The Makeup Counter


Welcome to the makeup counter, here you'll find the cosmetics that the actresses of Buffy wear for magazine covers, on the set of Buffy, etc.

Here's what up need (straight from the make-up board of Todd Macintosh) for this look:

Moisturizer: Prescriptives All You Need
Eye Creme: Shiseido Benefice
Toner: Kiehl's Blue Herbal Astringent
Base: Chanel Matte Make-up, Beige Naturel, Intensity 4
Powder: Stilla Pressed Powder: Medium
Highlight/Corrections: Cinema Secrets PS509S-62
Under Eye: Estee Lauder Maximum Cover Lightweight Make-Up in Medium/Light
Eye Shadow: Chanel Quadra Eye Shadow in Variations
Brows: Ebony Pencil/Professional Pencil in Blonde
Mascara: Chanel Black Black
Lash Curler: Shiseido
Eye Liner: M.A.C. Dark Brown Creme Liner
Blush: Philosophy "He Makes Me Blush"
Cheek Contour: M.A.C. Bamboo
Lip Pencil: Chanel Nude
Lip Moisturizer: Clinique Moisture Stick
Lip Colors:Chanel Lip Intensities: Mauves
Body Make-Up: Stilla All Over Shimmer #1

More from Buffy (the second season):

Buffy (aka Sarah Michelle Gellar) in Buffy the Vampire Slayer
The Plot: Vampires, beware, Buffy's got a killer new look this season. First there's the cut: a funky, golden-blond bob that Sarah got last summer for her role in Scream 2 (how appropriate). In fact Bufy stylist, Jeri Baker, liked the look so much that she decided not to change a thing for the TV show. New on the scene, though, will be Buffy's makeup: Chanel's Beige du Chanel lipstick (layered with frosty glosses from Stila) and Hard Candy's Peachy pastel nail color will attract lots of red-blooded attention all season long (but don't worry, Buffy can handle it).
Prime-time Tips: To protect Sarah's hair from daily heat styling, Jeri always starts by spritzing on a protective conditioner (Neutrogena HeatSafe). Makeup artist Todd MacIntosh defines Sarah's brows with an artist's ebony graphite pencil. "It's a tried and true TV-makeup trick," explains Todd, who adds a few different colored brown pencils over the gray for dimension. Sarah's pastel makeup looks more dramatic when black liner is added to her upper lashes.

Interested in what Sarah Michelle Gellar wears off the set?

When she's not slaying vampires, Buffy's Sarah Michelle Gellar is pretty low-maintenance. The actress favors the basics, such as natural-looking makeup. Like her I Know What You Did Last Summer costar and pal, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle trusts Philosophy Kiss Me Lip Balm to keep her lips supersoft. She's also a big fan of makeup artist Francois Nars' own line of lip glosses (her picks: light, natural-looking hues). Nailwise, Sarah Michelle's into Hard Candy polish in Peachy and Smash Box polish in Fog (a silvery-gray hue), which she's been spotted wearing both on and off the Buffy set. And when she's headed out for a night on the town, the actress accentuates her look with a little glimmer from a roll-on glitter stick.

Sarah Michelle Gellar's look on the cover of Seventeen magazine:
All makeup by Fetish: Flip Your Lid Eyeshadow in Showtime, Face It Blusher in I'm Innocent, Two Timer Lip Compact in 911 and Run for Cover Nail Color in Lizard.

Sarah Michelle Gellar's look on the cover of YM magazine:
All makeup by Revlon. Naturally Glamorous Blush-On in Soft Spoken Pink; Custom Eyes Shadow in Pink Shell and Sandbar; Timeliner for Eyes in Ebony; Timeliner for lips in Spice; Super Lustrous Lipstick in Smoky Rose.

Sarah Michelle Gellar (reprinted from Teen People)
When the sun goes down and it's time to party, Sarah Michelle Gellar kicks Buffy's tough grrl image. "She likes to have fun," says makeup artist Sharon Gault. For Sarah's night look, Gault starts with a concealer, applying it only where needed (like under the eyes and on blemishes). To intensify Sarah's hazel eyes, Gault uses copper and peach tones (like Nars Eye Shadow Duo in Key Largo) or silvery grays and plums (Nars Tokyo). Brows get definition with a taupe powder eye shadow; lips shine with a nude pencil topped by a plum color and peachy bronze gloss (Nars Lip Gloss in Harlow). The finishing touch: silver body shimmer to give skin a dewy sheen.

To Glam Out Like Sarah Michelle Gellar (reprinted from Teen)
Try M.A.C. Lip Stick in Gel, a nude neutral for a buff-y look, Senna Fast Finish Face Powder in Sequins to add shine, Joe Blasco Lip Style Pencil in Earth to create the perfect pout and Senna Eye Color in Sesame to make eyes stand out.

Lip Lover (reprinted from Teen People)
A favorite of Sarah Michelle Gellar, Bobbi Brown Essentials Sugar Shimmer Lip Gloss ($18 each) offers a hint of color, lots of shine and a yummy vanilla scent. At select department stores.

Nails That'll Slay Him! (reprinted from Teen)
When Buffy's got a big night of slaying and milk drinking, she does it in style with Nicole nail polishes (Sarah michelle Gellar goes for 'em in real life too!). Her faves: Pink Dot.Com and Purple Persuasion, with a layer or two of Starbright sparkles on top.

Cover Makeup Tips (from Cosmopolitan, Mekup artist Gucci Westman used Maybelline cosmetics.)
Eyes: Westman used Expert Eyes Eye Shadow Collection in Delicate Airs. She used lavender from lash lines to creases, then swept the gray shade into creases and under outer edges of lower lashes. Lashes were coated twice with Wonder Curl Waterproof Mascara in Very Black.
Cheeks: She brushed Brush Blush in Berry Sorbet, a soft rose, onto Sarah's cheeks and along her cheekbones.
Lips: Westman first lined Sarah's lips with Precision Lip Liner in Nude, Then she applied Hydra Time Extended Wear Lipcolor in Girlie, a shimmery pale pink.
Glimmer Goddess (reprinted from Cosmo Girl)
"Sarah wanted a rock 'n' roll effect using bronzes to make her green eyes pop," says makeup artist Sharon Gault.
To get Sarah's look:
~Sweep iridescent khaki-bronze shadow (try mabelline Expert Eyes Eye Shadow in Silken Taupe) from lids to creases. Next, line lashlines-top and bottom-with black liner, then curl lashes and coast with black mascara.
~Apply light bronze cream blush under the apples of your cheeks, then blend rosy cream blush onto apples only. Try Mabelline Great Wear Blush in Gentle Rose.
~Swpe on muted wine lipstick (try Mabelline Moisture Whip Lipstick in Earthy Mauve), then clear gloss.
~Put glittery makeup on temples, browbone, cheekbones. Try Maybelline Cosmic Edge in Bronze Shimmer.
Click on the image at left to get a more detailed view of application.

Reprint from In Style (thanks to Niki Bartl)
Before polishing off her workday, actress Sarah Michelle Gellar gets a
little polish of her own with Naturistics Naturally Clear Vanilla lip gloss
($3.75) This fragrant balm contains aloe extracts and sesame oil to
moisturize lips, while the aroma of pure vanilla provides a pleasant switch
from the usuall waxy scents. Plus, with its hint of sexy sheen, it does
double duty as a clear lipstick.

Sarah as Maybelline's cover girl
For this ad for Maybelline, Sarah is wearing Express Makeup
3 in 1 in Buff and Lip Express in Mocha Blast.

Alyson Hannigan on the cover of Cosmogirl!

To get a look like Alyson's try Maybelline cosmetics. With a blush brush, apply Pure Blush in Pure Hazelnut to the apples of your cheeks. Define eyes with two coats of Maybelline Full N' Soft Mascara in Very Black and Cool Effect Cooling Shadow/Liner in Cool Beans. Then top it all off with Moisture Whip Lipstick in Party Time Red.

SHARON GAULT, L.A. makeup artist (thanks to Tressa for sending this in!)
Clients: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Calista Flockhart, Madonna
* Even TV vampire-slaying vixen Sarah Michelle Gellar can have a pimple,puffy undereyes, or unexplained ruddiness. To conceal them all, Gaultspot-applies Maybelline Express Makeup Sin-1, $8.30.

* When Gault wants to create a classic Cosmo sexy mouth, she swipes on NARS Galaxy Girl lipstick, $19-a shimmery mauve pink that makes a greatflirty pout.

* For a gorgeously glowy complexion, she dabs a bit of BeneFit High Beam, $18, a liquid shimmery pink high lighter, on cheekbones, temples, and around the eyes.

* Gault loves to whip up lip, eye, and cheek hues with Trucco Shine Collection, $25.

Sarah Michelle Gellar on the cover of NYLON

Smoked Kohl Eye Liner in Smoked Black, Eye Express Easy Lining Pen in Black, and Lots of Full N' Soft Mascara in Black. Express Makeup 3 in 1 in Buff for face, Pure Blush in Pure Shell and Lip Express Lipstick N' Liner in One in Rush Naked, and Lip Polish in Nude Flash. On body, All Over Shummer Pressed Powder in New Year's Nude. All makeup by Maybelline.

Unknown Source (sent by

Sarah applies moisturizer with sunblock every morning, and washes off her makeup completely at night. She likes to get a facial once a month, and also enjoys manicures and pedicures. Her beauty demon is unruly eyebrows. She fills in the color with a pencil then tames them with clear mascara or a spritz of hair spray on an eyebrow brush. "...I like Chanel Quadra eye shadows because they're sort of all in one and easy to travel with. For lips I like colors such as MAC Folio Satin...""I love any kind of vanilla body lotion. I always have candles in my trailer and for my bath." Sarah favors natural looking makeup.

Teen Girl Power 3/2000 (sent by

The Vampire Slayer or the Lipstick Killer?
Have you seen Sarah Michelle Gellar's Maybeline commercials and print ads? We hear that Sarah has been picking the makeup shades that she's been wearing in her tv and magazine ads. The Maybeline stylists have been bowled over by her great sense of color and by her application skills! Sarah has even been offering the pros on the sets of her Maybeline spots some unusual makeup tips, such as showing them a bizarre way of curling eyelashes with a Q-tip and some heated baby oil. Did you know that Sarah Michelle Gellar can apply makeup like a pro?

Glamour Cover Shot (sent by Diane)

Kristofer Buckle for Artists first smoothed foundation on Gellar's face (try Maybelline Express Makeup 3 in 1 in Buff) and followed with a dusting of bronzing powder. He then lined her lower lids with a metallic taupe shadow (try Maybelline Cool Effect Coollign Shadow/Liner in Cool Cat) and filled in her brows with a cocoa-coloured powder (try Maybelline Ultra Brow Brush-On Colour in Light Brown). Buckle swept a rose blush along Gellar's cheecks (try Maybelline Pure Blush in Pure Blossom) and finished with a metallic pink lipstick (try Maybelline Wear N' Go Lipstick in Go Ginger.

Sarah Michelle Gellar applies Smell This Essence (a roll-on aromatherapy oil) to relax after a hectic day of play-slaying. (Available at Sears, Nordstrom and Bloomingdale's).

COSMOgirl (sent by Diane)

To get Sarah Michelle's fresh, no-fuss look, try these products from Maybelline. Start with Express Makeup 3 in 1 in Buff for a little coverage, then sweep your cheeks with Express Blush in Rosey. For a smokey eye look, apply Expert Eyes Eye Shadow in Silken Taupe to your lids. Line both your top and bottom lash lines, then mudge the bottom a little with your pinkie finger. For fat lashes, swipe on a coat of Full 'n Soft Mascara in Brownish Black (top and bottom), and finally, slick on Wear 'n Go Long Wearing Lip Color in Go Ginger with your fingertip.

Maybelline Full 'n Soft Ad - Sarah Michelle Gellar is wearing new Full 'n Soft Mascarada in Very Black, Express Makeup 3 in 1 in Buff and Moisture Whip Lipstick in new Iced Mauve. (sent by Diane)

Maybelline Wear 'n Go Ad - Sarah Michelle Gellar is wearing new Wear 'n Go Lipcolor in new Go Raspberry and Full 'n Soft Mascara in Very Black. (sent by Diane)

SEVENTEEN (sent by Susie)

For a look like Sarah Michelle's, try : Wet Shine Wet Look Lip Color in Berry Wet, Express Makeup 3-in-1 in Buff, Full 'N' Soft Mascara in Very Black and Expert Eyes Eye Shadow in Champagne Freeze. All makeup by Maybelline.


DOLLY March 2002 (thanks to sweet-cookie-face)

Rather than covering up her gorgeous skin with loads of make-up, Sarah uses sheer foundations and boosts her golden glow with blush. Cream blush is shinier than powder blush, so when it's applied right on the apples of your cheeks (like SMG's), it catches the light and highlights your cheek area.
Maybelline True Illusion Makeup Oil-Free SPF10
Maybelline Express Blush in Rose Folie

SMG's eyes aren't huge but she makes them look amazing (and larger) with mascara and black liner. Rather than drawing the line from the inner corner of you eye, start at your iris and work outwards. Make the line thicker at the outer corners. Dabbing shimmer in the inner corners of your eyes will also make them bigger.
Maybelline Great Lash Mascara
Maybelline Cool Effect Cooling Shadow/Liner in Cold Front

And who wouldn't if you got to snog Freddie Prinze Jr! Smiling lights up your eyes and makes you fun to be around. Slick on the lippy- SMG loves wearing obvious shades like raspberry, crimson and red.
Maybelline Wear'N Go Lipcolour in Go Crimson

Don't leave home with out giving your look a twist. You'll be amazed how a pair of cute earrings will dress up even the plainest tee. Here, SMG glitzed up with beads- try stringing your own necklet together with fishing wire and glass beads from a craft store.

Bare those bronzed shoulders, baby! Look for tops that have interesting necklines or snip away at a cute tee to create your own. Pick summery colours that liven up your skin tone, like mint, blue, yellow and pink.

Turn your skin golden with Clinique Self-Sun Face Quick Bronze, and shimmy up hair with John Frieda Beach Blonde Gold Rush Shimmer Gel.



To score the dazzling eye effect, L.A. makeup artist Troy Jensen created for Sarah, blend a golden brown shadow across your lids and along your lower lashes. "It's as sexy as the dark smoky eye but lighter and more summery," says Jensen. Then, using feathery strokes, fill in your vrows with a pencil in a matching huge and cost both top and bottom lashes with black mascara.

To get a look like Sarah,s try Crystal Glitters Shadow Pencil in Cocoa Glow, Wet Shine Diamonds in Beaming Berry, Maybelline Cool Effect Blush in Frozen Daiquiri, and Expert Eyes Twin Pencil in Blonde.

  SEVENTEEN - July 2002

For a look like Sarah Michelle’s, try Lash Discovery Mascara in Black, Expert Eyes Eyeshadow in Earthly Taupe, Express Blush in Rosey, Wet Shine Lipstick in Berry Wet and Wet Shine Nail Polish in Ballet On Ice.

COSMOgirl UK - July 2002

The lipstick (all that is provided) is Clinique Moisture Sheer Lipstick SPF15 in Pink Blast.

Sarah Michelle Gellar slays pesky zits by washing with Dermatologica Dermal Clay Cleanser, $45. For a perfect pout, she slicks on MAC Lipglass in Lust, $21, and uses Redken Water Wax, $21.75, to tame frizzy flyaways.
Sarah Michelle Gellar in Scooby Doo
Makeup by Lesley Vanderwalt
- La Mer Moisturizer
Foundation - Cle de Peau Crème Foundation in 020 and 030
Concealer - Cle de Peau Ivory and Beige
Blush - Stila Convertible Color in Peony
Eye Liner - Maybelline Smudge Kohl in Dusky Navy and Gray mix
Eye Shadow - Maybelline shadows in mauve brown and taupes. Smudged a bit of gray.
Mascara - Maybelline Full N Soft mascara in Black
Lips- Maybelline lipgloss in clear with MAC Lipglass in bright pink 
Sarah Michelle Gellar on SEVENTEEN - May 2003
For a look like Sarah Michelle's, try Great Lash Mascara in Blackest Black, Roller Color Eye Shadow in Twirling Taupe, Brush Blush in Gentle Rose, and West shine Wet Look Lipstick in Pink Splash. All makeup by Maybelline.
Sarah Michelle Gellar on ALLURE - October 2004
Sarah Michelle Gellar's look can be re-created with the makeup below: Creative Brown eye shadow and Incognito eye shadow quad, Noir eyeliner, Glowing Rose blush, and Shiniest Coral lipstick by Dior.
Sarah Michelle Gellar on COSMOPOLITAN - October 2004
New York City makeup artist Jeanine Lobell played up Sarah's eyes by blending a dark taupe shadow into her creases. She also traced a chocolate-hued liner along her lower lash lines to make her eyes look extra big and round. Try Color Delights in Sunrise Shimmer, Wet Shine Diamonds in Rhinestone Pink, Expert Eyes Liner in Chestnut, and Brush Blush in Sweetheart Rose, all by Maybelline New York.
Sarah Michelle Gellar in TEEN PEOPLE - January 2005
How to get THE LOOK: Dust Revlon Shimmer Powder in Get Golden over forehead, bridge of nose and chin. Apply pearl on lids and rose on creases. rim lash lines with navy shadow. Try Maybelline New York Expert Wear Shadow Trio in Catty Eyes. Brush on three coats of CoverGirl Fantastic Lash Mascara in Very Black. Blen Clinique Rich Texture Blush in Rich Pink over apples of cheeks. Slick on a candy pink gloss like Chanel Glossimer in Petunia.