The 7 Brands Makeup Artists Love MOST (and Why)
Shopping for makeup is tricky. Trends are constantly changing, your complexion and undertones need to be taken into account, and formulas don't always live up to their claims. That, and there are about one million choices in every makeup aisle or online retailer. So what are the top makeup brands? What are the most tried-and-true products from those lines? We decided to ask some of the best celebrity makeup artists in the business to find out. Because after all, there's no better advice than that of seasoned professionals who spend their days painting faces. We talked to Kelli J. Bartlett, Glamsquad's director of makeup artistry, along with celebrated celebrity makeup artists Patrick Ta and Daniel Martin, to get the answers to our burning questions. They each ran through their top makeup brands, along with their favourite offerings from each one. Keep scrolling for your brand-new essentials.
Bartlett explains: "It's the perfect combination of ultra-luxe glamour mixed with high-performance products. The packaging is so chic and the formulations are spot on. Charlotte just gets glamour." In other words, consider Tilbury's namesake collection one of the top makeup brands you can get your hands on. Here are Bartlett's picks.
"Truly gives skin a flawless complexion, blurring imperfections and setting makeup to a bulletproof finish while still being whisper-light to the face and never cakey."
"This product is the perfect shade for defining cheekbones and faking that supermodel sculpt and illuminated cheek. The ultimate multitasker, this product can also be used to make eyes pop!"
"A true artist's brand," Bartlett muses. "With MAC, the shade range and innovation and technology behind the products can't be beat. MAC never disappoints with its Pro products." Here are her must-have products from the brand.
"I don't think I would be a makeup artist without this product. It's the ultimate eye shadow primer and cream eye shadow in one. It makes eye shadow more bendable, true to colour, and non-creasing."
"I call it my kitchen-sink foundation because it works on every skin tone and type. It has buildable coverage—it starts off super sheer and can be layered to an almost full-coverage appearance. I even put it on legs in lieu of pantyhose."
"Iconic formulas and iconic colours, everything from moisturising and sheer to full-coverage and matte."
"This cutting-edge makeup brand is always on trend," Bartlett says. "Its product launches keep me consistently inspired." Here are her top Nars picks.
"An under-eye warrior, this formulation is pigmented enough to cover problem spots and supremely easy to blend. The new extended shades make colour matching so easy."
"This brush is the ultimate tool for precise contouring and blending. The pointed tip carves out cheekbones and the fluffy head blends to perfection."
"The brand is total luxury, from the moisturisers, to the lightweight makeup, to the lip balms," Ta says. Here are his top La Mer picks.
"It really moisturises the skin for makeup and adds a radiant glow."
"It leaves lips moisturised without looking too glossy."
Ta says, "Armani has great, easy to work with formulas that mix and blend well." Here are his Armani Beauty must-haves.
"If you're looking for the the perfect gloss stain, this is it."
"I love to to mix this Fluid Sheer into foundation; it brings more warmth to the foundation and livens up your skin."
"Dior has real pro-artists tools for flawless red carpet makeup and air-brushed finishes," explains Martin. Here are his favourite Dior picks.
"This is great for dark spots and dark circles on medium to medium dark skin tones. Start light, and build to your desired coverage."
"A red carpet go-to for those who are more on the combination side who need more balanced coverage."
Martin exclaims, "They have the best multiuse products, truly second to none." Here are his favourite Surratt Beauty picks…
"I love using this on deep, dark skin tones. This pops colour on the cheeks without looking too made up."
"This dark-circle banishing concealer gives great buildable coverage, and the shade range is excellent."