ICYMI: Keke Palmer is the latest celebrity to grace the cover of women’s health. In her interview on the cover of the September issue, the Nope The actress has opened up about everything from her early days working in Hollywood to learning to say no and prioritizing her mental health in an era of hustle culture.
“I realized it was hard to say no because we didn’t trust each other,” she says. W.H.. “We don’t believe that if we say no the opportunity will come again. Or we don’t believe that if we say no we did the right thing.”
Because we are who we are – and because no amount of Keke content is too much – we also spoke to the star’s makeup artist, Jordana Davidfor all the details on the products Keke wore in her awesome cover shoot and how they all withstood the summer heat.
First, to keep her body hydrated and glistening in the sun, she used the Nivea Essentially Enriched Hand and Body Lotion. “It keeps her body hydrated throughout the day, while giving her a natural glow,” she says. “We highlighted her collarbone, shoulders and other areas that would naturally catch the sunlight with a touch of Melanie Mills Hollywood Gleam Face & Body Glow in Peach Deluxe.”
Jordana, who has been doing editorial and film makeup for 15 years, began her complexion makeup by prepping Keke’s skin with the Laurel Skin Repair Balm. If you recall, the actress has opened up on more than one occasion about her struggle with PCOS-related acne. “I had a moment when I looked in the mirror, and when I told you my skin was so bad girl, like my skin was then bad,” she explained in a previous W.H. interview.
The recovery balm used by Jordana is an organic moisturizer that benefits sensitive and acne-prone skin. “We’re both obsessed with it,” she tells us. “A little is enough and it’s the perfect aid for reactive or stressed skin.”
Next, Jordana applied a generous amount of SPF to shield the 28-year-old’s skin from the elements before heading in with the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundationadding that, of all the foundations she’s tried on Keke, she always comes back to this one.
“It provides great coverage, while giving it a smooth, natural airbrushed finish,” she says. “I love that this foundation doesn’t crumble for long days. It stayed put throughout the shoot.”
For the concealer, she used the Pat McGrath Labs Sublime Perfection Concealer, which was applied to the inner parts of Keke’s face for extra brightness before adding a lighter shade to the inner and outer corners of his eyes as well as the bridge of his nose. Her complexion make-up was fixed with the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Setting Powderthroughout the day, she only touched up the actress with more powder in her T-zone so she could maintain a “youthful glow.”
After filling in her brows with a combination of the Senna Cosmetics Form-a-Brow Kit and Westman Atelier Bonne Eyebrow Defining PencilJordana covered the eyebrows of the star of Got2b Ultra Glued Invisible Styling Hair Gel to make sure they stay in place all day.
For the lips, she applied a custom blend of colors after priming with Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge The Base. “No matter how many lipsticks I wear, sometimes I have a color or texture in mind that doesn’t exist,” says Jordana. “We wanted her to stay fresh and youthful, and for me, that meant making sure her gorgeous natural lip shade always shone.” The final look was a mix of cool gold, fuchsia and matte pink lip shades from her custom palette.
Finally, to set everything up and make sure Keke’s makeup stayed put throughout the hours of filming, she finished things off with the Cover FX High Performance Setting Spray. “I used it to revive her after powdering and to make sure her makeup would last all day in the melting sun,” says Jordana.
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Danielle is the beauty editor of Women’s Health. Her apartment is currently littered with beauty products, but when she’s not testing them all, you can find her watching facial ASMR videos on YouTube, watching The Golden Girls on Hulu, and reading romantic comedies.