For the humble celebrity the line between triumph and disaster is a slim one. Even the best stylists, make-up artists and designers are unable to guarantee gorgeousness, so when the celebrities find a product that works they stick to it. This week, we delved past the adverts and took a look at the products they are said to really use to achieve that flawless finish.
Kylie Minogue - Ruby Woo matte lipstick by MAC
The curly perm may be ancient history but Kylie has worn red lipstick since her days as Charlene in Neighbours. Since her time out of the spotlight the gold hot-pants are gone and things are much calmer for Kylie. Her look may have mellowed to suit her more laid back lifestyle but she's still rarely seen on the red carpet without a touch of red.
When it comes to lipsticks Macs Ruby Woo is said to be her favourite and Kylie is on the right track with this particular red. For fair skin tones it works so well because it's tinted with blue which tones the end result down. As Ruby Woo is very, very matte, look to touch in with a lip balm prior to application should you feel you need more sheen.
Available from Mac counters nationwide, priced at €17.50
Keira Knightley - Chanel Inimitable Mascara in black
Keira Knightly is a natural beauty, but her look has come a long way since the days of Bend It Like Beckam. Back then, Kiera's look was all sugar pink lips and flushed cheeks. Natural, girly but dull. Nowadays, Kiera is a style icon famous for her flawless dress sense and making the most of those delicate features, soft red lips, and dramatic eyes.
Although make-up is only the backdrop for her unique sense of style, when Kiera does work the look it's all about those eyes and Chanel's Inimitable in black is said to be her mascara of choice. Clean, thin and infinitely buildable, this is the perfect mascara for adding width to your look as the applicator moves into those tricky corners effortlessly. As the formula is also quite thin, two or three coats can be added for a flatteringly fuller flutter.
Available from Chanel counters priced at €28
Aneglina Jolie - Lancome Juicy Tubes
Given her pout is nearly as famous as the lady herself it's no surprise we always seem to look her way on matters gloss related. As Angelina so often works sultry eyes, smudged shadows and long lash lines the balance to her look comes from her use of soft, subtle, nude lip colouring.
Lancome Juicy Tubes are said to be her gloss of choice. Although being quite bright in the tube, the gloss goes on sheer leaving just a touch of subtle sparkle. As Juicy Tube has excellent staying power, it also avoids those annoying trips to the bathroom for top-ups.
Available from Lancome counters nationwide - €19.50
Gwyneth Paltrow - Estee Lauder Signature Hydra Bright Lustre Lipstick
With Gwyneth having chopped and changed her look so often over the years we figure that there's a raft of products out there that could have had her name on them. Moving from sun-kissed beauty to mock-goth and back again requires a fair sized make-up bag, yet finally it seems the days of brunette one minute and blonde the next are gone for good.
Estee Lauder Hydra Bright is rumoured to be the cornerstone of her recently pared down routine and on this evidence we can see why. For strong, natural lips, the Hydra Bright range carries plenty of classic pinks and reds to suit most tones and on the application front, the texture is light, easy to wear and seriously hydrating.
Available from Estee Lauder counters nationwide, priced at €23.
Cat Deeley - Bad Gal Eye Pencil by Benefit
Since her days as everyones favourite girl next door Cat Deeley has always understood the importance of a wholesome look. Although on the surface she takes a natural approach to styling, looks can sometimes be deceiving. As a former model Cat knows how to keep her look sharp. As well as the flawless skin, her eyes are always clear and always the focal point for her look.
Cat is said to swear by Benefits Bad Gal Eye Pencil for giving her the right amount of definition. Although it's great for clean lines, Bad Gal can also be powdered for a smokey smudged look, or dotted between lashes for a fuller effect . As a handbag companion perfect for multi-tasking, the real benefit is in the staying power, top-ups are few and far between and for busy bees that could be well worth the outlay.
Available from Benefit counters nationwide, priced at €21.
Dannii Minogue - MAC Face and Body Foundation
When the X Factor judge and new mum first stepped out of her big sisters shadow there was no inkling that she would become the queen of the natural complexion. Harsh, brash and unrefined would have been too kind, but as the years have rolled by so has Dannii's ability to shine naturally.
For that immaculate complexion, Dannii is said to thank Mac's Face and Body Foundation. A favorite in the Independent Woman beauty cupboard, the light foundation does exactly what it says on the tin and as an added extra can also be used to even out skin tone on the arms and legs. Another great multi-tasker, Face and Body mixes brilliantly with illumniators for a glowing finish, or with moisturisers to achieve a dewy, more natural base.
Available from selected Mac stores, priced at €36.
Sienna Miller - NARS The Multiple in Cap Vert
From blonde bombshell and lithe model to boho pin-up and style icon, the years have been kind to Sienna and she always seems to be so impeccably on trend. Sienna makes the most of her natural beauty with The Multiple in Cap Vert by Nars. Essentially a bronzing stick, The Multiple pretty much works wherever you tell it to and is great across the eyes, cheeks, lips or used lightly across the body.
Fast becoming something of an insider secret for skin seeking a touch of glow. As more and more of us choose to keep well clear of the sun it's a great way to get that sun kissed tilt. Nars Multiple is a product easy to get just right without too much effort. Perfect for those of us with less than steady hands !
Available from Nars counters nationwide, priced at €41.
Lisa Snowdon - Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks by Bobbi Brown
When it comes to looking good Britain's Next Top Model presenter Lisa Snowdon has obviously picked up a tip or two from the team backstage. Rarely seen without her signature healthy glow, Lisa is said to credit Bobbi Brown's cult favourite Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks.
Great for an easy blush, Pot Rouge is light, sheer and comes with the added advantage of perfect blendability. If, like Lisa, you love a touch of colour that can only be described as 'barely there', then Pot Rouge is the blusher for you.
Available from Bobbi Brown counters nationwide, priced at €26.
Sinead will be joining the Ireland AM team on Tuesday morning at 7.55am, January 18th, to chat about the celebrity beauty buys currently on our wish list.