This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
Celebrities dish out a lot of beauty secrets — and 99% of ’em are along the lines of “drink more water ” and “happiness, man! ” But sometimes, when you’re least expecting it, an actress will drop a hair, makeup, or skin trick that’s so good, you have to adopt it into your life immediately.
The best celebrity secrets we’ve collected were rarely revealed on the red carpet (too much pressure); instead, we stumbled upon them in magazines, on Twitter, even a Netflix talk show. Ahead, Refinery29 ‘s beauty editors share the habit they’ve incorporated into their routine solely because a star recommended it. (Don’t worry — only one involves upping your h2o intake.)
“When I was younger, I was obsessed with Jen Aniston’s hair. And while I can find no proof of this interview now, I distinctly remember her saying on TV that the reason her hair always looks so good when it’s down is because she lets it fall in front of her face and doesn’t tuck it behind her ears. I have tested this theory and it’s true; even if you didn’t do your hair that day, keeping it loose makes it look cool and intentional.” — Cat Quinn, beauty director
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“I started wearing taupe, shimmery shadow under my eyes because of Shay Mitchell. I love the Chanel eyeshadow quad in City Light and the CoverGirl truNaked Nudes palette.” — Lexy Lebsack, West Coast senior beauty editor
“I started rinsing my feet the second I get home after Charlize Theron told Chelsea Handler that she would rather sleep in her makeup than put her feet in bed without washing them. I don’t know why I never thought to do this before — city feet are truly disgusting. Now it’s just another thing on the long list of compulsive bedtime rituals I do, like setting three alarms seven times.” — Alix Tunell, senior beauty editor
“I once read an interview with Alexa Chung where she said that she smokes ‘like a chimney’ and sleeps in her makeup. But she uses a really good expensive face mask every morning to cancel it out, and I’ve really taken that to heart over the years.” — Rachel Krause, beauty writer
“Bobbi Brown says the first thing she does when she wakes up is chug a full glass of water — and that’s just before she downs her bulletproof coffee and tea. Ever since she said that, I do it every morning, not only to keep me awake and energized — because I need that — but to keep my complexion somewhat youthful while I waste away from insomnia and stress-related eye bags.” — Sam Sasso, beauty editorial assistant
“I remember liking this one random Nicki Minaj tweet years ago about her shower routine, which said, ‘Steaming hot shower, soap rinse, soap rinse, pour baby oil all over, don’t rinse, shower off, don’t dry, just blot.'” — Khalea Underwood, beauty writer
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“Lately, I’ve been trying to copy all of Lily Collins’ looks, from her pink-and-red makeup look at the Golden Globes to her negative-space cat-eye created by makeup artist Fiona Stiles. Her beauty game is so inspiring to me.” – Mi-Anne Chan, beauty writer
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