So when they recommend products, we listen. Intently. We asked six top Australian and international makeup artists (who just quietly have made up the likes of Kate Moss, Ruby Rose and Cate Blanchett between them) to share their hero products and the items they never leave the house without for themselves.
Four times Australian Makeup Artist of the Year, Rae has made up the likes of Kylie Minogue and Miranda Kerr.
The hero product in her kit: “I cant live without ‘Lumizing primer’ it gives even the dullest of skins a ‘Victoria Secret’ glow. Nars has an amazing one, and if you’re on a budget, L’Oreal Paris Lumi Magique Pure Light Primer ($29.95) is amazing.”
The product she couldn’t live without: “A brow pencil. I love Charlotte Tilbury’s Brow Lift ($45), and MAC’s Veluxe Brow Pencil ($32). I’ve never done a face without some form of brow grooming and I think besides incredible skin, a perfect groomed brow is a must-have.”
This Sydney-based celebrity hair and makeup artist, has made up Jessie J, Jesinta Campbell and Rachel Finch.
The hero product in her kit: "My hero product I can't live without for my clients is Bioderma Sensibio H20 Micelle Solution ($29.99). I start every person with a facial cleanse using this product on a cotton pad. Ensuring all makeup residue and impurities are removed prior to makeup application is key. It is also the perfect product to use to remove any makeup mishaps, particularly when trying to create a perfect winged liner or a crisp red lip."
The product she couldn't live without: "At the moment it's Charlotte Tilbury's Filmstar Bronze & Glow ($97). It comes in a gorgeous gold compact and is quick and easy to use. If you have the right brushes you can contour and highlight with your eyes closed!"
Elsa is the Makeup director for L'Oreal Paris Australia.
The hero product in her kit: "I love to use the L'oréal Infallible Matte Foundation ($31.95) range on my clients. It has a silky texture that blends beautifully and gives even flawless coverage and has really good staying power. And it's matte so works well for clients who walk the red carpet."
The product she couldn't live without: "It has the be the L'oréal Paris So Couture Super Liner ($24.95). It has a very precise felt tip that allows for the most perfect chic winged eye." (Post continues after gallery.)
Makeup artist and Napoleon Perdis cosmetics founder.
The hero product in his kit: "The One Concealer ($39), it all starts with the skin, and nothing freshens the face like a clean under eye area. The peach undertone works on all skin tones to counteract bluish purple tones and brightens sullen skin. I've not met a face this doesn't freshen and work it into every makeover I do."
The product he couldn't live without: "Balm Voyage Moisture Complex Cleanser ($59) and makeup remover, for both before and after makeup to keep your skin texture in check. Before makeup it re-texturises the skin to a beautifully smooth finish and actually makes your makeup look fresher for longer. After makeup the oil-based balm sweeps away pore clogging villains like pollution and left over makeup to keep your skin purely conditioned and flawless."