10 Makeup Artist Must-Haves Under $50
Whether you’re packing for an exotic getaway or editing your permanent stash, keep these 10 makeup artist-approved beauty buys on hand at all times for a flawless finish. These priming and prettifying backstage must-haves will ensure you’ll look your best no matter what makeup look you’re about to take for a spin.
Legendary makeup artist François Nars, backstage at Marc Jacobs' fall 2014 show. Photo: Courtesy of Nars
These days, it feels like every runway look involves a good amount of moisture, shimmer or shine. To achieve your own glowy complexion on the go, pick up a highlighter stick or pot of shimmer like RMS Beauty's popular Living Luminizer and apply to cheekbones and eyelids.
- Living Luminizer, RMS Beauty $38
If you're rocking a bold-color lipstick, exfoliation is a total must. Makeup artists never skip this step, using homemade concotions (think: honey, brown sugar and olive oil), or a branded option like this little pot from Sara Happ, to get lips smooth and hydrated.
- Lip Scrub In Sparkling Peach, Sara Happ $24
Before you delve into bronzer, BB cream or blush, mask blemishes, dark sports and discoloration with a corrective cream color palette. While makeup artists keep an entire spectrum of hues on hand, you can pick up a smaller set suited to your specfic coloration.
- 5 Camouflage Cream Palette, Make Up For Ever $38
There isn't enough time for makeup artists to perform intensive treatments for models in between shows but even the quickest steam, facial or mask can do wonders for the skin. Hydrate and reduce puffiness around the eyes during your own busy days with these portable eye treatment masks.
- Revital-Eyes Eye Masks , Emergen-C $38
Do-it-all tools that blend makeup for a flawless finish are a must in any makeup kit. While makeup artists use everything from cotton buds to the tips of their fingers to achieve the perfect blend, many keep edge-free sponges on hand for a softer and more precise look.
- Double Blenders Makeup Sponges, BeautyBlender $29
Many makeup artists have a totem or personal item that sets the mood backstage and makes the space feel like home (see: Tom Pecheux's Pascal). Whether you're traveling or not, we love the idea of making a small, stylish item - like this crystal votive - a staple in your beauty kit.
- Amethyst Tea Light Votive, Leif $48