13 Tools Makeup Artists Can't Live Without


One thing I'm not well versed on is makeup products. It really doesn't matter how many YouTube tutorials I watch or how many articles I read from makeup artists, I just can't seem to get the hang of making my face look as flawless as theirs. As a result, I tend to keep it pretty simple when it comes to my makeup and try to stay away from anything that's over $10. Having recommendations of tools that makeup artists can't live without and that I can trust though, have helped me stay within budget and get as close to their flawless routines as possible.

Although I still have quite a long way to go, knowing that I have some good products in my bag now is a plus. I have very sensitive skin, so there's massive importance in ensuring that whatever I'm using does not cause a breakout or damage my skin in any way. When I do get my makeup done and artists ask me what I'm using, it's usually some drugstore dupe that I found for a better price.

Clearly I'm not professional, but these 13 product and tool recommendations that came from a few professionals can help you get the look that you're searching for. And, they might even be in your budget.

1Hair Donut Bun

Makeup artist Pauline Persaud says to me that a hair donut bun ($10 for three) is her go to product because it allows her to use the same brush for multiple colors by cleaning the brush in seconds.

2NYX Pore Filler

Talented up and coming makeup artist Eboni Harris recommends NYX Pore Filler Primer ($14) because of the "sleek finish it encourages for your makeup."

3The Blushed Nudes Palette by Maybelline

Celebrity makeup artist Allan Avendaño told Teen Vogue that The Blushed Nudes Palette by Maybelline ($9) is one of his must have products. The famed artist said of the palette, "every single one of the colors in the palette were so much more versatile on their own than I thought they would be."

4Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm

Celebrity makeup artist Molly Stern revealed to Allure that one of her favorite products is the Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm ($10) because "it feels good and offers the perfect hint of color."

5Aveeno's Clear Complexion Daily Moisturizer

Eboni Harris also tells me that Aveeno's Clear Complexion Daily Moisturizer ($10) is kept in her routine because, "it's great for keeping your skin filled with moisture throughout the day."

6Biore Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser

Allan Avendaño also recommended the Biore Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser ($8) to Teen Vogue, saying "its charcoal ingredients make it spectacular at removing makeup and leaves a refreshing tingling feeling while reducing the appearance of your pores."

7SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Body Lotion

Pro artist Ashunta Sheriff told SELF that SheaMoisture's Coconut & Hibiscus Body Lotion ($10) is a great moisturizer for the summer because it has a "whipped consistency, so it feels super lightweight, yet it's very hydrating as it leaves behind a healthy glow."

8Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights Face Illuminator

Makeup artist Ashleigh Ciucci told Allure that the Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights Face Illuminator ($7) is a favorite of hers because "it's easily blendable, flawless on the skin, and [gives] the perfect amount of shimmer."

9Maybelline Fit Me Dewy + Smooth Foundation

Makeup artist to Gigi Hadid Morgane Martini told Huffington Post that she loves Maybelline's Fit Me Dewy + Smooth Foundation ($6) because "it has a good amount of coverage, but it looks really natural and light."

10Biore Self Heating One Minute Mask

The Biore Self Heating One Minute Mask ($17 for 2) is celeb artist Allan Avendaño's favorite because "it's the most amazing way to decongest your skin after a long day," according to SELF.

11Cover FX Mattifying Primer

Atlanta-based makeup artist LaChristy James tells me that Cover FX Mattifying Primer ($30) is one of her favorite primers because it, "allows you to get a flawless look."

12EcoTools Flat Eyeliner Brush

Andrew Sotomayor told Teen Vogue that the EcoTools Flat Eyeliner Brush ($6) does wonders for his clients saying, "the synthetic fibers are very gentle on eyelids." Not to mention the whole this is recyclable.

13NARS Orgasm Blush

Makeup guru Cami Shahan tells Romper that the NARS Orgasm Blush ($13) "goes with everything and gives you a subtle glow without having to pile on the highlighter. It's great for all skin tones too."