Beauty Swag Makeup Artists Actually Use

We see the fruits of makeup artists' labours every day on TV, the red carpet, the runway, and in fashion magazines. They're the wizards tasked with dolling up Cara Delevingne and Jourdan Dunn, giving Kate Moss her signature feline flick, and making the gorgeous Diane Kruger and Jennifer Lopez even more, well, gorgeous.
So, of course we were dying to know what our favourite London-based beauty gurus keep in their own makeup bags. Having road-tested every product under the sun, these ladies are pros at separating the wheat from the chaff. The best drugstore buy? They know. The designer lipstick that's so worth the splurge? All you have to do is ask. Secret tricks of the trade? Right this way...
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Read on as the industry's top artists spill their product picks, beauty inspirations, and ninja-like tips.
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Photo: Courtesy of Charlotte Tilbury (headshot); Designed by Anna Sudit.
Charlotte Tilbury, celebrity makeup artist and creator of the Charlotte Tilbury beauty range

How would you describe your personal beauty style?
"Throughout my career, I’ve always been known for a feline eye and beautiful skin, and this translates into my personal beauty style. Without my makeup on, I don’t feel like me. If I’m feeling tired or lacklustre, I will often reapply my eyeliner and touch up my makeup, and I will instantly feel more awake, happier, and ready for action."

What are the top five items you always stash in your makeup bag?
"Mascara: I never go anywhere without mascara. I sleep in it! My Filmstar Bronze & Glow: I love that silver-screen-siren look of candlelit skin, and this is beautifully packaged in the style of a vintage 1920s cigarette case. Magic Cream: This is my magic dew of youth and luminosity. It floods the skin with moisture, and I keep a small tub of it in my bag at all times. The Retoucher: This is like a photographer’s retoucher pen, which I use to erase dark circles and disguise imperfections. Cotton buds: These are a secret weapon for fixing a feline eye."

What fragrance do you wear?
"It’s a secret! I wear a personal mixed blend. People often ask me what I am wearing when I have no perfume on at all, and it is actually my delicious-smelling Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray. It smells divine."

What makeup product or trend is overrated?
"Bronzed skin is beautiful, but there are limits. Keep it golden rather than orange, and wear gloves to avoid transfer."

Who is your ultimate beauty icon, and why?
"I’ve always been obsessed with ‘60s icon Brigitte Bardot and model my look on her: that gorgeous, back-combed hair with a rock chick, just-out-of-bed twist. Kate Moss is a beauty chameleon and can literally transform into any character that she has to, from sultry rock chick to Grecian goddess."

What beauty trend would you love to try for yourself but haven’t?
"Being a redhead, I don’t tend to wear bright lips, but I love a vibrant colour on other skin tones."

What’s the biggest mistake people make when buying makeup?
"Not taking the time to test foundation properly! Make sure you try it out in different lights so you can really see if it suits you. Also, all makeup starts with a good base, so it’s important to moisturise the skin thoroughly with an oil-rich cream."

What’s your favourite drugstore/bargain product?
"Vaselina. I buy it in bulk from Ibiza. It’s smoother and rich."

What one product will you wear forever?
"Mascara. When I first discovered it, I was 13, and it changed my life! Ever since, I’ve seen makeup as a woman’s secret weapon. I’m addicted."

Where do you tend to shop for beauty items?
"Selfridges and VioletGrey.com are my go-to stores."

What’s your secret for creating your signature feline flick?
"Starting from the inner corner of the eye, draw a very fine line as close as possible to the lash line. Keep drawing a thin line until two thirds of the way across the lid. From this point, start to thicken the line, sweeping the pen slightly up and out. Once you get level with the end of the eye, keep sweeping the line out and up. Your flick should end two millimeters from the end of your eye. Always keep a cotton bud dipped in eye-makeup remover nearby to tidy up any mistakes!"

Who’s the funniest model or celebrity you’ve had in your chair?
"Kate Moss and I have known each other for years and are such good friends. We always have a laugh. She’s so much fun."

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray, £39, available at SpaceNK; Charlotte Tilbury Flash Bronze & Glow, £49, available at Charlotte Tilbury; Gal Vaselina Lip Balm, £6.50, available at BeautyMart, H&M Cotton Buds, £1.50, available at H&M.
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Photo: Courtesy of Hiromi Ueda (headshot); Designed by Anna Sudit.
Hiromi Ueda, celebrity makeup artist

How would you describe your personal beauty style?
"During the week, I like to keep my beauty regimen simple by spending a lot of time pampering my skin, so getting ready is an absolute pleasure on the weekend."

What are the top five items you always stash in your makeup bag?
"Suqqu eyelash curler: This is essential. I can’t live without it. Lancôme Hypnôse Mascara: I just adore it! Elizabeth Arden Eight-Hour Cream: my absolute classic. I have been using it for about 20 years. Chanel Vitalumiére Foundation: It’s a perfect veil on my face. YSL Rouge Pur Couture 12 Corail Fauve: a lovely colour for adding a bit of healthy glow to most skin tones."

How long do you tend to keep a product before you toss it?
"If it’s my favourite product, I won’t toss it until it dries out."

What fragrance do you wear?
"Le Labo Santal 33."

What makeup product or trend is overrated?
"Lip plumper. It doesn’t last long enough."

Who is your ultimate beauty icon, and why?
"Christy Turlington, the greatest model of all time. Her beauty is timeless! It is inspiring to see that she gets involved in numerous humanitarian activities and charities as well."

What beauty trend would you love to try for yourself but haven’t?
"I have been wanting to try dip-dye hair, but I haven't had a chance to do it yet."

What’s the biggest mistake people make when buying makeup?
"The most popular mistake I notice is that people choose the wrong foundation colour for their skin complexion."

What’s your favourite drugstore/bargain product?
"I’m using Collection 2000 clear mascara as eyebrow gel."

Where do you tend to shop for beauty items?
"Selfridges, because I can find the widest range of makeup all on one floor."

What’s your secret for sculpting the face?
"Using foundations in two different shades. I usually use a lighter shade foundation around the centre of the face and on top of the cheekbones, and a darker one for around the neckline and hairline and also under the cheekbones."

Who’s the funniest model or celebrity you’ve had in your chair?
"Cara Delevingne."

Do you have any random secrets or tools of the trade you’d like to share?
"If you have very straight eyelashes that tend to curl back or you find it is difficult to curl the outer corner of the eyelashes, you can simply use a heated eyelash curler."

What products or brands are particularly good for Asian women?
"Suqqu or RMK are good brands for Asian women. You can find good varieties of colours that would suit Asian skin tones perfectly."

Elizabeth Arden Eight-Hour Cream, £27, available at Debenhams; Lancôme Hypnôse Mascara, £22.50, available at FeelUnique; YSL Rouge Pur Couture, £25, available at Boots; Suqqu Eyelash Curler, £18, available at Selfridges; Chanel Vitalumiére Foundation, £32, available at Selfridges.
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Photo: Courtesy of Jennie Jenkins (headshot); Designed by Anna Sudit.
Jennie Jenkins, Beauty By JJ vlogger

How would you describe your personal beauty style?
"I would describe it as pretty glam. I don’t see anything wrong with rocking a smoky eye in the daytime. Even if I’m sporting a simple or neutral eye, I usually pair it with a bright, bold lip."

What are the top five items you always stash in your makeup bag?
"MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Powder, MAC Blot Powder, eyelash adhesive, concealer, and a mini eyeshadow palette."

How long do you tend to keep a product before you toss it?
"It depends on the product. Usually, with face products like foundation and concealer, I use them up until they run out. Lip products, however, will get thrown away after three months."

What fragrance do you wear?
"At the moment, I’m wearing Escada Born In Paradise."

What beauty trend would you love to try for yourself but haven’t?
"The ombré lip. I have seen a lot of amazing looks created using the ombré technique, but I haven’t gotten 'round to recreating them on myself."

What’s the biggest mistake people make when buying makeup?
"Testing a foundation shade on the back of their hand. The best place is the jawline, and, if possible, it’s always best to ask for a sample and see what it would look like in natural lighting."

What’s your favourite drugstore/bargain product?
"Sleek Face Contour Kit in medium."

Where do you tend to shop for beauty items?
"I usually just go to Superdrug for drugstore beauty items and Selfridges for high end. I also shop on eBay and stores that stock U.S. beauty brands like Beauty Joint and Absolute Kolor."

What’s your secret for highlighting the skin?
"I would use a cream concealer that is two to three shades lighter than your skin tone and apply it to the areas of your face where the light would hit. I would also apply a little highlighting powder on the high points of your cheekbones, your brow bone, down the bridge of your nose, and Cupid's bow to add a nice luminous glow to the skin."

Do you have any random secrets or tools of the trade you’d like to share?
"A quick way to look more awake even before applying makeup is brightening eye drops. They brighten the whites of your eyes and make your eye makeup pop."

What products or brands are particularly good for women of colour?
"I think a lot of brands cater to women of colour. MAC or Bobbi Brown can be used by women of colour. It is just a matter of finding the right shades to suit your skin tone. However, I feel every woman of colour should own a matte, orange blush and lipstick, as they are very flattering against the skin. Try blushes like NARS Taj Mahal or the MAC So Chaud lipstick."

NARS Taj Mahal, £21.50, available at LookFantastic; Sleek Face Contour Kit, £6.49, available at Superdrug; Escada Born in Paradise, £19.99, available at FragranceDirect; MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Powder, £19.80, available at Debenhams.
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Photo: Courtesy of Lauren Parsons (headshot); Designed by Anna Sudit.
Lauren Parsons, celebrity makeup artist

How would you describe your personal beauty style?
"I would say it's 'easy beauty with a lotta lash.' I like to use quite a few products with a light touch. Well, apart from mascara — I load layers of that on! Honestly, I think every woman wants to look beautiful. I always want to look like the best version of me without looking like I'm wearing a full face of makeup."

What are the top five items you always stash in your makeup bag?
"Without fail, I have eyelash curlers (either Chanel or Shu Uemura), a couple of mascaras (one new, one older; always Maybelline's Volum' Express The Colossal Mascara and sometimes Chanel's Inimitable, always waterproof), Maybelline's clear eyebrow gel (sadly, only available in the States), a mini Bioderma Sensibio H2O and Q-tips for mascara mishaps, and some blusher (either Becca's Beach Tint in Dragonfruit or NARS Orgasm)."

How long do you tend to keep a product before you toss it?
"Most people talk about guidelines, but I am so obsessive about makeup hygiene that I always go over the proposed lifespan. If you always have clean hands, wash your brushes, and don't apply product or the applicator directly to blemishes, your products will be safe for some time."

What fragrance do you wear?
"I wear a Shay & Blue Blacks Club Leather perfume that I was given after the party Julia Sarr-Jamois held there."

What is the most universally flattering lipstick shade you know of?
"MAC Ruby Woo is the most universally flattering matte, red lipstick, and the Clinique Chubby Stick range is always a go-to of mine if I want a hint of a tint or something with a slight sheen. It's no-makeup makeup."

What makeup product or trend is overrated?
"I don't think anything is overrated, but maybe trends are being followed a little too blindly. Longing to have Cara D's eyebrows is a prime example. I adore eyebrows, and they are one of my things I enjoy doing really well, as I think they really make a person's face. However, the current trend has made almost everyone obsessed with growing their brows or making them bigger with makeup. The thing is, they are perfect for Cara's face, but having full, dense eyebrows just doesn't suit everyone. A brow perfectly suited to your face is ideal; automatically going for bigger equals beautiful — not so much."

Who is your ultimate beauty icon, and why?
"I have two that are totally contradictory: Meryl Streep because she was a total Betty when she was younger and has grown older so beautifully, and Dolly Parton because she's the original rhinestone cowgirl and represents everything about razzle-dazzle and country music that I love. Natural beauty versus bigger, blonder, and sparklier. I haven't decided on which path I'll take as I get older just yet."

What beauty trend would you love to try for yourself but haven’t?
"Pastel-blue eyeshadow. I recently did a shoot for Australian Vogue with pastel-blue eyeshadow, a hint of pink flush on the cheeks and lips, and a slightly stronger brow and have been looking for the right shade of pastel for me ever since. Maybe I will end up like Dolly after all!"

What’s the biggest mistake people make when buying makeup?
"Listening to bad advice from the people working on counters. No offence. I recently went makeup shopping with a friend to help her update her makeup bag, and I saw '80s blusher stripes, bad bronzer, too dark and thick foundation, and some terrible recommendations. Had I not intervened, she would have ended up like Aunt Sally. Truly, it's a minefield out there! I'm such an advocate of experimenting, but it's also no bad thing when you try a new product or look to take some time to see how it wears. Always have a look in natural light."

What’s your favourite drugstore/bargain product?
"There are a few things that are just mega! Garnier's long-lasting makeup remover really takes off anything and everything with very little effort. Simple's original moisturising cream is great if your skin needs a rest from rich products or if it's breaking out. And, EcoTools brushes. They do a pack of five in a pouch as big as your hand, and it includes one of the best bronzer brushes I've ever used. (I think they say it's for powder.)"

What one product will you wear forever?
"Mascara. Assuming I've got any lashes left!"

What’s your secret for getting lipstick to stay put and not bleed?
"The corresponding lip pencil used all over the lips as a base before lipstick. Applying a lipstick and continually blotting with a tissue and reapplying to create a stain before the final application so it wears off gradually. But, both on myself or on a model, a perfectly applied lip looks lovely for about two hours; after that, the Q-tips come out."

Who’s the funniest model or celebrity you’ve had in your chair?
"I always enjoy having Lara Stone or Sam Rollinson sit in front of me."

Do you have any random secrets or tools of the trade you’d like to share?
"It's not necessarily makeup-related, but I swear by a cup of hot water, lemon juice, and one-quarter teaspoon of cayenne pepper as soon as I wake up. (I even travel with cayenne pepper.) I've been doing it for about two years, and I think it not only sets you up for the day, but (barring hormonal changes) it keeps your skin bright and clear. Takes a bit of getting used to but well worth a try! Oh, and always curl your lashes, if you don't already do it. You will not believe the difference it makes!"

MAC Ruby Woo, £15, available at MAC; Becca Beach Tint, £20, available at SpaceNK; Bioderma Sensibio H2O, £4.50, available at Escentual; EcoTools Brush Set, $12.99, available at EcoTools; MaybellineVolum' Express The Colossal Mascara, £7.19, available at Boots.
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Photo: Courtesy of Wendy Rowe (headshot); Designed by Anna Sudit.
Wendy Rowe, international makeup artist and Burberry Beauty artistic consultant

How would you describe your personal beauty style?
"Minimal. I don't like to spend a lot of time doing things, so I find products that work really well for me."

What are the top five items you always stash in your makeup bag?
"Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers to instantly open eyes. Shu Uemura Ultimate Expression Mascara: It’s got a really natural texture that coats lashes evenly without clumping, and you can build on it if you want more volume. Plus, the waterproof formula means it never drops. Kevyn Aucoin Eye Pencil Primatif in Basic Brown : A smudge-y chocolate-brown eyeliner is a great multipurpose product for me, as I can quickly create a minimal look or make it more intense if I’m going out in the evening. Burberry Lip Cover in Tulip Pink: I love this colour; it’s the perfect nude for me and works with everything. Burberry Sheer Concealer: It's perfect for disguising skin imperfections, as the light texture covers without looking heavy. The colours are great, too."

What fragrance do you wear?
"I change fragrances quite often, depending on my mood and the seasons. I also like layering perfumes to create my own blend so they become completely personal. At the moment, I am loving the Jo Malone Orange Blossom scent, as it’s nice and fresh for spring, plus the Byredo 1996 by Inez & Vinoodh fragrance for a light evening option."

What is the most universally flattering lipstick shade you know of?
"Burberry Lip Cover in Tulip Pink. It looks good on everyone, as it’s not too pink and not too nude."

What makeup product or trend is overrated?
"CC creams. I don't think the colours are right, and I feel the textures are too heavy. They don’t do all the things they claim to achieve."

What’s the biggest mistake people make when buying makeup?
"People often buy something for the name rather than the product itself. They get sucked into the packaging, as they like to bring something chic out of their handbag for touch-ups. It’s more important to buy good products with great textures that work for them."

What’s your favourite drugstore/bargain product?
"Sudocrem. It gets rid of spots and is super cheap."

What one product will you wear forever?
"Moisturiser to protect my skin. Currently, I am loving Crème de la Mer Soft Cream, as it's great for the warmer weather without being too light or super thick."

Where do you tend to shop for beauty items?
"SpaceNK, Selfridges, Barneys."

What’s your secret for getting glowy skin?
"Burberry Fresh Glow, either mixed with foundation before applying or used as a base underneath (or on its own). It makes skin look amazing with a dewy, gorgeous finish without looking too shiny. It gives a really healthy glow that is undetectable, so it appears as though you're glowing from within."

Who’s the funniest model or celebrity you’ve had in your chair?
"It’s hard to pick just one. It’s not necessarily that they’re really funny — it’s more about us having a similar sense of humour. I always have a laugh with Cara Delevingne, Suki Waterhouse, Anja Rubik, and Toni Garrn."

Burberry Lip Cover in Tulip Pink, £22.50, available at Burberry; Kevyn Aucoin Eye Pencil Primatif, £21, available at CultBeauty; Jo Malone Orange Blossom, £39, available at Jo Malone; Shu Uemura Ultimate Expression Mascara, £20, available at Shu Uemura.
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