To mark the end of 2021, we saw it fit to sift through the Vogue Beauty Secrets videos that our favorite celebrities and influencers shared over the year. From Madison Beer’s contour and blush tutorial to Nicola Peltz’ guide to the perfect cat eye to Maye Musk’s tips to styling gray hair, the year was filled with expert insights.
Beyond sharing the secrets that help them achieve their look, these stars left us with some nuggets of advice that have gotten them through their own journeys. Actor Sydney Sweeney would tell her 16-year-old self to “love yourself more than what your skin tells you, and honestly happiness shines through anything and people can see what’s inside.” Symone, the winner of the 13th season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, shared another pearl of beauty wisdom: “I think it’s important to find what makes you you, and what makes you shine and sparkle.”
And while these iconic stars do have access to the best skin and self-care money has to offer, watching our icons walk us through their personal routines is a pleasant reminder that at the end of the day, they’re also just figuring out what works best for their bodies.
Whether you’re in search of skin, makeup, or hair guidance, below you’ll find the best of Beauty Secrets of 2021.
Skin Care Saviors
“First thing I do when I wake up is immediately wash my face,” says Beer, who cleanses with the Panoxyl Acne Foaming Wash. “You’re going to see quite a few masks,” says Shay Mitchell in her installment of the series. In fact, masks of all kinds are coveted by the celebs—from an eye mask Peltz stores in the fridge to LED mask treatments that help reduce the appearance of both wrinkles and acne. “I love taking time to do this,” says actor Vanessa Hudgens as she massages her face with a pulsing T-Bar tool. “Throughout the day, we get pulled in so many different directions. It’s so important to really take care of yourself and be your own best friend.” Although an array of other skin-care treatments and serums make up the bulk of celebrity routines, sunscreen and facial mists typically mark their final steps.
“Makeup for me has always been fun. I’ve never taken it too serious,” says Mitchell as she buffs product into her skin. When it comes to base makeup, we saw TikTok star Loren Gray mix two foundations to achieve her perfect shade, while Spanish singer Rosalía opted to blend everything in with her hands—comparing her process to making pottery. The importance of stellar brows is not lost on our stars, who select brow pencils and gels to tame their hairs while reflecting on questionable brow choices and the lessons they’ve learned since. The fun truly begins with contour applications, winged eyeliners, lashes, and swatches of color with eyeshadow pigments, blushes, highlighters, and lipsticks. “I don’t care if I have pimples and no concealer, I would use blush no matter what,” says Beer, citing Charlotte Tilbury’s Beauty Highlighter Wand in High Blush as her favorite.
“So now, let’s go into hair,” Ricky Martin says before spritzing Blind Barber’s sea salt spray onto the tips of his hair for a tousled look, while Maye Musk opts for Paul Mitchell’s texture hairspray to maneuver her tresses. Actor Zoë Kravitz relies on coconut oil to keep her hair moisturized, and Game of Thrones actor Nathalie Emmanuel diffuses her curls to perfection.