Stars Dish Out Beauty Tips

Aug. 12 2008, Published 12:00 p.m. ET

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Stars have access to the best in beauty, and are eager to share their tips for looking good.

“I always say natural’s the best way to go because when you go to a nice dinner and you darken your makeup up, they think ‘wow, that’s a difference’ rather than wearing the same thing every day and you just look normal every day,” Selena Gomez tells me.  “Natural’s always the best way to go.”

“Drink lots of water – that always helps – and I don’t really go out in the sun anymore, which is a good thing because I used to go out in the sun a lot ‘cause I’m from Florida,” Brittany Snow tells me. “My skin has changed drastically when I don’t. I’m kinda just trying to stay away. Bronzer. Bronzer’s my best friend.”

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“If you want to look more awake, you can put white eyeliner in either side of your eye and it makes your eyes look like they pop,” Natasha Bedingfield says.

“I don’t take off my makeup, I eat fast food, I do everything bad,” Danity Kane’s Aubrey O’Day tells me. How does she get photo-ready? “My biggest thing about pictures is how you feel. The pictures where I don’t look as good, I’m not as happy, I think, so however you’re feeling inside as a person that day kind of comes out in photos.”

“Sleep!” Diane Kruger says.

“I wear a big smile,” Sara Bareilles tells me.

“Moisturize before you put your makeup on, always,” Emmy Rossum tells me. “It’ll make you extra-glowy in the summertime.”

Rihanna can’t get enough of Cover Girl makeup.

“I love their products, so I always use their products.”

Kelly Ripa tells me, “Hire a good makeup artist and hairstylist. That’s it. I mean, really. I’ve tried to do it myself and it never works out. I need experts. I need all the experts I can get.”

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Bijou Phillips has odd advice.

“Go in the sun and don’t wear sunblock,” she tells me. “It’s true. Sunblock changes the molecular structure of UVA and UVB rays and turns it into something else that isn’t real molecules so they sort of become free radicals. The second the sun hits your skin, the UVA and UVB molecules turn into foreign molecules that our bodies don't really know how to identify. So your face is covered in free radicals, which I think is the main reason people get skin cancer.”

Oh really?

“Yeah because it’s changing the molecular structure of these molecules and cancer is a large amount of free radicals. You’re putting this thing on to not get cancer but you’re actually putting the most horrible thing you can on your face, which is free radicals that your body doesn’t know how to identify. I think it’s increasing the chances of skin cancer. But there are natural sunblocks you can get, but if you get a good base tan and you don’t burn, you’re pretty much OK. Just wear hats and sunglasses. You don’t need to cover yourself in 45. It’s bad for you.”

Ashanti swears by her own OPC-3 Beauty Blend.

“It’s a powdered vitamin,” she tells me. “It’s really good for skin and nails and internally for your immune system. With me traveling so much and going in and out of airports, there’s a lot of germs. It helps build up your immune system and gives energy.”

 “Water,” Kim Raver says. “No, I’m joking, but there is some truth to that. I find that if I don’t drink enough water, it definitely shows in your skin. But then I would say mascara, eyelash curler, and Clarins makes this easy facial soap at night, which is the best thing ever.”


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