8 Makeup Artist's Favorite Products
If you're a celebrity, you have access to a professional makeup artist who can transform your look on the reg — all while using the best products and the smartest techniques. But in the event that you're not a red carpet regular, there's no reason why you can't indulge in the beauty products celebrity makeup artists swear by to keep your makeup looking its best.
Pros all have their favorite "holy grail" products that they use on clients for events and photo shoots. Luckily, you can get your hands on these products just as easily as they can, and many of them have been generous with their secrets. Makeup artist Liset Garza, for example, has worked with Natasha Lyonne, among other celebrities. She swears by applying concealer with your fingertips to build coverage over a blemish that's giving you trouble. Beau Nelson, who has worked with the likes of Kristen Stewart, suggests using a finely milled powder for a luminous, celebrity-approved finish.
It's pretty easy to get your makeup looking red carpet-worthy, especially when testing out these pro tips with your routine. If you're interested in switching up your products, try your hand at what the professionals use — just beware of the inevitable paparazzi swarm.
Makeup Artist: Liset Garza
Clients: Michelle Dockery, Phoebe Tonkin, Natasha Lyonne
Depending on the amount of sun your skin gets, your skin tone can change daily — and your concealer should be able to keep up. That's where the Laura Mercier concealer duo comes in. Makeup artist Liset Garza told Byrdie.com it's a necessity in her kit because when there are two shades: one can be used for undertones and the other matches depth of color. Garza loves that it easily hides dark circles, blemishes, and discoloration. Her tip for application is to use your fingers to help you build up coverage and keep things looking natural.
Makeup Artist: Suzy GersteinClients: Leighton Meester, Camilla Belle, Sky Ferreira
A good mascara is often a beauty lover's must-have product, and the Yves Saint Laurent Volume Effet Faux Cils Mascara is makeup artist Suzy Gerstein's favorite, according to Teen Vogue . Gerstein says it's the best mascara for getting glossy, thick, and luscious lashes that are still defined. The nylon fiber brush helps to coat lashes root-to-tip with nourishing jojoba oil and beeswax, building up tons of volume and softening lashes.
Makeup Artist: Alice LaneClients: Elle, Glamour, Vogue, and Teen Vogue
Alice Lane is an editorial makeup artist who's always on shoots, so she needs a highlighter that works on almost any skin tone. According to Forbes , her favorite highlighter is the RMS cream formula because it's versatile and subtle. She likes to apply it with her fingers on the cheekbones, in the corners of the eyes, and on the cupid's bow. It's made of all-natural ingredients like castor seed oil, coconut oil, beeswax, and rosemary extract, so it's a great organic choice.
Makeup Artist: Rachel GoodwinClients: Emma Stone, January Jones, and Diane Kruger
This hydrating moisturizer is a favorite of Chanel makeup artist Rachel Goodwin, according to Cosmopolitan . She uses it for everything from moisturizing her hands and feet, to moisturizing chapped lips, soothing sunburns, and giving hair ends a little hydration. She uses it on her clients, too, for adding a glowy sheen to their skin. It's packed with olive oil and beeswax for maximum moisture and healing wherever you apply it.
Makeup Artist: Nick BaroseClients: Lupita Nyong'o, Emma Roberts, and Kate Mara
Foundation looks best when it looks like skin, and that's why Nick Barose told Self he uses the Koh Gen Do Maifanshi foundation on his clients. He said this formula truly looks like skin because of its luminosity, which mimics skin's natural finish. He uses it on all skin types, even oily skin. This liquid mineral foundation's formula minimizes pores, and it won't cause shininess, either.
Makeup Artist: Carola GonzalezClients: Kerry Washington, Leona Lewis, Rashida Jones, and Jaime King
If you've had your makeup on all day but have plans later tonight, Carola Gonzalez told Refinery 29 she swears by the Clarins refreshing mist. It has grapefruit and vitamin C extract to refresh your makeup color and give you some extra radiance when your skin starts to look tired. It's an excellent solution for bringing makeup back to life, instead of continuing to layer products on top of each other.
Makeup Artist: Beau NelsonClients: Kristen Stewart, Nicole Richie, and Nina Dobrev
When you work with creamy face products like foundation and concealer, it's always important to set everything in place so nothing creases. That's why Beau Nelson told The Coveteur he uses Shu Uemura face powder. Its fine texture is able to set a beauty look without dulling its vibrance, he says. Other fans of the powder say applying the translucent shade over their foundation makes it lasts all day.
Makeup Artist: Fiona StilesClients: Halle Berry and Jessica Chastain
When it comes to getting rid of those pesky stray eyebrow hairs you find while doing your makeup, makeup artist Fiona Stiles told Total Beauty that Tweezerman Tweezers are the "Cadillac of Tweezers." She loves them so much, she always has two pairs. That way, if she sends one out to get sharpened, she still has one in her bag. Pro tip: The brand sharpens all of their tweezers for free, so you can use and keep the tools forever. That's a pretty great deal.
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