The magic of the high-low mix gets a lot of attention in the wardrobe styling space, but it’s just as important when it comes to beauty — just ask professional makeup artists. The creators of your favorite celebrity looks, runway glam, and editorial shoots rarely rely on luxury products alone to get the job done — and these 14 beauty products that makeup artists love, ranging from $6 to $100, are proof.
A makeup artist’s kit (aka, the case of cosmetics they keep with them on set or backstage) typically includes a mix of affordable staples, mid-tier must-haves, and high-end formulas. “Neutrogena's Hydro Boost Hydrating Concealer is literally my favorite everyday concealer, especially for dry skin,” Neil Scibelli, a makeup artist who works with Elle Macpherson, tells The Zoe Report of the under-$10 buy. “It contains hyaluronic acid, which hydrates the eye area while binding the product to the skin.” Towards the other end of the spectrum, you have Paula's Choice Lip & Body Treatment Balm, which will run you $35 for just 15 milliliters… but it’s worth it, according to celebrity makeup artist Amber Amos. “This is the number one product I keep in my kit,” she says in an email to TZR. “It really hydrates the lips without feeling dry minutes later.” Then the top-tier treatments come into play, like StriVectin’s $95 Tightening Neck Cream that makeup artist Katie Danza swears by to fix “tech neck” on shoots. “It firms, tightens, and smooths the skin,” the MUA, who works with Cazzie David, tells TZR. “It really works!”
Ahead, every drugstore must-have and high-end favorite that professional makeup artists swear by — all conveniently available on Amazon.