The face masks your favourite celebrities swear by

Give them a try while you self-isolate

May 10 2021

If there’s one benefit to our new #stayathome lifestyle, it’s the unique opportunity we’ve been presented with that allows us to indulge in DIY skin care goodness at any and all times of the day. Yes, that means finally being able to follow the 27-step routine your dermatologist prescribed.

And while fitting in that essential double-cleanse every day is an added bonus, there’s nothing that makes us feel fresher as we type away at our desks than a great face mask.

But with hundreds of complexion-perfecting options on the market, targeting every skin concern from hydration to breakouts and pigmentation, it can be difficult to know which treatment to choose. So, we figured, why not look to our favourite celebrities for some guidance? 

From 24K-gold masks and hydrogel sheets to natural honey variants that (according to Drew Barrymore and Cameron Diaz) taste just as good as they feel, we’ve rounded up the face masks that have been given the Hollywood tick of approval...

Kaia Gerber

When it comes to flawless skin, model Kaia Gerber has it in the bag. Her plump, fresh and vibrant skin is enviable to say the least, and now we know why. Gerber is a huge fan of this ultra-luxe 24K-gold facial by celebrity aesthetician Mimi Luzon. The mask helps visibly reduce the signs of ageing, by tightening, smoothing and brightening the skin. If you’re ready to give it a shot, you can score the model-approved gold mask from Net-A-Porter.

Sofia Richie

Okay, we know it looks like she's just applied slices of cheese to her skin, but we promise it's a proper mask, and a good one at that. In fact, this brightening bad boy comes courtesy of Loops Beauty, a mask line loved by Richie, Vanessa Hudgens and Emily Ratajkowski – talk about a star-studded following. Richie's fave also happens to be ours; it harnesses the de-puffing power of pumpkin extract, while also using baobab oil for a little glow-boosting action to leave skin smooth, soothed and downright dewy.

January Jones

While beauty obsessive January Jones is an avid lover of face masks, judging by her Instagram feed, she seems to have subconsciously classified this Charlotte Tilbury Instant Magic Facial Dry Sheet as one of her true favourites. The reusable (yes, it has more than one life) sheet helps target fine lines and wrinkles, dryness, dullness and uneven texture.

Kourtney Kardashian

Ever noticed that the eldest member of the Kardashian clan rarely has any under-eye bags? Yeah, us too. Turns out it's because before a big night out or event, Kourtney Kardashian puts her favourite gel eye patches – the Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels – in the fridge to get them icy cool, before applying them at least five minutes before she starts her makeup. It's one hell of a de-puffing trick.

She has a few faves in the face mask department, too. In fact, Kardashian relies on a couple of clarifying formulas to keep her skin feeling fresh and clean: the Caudalie Instant Detox Mask (a 10-minute pink clay treatment designed to detoxify skin and draw out impurities) and Dr. Barbara Sturm's Clarifying Mask (a mattifying kaolin clay, zinc and sunflower oil blend that leaves her face balanced and blemish-free).

Drew Barrymore and Cameron Diaz

Besties who mask together, stay together, right? The long-time friends are serious fans of natural beauty products and their favourite B.Powered face mask by The Beekeeper’s Naturals is no exception. The mask is made of 100 per cent raw crystallised honey and it promises to offer moisturising, anti-ageing and exfoliation benefits for smooth and glowing skin. We can see why Drew and Cameron rate it, because it sounds like a serious all-rounder. 

Lucy Hale

Yes, we know it's hard to take your eyes off Hale's outrageously cute pup Elvis, but we guarantee her 111Skin rose gold sheet mask is worth a squizz, too. Not only does it look phenomenal in selfies (we're big fans of a metallic mask moment), but it also works wonders in the soothing, hydrating and brightening arenas thanks to its nourishing 24 karat gold, rosa damascus extract and silk amino acid trio.

Devon Windsor

Honestly, if Windsor ever decides to teach a masterclass on self-care sessions, we're in – she seems to have it down. The purifying clay formula she's sampling here? Generation Clay's cult-favourite pink purifying mask, which despite its usual sold-out-status is currently in stock... go, go, go!

Chrissy Teigen

Chrissy Teigen is certainly someone who is not afraid to get candid when dishing out beauty advice on the internet and it turns out she also happens to be a fan of the Insta-famous GlamGlow GravityMud Firming Treatment. The firming and tightening mask is known for its luminescent silver finish, but it also delivers in the results department, tightening skin while also working to even out and brighten tone.


Lili Reinhart

Riverdale star Lili Reinhart has been pretty open about her struggles with cystic acne in the past, so you know when she recommends a product, she definitely means it. Reinhart is a regular visitor of celebrity facialist Renée Rouleau, but when she can’t make it to the salon, she likes to keep her skin looking clear by using Rouleau’s Rapid Response Detox Masque when she’s experiencing a particularly nasty bout of cystic acne.


Olivia Culpo

Culpo's latest favourite formula? GlamGlow's GravityMud Firming Treatment (yep, the very same one Chrissy Teigen is a fan of). "I feel like the opening scene of American Psycho, where he’s pulling off the mask," Culpo joked in a recent marie claire video, proving once again that there are few things in life more satisfying than the peel-off process.

It's not all about aesthetics, either, though: "This mask creates this iridescence. I am about it," she shared of its benefits. FYI, the licorice, marshmallow leaf and witch hazel formula takes care of tightening and toning, too; pretty impressive.

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Gigi Hadid

Hadid is evidently keen to keep her pregnancy glow going strong, turning to radiance-reviving topical treatments now that daughter Khai has arrived. Her latest face mask fave? The brightening and calming Double Take hydrogel sheet from Loops Beauty, which uses the aloe vera and sunflower seed oil-powered serum inside to control sebum, refine pores, soothe skin and boost brightness. It's technically billed by the brand as the mask to apply "before big events for a major glow", but hey, before bed works as well.


Camila Mendes

Mendes may not always have the time for a self-care sesh (anyone who follows her on social media knows late night shoots are the norm on Riverdale), but when she does, she relies on a purifying mask to sort her skin out. Her favourite formula? One designed to calm and clear hormonal blemishes and bumps without setting sensitivity off.

"If I'm not coming home too late and have a little time before bed, I'll hop in the bath and do some masks in there while I can," she told Allure. "I'll put on Renée Rouleau's Rapid Response Detox Masque and have it on for 15 minutes."


Adwoa Aboah

Aboah definitely doesn’t mind a good face mask; in fact, she favours quite a few. “[My masking routine] is pretty rigorous but it changes all the time,” she shared with British Vogue. “There’s a mask that I use from Sisley that you can sleep in. Sometimes I do a sheet mask – either from Loops or 111 Skin. There’s a really good CBD face mask that I sleep in sometimes, and then a really good LED light mask, like The Light Salon’s.”


Main image credit: @sofiarichie

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