Celebrity Beauty: Amber Valletta shares the surprisingly easy $800 beauty routine behind her natural supermodel glow

Celebrity Beauty: Amber Valletta shares the surprisingly easy $800 beauty routine behind her natural supermodel glow

Celebrity Beauty:

Amber Valletta is one of the most memorable supermodels of the 1990s, and thanks to a happy-go-lucky attitude – and a $265 moisturizer – she looks as flawless as ever. 

The model and actress, 45, let Vogue in on her routine and said that beauty comes from our ability to embrace what we have that is special and unique. If she didn’t have this approach, she joked that she would wear her hair in bangs all the time ‘to cover up her abnormally large forehead’. 

The Arizona-born mom-of-one showed the straightforward, if pricey, $821 ritual she follows to achieve a natural day-to-day look that defies her age. 

Natural: A makeup-free Amber Valetta, 45, showcased the supermodel-approved skincare and makeup routine that defies her age

Golden eye: Amber swears by inexpensive collagen eye patches by Patchness, left, which she buys when she’s in Europe and she wears these while she paints on her morning mask, right 

Facial in a jar: The mom-of-one looks to Environ’s Revival Masque to brighten up her complexion before she begins her makeup

The routine starts with gold anti-ageing collagen under-eye patches from French beauty brand Patchness ($24.97 for five) and her favorite mask of the moment, Environ’s Revival Masque ($83), which is dubbed a ‘facial in a jar’. 

Amber reveals that she is a fan of the celebrity favorite moisturizer, Augustinus Bader’s The Rich Cream, an incredibly pricey, but very popular, $265 product that is beloved by a slew of A-listers, including Shailene Woodley, Victoria Beckham, and Kate Bosworth.  

She also opts for an eye cream called Bright Eyes by Goldfaden MD ($55). 

As she lives in Los Angeles, Amber swears by the dermatologist-approved EltaMD SPF 46 sunscreen ($37) no matter what the weather is like. 

‘I have to wear sunscreen every day – even if it’s cloudy. Anything extra goes on my hands,’ she said. 

When it comes to makeup, before the ritual even gets underway, Amber shifts her attention to her brows as she is a self-confessed ‘eyebrow freak’. 

Hollywood-approved: The catwalk legend is the latest celebrity to declare their love for Augustinus Bader’s The Rich Cream ($265) 

Can’t forget water: The Arizona-born beauty makes sure to always hydrate as she said it’s the key to glowing skin 

But first, brows: Amber revealed that she tends to her brows before anything else as she is an ‘eyebrow freak’ 

Base: Cle de Peau concealer, left, and a ‘tiny, tiny bit’ of MAC’s Face & Body foundation, right, are the basis of Amber’s makeup routine 

‘Before I can even start my makeup, I have to brush my brows,’ she said. The Vogue cover girl said that her brows had recently been bleached blond for a shoot, so she’s still doing damage control. In order to tint them back, she used a Just For Men beard dye ($8.49). 

‘I look kind of like Groucho Marx, so bare with me,’ she noted. 

Amber also lamented that her formerly ‘beautiful caterpillar’ eyebrows only barely recovered from the super-thin trend of the 1990s, where they were plucked and waxed to the extreme by makeup artists.

Like any supermodel worth their salt, Amber said that chugging water is an integral part of her beauty routine, even pausing mid-makeup to knock back some H20.  

To cover discoloration and ‘tone down the pinkness’ in her skin, she dabs on Clé de Peau concealer ($70) and a ‘tiny, tiny bit’ of MAC’s Face & Body foundation ($31). 

Eyes: Amber shared that she uses a shimmering eyeshadow from her curated beauty line with Douglas

Lashes: The LA-based model uses a mascara product from her own line, right, and revealed that she can curl her lashes without looking at a mirror, left

Multi-use: Amber gets bang for her buck with the blush stick from her line as she uses it on cheeks, left, and lips, right 

‘I like to use my hands a lot when I’m putting on makeup, it just feels more natural to me and I’m more in control,’ she explained. 

Ensuring an additional glow, she swipes on some Yves Saint Laurent’s Touche Éclat Radiant Touch ($35) in certain points to catch the light.

Bone structure: The Hitch star is renowned for her symmetrical beauty and angular cheekbones 

To add some depth and color to her eyes, the blond beauty turns to products from her own line with European beauty brand Douglas. 

She first puts some shimmering Eyelight Cream Eyeshadow ($17.99) to brighten her lids before taking a multi-use Snapshot Blush Stick ($17.99) to liven up both her cheeks, her lips and even her eyelids.

A swipe of Charlotte Tilbury’s Legendary Brows Eyebrow Gel ($22.50) keeps her eyebrows in place, while her own Look at You mascara with Douglas ($14.99) is utilized for lashes – after she impressively curls them without looking in a mirror. 

Before turning to highlighter, she recalls remembering when such a product did not exist. Amber also revealed that it was none other than makeup maestro Pat McGrath who showed her how to use it backstage at fashion shows. 

‘I’ve learned a lot about it from the best people. I remember Pat McGrath making it herself, that was 20 years ago. Incredible.’ 

Highlighting: The Vogue cover girl said she ensures she highlights her cheekbones, cupid’s bow, and inner eyes

Finishing touches: More brow gel, left, and a sweeping of translucent powder, right, are among the final steps in Amber’s natural routine

Lastly: A Pat McGrath lipliner, left, and Charlotte Tilbury bronzer/highlight combo, right, round out the routine

Glowing: Amber, who lives in LA, showed off the fool-proof routine 

She delicately places the Spot-On Highlight ($17.99) from her own beauty collection on her nose, bow of the lip and cheekbones.   

Though the fashion model said she likes her skin to look ‘alive and vibrant’ she strategically places some pressed powder – her Instant Blur Contact Powder ($24.99) – under her eyes and forehead. 

Amber Valletta’s beauty products

  • Patchness Anti-Ageing Collage Eye Patch Gold – $24.10 
  • Environ Revival Masque – $83
  • Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream – $265
  • Goldfaden MD Bright Eyes – $55 
  • EltaMD Broad Spectrum SPF 46 – $37
  • Just For Men Beard Dye – $8.49 
  • Clé de Peau Concealer – $70
  • MAC Face & Body Foundation – $31
  • Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Radiant Touch – $35 
  • Amber Valletta x Douglas Eyelight Cream Eyeshadow – $17.99
  • Amber Valletta x Douglas Spot-On Highlighter – $17.99 
  • Amber Valletta x Douglas Snapshot Blush Stick – $17.99
  • Amber Valletta x Douglas Look at You Mascara – $14.99
  • Charlotte Tilbury  Legendary Brows Eyebrow Gel – $22.50 
  • Amber Valletta x Douglas Instant Blur Contact Powder – $24.99
  • Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow – $68
  • Pat McGrath Done Undone Lip Pencil – $28

TOTAL:  $821.04

She also accentuates her incredible bone structure with Charlotte Tilbury’s Filmstar Bronze and Glow ($68). 

To compliment her lips, she goes for Done Undone Lip Pencil by Pat McGrath Labs ($28). 

‘Lip liner in the ’90s was almost a way to make your lips look bigger, but today people have filler, back then we just used a pencil and lined slightly lower than your own lip,’ she reflected. 

Amber recalled that her grandmother fostered her love for beauty. 

‘She used to sell Mary Kay [cosmetics] when I was growing up. She was always really into beauty and taking care of her skin. I learned early on that you should take care of what you have: your health, beauty, home, environment, community… that’s the basis of my value system,’ she mused. 

‘I think beauty comes from, yes the inside, but that comes from your spiritual, mental, physical health,’ she added. 

‘Each one of us has something that’s special and unique, so instead of hiding it or being ashamed of it, trying to embrace all of ourselves is the most important part,’ she concluded.

Amber’s first ever job was a gig for Italian Vogue when she was just 15-years-old.

She recently told the Wall Street Journal that modeling was a lot different back then. 

‘For me, in a lot of ways it was more innocent then, and definitely more free,’ she said.

Then and now: Iconic supermodel Amber, left in 1997 at the height of her modeling career, and in June 2019, right

Girl next door: Amber, pictured in 1993, became one of the most recognizable models of the 1990s 

The iconic blond also opened up about how social media has changed the modeling industry.

‘I’d say it’s a like-dislike relationship of social media and how seriously the industry takes it. I still don’t know if the numbers translate and it creates a lot of trolls, bullying and bad attitudes. 

‘I think it’s questionable when we’re placing a lot of our own personal value [on our own social media] and perhaps putting people on a