Just in time to cure us of our Christmas blues, award season begins to brighten up our January with celebrity sightings, decadent gowns and, of course, the best beauty looks. In fact, red carpet season often lays the groundwork for the beauty trends that will dominate the year ahead, from show-stopping hairstyles to major makeup moments.
Last year was awash with blue, from Lady Gaga (and her epic pastel blue hair) to Lupita Nyong’o and her electric eyeshadow, as well as a throng of sleek middle partings, top knots and pillar box-red lips.
This year, however, we’re forecasting for a slightly more subtle red carpet season, with beauty looks as wearable as they are covetable. Keep scrolling to see GLAMOUR’s predictions for the beauty trends to look forward to this season…
The Shampoos, Hair Products, and Stylers Celebrities *Actually* Use Are at Sephora
Whether they’re at Golden Globes, the Critics’ Choice Awards, or they’re just making an Instagram Live, celebrities have plenty of incentive to keep their hair looking its best. Fortunately for them, they have access to top hairstylists and colorists, providing constant exposure to the newest and most effective shampoos, conditioners, styling products, and tools. No wonder so many famous people are loyal to “their” products; when setting beauty trends is unofficially part of the job, you tend to stick with what works for you.
Of course, when a beloved item runs out, only one place is top of mind for finding celebrity-favorite hair products: Sephora. That’s because whether it’s an under-the-radar brand favored by cool girls or a legendary collection of hot tools wielded by A-list stylists, the beauty emporium has it first. (Remember, Sephora was the first big retailer to stock celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin’s hair-care collection, Ouai.)
So before your next Sephora run, you might want to get informed about some of the hair products celebrities actually use. No, not the ones they’re contractually obligated to praise in commercials – we’re talking the conditioners, sprays, and even scrunchies that some of your favorite stars use over and over again. From supermodels’ favorite hair accessories to a Queer Eye star’s beloved conditioning cleanser, these are the celebrity-favorite hair products you’ll want to keep on your shopping list.
I Have Sensitive, Acne-Prone Skin, and Here’s Why I’m Picky About My Cleanser
A few years ago, I was having a bout of acne that just wouldn’t quit. I was learning everything I could about skin care, but I couldn’t stop the pimples from coming, so I went to my dermatologist’s office to have a facial. The esthetician told me something I’d never heard in all the YouTube tutorials I watched: my cleanser was breaking me out. I have combination, sensitive skin, and of all the things that could be causing me problems, I never thought it would be my face wash. Since then, I have been beyond discerning when it comes to my cleanser, and these are the only five I’ll use.
My cleansers are either gel-based or lightly foaming. I can’t use a cream cleanser, I can’t really use an oil cleanser, and a balm? Forget about it. Exfoliating face washes are also out of the question, because they irritate my skin too much. The best thing my esthetician told me was that less is more. The gentler the products I use, the better. I’ll try just about any serum, but my cleansers go through a rigorous screening process, and I’ve pretty much never strayed from these five.