When it comes to celebrity skin and hair, not all that glitters is courtesy of gold-star products.
Some of the brightest beauties use budget buys and super simple tricks to get those famous looks.
Here is a round up of the best you need to test!
1. Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise!
This is the fail-proof advice of international makeup artist, Charlotte Tilbury. Aside from slowing the ageing process, Charlotte insists moisturised skin is the only way to achieve a perfect base for makeup.
2. Make that lipstick stick
“I love bold-coloured lips, yet trying to keep them in place can be tricky,” explains Benefit Cosmetics National Trend Artist, Hannah Terrett. “Ensure your lips are hydrated and matte by applying one coat of your lipstick to bare lips, then press a tissue over the top and dust a layer of translucent power over them,” she suggests. "Repeat another two times for maximum lippy staying power.”
3. Beat dry hair
Hairstylist to the stars, Sam McKnight, swears by a simple leave-in conditioner to smooth dry ends. His pick? A Pantene product that costs under $10. “Always start with a small amount at the end of the hair and work your way up,” he advises. “I use it on Cate Blanchett’s hair all the time."
4. Get bronzed
Some think summer is the time to up the bronze, but as leading Australian makeup artist, Elsa Morgan, explains, winter is the season when a golden glow makes perfect sense. Having a warmer complexion in the cooler months can be a lifesaver, she explains, "but to prevent it looking too orange, only go up a shade of your go-to coverage, but use less of it. This will give you a slightly warmer skin tone, without looking caked on and unrealistic."
5. Use a no-fuss lip colour
Don’t have a mirror handy? Then ensure your lip shade is a no brainer advises super make-up artist Gucci Westman. Her choice is Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in Peach Parfait, which she uses on Emma Stone, Cameron Diaz and Julianne Moore because "it adds the perfect amount of natural colour" without the need for precision!
6. Stay forever young
Use winter to send your complexion to youth-boosting boot camp. This is the season to amplify your active skincare, when the sun is in hiding and the skin isn't as photosensitive. Book in for that peel you’ve been putting off or invest in a skin care routine that is methodical in its approach to treating signs of age.
Gwyneth Paltrow maintains her blow-dry with Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo, $6.99. “This gets right to the roots and brings back volume," she says.
8. Look out for your lashes
Invest in a lash tint. This will last up to a month – or more – and ensure you always look slightly ‘done’, even when you’ve just emerged from the doona. Furthermore, you will save lots of time and money without having to resort to mascara!
Similarly, Charlotte Tilbury also recommends investing in a lash curler! “Most women don’t realize that eyelash curlers are a girl’s best friend,” she says. “They are a push-up bra for the eyes. I never start an eye look without them!”
9. Clear your skin
Cetaphil - at under $10 - is a budget and skin saver. Just ask Claire Danes, Charlize Theron and Olivia Wilde. Its mild, non-irritating formula proves the perfect ointment for complexions that are constantly being poked and prodded!
10. Leave that mask on
“As the seasons change, skin needs a little extra help to stay gorgeous and glowing,” says Charlotte. She suggests leaving skin masks on for a little longer - even overnight.
11. Steal Posh Spice's moisturiser
For Victoria Beckham, travelling without Weleda Skin Food is a no-no. "Simple and inexpensive, it's really, really thick, and I slather it on,” she has said. With one tube sold every hour on Amazon.com, she’s onto a good thing!
12. Less is more!
More is not more when it comes to make-up, so choose your feature. The most modern direction is either big, lush lashes and nude lips or a super strong pout and natural eyes. For the latter, don’t be fooled into thinking you need lots of eye makeup - eye shadow, mascara etc. - to look youthful, Elsa advises. More often than not, a lot of eye makeup closes up the eye area and highlights fine lines. Instead, try groomed, arched brows, a little highlighter on the brow bone and curled lashes with a bold mouth to really open up the face and pull focus to the lip area.