If anyone knows their way around a beauty counter it’s a celebrity makeup artist. They have to make sure their kit is stashed with long-wear, high-impact formulas that never let them or their clients down. So, on that note, here are 10 products celebrity makeup artists swear by:
1. For Flawless Skin: Black Opal Skin Perfecting Stick Foundation SPF 15, $8
According to Sam Fine, whose impressive clientele includes Iman, Queen Latifah, Mary J Blige, Tyra Banks, and Jordan Dunn, the Black Opal Skin Perfecting Stick Foundation SPF 15, $10, is the bomb! “Every look begins with a great foundation. I’m a huge fan of cream stick foundations and use a variety of brands ranging from Black Opal to Tom Ford. Cream foundations provide the ability to create a flawless finish and to contour/highlight the face with ease.”
2. For Bright Undereyes: COVERGIRL TruBlend Undercover Concealer, $12
Ash K Holm works with some of the most famous women in the world – ahem The Kardashian’s – and she revealed that she loves drugstore beauty as much as we do. More specifically the COVERGIRL TruBlend Undercover Concealer, $12. Ash said, “This concealer has the best coverage and the price is extremely affordable. It’s creamy, hydrating, full coverage, and the line has 30 shades for all skin tones.”
3. For Long, Sexy Lashes: Chanel Le Volume Révolution de Chanel Mascara, $35
Margot Robbie’s MUA, Pati Dubroff, told us that she couldn’t live without the Chanel Le Volume Révolution de Chanel Mascara, $35, as it “Builds incredible lashes with no flaking.” Hence, why she says “It’s my #1 go-to mascara.”
4. For Long-Lasting Complexion: Nanoblur Instant Skin Blurring Cream, $20.
Euphoria’s head makeup artist Doniella Davy started a makeup movement full of neon liner, glitter tears, and bedazzled lids. However, as all makeup artists will tell you, flawless makeup begins with a good base, and she uses the Nanoblur Instant Skin Blurring Cream, $20. “It’s an anti-shine cream that I apply with a beauty blender over foundation, in lieu of powder. I apply this sparingly, and only in the T-zone area that I want to keep a bit more matte. I try to avoid using too much powder on set, as the build-up over the span of a 14-hour day on set can start to become too dry. I love more creamy and dewy foundation formulas, and I rely on Nanoblur to make these formulas work on camera without becoming too shiny.”
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5. For a Feline Flick: Fenty Beauty Flyliner Longwear Liquid Liner, $20
When we interviewed Selena and Emily Ratakowski’s makeup artist, Hung Vanngo, he said his go-to liner is the Fenty Beauty Flyliner Longwear Liquid Liner, $20: “The flexible tip makes it easy to use and is very saturated and dark,” he adds. We’re also obsessed with this liner, check out our full review here.
6. For a Sculpted Finish: Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate, $88
Supermodel and Celeb MUA Patrick Ta, who is famous for creating flawless, glowing skin, said he relies on the Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate, $88, for the sculpted, shimmered finish: “This shading and highlighting duo is offered in four perfect contours that aren’t too ashy or too orange.” For a more affordable option, check out the Morphe Brontour, $12.
7. For Eyeshadow When You’re On-The-Go: Huda Beauty Matte and Metal Melted Eyeshadows, $25
When we asked J.Lo’s MUA Scott Barnes for his fave product recommendations, he told us he couldn’t live without our Matte and Metal Melted Eyeshadows, and neither can we! He said “This eyeshadow is amazing to travel with. It’s so convenient and a great tool if you’re on the go and need a high-quality eyeshadow that’s a cut above. For the jet setter, I definitely recommend having one or two in your makeup kit!”
8. For Flawless Foundation: Hourglass Cosmetics Veil Mineral Primer, $54
According to Marc Reagan who works with goddesses like Rosie Huntington-Whitely, “The key to avoiding makeup breakdown is to use a primer that is answering the needs of your skin concerns and skin type,” he says. “The Hourglass best-selling Veil Mineral Primer, $54, is weightless and breathable, but also adheres makeup to the skin like no other. Not only does it smooth the appearance of the skin and help foundation glide on with ease, but it also helps repel water so that any makeup that’s layered on top looks perfect all day, through rain or hot temperatures.”
9. For Long-Lasting Lip Color: NYX Suede Matte Lipstick, $8
Clarissa Luna helps celebs like Camila Cabello, Jackie Cruz, and Lana Condor get glammed up. And she’s not afraid to play with drugstore products if she can rely on the formula: “My go-to is NYX Suede Matte Lipstick, $8, because this new formula really feels like suede! Lips are finished off with a soft matte, very wearable texture and you won’t have to reapply due to its amazing pigmentation and stay-put formula,” she explains. Now that sounds like a lipstick we can get on board with!
10. For Slaying Eyeliner: Pixi By Petra Endless Silky Eye Pen, $12
Celeb MUA Jamie Greenberg has star clients like Jessica Alba, Kristen Stewart, Kaley Cuoco, and Rashida Jones in constant rotation, but when she needs an eyeliner, she continuously reaches for Pixi By Petra Endless Silky Eye Pen, $12. “It’s such an amazing formula that’s easy to apply and stays on.” We love it because it doesn’t smudge, it’s waterproof, and it’s offered in 20 different jewel-toned shades!
For more product recommendations, check out the drugstore products that beat the luxe options.