A celebrity makeup artist shares the skin-rejuvenating products she uses on all clients — and why skin massaging is key

Anne Hathaway and Maya Rudolph
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  • Molly R. Stern has been a celebrity makeup artist for over 25 years.

  • Her clients include Reese Witherspoon, Cara Delevingne, Anne Hathaway, Maya Rudolph, and more.

  • She shared the skincare products and routines she uses on most of her clients.

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Molly R. Stern
Molly R. Stern, a celebrity makeup artist whose clients include Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Cara Delevingne, Maya Rudolph, Anne Hathaway, and more.Andrew Marich

After working as a celebrity makeup artist for over 25 years, Molly R. Stern believes her clients generally have the same skin goals everyone else does.

"Everybody wants to feel and look more youthful," Stern, who regularly works with celebrities like Reese Witherspoon, Cara Delevingne, and Maya Rudolph told Insider. "I think the general consensus is that people want to feel hydrated, they want to feel healthy, they want to have a glow to their skin."

Stern, who always tries products on herself first before using them on clients, is a believer in cycling out items based on what your skin needs that day. According to her, our skin will require different care "depending on what we've eaten the night before, how well we've slept, how much hydration we have."

Even so, there's still a general process Stern follows.

We asked for the types of products and the order she uses them in to get her clients red carpet, video shoot, or magazine cover-ready.

She always starts with a facial mist to add moisture

Reese Witherspoon attends the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on January 25, 2015 in Los Angeles, California
Reese Witherspoon, makeup by Stern, at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2015.Amy Graves / Contributor/Getty Images

Stern loves spritzing her clients with a face mist to kick off the process. Beyond smelling great and feeling refreshing, mists also serve an important purpose.

"It's putting an initial layer of moisture, regardless of where your skin is at," Stern said. "I start to lock that in and massage that into the skin."

Stern's favorites include:

She'll layer on serums based on what a client's skin needs that day

Anne Hathaway attends the 25th Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 12, 2020 in Santa Monica, California
Anne Hathaway returning to the red carpet post-pregnancy, with minimalist makeup by Stern.Taylor Hill / Contributor/Getty Images

"After the mist, I'd like to massage in a serum or a combination of serums," Stern said. "I'm very into layering skincare, layering makeup." She thinks building up on what your skin needs is a better strategy than following the same recipe every day.

Stern's favorite starting serums are:

She then adds what she calls a "proper serum" to maximize moisture.

She recommended:

She'll top everything off with a cream to boost hydration

Maya Rudolph attends the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California.
Maya Rudolph, one of Stern's regular clients, at the 2019 Golden Globes.Frazer Harrison / Staff/Getty Images

After the serum(s) are applied, Stern will use a cream-based product. "I feel like it's forcing a veil of moisture to live in the skin and on top of the skin so that there's more bounce," she said.

Some of her favorites include:

Since nighttime routines are important for starting with a good base, she also had a few night cream suggestions:

She uses stimulating tools to give skin a "hot, romantic, makeout session" glow

Nicole Kidman;Keith Urban arrives at the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California
Nicole Kidman (makeup by Stern) next to husband Keith Urban at the 2017 American Music Awards.Steve Granitz / Contributor/Getty Images

After all the serums and creams are applied, Stern finishes off with a facial massage. "I use two tools every, every time, with everybody," she said.

They are, in order:

For maximum effectiveness, she recommended clients use these regularly, but she says you can notice differences in one session. Stern uses them to help the products penetrate the skin more effectively, and some research suggests it can increase blood flow.

"The more I stimulate the skin at the top of my session, the less makeup I have to use to get the effect that I want," she said.

That ideal look? "My favorite way to send somebody onto the carpet is like, glowing and juicy, and, maybe like they've just had a really hot, romantic make-out session," Stern said. "You know, that flush of life — that's how I would send everybody out."

She encourages massaging the skin and enjoying the process

Cara Delevingne is seen arriving to the 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2019 in New York City
Cara Delevingne at the 2019 Met Gala in a creative makeup look by Stern.Gilbert Carrasquillo / Contributor/Getty Images

One unique thing about Stern's process is how much facial massaging is included in every skincare step. According to her, it isn't just about distributing the product well: It's about enjoying the experience and a client feeling more connected with their body.

"I get into people's faces and I literally massage their faces and I massage their necks and I press on their shoulders and I twist their ears," Stern said. "I remind them you're alive; you're not just a robot promoting a film. You're actually a human being that deserves to have connection."

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