9 Foundations Celebrity Makeup Artists Always Use for the Red Carpet

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The ultimate test of how long a foundation lasts? Apply it on a celebrity before an all-night affair, complete with paparazzi shots, red-carpet interviews and a laundry list of after parties. Here, the tried-and-true formulas used at last night’s Met Gala.

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Salma Hayek
Celebrity makeup artist Matthew VanLeeuwen applied Stila Stay All Day Foundation & Concealer in Almond 11 ($40) around frame of the face, then followed up Shade Buff 7 at the center of the face and under the eyes to brighten the complexion.

Rachel Brosnahan
Celebrity makeup artist Emma Day used the SURRATT Surreal Skin Foundation Wand in #2 ($65) on Brosnahan, as well as the SURRATT Perfectionniste Concealer Palette in #2 ($58) to create the effect of perfect, porcelain skin.

Kerry Washington
“To create an even skin tone on Kerry, I used Neutrogena’s new Hydro Boost Hydrating Foundation Stick in Cocoa ($15),” says celebrity makeup artist Carola Gonzales. “I love this new foundation stick because you can build the foundation from light to full coverage, and it can also be used as a concealer.”

Lily Collins
To perfect Collins’ flawless, smooth skin, celebrity makeup artist Fiona Stiles used Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Foundation Stick ($43) in 140 Ivoire.


Saoirse Ronan
Celebrity makeup artist Kara Yoshimoto Bua opted for Chanel Les Beiges Water-Fresh Tint ($65) in Light all over Saoirse Ronan’s face and made sure to blend it under her jawline and neck.

Mindy Kaling
Celebrity makeup artist Janice Kinjo perfected Kaling’s skin with Burt’s Bees Goodness Glows Full Coverage Liquid Foundation ($17) in both Deep Maple and Pecan, and half a pump of Chestnut for highlighting under the eyes, on the bridge of the nose and on the middle of her forehead.

Ashley Graham
Graham’s seriously smooth and glowy skin was courtesy of Revlon’s PhotoReady Candid Foundation ($11) in Honey Beige #270. As for her showstopping hair, look no further than Kitsch hair accessories to recreate the look at home.

Lupita Nyongo
Nyongo’s glass skin was courtesy of Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Long Wear Foundation ($47) in 550 and 555, which celebrity makeup artist Nick Barose blended for the perfect shade.

Emma Stone
“I applied the Sisley Phyto-Teint Eclat ($122) in Vanilla on a flat brush starting at the center of the face and blending outward. Then using a beautyblender, I really buffed it into the skin and removed any excess product,” says celebrity makeup artist Rachel Goodwin.

Gal Gadot 
Celebrity makeup artist Sabrina Bedrani used Revlon’s PhotoReady Candid Foundation ($11) to perfect Gadot’s smooth-as-silk complexion. 

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