We constantly ask makeup artists which products we should use to make our overall look more flawless or which methods we should quit doing. However, there's uncharted territory we don't cross into often enough: The makeup products they use on themselves.
Celebrity makeup artists are constantly teaming up with different brands and using their products for fashion shows and red carpet looks. They also constantly have to sift through a suitcase full of products to try on clients. While these makeup artists surely have their favourites that they keep revisiting, it's the holy-grail products they personally use get placed on a pedestal. As such, we asked some top makeup artists which products have taken up permanent residency in their makeup bags. Keep scrolling for their top picks.
Greenberg, who boasts clients such as Kristen Stewart and Tracee Ellis Ross, loves this highly pigmented powder palette. "The texture is great, it's inexpensive and it has a wonderful selection of colours for many looks," she says.
"It has perfect coverage for me. It looks like natural skin, and I love it!"
"The formula is buildable and the brush wraps around the lashes, giving them a full coat of inky black drama,” says Scali, whose client roster includes Anna Kendrick and Christina Hendricks.
Kate McKinnon's go-to makeup artist swears by this magic serum for model-worthy skin. "I love Caudalie's Premier Cru the Exilir because it keeps my skin soft and glowing," she says.
Monika Blunder, famed artist who creates looks for Amanda Seyfried, Molly Sims and Nina Dobrev loves this full-coverage foundation replacement. "I use It Cosmetics CC cream in medium most days because it's super easy to apply, gives me great coverage and has an SPF of 50," she says.
"I also use Benefit Roller Lash every day. This mascara is my absolute favourite because it gives me a super-nice curled lash without looking clumpy or heavy!" says Blunder.
Sesnek, makeup artist to stars like Chrissy Teigen and Hailey Baldwin, is as much of a concealer lover as we are. "On days where I'm up at 3 a.m. and on a few hours of sleep, I will use this concealer in medium, just in the inner corners of the eye," he says. "Almost everyone—men included—have darkness in the inner eye area. This product is more of a salmon/beige colour, so it's not going to look like you're wearing anything at all, but it does work! Start slow and build to desired intensity, pat in with fingers and remove excess with a tissue. You will look like you had eight or more hours of sleep."
"Like most men, I tend to be more on the oily side with my skin. To still add moisture without the extra shine and oil, I love the Embryolisse Hydra-Mat Emulsion. It keeps my skin hydrated with a soft matte finish. All skin, including oil-prone, needs moisture, but this product delivers without the excess oily look, says Sesnek.
"I love this, as it's a huge skin booster and leaves my skin moisturised and soft. I take it everywhere on my travels, as it not only nourishes the skin but heals any irritants too," explains Halperin.
"There are no words for this product except that I'm obsessed. It gives the most silky-smooth lips around!" says Halperin.
"I use Chanel concealer under my eyes. It has a natural matte finish that's undetectable even in broad daylight," says Nelson, whose clients include Ashley Graham and Nicole Richie.
"I also use the Oribe beauty oil as a moisturiser, but also, I sometimes put a few extra drops on my cheekbones to give my skin a fresh-from-the-shower glow," says Nelson.
McAdams, who is also Rachel McAdams's sister (and dopplegänger) loves this foundation for special occasions. "La Mer foundation is my current favourite for when I'm going out at night or for a special event. I can wear it for hours without getting cakey or oily, and the shade Linen is a perfect match for my skin," she says.
"I love the Laura Mercier caviar sticks. They are really user-friendly and come in lots of great shades. You just scribble them along your lash line and blend with your finger. Once they are set, they aren't going anywhere, so they are both fast and easy," says McAdams, whose clients include Jessica Biel and Sofia Vergara.
"My new favourite product to use every day is this mascara by It Cosmetics. Everyone should own it!" says Pezzetta, who boasts clients like Jennifer Hudson and Kelly Rowland.
"I love how sheer but still totally vibrant these blushes are," says Stiles, whose client roster includes Lily Collins and Gabrielle Union.
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