See What Taraji P. Henson, Tracee Ellis Ross and Kerry Washington Really Use on Their Skin

See What Taraji P. Henson, Tracee Ellis Ross and Kerry Washington Really Use on Their Skin

Yes, sadly it's expensive.

Published May 17th

Want luminous skin like your favorite stars? Read on for their beauty secrets.

  1. Gabrielle Union
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    When Elle magazine asked about her skin, Union attributed her glow to genetics, naturally oily skin and Julie Hewett’s Organic Camellia Oil. “I [initially] thought, this just feels redundant, why would I put oil on top of oil? It’s really transformed my skin. I started using it this summer when we were filming Sleepless Nights in Atlanta, and I swear by it. I’ve told everybody about it. I’m not a paid spokesperson, but this oil is a godsend. It’s amazing. And it’s just a couple drops, and I’ve used it on my neck or my face. I don’t want to call it a wonder product, but for lack of a better word, it’s a wonder product.”

  2. Tracee Ellis Ross
    (Photo: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

    Followers spotted Retrouvé’s Luminous Cleansing Elixir and Nutrient Face Serum on Tracee Ellis Ross’s counter while she prepped for the Met Gala.

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  3. Yara Shahidi
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    Shahidi — who is Black and Persian — swears by drinking cardamom tea to cleanse her skin. She also told Byrdie that her routine is super-quick but necessary because she wears so much makeup for work. “As of late, I’ve been washing with Malin + Goetz Grapefuit Cleanser and iS Clinical Cleanser to really get into my pores. Clean & Clear has fantastic makeup wipes that I’ve been using for a minute now. And then, of course, the brand has just come out with its Acne Triple Clear Bubble Foam Cleanser. The foam is fantastic for my skin, and it’s so gentle — I don’t feel irritated or anything. Then I use a Cetaphil face lotion.”

  4. Kerry Washington
    (Photo: Andrew Toth/FilmMagic)

    The Neutrogena spokesperson told Allure that the brand’s Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint keeps her skin well moisturized, and double cleansing keeps her skin clear. “I take my makeup off with Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes first, and then I cleanse again.”

  5. Laverne Cox
    (Photo: Amanda Edwards/WireImage)

    The actress is a loyal fan of an unexpected face wash. “I’ve kept my skin-care routine very simple over the years. I use Johnson and Johnson’s Baby Shampoo to wash my face. It was suggested to me a long time ago, and I’ve used it ever since.”

  6. Chrissy Teigen
    (Photo: Noam Galai/WireImage)

    She told Refinery29 that she takes the best care of her skin when she’s flying. “There are certain products that I stand by [and] absolutely adore. Shani Darden makes this product Retinol Reform, which isn’t a peel... but it unclogs your pores. Every single time I do it, the night before, I get compliments the entire next day on my skin. So, it never fails — as long as I remember to do it. Natura Bissé makes a great moisturizing mask. I love SK-II’s full-face masks or just [those for] the under eyes. I’m very dry all the time, so anything that gets me moisture, I’m happy with. I like having glowing, fresh skin.”

  7. Alicia Keys
    (Photo: Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images For NBC)

    She doesn’t wear makeup anymore, but the singer enlists the help of makeup artist Dottie to keep her skin clear. In an interview with W Magazine, Dottie said that she uses MV Organic Skincare’s 9 Oil Cleansing Tonic and pure jojoba oil on Keys’s face. “It’s so close to the natural sebum we produce in our skin. She loves their body oil, too.”

  8. Kim Kardashian
    (Photo: Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)

    Kim tweeted her “morning routine” last year, which featured several La Mer products.

  9. Ciara
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    The new mom’s routine starts with washing her face twice a day using the Anti-Aging Foaming Cleanser created by her dermatologist, Dr. Sebena Toor. And she swears by Cetaphil for hydration. “It may sound crazy, but Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion is really good. I use it on myself and my baby. And since I wash my face frequently, Cetaphil makes sure it doesn’t dry out.”

  10. Taraji P. Henson
    (Photo: C Flanigan/Getty Images)

    Taraji told Allure that sometimes — when she’s not on set — she just wears her Paul Scerri Moisturizing Day Cream. And her makeup artist, Ashaunta Sheriff, says she uses ProActiv scrub and Murad Intensive Age-Diffusing Serum on her face as well.

  11. Zoë Kravitz
    (Photo: Venturelli/WireImage)

    The literal lovechild of Lisa Bonet and Lenny Kravitz, Zoë is a fan of the Arcona line of skincare products. She told Byrdie that she also drinks tons of water, never skips washing her face and is obsessed with coconut oil on her face and the rest of her skin. “[My mother] told me as a child, ‘I want to keep you as soft as you were when you were a baby.’ So, she taught me to put coconut oil on my whole body — that’s always been important to me.”

Written by Kenrya Rankin

(Photo from left: Amanda Edwards/WireImage, Andrew Toth/FilmMagic, Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

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