The 26 Products Celebrity Makeup Artists Actually Purchase and Use Themselves

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From listening to their celebrity clientele list and request their favorite brands to testing hundreds of products on the regular, celebrity makeup artists have access to the crème de la crème of beauty. But the true test of what’s actually a standout product is whether or not they purchase and use them at home, right? Here, 26 products top artists (and their beauty routines) just can’t live without.

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“Living in LA with harsh sun year-round, I like to wear a highly protective SPF that is lightweight and doesnt make me break out. Sisley Sunleya SPF 50 has a magical blend of ‘Anti Radical’ ingredients: vitamin E and vegetal active ingredients, as well as cucumber extract that soothes and instantly hydrates my sensitive and often pinky skin. It goes on silky, without any typical white residue on the skin’s surface! Love it!” –Jo Baker, celebrity makeup artist

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara ($26)

“I have basically no lashes, and this mascara is a miracle for me. It always makes me feel better about myself and is a quick fix for when I’m super tired to wake up my eyes.” –Sarah Tanno, celebrity makeup artist 

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ByTerry Terrybly Densiliss Wrinkle Control Serum Foundation ($116)

“This luxurious foundation has such beautiful coverage, wrinkle control and sets with a luminous, firm finish. I apply it with a kabuki brush in a circular motion to create a second skin.” –Denika Bedrosian, celebrity makeup artist 

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Kosås Weightless Lip Color ($24)

“I’ve been really into this line of California-made lipsticks since I first learned about them. Their colors are buildable, their formula is smooth and hydrating and their taste/scent is delightfully slight.” –Katey Denno, celebrity makeup artist

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Surratt Beauty Relevée Lash Curler ($30)

 “I’ve tried every lash curler on the market and this one gives the best curl and never will damage the lash.” –Pati Dubroff, celebrity makeup artist 

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Clarins Double Serum Complete Age control Concentrate ($89)

“On cold days or when I feel my skin needs an extra moisture boost, I reach for Clarins Double Serum. I swear, this nongreasy serum loaded with 20 plant extracts always wakes up my skin and makes it look years younger. If I could, I would bath in this stuff, and the double chamber delivery system is pretty cool, too.” –David Maderich, celebrity makeup artist 

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“This bad boy keeps my skin complaints at bay. This is the first of its kind that I have ever found to smell as good as it works!  Its like walking through a field of lemon, myrrh, thyme and tea tree while packing light hydration with lots of balancing. After using it daily, it has changed my skin and I rarely break out anymore. It’s like a potion straight from Hogwarts, filled with natural wonder! I actually enjoy putting this on and how it feels. This is one I cannot live without! For combination skin that tends to get occasion pimples, this is a must!” –Jo Baker

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Soft Brown ($21)

“Brows frame your face, and to me, they’re one of the things I will never leave the house without doing. It has a great consistency, staying power and very natural.”  –Sarah Tanno

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Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base ($50)

“I absolutely love this product to add a bronzing glow or a natural cream contour. I apply it with an angled fluffy brush and buff it under my cheekbones, under my jawline and around my hairline.” –Denika Bedrosian

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Biossance The Illuminator Weightless Eye Gel ($54)

“I’ve tried too many eye creams to count over the years, and it wasn’t until I found this one that I stopped trying others. It’s weightless, absorbs quickly and thoroughly so that my concealer can go on smoothly, and I love that it has actually brightened my under-eye area.” –Katey Denno

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Laura Mercier Candleglow Concealer and Highlighter ($32)

“I don’t wear a lot of makeup day to day, but this handy little stick brightens my face without looking or feeling like makeup-y.” –Pati Dubroff

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MAC Lightful C Marine-Bright Formula Cleanser ($28)

“I just don’t feel clean unless I use a cleanser that foams up and envelopes my skin in frothy bubbles.  Unfortunately, most foaming cleansers leave your skin dry and tight, but not this one from MAC. Its foamy, cream-like lather whisks away your day without ever drying out your skin and it works great with my Clarisonic.” –David Maderich

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“If I have the time, the occasion or a photo opp, I like to use this BB cream in ‘Radiance’ to even out my skin tone. This super comfortable, featherweight cream seems to target several of my issues in one swipe. I have enlarged pores and pinky sensitive skin that has some sun damage and I’m always amazed at how this product can add a soft focus, hazy glow to the skin yet doesn’t seem to illuminate my flaws or appear shiny. The diffused radiant finish helps reflect the light away so that your skin looks fantastic smooth and glowing, helping camouflage the imperfections you don’t want to see! I also love that it provides a natural coverage and doesn’t mask the skin. I like my skin to look pretty and heathy, and with the added bonus of SPF 20 built in, it really is a secret little weapon that Ive been keeping close.” –Jo Baker

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Marc Jacobs Beauty New Nudes Sheer Gel Lipstick in Understudy ($30)

“I have one in every bag. For myself and my clients. It’s the perfect color to pump up my face so I look refreshed. The color is a pumped up version of my natural lip color. It’s also filled with vitamin E, so it’s very moisturizing and has anti-aging effects to fill in any lines. The longevity is amazing, so I find I rarely have to touch them up throughout the day.”  –Sarah Tanno

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Charlotte Tilbury The Feline Flick Liquid Eyeliner Pen in Panther ($30)

“I am a girl who loves a bold, winged liner, so after trying every liner on the planet, I love using the Feline Flick. It is easy to use, sets black and glossy, doesn’t smudge or flake and is paraben-free.” –Denika Bedrosian

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Jenette All Natural Skin Care Brightening Toner ($35) and Detoxifying Elixir ($40)

“My extremely sensitive skin has a tendency to break out, develop rashes or get little under-the-skin bumps when I use anything hydrating on my face EXCEPT for this line from Jenette. It’s very simple, with just the right simplified ingredients that don’t confuse and congest my skin.” –Katey Denno

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Benefit They’re Real! Lengthening Mascara ($24)

“For a mascara to make the cut for me, it can’t flake, can’t smudge and must make a ‘wow lash’ fast. This one fits the bill!” –Pati Dubroff

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Make Up For Ever HD High Definition Powder ($35)

“I have oily skin—not glowy, but oily—and I hate looking shiny. To the rescue is this microfinish powder from Make Up For Ever. I keep a compact in my bag at all times and give myself a “pat” whenever my t-zone is looking like a reflecting pool. What’s more, it’s completely invisible, so it’s great for men.” –David Maderich

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“If I have time for anything, it’s a good dollop of mascara. I’ve become a bit obsessed with a new one called WonderLash Volume Colourist Mascara. It has a fine tapering (christmas tree–shaped) brush, making it easy to apply several coats. Sometimes a big brush can be clumsy to use, but this one is nicely balanced and deliver root-to-tip precision with good ‘whack it on’ ability! But wait, there is more…. This nifty magic mascara delivers a semi-permanent darkening tone to your own lashes. When you wear it daily, the color builds up so that even when you’re not wearing makeup, your bare lashes appear darker and more defined. Ideal for people like me who sometimes don’t have time for mascara in the mornings. Brilliant!” –Jo Baker

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NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard ($29)

“This concealer is moisturizing and has great coverage. I usually apply in an Uber on the way to a job and it covers my dark circles and imperfections without ever creasing.”  –Sarah Tanno

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MAC Ruby Woo Retro Matte Lipstick ($17)

“I have been wearing this lipstick since I was 18 years old. It has bold pigment with blue undertones, incredible long wear and the most perfect red pout on any skin tone.” –Denika Bedrosian

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R.L. Linden & Co. La Balma Rosa Healing Rose Balm ($5)

“With so many lip balms on the market, it’s hard to know which one to buy. This one, made from only nontoxic ingredients (which is super important because it’s a lip product that you reapply countless times per day and surprisingly hard to find among mainstream brands), is my go-to. I love how it feels, smells and tastes. Plus, I love and respect the women who created it!” –Katey Denno

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Lilah B. Lip & Cheek Divine Duo in b.memorable ($46)

“The pebble shape of this lip and cheek tint makes me so happy, and the sheer pretty tint is my go-to for adding a bit of color to my face.” –Pati Dubroff

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Dermalogica Oil Free Matte SPF 30 Sunscreen ($50)

“I am all about sun protection, but my skin is oily, and I’ve searched for years for the best sunscreen that doesn’t make me shine like an oil slick. I am in love with this sunscreen because it not only protects my skin from the sun, but it also dries matte and keeps me shine-free for hours, as well as never breaks me out. Bravo.” –David Maderich

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“This balm comes in an easy twist-up, swipe-on chubby pen applicator, making it easy for me when on-the-go and reapplying throughout the day. Phyto-Lip Twist Balm adds a smidgen of soft pink but, mostly creates a soft and supple, visibly smoothed and cared-for lip surface with a pretty gloss like sheen. And it feels delicious!” –Jo Baker

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“This one is strictly kept at home in the bathroom cabinet for those post-bath self-nurturing moments or first thing in the morning after I’ve brushed my teeth. Chanel products always feel special and bring out my uber-femme alter ego. I instantly feel more elegant when opening a container with the iconic Chanel logo on. In a league of its own, this thick, colorless conditioning balm is brilliant when my lips need restoring! Whether they are sunburnt from shoots in the desert or wind-chapped from the turn of the seasons, this is always something that stays in my must-have arsenal!” –Jo Baker

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