Plenty of stars have so-called glam squads behind them, the professionals behind the made-up face and perfectly blown-out hair. But as it turns out, there are those famous faces who, well, do their own faces. And to be honest, their cosmetics skills are putting ours to shame.
Teams of makeup artists sit backstage at Fashion Week, prepping each girl for the runway. But there are those models who prefer to take matters into their own hands. For her recent Lucky Brand ad campaign, Lauren Hutton arrived on set with her own tools, according to Women's Wear Daily: "She also brought her own makeup and took care of every last brush stroke herself." Gisele has also said she does her own makeup stunts, telling Elle, "I've always attempted to do my own lashes because it's hard for me to have somebody with a wand right near my eye."
Miss America Contestants
We were stunned to find out that the beauty queens at Miss America do all their own makeup backstage. Kelly Richardson, a professional spray tanner who works backstage with the pageant hopefuls, told us, "Little known fact: Miss America is required to do her own hair and makeup during her reign, so for the televised show on Sunday, no contestant may use a hair or makeup artist backstage. They are on their own." And they've got tons of tricks up their sleeves.
Kate Middleton famously did her own makeup for the royal wedding. As People reported, Kate had "about three or four lessons" before the big day until she was "comfortable and confident in doing it herself." We're beyond impressed.
They've got bad raps for being overly high-maintenance, but many stars do their own maquillage. Carrie Underwood once told us that she does her own hair and makeup when on tour, and People reported that Beyonce often does her own makeup for public appearances. Gwen Stefani has made it very clear she prefers to do things on her own -- "I'm not going to let someone do my makeup, because they don't know how to do it" -- and Kate Winslet told InStyle UK, "I like to do my own makeup." Who knew these ladies were so DIY?
They may perform for hundreds of people, but the dancers of the New York City Ballet do all their own stage makeup. During a chat with the dancers themselves, dancer Gretchen Smith told us, "It's really therapeutic. It's time for yourself before the show. I always feel like it's time to get in to what you’re doing for that night. Also, you can choose which colors. It's really fun. I love doing my makeup."
All that glitter and shine? Yeah, those gals do it themselves. Caydee Denney, a pairs skater who competed in the 2010 National Championship, told StyleList, "Putting on my makeup is a very relaxing experience for me. It allows me to think and visualize. Makeup and hair are always a big part of my preparation -- I understand the importance of looking as good as I can on the ice for the judges, and for the fans." Amanda Evora, a 2010 National Silver Medalist for pairs, added, "When I put my makeup on for competition, I see it as putting on my mask or 'game face.'"
Doing your own makeup? Here are eight easy tricks to know:
Opening a brand new tube of lipstick to find it split in two is never fun. If you're looking for a quick fix, here are some tips to consider: Using a blow dryer, melt your broken parts back together and freeze your tube in a plastic baggie. You can also use a lighter to reshape your lipstick; simply put it in the refrigerator when you're done for an hour so it can harden.
Using a marker end or the back of your brush (make sure you sterilize it with rubbing alcohol), press your broken pieces back into the container. If you drop powder on the floor, you're better off throwing it out, says makeup artist Vicki Millar, adding that dirty surfaces can lead to contamination. Next, use the flat end of a mascara tube or lipstick tube to flatten your powder. Lastly, add a few drops of rubbing alcohol over the pressed powder and let it sit for a few hours.
Hairs coming off of your brushes? Millar suggests washing your brushes once a month under warm water and with antibacterial soap. "You really want to be cleaning off the ends of the brush -- never put your whole brush under water. The more wet and dense the brush is, the more likely hairs will be to pop out," she says.
Fixing broken eyeshadow is quite similar to mending your broken foundation. In this tutorial, this makeup artist uses a plastic baggie and a piece of a T-shirt to dab the broken eyeshadow back into place; rubbing alcohol is also used.
Sometimes your mascara applicator can break or even bend. To fix a bent applicator -- wearing latex gloves -- bend it, gently, back into shape. If you accidentally lose the applicator or drop it on the floor, Millar suggests grabbing some disposable wands from the drugstore. She also says you should only use mascara for about a month -- and if you ever have an eye infection, buy a new wand immediately.
If you can't open the bottle of your favourite nail polish, you probably have dried polish around the inner lid. To fix this problem, fill a bowl with warm water and place your nail polishes in it, upside down, for five minutes. Next, remove your bottles and gently twist the lid. If you do see dried paint in the inner lid, use a tweezer to remove the excess.
Just like any pencil, your eyeliner can break if you drop it. If you're tired of sharpening your broken liner, try leaving it in the fridge for two hours so it can re-harden.
In this tutorial, this makeup guru uses a tea bag to fix her split nail.