When you go to the mecca of all things beauty (a.k.a. Sephora), it can be exhilarating and totally exhausting at the same time. The rainbow rows of lipstick! The army of glam employees wanting to make you over! The endless samples at checkout! The whole experience can be overwhelming, even to Sephora pros. To make your next trip a little easier, we talked to six makeup artists about the items they always snag when they're navigating the aisles. Read on for their pro picks and tips—and get ready to add some new essentials to your routine.
Clinique Even Better Eyes Dark Circle Corrector, Sephora $55
Pro Tip: Even makeup artists embrace #NoMakeup days, and when Taylor Davis rocks one, this is a must-have. "It's basically a corrector and an eye cream in one," she says. "It's got a lot of glow in it to give you that lifted, awake look—and it feels amazing when you apply it."
Anastasia Beverley Hills Dipbrow Pomade, Sephora $32
Pro Tip: The reason this pomade is in Trinh's makeup bag? Its buildable colour is totally smudge-free and can double as a cream shadow. "Make sure to blend it quickly before it dries. Once it sets, it won't crease or smear," she explains.
It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealer, Sephora $38
Pro Tip: "This is hands down my go-to product for concealer," says Trinh. "Its waterproof, anti-ageing formulation is great for colour-correcting and concealing all-in-one. You can even use it on dark spots." The concealer's pinky-salmon hue makes it easy to cover up under-eye circles or uneven complexion marks.
Cover FX Enhancer Drops, Sephora $62
Pro Tip: These luminizing drops are a glow-a-holic's dream. You can mix them into your fave moisturizer, foundation or primer to customize your radiance level. "I mix the drops in with body lotion for a beautiful sheen during the spring and summer," says Trinh. "The shimmer helps minimize any uneven skin tones on my legs."
Sephora Collection Pro Foundation Brush #47, Sephora $39
Pro Tip: "This is absolutely one of my favourites. It's a brush I know I can trust with just about every complexion product," says makeup artist Justin Tyme. "Its fibers are packed densely enough to pull off an airbrush finish with foundation, but not so much that you can't use it for blending or sculpting, too."
Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow Palette, Sephora $68
Pro Tip: "If I were on an island working and could only have one item to use, it'd be this palette," says Tyme. "It contains matte primary colours, some great extended colours, and two options for metallics that work with both warm and cool makeup looks—it's perfection!" The creamy shades can be blended together in endless ways and can be used on eyes, cheeks, or lips. For makeup newbies, Tyme suggests starting conservatively by using some of the brighter eye colours as just a liner. As you get more comfortable, wear them as a shadow.
Murad Matteffect Blotting Perfector, Sephora $45
Pro Tip: Say goodbye to cake face: This high-tech compact will have you pushing your go-to powder to the wayside. "It can be used to prime skin, set makeup, blot shine, and refresh," says Tyme. "It saves time and the quality of makeup by not having to constantly reapply powder."
Giorgio Armani Power Fabric Longwear High Cover Foundation, Sephora $99
Pro Tip: "It's like a velvet slip for your skin," says Hughes of this full-coverage liquid foundation. "It wears really well, and photographs like a dream. I use it with a blending brush just around the nose and mouth then buff the formula out for a seamless and elegant finish."
Tarte Rainforest Of The Sea Eyeshadow Palette, Sephora $54
Pro Tip: "This palette is not only great for eyes, but since it contains a lot of shimmer, it also works as a highlighting palette. Apply the bronze or gold shades to your cheekbones, or at the cupid's bow of your lips," says Orange. Another bonus is that the creamy shades are infused with light-reflecting spheres, making the colour payoff super smooth and long-lasting.