When you’re stumped about what makeup brand to try next or which big-ticket beauty item to splurge on, here’s a tip: Turn to top makeup artists for inspiration and check out what products they’re using or raving about ATM (that is, aside from reading The Beat!). As masters of the trade, these pros sure know a thing or two about which items work best, and are great resources for unique finds—such as not-so-mainstream brands that are considered holy grails in the professional beauty world.
Here, we’ve rounded up some “pro picks” that are worth the investment. The best part? They’re all available here at Beauty Beat!
Viseart Eyeshadow Palette
Veteran makeup artist Jigs Mayuga counts cult brand Viseart as one of his professional beauty go-to’s, especially when it comes to eye shadow palettes. “It’s really a brand that makeup artists use,” he says. His faves? “I’m a fan of their matte shadows. I have three palettes: Warm Matte, and Neutral Mattes 01 and 02.”
The brand’s all-time bestseller, 01 Neutral Matte is considered an iconic, core neutral palette that features a gorgeous mix of beiges and browns for your eyes, brows, and even facial contours.
Celebrity makeup artist and hairstylist Muriel Vega Perez loves everything from Jeffree Star Cosmetics (including the lippies!), but he’s particularly fond of this show-stopping highlighter—it’s perfect for his A-list clientele.
What makes this glow-getter extra special? Its unique soft buttery formula is extremely pigmented, so a little goes a long way—you can use it on your face, eyes, and body. Plus: It’s guaranteed vegan and cruelty-free!
Dermacol Makeup Cover
Prague-based brand Dermacol’s Makeup Cover line has been a bestseller globally for many decades now, and is actually one of the most preferred foundations in Hollywood because of its intense coverage. (The waterproof formula can even cover up tattoos and bruises!)
Even the Jeffree Star, a.k.a. makeup artist and beauty icon, gives his seal of approval! “The coverage was unreal, I can’t get over it,” he says of this heavy-duty face base in his review. “A few people that saw me earlier said I looked so snatched, I’m a little shook right now.”
Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation
If you’ve never heard of this amazing face perfector, you’re definitely missing out. It’s a concealer, foundation, and a makeup multitasker in one!
Makeup artist Jeannie Palomado loves using it on her clients because it really gives full coverage—the kind that stays put and wears beautifully all day. “It really covers any dark spots or redness even if you just apply a thin layer,” she says. Bonus perks: It’s oil-free and fragrance free, so it’s ideal for those with sensitive skin, too.
Skindinavia Finishing Spray
“This stuff is so so BOMB,” international makeup artist and beauty YouTuber James Charles gushes of this finishing spray that promises the ultimate long-wearing set and hold that can last up to 16 hours—which is why it’s beloved by celebs and makeup artists all over the world. It applies as a lightweight, breathable fine mist that perfectly sets liquid and powder makeup.
Rimmel London Provocalips Liquid Lipstick
When it comes to staying power, not a lot of lippies can stand up to the longwearing formula of Rimmel London’s Provocalips! “It’s been my go-to lipstick for four years now,” says top wedding makeup artist Ara Fernando. “My brides love it!”
Absolutely kiss-proof and transfer-proof, the formula drenches lips with striking pigment while keeping lips smooth and moisturized. “If you’re looking for a smudge-proof, budge-proof, and eat-proof lipstick, this one’s for you,” stresses Ara. “It stays on even if you shower, swim, or sleep. And it won’t stain your clothes.” (We’re so sold.)
Whether you’re a makeup newbie or a longtime expert, you’ll be swept away by the whimsical colors of this 24-shade palette from BH Cosmetics. It features luxe neutrals with warm undertones to opulent pinks and plums—ranging from buttery mattes to luminous shimmers.
No wonder it’s a fave among Hollywood makeup artists! Beauty guru Foinika Kay particularly loves this palette for its long-lasting power. Use the tans and soft pinks for a fresh daytime look or go glam for a night out with the stunning purples and golds.
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