Celeb makeup artists work on a lot of faces and test-drive a lot of products. These are their desert-island, don’t-know-what-I-did-before-it, changed-the-course of beauty history picks for those items that changed everything.
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Toppik Brow Fibers ($20)
She’s not technically a makeup artist, but she makes up 50 percent of many a celeb glam squads and hairstylist Christine Symonds says that this tiny product changed the game for making eyebrows look thick and full. “Not only do these fibers appear more natural than if you used powders, pencils or gels, but they also come in different colors so you always get the perfect shade!”
Koh Gen Do ‘Maifanshi’ Moisture Foundation ($62)“This definitely changed the game for me in the makeup world. I use this foundation on almost every client. For brides to news anchors, this water-based foundation reads beautifully on camera. It’s also supernourishing with highly refined oils and lasts for hours. It gives great coverage but looks so natural on the skin.” – Vanessa Ungaro of LAUREN+VANESSA!
L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Mascara ($9)“No question: Voluminous Mascara. It is an iconic beauty product. You would be hard-pressed to not find it in any professional makeup artist’s kit, but what I love about it most is it’s widespread appeal. I remember my mother—who is not a professional makeup artist, but is and was the most glamorous woman I know—using that tube of mascara. It is one of my earliest memories of her.” – Sir John, L’Oréal Paris celebrity makeup artist
Brow Lash Ex ($13) & Beauty Blender ($20)“The ONE product that’s changed the way I do makeup is this Japanese fine-point felt marker I do brows with. It’s called, Brow Lash Ex and it’s a marker on one end and pencil on the other. But, if I had to pick ONE product that’s changed the industry I would say it is the Beauty Blender.” – Celebrity makeup artist Daniel Martin
“The Clarisonic skin care brush was a true game changer for me in the prep of skin for make up application. Without optimal skin, no make up will look great. The Clarisonic used in conjunction with your favorite cleanser before applying make up preps the skin by not only thoroughly cleansing and polish in the epidermis, but also osculates—a pulsing motion that brings blood to the surface of the skin that creates a radiant, fresh face glow.” – Celebrity makeup artist Natasha Severino
Benefit Brow Zing ($32)
“Benefit Brow Zing product was a game changer for me. The clear wax with powder duo gave the brows a natural finish look without looking artificial or ashy. Also, this was the first time I saw a product last. This product inspired me to create an all in one product, which is my EcoBrow Defining Wax.” – Marco Ochoa, celebrity brow threader, makeup artist and owner of EcoBrow Studio in Beverly Hills
Prevage City Smart ($68)
“My number-one tip is to take excellent care of your skin by wearing SPF. If skin is healthy, it provides the perfect canvas for makeup. I can’t get enough of Elizabeth Arden’s Prevage City Smart SPF, which protects against UV radiation and all different types of pollutants. The sheer, hydrating formula and universal tint provides the perfect base for makeup application for glowing, even-toned skin.” – Elizabeth Arden’s celebrity makeup artist Rebecca Restrepo
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