A Celebrity Makeup Artist Told Me to Stop Using This Beauty Product

Amanda Montell
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After so many years writing about makeup, some people might get bored of it, but makeup and I are still in our honeymoon phase. I love everything about the stuff: the artistic expression, the relaxing process of applying it, the excitement of a new launch hitting makeup counters. No exaggeration: Every time a volumizing mascara or lip color comes out, no matter how many I already own, I experience a visceral, physiological reaction signaling that I need to put that ish on my face. I think you get the point: I kind of, sort of like makeup.

That said, on the daily, I don't tend to change up my makeup routine. While I love to write about unique makeup trends and play around with them on special occasions, my everyday look and product collection are pretty nailed down. In fact, I've gotten so used to doing my everyday makeup a certain way that I can't even see it anymore. In other words, while I dish out makeup advice all day long, it's hard for me to take an objective look at whether or not my products are really serving my lifestyle (and my face) as well as they could.

So I thought it was high time I solicit a pair of professionals to give me some perspective. Here's how it worked: I sent a detailed report of my go-to makeup routine to celebrity makeup artists Min Min Ma and Suzy Gerstein of Honey Artists and asked them to tell me which parts I could stand to improve. Between them, these gurus have worked with the likes of Zosia Mamet, Christy Turlington-Burns, and Millie Bobby Brown, so they were more than qualified to tell the honest truth. Keep scrolling to see which products got kicked out of my routine.

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