So I Snapchat myself using it.”
Taking to Twitter, Ariana Grande revealed that she’s a big fan of the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Facial Cleanser Facial Wipes to remove stubborn makeup. The pop star wrote, "I USE NEUTROGENA WIPES AND COCONUT OIL IF MY LASH GLUE IS BEING ANNOYING PLS DONT." If Ariana Grande's face is anything to go by, it's time we stock up on those face wipes ASAP.
While you’d expect a skincare routine of a Kardashian to be nothing less than extravagant and outrageously expensive, Kendall Jenner has proven otherwise with one of her all-time drugstore favourites, the Neutrogena Rainbath Shower & Bath Gel. How did we not see this one?