When a makeup artist creates their very own brand, it’s like Picasso launching his own palette—the creator is supplying us with the tools we need to (attempt to) replicate their artistry. That’s exactly why I love turning to makeup lines founded and created by makeup artists. By working their magic on complexions and testing roughly one million products, they know what works and what doesn’t.
That’s exactly what makes brands like RMS Beauty (of Rose-Marie Swift) and Charlotte Tilbury, for example, cult favorites in the beauty world. It’s no surprise that these makeup artist-founded makeup brands are top choices amongst beauty insiders and celebrities alike. Below, I’ve rounded up my absolute favorite makeup artist lines you should have on your radar, along with their must-have product for your makeup bag.
Charlotte Tilbury: Matte Revolution Lipstick ($34)
The British icon and makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury’s skin-care and makeup line is full of gems, but my personal favorite is her lipstick—more specifically, her Matte Revolution Lipstick in Pillow Talk. It’s a soft pink and looks good on literally every skin tone.
Pat McGrath Labs: MTHRSHP Sublime Bronze Ambition Eyeshadow Palette ($55)
British makeup artist Pat McGrath is known for her bold makeup looks. I have a personal affinity towards her eye shadow palettes, because they’re shimmery and you can look ready to go with just one swipe of these absolutely stunning hues.
Kevyn Aucoin: The Sensual Skin Enhancer Concealer ($48)
Kevyn Aucoin was known for making his star-studded clientele’s skin totally beam. His concealer is one of his most iconic products—it’s lightweight but covers everything, and has jojoba oil in the formula to keep your skin moisturized.
Jillian Dempsey: Cheek Tint ($28)
Makeup artist Jillian Dempsey has a small-but-mighty makeup line of multitasking beauty essentials, like her famous blush that you can swipe onto your cheekbones for a pop of color and onto your lids (and lips too!) for a monochromatic look. Bonus points for being clean.
Westman Atelier: Face Trace Contour Stick ($48)
The new-to-market Westman Atelier is the brainchild of makeup artist Gucci Westman, who created it to have luxury skin-care meets makeup hybrid products. Her makeup essentials (including foundation sticks, blush sticks, etc.) are easy-to-use and also packed with skin-enhancing ingredients, like the oil-absorbing kaolin and hydrating jojoba.
Laura Mercier: Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 ($46)
Laura Mercier is a makeup brand I’ve seen and heard about since I first became interested in makeup. The makeup artist herself is renowned for her goal of creating naturally flawless faces, and her absolute must-have is her sunscreen spiked tinted moisturizer, which makes your skin look like itself but better.
RMS Beauty: Magic Luminizer ($38)
Astrologist and makeup virtuoso Rose-Marie Swift has a celebrity-beloved beauty line that’s known for its good-for-you products. She’s a natural beauty advocate, so all of her products are filled with skin-friendly ingredients that help your complexion as they enhance your look. The luminizer gives you a whole other level of glow.
Kjaer Weis: Cream Foundation ($68)
Another natural makeup line, Kjaer Weis was created by the Danish makeup artist Kirsten Kjaer Weis. She’s known for her gorgeously luxe beauty products, most of which are refillable palettes that are eco-friendly. Her cream foundation is a velvety dream for breathable coverage.
Patrick Ta: Major Glow Lip Shine ($22)
Patrick Ta is the makeup artist that the it-model crowd has on speed dial. His brand-new line is all about making skin glowy AF. This lip gloss is out-of-this-world amazing, and is constantly sold out… for good reason.
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