As a professional makeup artist, I’m always getting asked what my go-to favorites are. There’s many, but I’ve rounded up a list of the ones that I use most often and keep restocking in my kit.
Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat – This concealer is wonderful for brightening up the eye area melts into the skin. The handy pen is easy to use and looks pretty on a counter.
Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder – I don’t use powder on everyone but when I do, this is great on the t-zone where you’d want to tone down shine and doesn’t leave a chalky residue.
Bioderma Crealine No-Rinse Eye and Face Cleanser – There’s a reason most makeup artists carry this in their kit. It’s gentle formula takes everything off and doesn’t leave an oily residue, which is a must.
Lucas’ Papaw Ointment – The healing properties in this fermented papaya cream makes it an amazing skin salve. I go through tons of this stuff at home and I carry their convenient tubes in my kit for everything from chapped lips to dry cuticles.
Precision Makeup Applicators – Clean up is inevitable in some cases and I love the duality of these. One end is great for cleaning up under the eyes and taking off eye makeup, and the pointed tip is perfect for precise cleaning around a bright lip or perfecting a cat eye.
Murad Hydrating Toner – This refreshing mist smells amazing and is a wonderful skin prep before moisturizer and foundation.
Beauty Blender – Another beauty industry fave, these egg-shaped sponges are wonderful for streak-free foundation, concealer, contour, cheeks, and more. They are easy to clean and reduce waste by eliminating the need for disposable sponges.
Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm – These handy chubby sticks are great. They come in a multitude of colors and can be used as a lipstick or blotted in as more of a stain. They are cheap and easy to find, and clients covet these more then anything else in my kit.
Ardell Knot-Free Individual Lashes in Short and Medium – I love the knot-free ones because they blend seamlessly into the lash line. You can add a couple on the ends or create a whole strip for a more intense look, but they always look good and real.
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation – I love how this melts seamlessly into the skin and creates a flawless finish that looks like real skin. It delivers a perfect, buildable canvas.
Avene Light Hydrating Cream – This light moisturizer soothes dry skin and leaves a buttery soft, but relatively matte surface.
NARS Bronzing Powder in Laguna – It’s a wonderful medium brown that works on most skin-tones and has just a tiny hint of shimmer which gives dimension and luminosity.
Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler – These bad boys are no longer sold in US stores but you can find them online. There’s a reason they consistently used to fly off shelves. Their sleek design never pinches skin and a few pumps delivers the perfect curl, making eyes appear bigger and brighter.
Aesop Rejuvenate Intensive Body Balm – Another client favorite, who doesn’t love a quick hand massage with an ultra moisturizing, non-greasy, amazing smelling cream?