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5 Makeup Artists Share Their All-Time Favorite Beauty Products

Ruby is a freelance beauty writer at STYLECASTER.

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Makeup artists' top beauty picks

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Makeup artists' top beauty picks

As full-blown beauty obsessives, we all have products that we straight-up refuse to leave the house without. Whether it’s a super-pigmented black eyeliner or a perfect, creamy red lipstick, there are always a few nonnegotiables permanently residing in our bags — whether we actually have the space for them or not. And the other day as we were bitching about the 8 billion lipsticks taking up the better half of our bags, it hit us: How the hell do makeup artists do it? Because in addition to lugging around a fully stacked kit for clients and gigs, they’re also tasked with curating an on-the-go selection of their personal favorites.

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So we went to five makeup wizards to find out their absolute favorite beauty products — not only their go-tos on set, but their desert island items that they’ll always make room for in their kits. Including a moisturizing facial oil that moonlights as a highlighter and a dual-ended lipstick for day-to-night wear, we found 12 products that are so damn good, we’re completely rethinking our personal collections. Ahead, shop the 12 products that makeup artists can’t live without alongside tips and tricks for getting the most out of each formula.

 

Originally posted on StyleCaster. 

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An oil-minimizing setting powder...

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An oil-minimizing setting powder...

“I feel like a lot of people forget that there’s a difference between looking really dewy versus looking too shiny. A solid setting powder not only allows makeup to last longer, but it cuts down excess shine. Plus, setting powder can be used as an eyeshadow primer, and it’s a great way to blend out blush.” — Murphy

MAC setting powder (MAC, $33)

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A universally flattering eyebrow pencil...

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A universally flattering eyebrow pencil...

“Benefit’s brow pencil is really waxy, so it’s super-precise and doesn’t get melty on the skin. I use No. 6 basically every day, because even though it’s the darkest shade, it can also be used on fair skin tones if you have a soft touch. I’ve tried to dare myself to use something else, but I always come back to this one.” — Ashleigh Ciucci

Benefit Precisely, My Brow Pencil in No. 6 (Benefit Cosmetics, $24)

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A creamy, non-glittery highlighter...

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A creamy, non-glittery highlighter...

“My all-time favorite highlighter is Topshop’s Glow pot. It’s a cream highlighter that comes in two colors — Polished for fair to medium tones and Gleam for olive to dark tones. The cream is super-thin with gel undertones, and it leaves skin with the perfect, non-glittery highlight. I think I use it every single day in my kit as well as on myself.” — Ciucci

Topshop Glow in Polished (Topshop, $14)

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An easy, multipurpose balm...

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An easy, multipurpose balm...

“I use Lano’s balm on my cuticles, my lips... and if I want a quick gleam, I’ll swipe it on my cheekbones. It’s just super-easy to use, and it’s not formulated with petroleum, so it’s really healthy and natural.” — Katie Jane Hughes

Lanolips 101 Ointment Multipurpose Superbalm (Ulta, $16.95)

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A soothing, lightweight facial mist...

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A soothing, lightweight facial mist...

“I really love a good face mist, and Glossier’s rosewater spray is super-refreshing. The weight of a product is something that makeup artists always think about, and even though most mists come in heavy glass bottles that weigh down your bag, Glossier’s plastic bottle is light enough to bring on the go.” — Hughes

Glossier Soothing Face Mist Rosewater Spray (Glossier, $18)

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A day-to-night lipstick...

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A day-to-night lipstick...

“I love the versatility of a double-ended lipstick. With Misbehave, you get a deeper, browner shade that’s great for the evening, and Girl Boss is a perfect nude to pair with a smoky eye. It’s also light enough to throw on your cheeks too.” — Hughes

Wander Beauty Wanderout Dual Lipstick in Misbehave/Girl Boss (Wander Beauty, $30)

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A moisturizing lip primer...

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A moisturizing lip primer...

“Even though it’s a little pricey, Hourglass’s lip oil is fantastic. We often use lip balms to prep, but most formulas sit on top of the skin without really penetrating it. This lip oil seriously moisturizes, so it creates a nice, soft texture. Even if I’m just using a lip pencil, I’ll start with a layer of this oil.” — Amy Strozzi

Hourglass No. 28 Lip Treatment Oil (Hourglass Cosmetics, $44)

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A layerable bronzer...

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A layerable bronzer...

“Charlotte Tilbury’s bronzer is really soft and layerable. It looks awesome on a red carpet, but it’s also great for doing a subtle, natural look and contour. It’s perfect for framing the face, especially if you’re pulling your hair back.” — Strozzi

Charlotte Tilbury Film Star Bronze & Glow (Charlotte Tilbury, $68)

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An easy-to-apply eye shadow...

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An easy-to-apply eye shadow...

“This cream eye shadow is super-sheer, but it can be layered for intensity. I’m known for having a lighter hand, but I love pops of color that are pretty and wearable, like New Moon. You can literally smudge it on your lids with your finger and be done. I love it on its own in the summer and as more of a base in the fall.” — Strozzi

Chanel Illusion D’Ombre long-wear luminous eye shadow in New Moon (Chanel, $36)

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A natural-looking blush...

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A natural-looking blush...

“Stila’s cream blush is one of my all-time favorites for natural-looking color. Instead of sitting on top of the skin, the creamy formula really looks like you’re blushing from within. As a bonus, it’s a two-in-one that can also be used on the lips.” — Kateri Giehl

Stila Convertible Color in Peony (Stila, $25)

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A creamy lip color...

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A creamy lip color...

“This pencil is hands down my favorite matte lip color. The formula is super-rich, creamy and loaded with vitamin E, so it doesn’t feel dry. Professionally, I think I own every shade, but Cruella is a no-fail blue-red that looks brilliant on everyone.” — Giehl

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella (Nars, $27)

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