If celebrities of all stripes know one thing, they know this: It's important to be beautiful. And since it's such a priority for them and they can afford the best, who better to tell us what works and what doesn't when it comes to makeup products and skin treatments. Here's a roundup of some of our favorites:
Cindy Crawford, the supermodel who single-handedly made it okay to have a mole, in collaboration with French cosmetic surgeon Jean-Louis Sebagh, just launched Meaningful Beauty (MeaningfulBeauty.com). This line of specialized skin formulas is designed to fight free radicals and support the stimulation of collagen. The collection includes a neck and décolleté lotion, a "facial in a bottle" mask and Night Fluide, which Dr. Sebagh calls his "miracle." Crawford says: "Because Dr. Sebagh is in Europe and is so exclusive, the only way I could offer my skin care secrets to other women was to help make his treatments widely available." Thanks, Cindy.
A veritable icon of modern beauty, Iman, CEO and founder of IMAN Cosmetics (ImanBeauty.com), is the first African woman to have graced the cover of Vogue. This supermodel created her gorgeous makeup line because she couldn't find the right foundations to match her skin color. She quickly saw a niche that needed to be filled, and eventually launched a full range of beauty essentials for women of color. IMAN Cosmetics not only offers an array of lip, eye and cheek colors, but also includes products that correct hyperpigmentation, ashiness and oily skin, all based on Iman's personal needs. She also has an ancillary line called I-IMAN Makeup (I-Iman.com), which is edgy, playful and comprehensive to woman of all colors.
Best known as the supermodel with the gap-toothed smile, Lauren Hutton, who still models today at the age of 62, shares expertise honed from four decades of modeling and working with the best makeup artists. She created Lauren Hutton's Good Stuff (LaurenHutton.com) for mature skin '- "women, not girls," she says. Her strategy for the over-50 crowd is to camouflage lines and wrinkles by using products that leave a matte finish on the skin. Even her moisturizer leaves skin looking matte, while keeping it hydrated. Hutton's makeup is divided into four color categories, which you choose based on your skin tone and hair color. Each is organized into all-inclusive kits, so everything you need is together in one compact. If you have dry skin, you'll definitely want to try Hutton's Tamanu Oil. After diving in the South Pacific 35 years ago, she says, her face was a sunburned, coral-scratched wreck. A local healer gave her the oil, which she claims healed her skin overnight. Good for nails, acne and hair too!
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, NYU freshmen and current emblems of teenage bohemian bourgeois, made their television debut when they were just nine months old, and they continue to be wildly popular among fans and influential in fashion. The twins launched a line of "tween"-inspired beauty products called mary-kateandashley (mary-kateandashley.com), which is sold at Wal-Mart and Target stores. This pocketbook-friendly collection features such items as jumbo sparkling crayons and metallic illuminating mascara.
Beloved blonde of the MTV crowd and star of her own reality show, Jessica Simpson has become America's ditzy darling. She's created two lines of what she calls "deliciously kissable fragrant makeup and skin reparations," along with Randi Shinder, president and founder of Dessert Beauty Inc. Dessert Beauty (DessertBeauty.com) is Jessica's slightly more grown-up line, featuring strawberry- and vanilla-bean-scented lip glosses and cream blushes, and Dessert Treats (DessertTreats.com) is her more kidlike offering of wearable body concoctions, inspired by smells and tastes of childhood sweets. These include names such as Creamy, Dreamy, Juicy and Lollipop to tempt us.
Etched in our minds from her Dallas days as the martyrlike Pam Ewing, Victoria Principal, founder and CEO of Principal Secret, was perhaps the first celebrity to create her own skin care line. Her newest offering is an intensive anti-aging collection called Reclaim (Principal-Secret.com), which she developed personally. She also has a makeup line called Color Principal (QVC.com), which contains vitamins, sunblock and moisturizers, so it protects the skin while you're wearing it.