4 Beauty Pros, 16 Must-Try Products — & Tons Of Genius Makeup Tricks

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Sometimes, you just need a second opinion from an expert — maybe it's Mom, maybe it's your BFF, maybe it's a stranger in a fitting room. But when it comes to beauty Qs, you should go straight to the source, and preferably a source who knows her stuff, to get the best advice.

And with warm weather headed this way, we're guessing you've got a few burning questions about what should be in your cosmetic kit. So, we tapped some of the area's savviest makeup artists to tell us all about the products they can't live without come spring, and offer up some easy-to-follow advice on how to use these lotions and potions like a pro. Read on for an insider's look into some of the most well-stocked kits in town, and get ready for Beauty School — any exams you face there, you'll ace, we promise!

AbigailDeCasanova

Abigail de Casanova

Graftobian Hi Def Glamour Creme Foundation
"Extremely versatile, and it meets the modern standard of HD makeup application for photography and video. If you are planning to spend a night out taking photos, this is a great choice. It can be as thick or as light as you want it; just add moisturizer to liquify it a bit. [It's best if] used with an HD foundation brush, and remember only to use as much as you need for coverage — spring calls for fresh-looking skin."
$14.99, available at Graftobian.

Make Up For Ever Waterproof Eyebrow Corrector
"[This is] my new favorite product. Pick a color a little lighter than your eyebrow color; only a tiny bit is needed, and it needs to be applied with an eyebrow brush. The key here is not to be heavy-handed — just try soft strokes with very little product, I promise it will go a long way. It is waterproof, excellent for rainy, humid days, and will be really useful when hitting the beach this summer."
$20, available at Sephora.

Almay Liquid Line Eyeliner
"If you think you are not good at making a straight line, this eyeliner might change your mind. The brush handle is very short and easy to use. I recommend black for a more defined cat-eye look, and brown for natural lines. For a spring twist, just add a colored line on top of it — lately, I have been adding a coral liner on top to warm things up, but it can also be green, blue, purple. It is really up to how adventurous you feel."
$7.29, available at Almay.

Inglot Cosmetics Face Blush
"My favorite is AMC Blush #58. I have found that this rosy color warms up many complexions. It has a long wear and gives a natural, flushed color, which is perfect for spring. Use a medium blush brush, dip it into the blush, and always tap to get rid of excess product. Place it softly on the cheeks and blend — the key with blush is to blend it enough so that it looks soft, but not blend it so much that it takes the product out. Tap a tiny bit on your forehead, tip of your nose, and chin, just for balance."
$12, available at Inglot.


Photo: Courtesy of Abigail de Casanova
MichelleGerman

Michelle German, Chic Makeup Geek

Lancôme Hypnôse Custom Volume Mascara in Deep Black
"With spring comes warmer weather, and no one wants bleeding mascara. Most people turn to waterproof mascaras, which tend to dry your lashes, but I turn to Lancôme. This mascara does not smear or clump, and is perfect for thickening, lengthening, and defining the lashes. It is also infused with vitamin B5 to help nourish while enhancing the lashes."
$26, available at Nordstrom.

Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy Sugar Scrubs
"These scrubs are the ideal one-two punch — the large sugar granules act as an exfoliator, while the oil hydrates the skin. Anyone wanting to exfoliate, prevent ingrown hairs, or just have an amazing glow should try this product."
$16, available at Bath & Body Works.

MAC Cosmetics Extra Dimension Highlighter in Glorify
"A good bronzer is essential for spring and summer, and Glorify is not good, it's perfection in a container! I love this product because it's so pigmented, yet can be blended and used all over the face. This product can be used on all skin colors, but is a must-have for darker complexions."
$29, available at MAC stores.

Urban Decay Primer Potions
"Urban Decay Primer Potion is a perfect base that prevents eyeshadow creasing. A little goes a long way with this goodie, so apply lightly and be prepared for smooth, crease-free eyeshadow that lasts all day."
$20, available at Urban Decay.


Photo: Courtesy of Michelle German
mimiTran

Mimi Tran, Makeup By Mimi Tran

Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Pro Balm
"This primer keeps faces shine-free for the longest. It helps fill in pores and lines, and it's lightweight, so it works very well under makeup, especially during warmer weather."
$29, available at Benefit.

Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Flawless Wear Concealer
"The newly reformulated version is even better, because it is not as dry once it sets. It has great coverage and doesn't crease up in humid weather. Plus, it has SPF 10 protection for under the eyes."
$22, available at Estée Lauder.

Laura Mercier Body Bronzing Makeup
"This instant-gratification body bronzer is perfect for anyone who has trouble applying self-tanner evenly or wants quick sun-kissed skin. The color looks very natural and not orange-y. It wears very well for a great day or night out, and washes off with soap and water. It also leaves your skin smelling delicious, like vanilla and coconut."
$38, available at Laura Mercier.

Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner
"Being a makeup artist, I get lured in to buy new items, but after trying many different long-lasting eyeliners, I still go back to my reliable Chanel pencil. Extra-dark black eyeliner pencil tends to smudge easily and gives raccoon eyes after a few hours; there are others that are super-waterproof, but they flake by the end of the day, which is dreadful, especially for contact wearers. The Chanel pencil doesn't flake, and on most people, it doesn't smudge. This roll-up pencil has a hidden sharpener on the other end, but I find it can still give a nice fine line without ever having to sharpen it. It comes in a variety of colors, but Gris (gray with a hint of blue) and Cassis (dark eggplant) are my top picks for spring."
$30, available at Chanel.


Photo: Courtesy of Mimi Tran
AnnaBuitrago

Ana Buitrago, Makeup By Ana B

Josie Maran Bear Naked Wipes
"These makeup wipes are amazing! They remove all long-wearing makeup and are super-soft, with a nice, clean scent. Plus, the ingredients are natural and non-irritating. LOVE!"
$20, available at Josie Maran Cosmetics.

NYX Lipstick in Hippie Chic
"NYX lipsticks have high color payoff and are long-lasting. Add a pop of color to your look with this coral-pink matte lipstick."
$5.99, available at ULTA.

Illamasqua Lover Blush
"This beautiful matte apricot blush is perfect for a soft spring look."
$24, available at Sephora.

Beauty Blender Sponge
"I love using this applicator for my liquid and cream foundations — nothing blends foundation better!"
$19.95, available at Sephora.


Photo: Courtesy of Ana Buitrago