A celebrity makeup artist shares the skin-rejuvenating products she uses on all clients — and why skin massaging is key
Molly R. Stern has been a celebrity makeup artist for over 25 years.
Her clients include Reese Witherspoon, Cara Delevingne, Anne Hathaway, Maya Rudolph, and more.
She shared the skincare products and routines she uses on most of her clients.
Everyone wants to look youthful — and there are some hacks to do that quickly
After working as a celebrity makeup artist for over 25 years, Molly R. Stern believes her clients generally have the same skin goals everyone else does.
"Everybody wants to feel and look more youthful," Stern, who regularly works with celebrities like Reese Witherspoon, Cara Delevingne, and Maya Rudolph told Insider. "I think the general consensus is that people want to feel hydrated, they want to feel healthy, they want to have a glow to their skin."
Stern, who always tries products on herself first before using them on clients, is a believer in cycling out items based on what your skin needs that day. According to her, our skin will require different care "depending on what we've eaten the night before, how well we've slept, how much hydration we have."
Even so, there's still a general process Stern follows.
We asked for the types of products and the order she uses them in to get her clients red carpet, video shoot, or magazine cover-ready.
She always starts with a facial mist to add moisture
Stern loves spritzing her clients with a face mist to kick off the process. Beyond smelling great and feeling refreshing, mists also serve an important purpose.
"It's putting an initial layer of moisture, regardless of where your skin is at," Stern said. "I start to lock that in and massage that into the skin."
Stern's favorites include:
Skinesiology Female Warrior Auric Mist, $10.41 ("Every time I mist anybody with that, people are in love with it," Stern said.)
Natura Bissé C+C Vitamin Splash Citric Revitalizing Spray, $65 (Stern loves using this one on a lot of her male clients.)
She'll layer on serums based on what a client's skin needs that day
"After the mist, I'd like to massage in a serum or a combination of serums," Stern said. "I'm very into layering skincare, layering makeup." She thinks building up on what your skin needs is a better strategy than following the same recipe every day.
Stern's favorite starting serums are:
Saint Jane Superflower Detox Serum, $88 ("It's like a green drink for the skin," Stern said.)
She then adds what she calls a "proper serum" to maximize moisture.
Retrouvé Nutrient Face Serum, $325 ("It feels very elegant when you put it on the skin, but it soaks in so it doesn't leave the skin feeling heavy at all, Stern said.")
Natura Bissé Diamond Luminous Perfecting Serum, $335 (Stern, a fan of the brand for many years, said this serum is "absolutely gorgeous.")
Epicuren Microbiome Restorative All in One Serum, $140 (This one is "fabulous under makeup," according to Stern.)
She'll top everything off with a cream to boost hydration
After the serum(s) are applied, Stern will use a cream-based product. "I feel like it's forcing a veil of moisture to live in the skin and on top of the skin so that there's more bounce," she said.
Some of her favorites include:
Natura Bissé Diamond Luminous Perfecting Cream, $240 (Stern said this one really soaks into the skin and keeps it moist, which she recommended for anyone dealing with oiliness.)
Retrouvé Dynamic Nourishing Face Cream, $135 (Another great pick for wearing under makeup, according to Stern.)
Since nighttime routines are important for starting with a good base, she also had a few night cream suggestions:
Retrouvé Intensive Replenishing Facial Moisturizer, $380 (She suggested only using this one at night.)
Epicuren Soothe Dermal Repair Balm, $85 ("You just wake up super quenched and just feeling amazing," Stern said.)
She uses stimulating tools to give skin a "hot, romantic, makeout session" glow
After all the serums and creams are applied, Stern finishes off with a facial massage. "I use two tools every, every time, with everybody," she said.
They are, in order:
Pause Fascia Stimulating Tool, $115 (An FDA-approved tool she'll use to first massage the client's face.)
Jillian Dempsey Gold Bar, $195 (A vibrating bar Stern described as the "pièce de résistance.")
For maximum effectiveness, she recommended clients use these regularly, but she says you can notice differences in one session. Stern uses them to help the products penetrate the skin more effectively, and some research suggests it can increase blood flow.
"The more I stimulate the skin at the top of my session, the less makeup I have to use to get the effect that I want," she said.
That ideal look? "My favorite way to send somebody onto the carpet is like, glowing and juicy, and, maybe like they've just had a really hot, romantic make-out session," Stern said. "You know, that flush of life — that's how I would send everybody out."
She encourages massaging the skin and enjoying the process
One unique thing about Stern's process is how much facial massaging is included in every skincare step. According to her, it isn't just about distributing the product well: It's about enjoying the experience and a client feeling more connected with their body.
"I get into people's faces and I literally massage their faces and I massage their necks and I press on their shoulders and I twist their ears," Stern said. "I remind them you're alive; you're not just a robot promoting a film. You're actually a human being that deserves to have connection."
Read the original article on Insider