Makeup Monday: Hollywood's Go-To Elixir Is Inspired By a Queen

Makeup Monday Reese Anna - H 2015
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Makeup Monday Reese Anna - H 2015

The secret behind Anna Faris' and Reese Witherspoon's red-carpet glow? A rejuvenating elixir (French, of course) favored by makeup artists and models alike.

There’s just something about the word "elixir" that conjures up images of an old-time apothecary stocked with "tinctures," "salves" and amber-colored bottles filled with skin potions that hold the secret of youth.

Basically, you get the feeling that an elixir is going to work, and when it comes to one such beauty product, plenty of celebs and fashion insiders have been singing its praises for years, as a go-to skin savior through awards season and fashion week.

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Caudalie’s Eau de Beaute ($18) or Beauty Elixir has long been a hero product for the French brand, but lately it's made a resurgence among celebrity makeup artists as a must-have for setting makeup, prepping skin and rejuvenating complexion.

The liquid is packed with all kinds of minty and floral smelling herbs and extracts that work to tone (rose), soften (orange blossom), rejuvenate (rosemary) and moisturize (grape seed), the skin under or over makeup.

Caudalie founder Mathilde Thomas says that the formula was inspired by the 17th century Queen Isabella of Hungary, whose skin glowed with beauty.

Well, a few modern-day (Hollywood) royals are in on the Queen's secret: Reese Witherspoon's, Anna Faris' and Lea Michele’s respective makeup artists used it on the actresses for the Golden Globes, and models Cara Delevingne and Lindsay Ellingson have touted the elixir’s powers in recent editorial and Instagram mentions.

The beauty elixir is just one of those products that you see peeking out of almost every fashion girl’s makeup bag, right next to a tube of French cult fave, Embryolisse, so you know something’s up and it might be worth a spritz.

As the weather heats up and the days get longer (thanks, Daylight Savings) there are a few extra hours where the complexion needs to look fresh and dewy, even if it’s planted inside a cubicle.

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A bottle of this celeb fave stowed in a desk drawer (or, insider secret: kept chilled in the fridge) is as much a spring beauty pick-me-up for an entire makeup bag as it is for the face.