Secrets From the Set

11/24/2006 at 06:00 AM ET

Ever wonder how your favorite TV stars always manage to look so flawless onscreen? We got the scoop on what beauty products TV makeup artists can’t live without:

The Show: Desperate Housewives
The Product: Three Custom Color Specialist’s Light Clarifier Pencil, $14
Why They Love It: “Our Clarifier Pencils are the ultimate tool for erasing redness and making glassy, tired or smallish eyes look refreshed, big and beautiful,” says Trae Bodge, co-founder and creative director of Three Custom Color Specialists. “It’s a makeup artists’ secret weapon!”

The Show: Dancing With the Stars
The Product: California Tan Primer, Self Tanner and Extender, $15-$28
Why They Love It: “The mobile bronzer gives an even, beautiful glow – not orange,” says Melanie Mills, key makeup artist for Dancing With the Stars. “I love the color and it gives a great base color prior to body makeup. I also use the Extender to prep and prolong the tan.”

The Show: Day Break
The Product: Barex hair products, $22-$28
Why They Love it: The show’s hairstylist, Dennis Parker, likes to use the Barex Cristalli Liquidi to keep the shows stars safe from frizz. He also uses Barex Intensive Care Mask and Barex Glass Cristalline on star Moon Bloodgood to keep her hair looking fresh day after day, after day, after day….

Photo: ANDREW ECCLES/ABC; (inset) Alex Cao

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shopoholic on

she looks stunning!!!!!!

regina on

marcia cross is very beautiful. she looks amazing for her age! well, all the DH girls do!

Celestina on

I just love Marcia’s look. Her face, nose and cheeks are stunning, I’ve never seen such a beautiful woman! Her eyes are always sparkling (maybe that’s because of the Clarifier Pencil) and her face is always fresh. Hair color is wonderful! Hey, do yo know what color (I mean exact name of this color) hair dyes does she wear? What brand?

Brenda on

I love buying makeup, but I’m always overwhelmed when I go to the store. There are just TOO many choices these days and I never know which brands are worth the money. So I loved this post!! Please do more of these—they really help, especially with the holiday season coming up!

Naty on

i love buying makeup… is beautiful and i want have this makeup!!!!

tamaria on

hi , im thirteen and i really dont know how to wear makeup but she looks FABuLOUS!!!!!

stacie on

marcia is amazing&she looks amazing to.

Mandy @ Goth Makeup on

Cool! Always love trying something new, I’m gonna have to try this out tomorrowThanks!Mandy

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