Thanks to social media-savvy makeup artists, it's never been easier to figure out which lipstick a certain celeb is wearing on the red carpet. But when it comes to their own glam, what the pros are actually reaching for is more of a mystery. We asked nine top makeup artists to reveal which beauty product
they can't live without.
Kabuki, Celebrity Makeup Artist:
“The MAC Cosmetics Prep + Prime Fix+/Sized to Go
($12) is always in my bag to freshen up foundation and enable it to be re-blended. I’ve used it on FKA Twigs, Rihanna, Dita Von Teese, Katy Perry, and Lana Del Rey.”
Sir John, L'Oreal Paris Celebrity Makeup Artist:
“Anyone that knows me knows that skincare is maaajor for me, especially if you are wearing makeup. You must start with a nice canvas. The L’Oreal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care
($18) is something that’s a staple in my kit. It’s my go-to for traveling; I get so greasy when I fly so I just do a quick makeup wipe-down and then apply this.”
Jenny Patinkin, Celebrity Makeup Artist:
“I always have Herbivore Botanicals Coco Rose Lip Conditioner
($22) in my bag because it’s so multi-purpose. I use it to keep my lips and cuticles hydrated. I’ve definitely been known to use it as a subtle gloss on the eyelids and cheeks. On a recent shoot, I used it to take Taylor Kinney’s brows and to give them a bit of a sheen.”
Ashley Rebecca, Celebrity Makeup Artist:
”Alima Pure Lip Tint
($14) in my purse. They’re quick, easy to apply, and the color lasts for long periods of time. My favorite go-to shade right now is Peony, and I love the minty scent!”
Helen Keegan , Head Makeup Artist, Make Up For Ever Lexington Flagship:
" Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Color Paint Shadow
($25) is a hidden gem. It's an eyeshadow, highlighter, gel liner, and lip and cheek stain in one. It has a waterproof, 24-hour wear that's fit for everything summer can throw at us. I dab a small amount on the lid and take the excess to catch the light on cheekbones, cupid's bow, and the nose for an instant, melt-proof glow."
Marni Burton, Celebrity Makeup Artist:
" MUA Professional Mattifying Balm
($15) is my secret weapon! It's a quick and easy way to keep a smooth complexion and absorb oil when you're on the run. If I'm taking a product with me on-the-go, I need it to be really versatile and serve multiple purposes. This balm doesn't require multiple layers like a powder would, and it gives you the feeling of wearing less makeup while maintaining a photo-ready face."
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