Behind the Scenes Beauty

Mexicana makeup artist Laurene Alvarado works behind the scenes to make sure the ladies of the CW’s 90210 look fresh-faced and flawless throughout their grueling 14-hour work days. We chatted with the L.A. native and she dished on her must-have products and best beauty tips:

  1. Do the Dew. “A lot of women who want that dewy glow ask me what to do, and I tell them to not use powder or to use it very sparingly,” suggests Laurene. “A little oil is great for our skin! And powder tends to cake on and hide all that our skin has to offer.”
  2. Brighten Your Eyes. Smashbox Photo Op Under Eye Brightener is a product Laurene lives by. “This is by far one of my favorite products. Not only can it be used under the eyes, but I also love using it lightly over the T-zone to give the illusion that light is coming through the skin.”
  3. Perfect Your Pout. Laurene’s favorite lip pencil is NARS Velvet Matte. “I love using this sparingly on the lips, and if you go over it with a little bit of lip balm, it creates beautiful natural rouge that doesn’t dry out your pout.”
  4. Less is More. Which is why Laurene loves Elizabeth Arden Sheer Lights Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15. “I use this product on myself all the time. It gives just the right amount of coverage without feeling makeup-y. It works great as a foundation alone too.”
  5. Marathon Makeup. Laurene's top pick is M.A.C Paint Pots. “I love these because you can apply them alone without any eyeshadow and they look great!” she gushes. “So easy, and they stay on for hours without moving. My favorite color is ‘Girl Friendly.’”
  6. Hydrate Inside and Out. “The most important tip is to be sure to moisturize your skin,” Laurene says. “A great product is Kiehl's Ultra Facial Moisturizer SPF 15. Moisturizing and drinking lots of water is the key to beautiful skin. There really is such a thing as the Fountain of Youth, and it’s H20.”