In life we’ve learned to adopt a very simple motto: Do as a makeup artist would do. (Note: Several variations of this exist, including hairstylist, esthetician, and nutritionist.) With these mantras in mind, we’ve perfected our at-home blowouts, our skincare routines, our takeout orders, and of course our contour. Occasionally when we’re tuning into the wise words of professional makeup artists, they drop a mystery product name and naturally we feel the need inquire about the details. Curious? Keep reading for the lowdown on 13 products celeb makeup artists love but you’ve never heard of.
“This is just one of six that I have. They’re really convenient and easy to use. The shadows are just really high quality, and they’re all made in France. The shimmers are also really soft shimmers, and the mattes are nice and creamy.” — Beau Nelson
“Not only does a little go a long way, but it covers everything from dark circles to pimples and doesn’t feel heavy or get cakey. It also is vegan, organic, and toxin-free. My tip for applying is after foundation, use a blotting sheet to take off excess oil where you are going to apply concealer so that it doesn’t slide off, and then pat on under your eyes with your ring finger to blend. On pimples, use the tiniest brush you can find (eyeliner brushes work well) and dot on top of the pimple. Lightly pat in and then set with a dusting of powder.” — Melissa Walsh
“This stick is legendary. It’s the secret weapon I use to create dewy, otherworldly skin on my clients. I bought six when I was in Italy. There used to be a store in Canada that carried them, but not anymore. Pat McGrath also uses it all the time. I love the way it catches the light and can be used sheer for a subtle shine or more heavily for almost futuristic-looking, mannequin-like skin. It’s just a beautiful highlighter. I use it on the tops of cheekbones, down the bridge of the nose, and the Cupid’s bow.” — Beau Nelson
“I love these lashes. I know people say strip lashes look too obvious, but you can trim them down so they look a lot more natural. I recommend these New York City ones—you can see at the ends how they get more feathery. Most false lashes stay really thick and don’t taper out at the ends, but these ones do and are really light. Or, you can trim off one end and use it as a demi lash for a natural look. I think one of the most important things to do when applying falsies is to always trim them for your eye shape. I use a mirror, look down, and shove them in right at the lash line. I’ll put them on bare lashes, then add a swipe of mascara—I feel like it blends better.” — Kayleen McAdams
“The best product I’ve been using is the Brow Pomade ($25) from Surratt. It’s not shiny or stiff, like a brow gel, but keeps the brows in place. Love this formula.” — Fiona Stiles
“Wei Beauty is a line everyone should check out. [I like] its Dragon Blood Eye Lifting Pads and face treatment masks. Traveling, sleep deprived, or just want a beauty boost in your regimen? Use these for instant results—instant.” — Mary Phillips
“I like the tiny little white ones and the black ones. The black ones are really tightly bound, so they don’t leave any fuzz anywhere, and the whites are great for inside corners, getting eye boogers out, and just really refining anything that you need.” — Beau Nelson
“I love layering Eyeko waterproof over all mascaras, especially lengthening formulas. In the warm months, I’m able to get the length that I want without worrying about the tips smearing onto the tops of my clients’ lids.” — Andre Sarmiento
“You can use this on your eyes if you want just a subtle, wet-looking shimmer, or you can use it on your cheekbones and down your nose. I always have one on me and then in my kit because people love it. It dries and seals, so it doesn’t stay wet and get greasy.” — Denika Bedrossian
“I always have a brow pencil. I use shadow at home when I do my brows, but this is my touch-up pencil. It’s a dark, dark brown, almost black, Brow Crayon ($7) by Eylure, which is a brand that’s known for making individual lashes. But here’s an insider tip—they actually came out with a large and amazing brow line with waxes, gels, and even stencils and tint kits. It’s amazing!” — Denika Bedrossian
“Själ Orbe Eye Contour Crème is for the eye area. What I love is that they reformulated it, and they now sell it with these two hematite stones—they’re for massaging the cream in and cooling. It’s nice to have around if I feel like my sinuses are a little full, or I want to de-puff a little and pay attention to myself, I pull those guys out. You tap the cream in with your fingers and massage with the stones.” — Pati Dubroff
“Shu Uemura’s New Generation Eyelash S Curler is so cool! The shape of the curler is so unique, and because it’s smaller than a traditional curler, it’s easier to get to all of the hard-to-reach areas.” — Mai Quynh
“I’ve been using it on my clients and myself for years. It’s lightweight, fragrance-free, and hypoallergenic. It’s extremely moisturizing, but it absorbs fully and quickly. Perfect under makeup because it isn’t greasy at all. Best of all it’s cheap!” — Jake Bailey
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This story was originally published on September 17th, 2015.