In my job, I'm lucky enough to have access to celebrity facialists, top beauty brands and the best experts in the industry, but I've noticed more and more that it's A-listers themselves who are becoming all the more influential when it comes to serving up legitimately good beauty advice. Of course, celebrities like Beyoncé and Jennifer Aniston are surrounded by the beauty industry's cream of the crop on a daily basis, from makeup artists to hairstylists, so it's really no surprise that they've picked up some expert beauty tips along the way. There's one celebrity in particular, however, whose skincare knowledge I trust more than most: Victoria Beckham.
With her own beauty line under her belt and a dedicated reel of product recommendations and top tips on her Instagram page, Beckham's love of all things beauty is obvious. Her passion for products combined with how open she has been about her skincare journey from Spice Girl to bonafide fashion designer means that she's a woman I've really come to trust when it comes to beauty tips. Plus, there's the fact that she looks damn incredible.
VB has made no secret of her love of a good facialist and credits Sarah Chapman with being one of the skin experts who has helped her to get her acne-prone skin in check. So it's no surprise that she swears by regular facial massages, particularly ahead of travelling, to combat congestion and puffiness.
Whilst we haven't all got access to celebrity-approved facialists, you can re-create Sarah Chapman's very own facial massage at home with this tool that mimics the movements of Chapman's fingertips to release tension and drain away toxins.
It's not just the skin on her face that looks amazing— Beckham swears by all-natural body oils for keeping her limbs soft, supple and glowing. Her top tip is to apply when she's straight out of the shower whilst her skin is still damp.
Packed with argan oil, safflower oil, lemon, lime and sweet orange, this luxe body oil leaves skin feeling super soft—and the scent, which is both calming and energising, has an uplifting effect on the mind too.
This lightweight body oil contains all kinds of great, natural ingredients like acai and passion fruit to firm and tone the skin and add a glow. A little bit goes a long way, so you'll only need a few drops massaged over your body.
Getting a peek inside the airport beauty bag of Victoria Beckham is one of my guilty pleasures. Turns out, she is religious about keeping her skin hydrated whenever she flies—as evidenced by this bag of facial mists and rich moisturisers. I'll be stocking up before I take off next time.
VB's go-to hydration mist of choice is this one from Sarah Chapman, which contains a unique complex of hydrating ingredients to support your skin's barrier, smooth the surface and protect from environmental aggressors.
Beckham's skin always looks amazing—particularly when she's going to a red-carpet event. She shared an insightful beauty tip on her Instagram Stories when she revealed that her makeup artist actually uses a mini Beautyblender to apply powder exactly where she needs it. It's "the most accurate way to apply your powder", in VB's own words.
Rather than dusting your powder all over, just use a mini egg-shaped sponge to pat it onto your forehead, under the eyes and anywhere that you're prone to shine to keep unwanted oil at bay without reducing overall radiance.
Whilst most of us aren't at risk of getting papped when walking through the airport, a decent pair of travel hair straighteners that actually work are hard to come by. These cordless ones from Balmain come Beckham-approved, however. "Most of them don't get so hot, but I've found these Balmain hair straighteners that come in this nice little bag, which I think is going to be a life-changer," said Beckham. "No more frizzy hair when I get off the plane."
Yes, they're a little pricey, but these cordless straighteners are great for touching up hair or creating last-minute beach waves at your desk or if you're away for the weekend. The fact that they're cordless means that you really can use them anywhere.
Whenever I do my nails at home, I woefully neglect my cuticles. However, Victoria Beckham is not a woman who would put up with scraggy cuticles, as demonstrated by her advice that it's "always key to really pay attention to the cuticles" for a polished finish. Noted, VB.
Celebs flock to podiatrist Margaret Dabbs in their droves for her expert pedicures, so you're in good hands with her cuticle serum. It contains emu and tea tree oils to soften and nourish cuticles and add shine to nails.
It's not just her cuticles that Beckham never forgets about—it's her eyes too. Whilst prepping on set for a Victoria Beckham Beauty shoot, she shared a behind-the-scenes picture of her in these under-eye masks to prep the delicate under-eye skin ahead of makeup.
These cult under-eye masks are a celebrity favourite thanks to their time-release formula, meaning they get to work straight away de-puffing and soothing tired eyes but continue to deliver a dose of hydrating, skin-smoothing benefits throughout the day.
Rather than using a different moisturiser for day and night or depending on the season, Beckham has taken her facialist Melanie Grant's advice and sticks to one cult moisturiser for round-the-clock hydration. Celebrities like Alexa Chung and Margot Robbie also swear by Augustinus Bader's The Cream, so you're in good company if you choose to switch out all of your other moisturisers for this one.
This moisturiser's lightweight yet deeply hydrating formula is the result of over 30 years of skincare research. It helps to regenerate skin cells and renew the surface of the complexion for brighter, more radiant skin.
I'm convinced that one of the reasons that Beckham looks so good is that she doesn't just focus on the products that she puts on her skin; she's also a keen dabbler in wellness practices and supplements. In fact, she took to Instagram Stories to reveal that she takes a daily dose of omega-3 fish oil which is "so good for the skin", in her own words.
VB knows the importance of maintaining good skin and relies on light therapy to keep her face rejuvenated and clear. At the Sarah Chapman Skinesis Clinic, she opts for a combination of red light to improve fine lines and elasticity, and blue light to ease congestion and calm breakouts.
There's something about full, well-defined lips that look endlessly youthful, and Beckham is pretty much the queen of the pout. In fact, her trademark nude lipstick style is so iconic that she's just created a two-step system so everyone can get the look. "Anyone who knows me knows I'm obsessed with both lipliner and shades of nude, so it was only natural that for my second collection, I'd introduce the two lip essentials that I use to create my perfect nude lip look every day," she said.