Celebrity Makeup Artist Reveals 3 "Insider" Secrets

By Kerri Winick, GalTime.com

Brandy on set with Brad Pitt...no big deal!Brandy on set with Brad Pitt...no big deal!We all have a beauty "trick" or two that we can't live without.

Maybe your favorite hand lotion doubles as a flyaway tamer, or you use clear mascara to tame unruly brows. (I like using clear makeup primer on the backs of my hands. It minimizes pores and fine lines, making them look younger!)

Here are three more red-carpet tested, insider "secrets" to call your own, courtesy of celebrity makeup artist Brandy Gomez-Duplessis.

Don't Sweat It: Who needs blotting papers when you have recycled brown napkins? Gomez-Duplessis never leaves home without them.

"When I lived in New Orleans and worked outside on set, I needed something that was going to absorb the sweat/oil on my clients' faces. I didn't want to keep adding loose, translucent powder every five minutes, and blotting sheets weren't working against the humid weather. These napkins are free and won't irritate sensitive skin."

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Primed and Ready: Don't forget the deodorant…on your face! This is a trick Gomez-Duplessis uses everywhere from the set to the red carpet to outdoor weddings.

"With a foundation brush, I apply a thin layer of clear unscented deodorant to the face. This is better than any makeup primer and it's easier on the wallet."


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Cold Therapy: Puffed up eyes are a total downer! An eye treatment with a metal tip applicator can help. (You don't need to spend lots of money. There are plenty of options at the drugstore!)

"Place it in the fridge for 3 to 5 minutes. The metal tip applicator helps to soothe and de-puff under the eyes."

Gomez-Duplessis likes to use L'Oreal Paris Youth Code Eye Cream ($24.99), which also has caffeine to deflate those pesky bags, as well as skin brightening light diffusers.

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