The 7 Products Celebrity Makeup Artists Always Use for the Red Carpet

Updated 09/01/19
Rosie Huntington-Whitely on the red carpet wearing a long, white dress
George Pimentel / Getty Images

Have you ever watched the red carpet and wondered how celebrities get their makeup to look so flawless? While a fantastic makeup artist is likely the answer, we don’t all have a personal makeup artist on speed dial (although that would be nice). To make it easier to get a red carpet look without having to hire a professional, we’ve compiled a list of must-have red carpet beauty products courtesy of our favorite celebrity makeup artists.

You could say we’ve covered quite a few award shows in the past, and while putting together the greatest red carpet beauty looks year after year, we’ve spotted the standout beauty products that makeup artists use time and time again on the red carpet. From inky liners to no-smudge mascaras and the silkiest of foundations, we’ve compiled the hero products in every makeup artists’ red carpet kit. Here, the most beloved red carpet makeup products according to the professionals.

1. Moisturizer

La Créme Clé de Peau Beauté
Clé de Peau Beauté La Créme $535
Shop

Celebrity makeup artist and co-founder of The Glam App, Joey Maalouf says the secret to a “glowing from within finish” starts with proper preparation. He recommends using this luxurious cream as it creates a beautiful texture that will pay off in the finished look.

2. Foundation

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation $64
Shop

With a rather impressive client list including Kate Bosworth and Victoria Beckham, we reached out to celebrity makeup artist and Armani Beauty face designer, Tim Quinn for his favorite red carpet beauty products. To which he recommended using this second-skin foundation to create a light base, and then framing “the face with the new Giorgio Armani Power Fabric ($64) in a shade and a half deeper” for a camera-ready complexion.

3. Lipstick

Chanel Rouge Allure Intense Long-Wear Lip Color
Chanel Rouge Allure Intense Long-Wear Lip Color $38
Shop

Looking back on our red carpet coverage, the one resounding lipstick that many a red carpet goer wears is Chanel, more specifically this long-lasting version from the brand. Because let’s face it, who wants to be reapplying lipstick throughout the night? 

4. Makeup Applicator

The Makeup Drop MakeupDrop
MakeupDrop The Makeup Drop $20
Shop

The most popular makeup applicator this award season is this silicon-shaped droplet, which celebrity makeup artist Patrick Ta says he loves to use as “it doesn’t waste any product.”

5. Mascara

Dior iorshow Black Out Spectacular Volume Khôl Mascara
Dior Diorshow Black Out Spectacular Volume Khôl Mascara $29
Shop

Maalouf, the man behind many a Rachel Zoe beauty look, swears by this mascara for the red carpet as it adds “volume and is so black that it brings attention right to the eyes.” As for bottom lashes, he suggests using Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara ($12) to “ensure that it stays put all day/night.”

6. Concealer

Covergirl Outlast All Day Concealer
CoverGirl Outlast All Day Concealer $4
Shop

Celebrity makeup artist, and the man behind Katy Perry’s Grammys 2017 beauty look, Anthony Nguyen, swears by this camera-ready concealer as “It covers well without looking heavy, photographs beautifully, and I can depend on it to last throughout the day.”

7. Tanner

St. Tropez Self-Tan Luxe Dry Oil
St. Topez Self-Tan Luxe Dry Oil $41
Shop

The brand responsible for quite a few celebrity faux glows, happens to be St. Tropez. While St. Tropez has a variety of golden-tinged products, celebrity makeup artist Pati Dubroff previously told Byrdie to apply this oil on shoulders and arms for a luminous glow on the red carpet. 

Related Stories