Tips You'll Want to Steal from the "Modern Family" Makeup Trailer

An Intensive Skin Care Routine-
Makeup artists and actors have to be in much earlier than everyone else -- around 5:15 a.m. Why? By the time the crew gets there at 7 a.m., the actors need to be ... more 
An Intensive Skin Care Routine-
Makeup artists and actors have to be in much earlier than everyone else -- around 5:15 a.m. Why? By the time the crew gets there at 7 a.m., the actors need to be completely made up and ready to shoot.

There's a reason it takes that long to get ready -- each actor goes through an intensive skincare routine every morning. First, the makeup artist preps the actor's skin with an aloe liquid base to soothe any redness. Then, each actor gets her own special signature "skin cocktail" depending on her skin, says Lljubo-O'Brien. For example, Gillian Jacobs' from "Community" gets a mix of Osmotics Cosmeceuticals Lipofill Non-Surgical Filler, $85, and Osmotics Cosmeceuticals Crease-less Surgical Alternative, $85.

And not many people know this, but the actors also come in and get a full cleansing before they go home at night. "We remove all of their makeup, and then cleanse their face and apply hot towels," says Lljubo-O'Brien.

Next: The skincare routine is only half of it -- keep clicking to see what the makeup process look like. less 
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Tue, Nov 8, 2011 4:21 PM EST

One of my biggest beauty pet peeves? How amazingly flawless every actor looks when you flip on the tube. Think about it: There's never a pimple in sight. Lips are always soft and kissable. And forget dark undereye circles. (These people definitely don't live in my world.) Then, I spoke with the makeup artists behind "Modern Family" and visited the makeup trailer on "Community." Here's what I learned …

It turns out makeup artists work some real magic. Actors do get pimples -- this is just how they hide the fact. As for that bright, refreshed skin? Everyone has his/her own special skin cocktail, like this, which keeps the face blemish free. And even the men spend a lot of time in the makeup trailer (those secrets are right here).

So, it turns out actors aren't as flawless as they seem on TV. They just fake it really well. To find out all the makeup secrets TV shows use, click here, or check out the gallery below. TV viewing will never be the same again.

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