Here’s the secret that their makeup artist might not be divulging: It’s often a natural product that’s giving big names like Gwyneth Paltrow or Jaime King an extra boost. Yes, stars really are just like us—and they’re ditching the chemical-laden bottles and tubes in favor of something a bit cleaner.
So, from Kate Middleton to Whitney Port to Alicia Silverstone, what are their top picks?
Keep reading for the 14 secret weapons from their beauty bags—hair and makeup team not required!
1. Gwyneth Paltrow’s pick: Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Illuminating Primer
“I had sat in makeup chairs for years and been slathered with lots of toxins and chemicals, so for me the primer and foundation were incredibly important because that covers the most surface area,” says Paltrow, who recently launched goop’s first skin-care line, and before that collaborated on a beauty collection with Juice Beauty. We love that this primer uses coconut to keep the skin hydrated, and that it’s full of antioxidants to keep skin nourished and protected.
2. Kate Middleton’s pick: Beuti Skincare Beauty Sleep Elixir
The royal is a fan of this UK-made oil, which features a potent mix of 14 plant-based extracts that seriously up the luminosity factor. Among them? Sandalwood nut kernel oil, which helps to prevent collagen and elastin degradation, and Caribbean coral extract, a powerful anti-inflammatory that aids in neutralizing one of the enzymes responsible for inflamed skin.
3. Alicia Silverstone’s pick: Zao’s Volumizing Mascara
“For everyday, I don’t need makeup to feel fresh—thanks to the best beauty trick of all: eating plants!” says the vegan actress. But when she’s in a mascara mood, this is the one she reaches for (bonus: it’s vegan). Clueless? We think not.
4. Jaime King’s pick: Elemental Herbology Bio-Cellular Super Cleanse
“I wash and exfoliate my face using Elemental Herbology products—a really great line from London,” the actress and former model says. The brand works so well for the star that she apparently rarely wears makeup—even in front of the cameras.
5. Whitney Port’s pick: Weleda Skin Food
The California native and former star of The Hills knows a thing or two about keeping hydrated—inside and out. In addition to her love for coconut water, she stresses the importance of a really good night cream. “I love Weleda Skin Food, I just use it on my face at nighttime and wake up glowing,” she tells us.
6. Lea Michele’s pick: Burt’s Bees Chapstick
The Glee star is wellness-obsessed—she’s an avid journaler, has her workout routine down pat, and, more recently, has cleaned up her makeup bag. “I’ve started buying most of my beauty products at Whole Foods,” she tells us. “I feel confident that whatever I get from there is going to be all-natural—no sulfates, organic, that kind of thing.” This chapstick is one of her standbys.
7. Hayley Williams’ pick: RMS Beauty “Un” Cover-Up
The lead singer of Paramore is selective when it comes to her skin-care products. “I used this to cover spots when I was battling acne years ago, on and off stage, and I still use it now even though my skin’s cleared up,” she tells us. Her description of this concealer? “Healthy, organic ingredients that are gentle enough for sensitive skin, but also work well enough to keep you feeling confident.”
8. Priyanka Chopra’s Pick: Cocovit Coconut Oil
The reason the star of ABC’s Quantico always has coconut oil? “It keeps the hair strong, nourished, and protected, and even prevents hair loss. Let’s not forget the therapeutic effects of a good head massage!” Don’t worry, we won’t.
9. Lauren Adams’ Pick: Physicians Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Lash Boosting Mascara
What about this mascara earns it a spot in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt actress Lauren Adams‘ beauty bag? “It’s natural and organic—and I can get it at the drugstore! It’s perfect for a low-key, natural look,” she says.
10. Christine Taylor’s Pick: Nourish Organic Body Butter in Fresh Fig
“I have dry skin, elbows, and cuticles—year-round. This is luscious enough to apply before bed but without waking up sticky,” explains the actress, most recently seen in Zoolander 2 with hubby Ben Stiller. An added perk for the actress? On-the-go moments of bliss. “It’s also the one product I also keep in my car—at red lights I’ll apply it. You have to take these moments when you have them!”
11. Lindsay Ellingson’s pick: Nails Inc NailKale Superfood Base Coat
The model and beauty maven knows a thing or two about healthy greens. “Not only do I love to eat kale, I use it on my nails too,” Ellingson tells us. “Like most women my nails are rarely without polish. I keep them healthy with a base coat. It strengthens and deeply nourishes my nails, and it prevents them from staining.” Yet another use for the supergreen.
12. Abigail Spencer’s pick: May Lindstrom Youth Dew
“You could eat this for dessert. I love all the products in this line, but the Youth Dew makes me feel like I climbed out of a spring from a fairy farm in the underworld. It’s so delicious and really, really works,” the actress—who you may recognize from True Detective and Mad Men—dishes.
13. Kimiko Glenn’s Pick: Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Deodorant
Looking for an all-natural deodorant? The Orange is the New Black actress has sweated through enough tubes to land on a favorite. “My experience with natural deodorants is that certain ones can burn and be really painful. And a lot don’t do anything, so you’re still stinky,” she tells us. “I found that this feels like your pharmacy brand deodorant. Apply it and you’re done.”
14. Necar Zadegan’s Pick: Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels
“When you start work so early, sometimes you can’t help it—you wake up and your face is so puffy (especially if you were out to dinner and ate a ton of sodium the night before!),” the Masters of Sex actress confesses. “These are a great little cheat. I stick them in the freezer first, then put them under my eyes. It works pretty instantly.”
Ready for a clean beauty makeover? Here are 8 products that work just as good as your drugstore go-tos—only with a much more natural ingredient list.
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