May 18, 2022

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Reese Witherspoon’s Makeup Artist Molly R. Stern Shares Red-Carpet Skin Care Tips

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With all eyes (and cameras) on celebrity skin during awards season, special emphasis is placed on day-of prep to lift, plump, and prime—before a drop of makeup is even used. For her part, celebrity makeup artist Molly R. Stern—who works with A-listers like Reese Witherspoon, Anne Hathaway, and Maya Rudolph—has relied on luxury spa brand Natura Bissé for some 15 years to help bring out the stars’ glow.

“I turn to Natura Bissé time and time again because it’s always effective,” Stern tells “It always improves the skin quality and texture, and it does so quickly.” And if you’re wondering why good skincare is so crucial for a makeup artist, we’ll let her explain. “The better quenched and stimulated the skin, the less makeup needs to be applied for a flawless complexion, [because] the more prepped the canvas, the better the color holds,” Stern says, adding that “[when] dead skin is exfoliated, pores tend to be tighter, and skin pH is balanced … all these things lend themselves to makeup lasting longer.”

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The makeup artist is known for less-is-more makeup application that captures her clients’ natural glow and features; hence, skin preparation that helps bring about that radiance is key. How to achieve this comes down to, of course, the types of products used and how they’re used on the skin. The Natura Bissé facial, for instance, includes cleansing, toning, and exfoliation. Then comes the serum and a hydrating mask applied with a sculpting massage. “I love the combination of the Diamond Glyco Extreme Peel and the Diamond Ice-Lift Mask, as their results are undeniable,” Stern says.

The writer getting the signature Natura Bissé facial.

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Stern places a great emphasis on facial massage—an extension of her personal belief in practicing self-love and kindness—which also imparts practical benefits to the skin. Massage also helps stimulate lymphatic drainage, perk up the circulation, add brightness to the skin, as well as relax the client.

At the end of the day, it all comes down to healthy skin for Stern. “When it comes to red-carpet prep, I spend a lot of time layering skincare products to really build the health of the skin,” the pro says. She notes that she is a big fan of the Natura Bissé Diamond Mist, saying that it helps set the hydrated tone of the skin.

Next up is serum: “By massaging in luxurious, effective formulas, the skin improves and allows me to focus on covering up perceived imperfections,” says Stern, who says a personal favorite is the brand’s newest launch, the Diamond Extreme Serum. It features an innovative active ingredient called Smart Energy Complex to help minimize the effects of altered circadian rhythms on the skin. In other words, it’s the answer to all those late and sleepless nights that come along with anticipatory anxiety of red-carpet events—or for the rest of us, general life stress.

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“Once I’ve massaged that in, I layer with the Vitamin C+C cream,” Stern says. This antioxidant-rich formula is one that she has personally recommended and used for years, noting that it works beautifully beneath foundation. “I’m a dedicated lover of Armani Luminous Silk Foundation,” Stern says. “Its range is unbeatable both in tone and coverage.”

Aside from the Natura Bissé’s anti-aging line, she taps one of its hero products—the Diamond Cocoon Sheer Eye, a tinted eye cream that is the holy grail for dark circles—as a must-try. “The fabulous eye cream is great for anyone that doesn’t like to wear a concealer, because it adapts to the skin’s tone and acts as a very subtle highlighter, but also someone who loves concealer and uses it as a primer to add glow and longevity,” Stern says.

For the at-home experience of this skin-prep facial, the brand offers a three-step ampoule kit that has been likened to a face-lift in a box. “I think the Diamond Instant Glow is a must for any special occasion. It’s so easy to see a big difference,” Stern says.

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