News flash: Although A-list celebrities always manage to look flawless, they did not wake up like that. Like the rest of us, they rely on go-to products (not to mention entire makeup and hair teams that get to work hours before an event). In the spirit of awards season, we got the scoop on the favorite beauty saviors of six red-carpet regulars.
Who: Emma Watson
What: beautyblender® double
Why: Sometimes, packing the right tools is just as important as the right products. We weren’t the least bit surprised to spy this wonder sponge in Watson’s makeup bag, which can be used both wet and dry to get a flawless foundation application. Bonus: its pointed end makes makes on-the-go touch-ups easier than ever.
What: Oribe Superfine Spray Purse Size
Why: Believe it or not, walking the red carpet can take almost as long as an award show itself. This medium-hold hairspray is infused with hydrating Aloe juice and antioxidant-packed kiwi extract to keep hair in place without sticky residue. It's the perfect product for securing Watson’s elegant updos.
Who: Gwyneth Paltrow
What: Dr. Brandt Pores No More Pore Refiner
Why: On the red carpet, you can shine—but you can’t be shiny. This sheer, paraben-free formula absorbs oil while minimizing the appearance of pores with tea tree and flaxseed extract. Gwyneth herself calls it “my secret to having close up-ready skin.”
What: Miracle Skin Transformer SPF20 Face
Why: To step and repeat, your skin has to be at its best. This tinted skin perfector moisturizes, primes, and protects—plus it improves tone and texture thanks to powerhouse vitamins A, E, and K. It's also free of synthetic fragrances, dyes, wax, mineral oils, and talc.
Who: Jessica Chastain
What: Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray
Why: Red-carpet hair needs volume. And this dry shampoo-texturizer hybrid both controls oil and gives lifeless, unwashed hair an instant boost. (It’s a favorite of tons of celebs (Jennifer Lopez, Scarlett Johansson, Blake Lively), but we have a soft spot for redheads.)
What: Tweezerman Slant Tweezer
Why: Ever see ungroomed brows on the red carpet? Nope, we didn’t think so. Pluck and shape with the industry standard—there’s a reason these tweezers have racked up their own awards over the past few decades.
Who: Sienna Miller
What: Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips
Why: Celeb-worthy lips start waaaay before lipstick application. Originally created for new mothers facing sore nipples from breastfeeding, this balm has become a go-to for the most in-the-know makeup artists. According to Sienna’s makeup artist Gina Kane, working the product into lips with a cotton swab perfectly primes and nourishes lips before adding color.
Who: Eva Mendes
What: Laura Mercier Baked Eye Colour
Why: To stand out on the red carpet, your eyes need to pop, and these ultrapigmented, jewel-toned colors from Laura Mercier are no joke. Using baked technology, the shadows can be worn wet or dry—and are made to last through a long night of after-parties.
Who: Kristen Bell
What: Supersmile Powdered Mouthrinse
Why: Stars’ smiles need to be spot-on for all those paparazzi—but who wants to tote around a big bottle of electric blue liquid? These convenient packets are filled with a proprietary powder that neutralizes odors while gently removing surface stains. Just add water to the pouch to create a single-dose rinse.