Makeup Artist Must Haves: Inside Matthew VanLeeuwen’s Kit

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What do Salma Hayek, Naomi Watts, Lea Michele and Shania Twain all have in common? They all trust the uber-talented Matthew VanLeeuwen to create their makeup looks. We asked VanLeeuwen to share with us the makeup he has been using (and loving) on some of our favorite celebs.

1 / 5

NYX Concealer Wand

“It’s a thin fluid applied with a wand that’s whisper light, but provides amazing all day coverage! One of my favorite ways to use it is to spritz NYX Matte setting spray on a sponge and blend the concealer into the skin. Goes on like velvet and stays perfect until you take it off!” $5, nyxcosmetics.com

2 / 5

Hourglass Ambient Bronzer in Bronze Light

“I love how creamy the powder goes on, and the finish is luminous and incandescent. I like to apply it with a big powder brush for a super quick, super smooth, all over bronze glow.” $58, sephora.com


3 / 5

Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes Mascara

“It’s a thick formula that never goes on heavy or clumpy—it just boosts lashes so fast and easy. It has the best brush too. One trick is to apply one coat to the lashes, let dry, and then apply a bit to the top of the lashes and then brush up from under! Creates an amazing lift.” $29, charlottetilbury.com

4 / 5

Clé de Peau Beauté Silky Cream Foundation SPF 23

“I love its super light formula that’s both matte and luminous at the same time—creates a gorgeous velvety finish. Try applying with a Beauty Blender for a fast even application.” $120, nordstrom.com

5 / 5

Bdellium Tools

“My favorite new makeup brushes are from a company called Bdellium Tools!  It’s a wonderful line of synthetic brushes that work amazing and are super economical. I love the huge range of styles too.” $100, bdelliumtools.com

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