From skincare tricks to makeup hacks, these celebs have smart beauty secrets that are totally practical, too.

By Real Simple
Updated February 08, 2018
Lady Gaga
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Take Care of Your Skin—But Don’t Waste Time Doing It

All the makeup in the world can’t save your complexion if your skin is suffering. Drew Barrymore—who looks eternally youthful and fresh-faced—shared her morning beauty routine with followers. The takeaway? Her whole beauty routine takes just a few minutes. Who says you can’t look great in a hurry?

When You Get Bored, Play Around a Bit

Makeup is about exploring your own look and finding out what works best for you. So if you’ve been stuck in a style rut for a while, take a page out of Lady Gaga’s book. Sure, this particular look might not be great for Tuesday night’s book club meeting, but by letting your creativity take over, you might just find your next signature beauty style.

Experiment on Your Friends (and Kids!)

There’s no better way to develop a steady hand with eyeliner, or a light touch with a foundation brush, than by experimenting on a face other than your own. Practice on your kids, your sister, your bestie, or anyone who will let you. Jennifer Lopez used Halloween as a perfect moment to polish her techniques on her daughter.

Be a Beauty Guinea Pig

Curious about the new cryogenic spa in town? Go for it. Tempted by magnetic pore cleaners? Give one a try. Kate Hudson is no stranger to cutting-edge health and wellness beauty treatments—from oxygen bubbles to an infrared sauna—and she knows it’s more fun to try new things with friends.

Keep Travel Versions of Your Favorites

Reese Witherspoon doesn’t go anywhere—including a movie premiere in NYC—without her beloved Elizabeth Arden products. Even if your go-to shadow or lip color is part of a giant palette you keep on your makeup table, make sure you’ve got purse-sized versions to stash in your bag for touch-ups on big nights out and getaways.