Best Of The Best

Wondering what the pros use most? Our Best of the Best database ranks the cosmetics and skin-care products artists use again and again in the Beauty Breakdowns. Click each category to find out which foundations, mascaras, blushes, lipsticks and more are the experts’ go-to products.

La Mer Crème de la Mer Moisturizing Cream #1 Skincare - La Mer Crème de la Mer Moisturizing Cream

From the manufacturer:

As its name implies, Crème de la Mer originated from the ocean. Sea kelp is one of the potent ingredients in the Miracle Broth—a formula that was created my Dr. Max Huber after a lab accident left him with scars.

Today, people the world over use this moisturizer to sooth the face and neck. The product promises to smooth out aging lines, decrease pores, eliminate dryness, and give skin a smooth, firm look. 

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Laura Mercier Oil-Free Foundation #1 Foundation - Laura Mercier Oil-Free Foundation

Editor's note: This product has been reformulated by Laura Mercier and is now called oil free suprême foundation. The colors may have changed. The URL links to the new product, and the new product description is below the original.


From the manufacturer:

Laura Mercier Oil-Free Foundation is a layerable, highly pigmented formula to be used only where needed & allows the user to determine the amount of coverage.

  • Complete range of yellow-based foundations created to accommodate most women & help them achieve the most natural, "no makeup" look
  • Apply very sheerly or layer for more coverage
  • Never looks cakey or heavy because of the lightweight formula
  • Extremely long-wearing, stays colour true, & wears evenly
  • Vitamins A, C & E act as antioxidants to protect the skin from harmful effects in the environment
  • Oil-free, yet non-drying
  • Ideal for all skin types
  • 1 oz./29ml
oil free suprême foundation: 

Laura has developed an innovative new oil-free foundation that gives skin the ultimate coverage, comfort and wear for a flawless complexion. The oil-free, non-drying, lightweight formula glides on evenly and does not settle into fine lines.
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Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat #1 Concealer - Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat

From the manufacturer:

Capture 8 hours of sleep with the click of a pen. With a few strategic strokes of this award-winning complexion highlighter—dark circles, fine lines and signs of fatigue virtually disappear. Powered by the radiance-boosting Luminocaptide Complex, skin is instantly illuminated, so you look rested and refreshed—even if you’ve been up for hours. Sleek and sophisticated, it discretely slips into a makeup bag for quick touch-ups anytime. It’s the one beauty essential no woman should ever be without.

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T. LeClerc Loose Powder #1 Powder - T. LeClerc Loose Powder
From the manufacturer:

Amazingly fine and light loose powder based on pure rice starch provides matte finish and visibly smoothes the skin. Poudre T. LeClerc incomparably masters light and hides flaws while magnifying the complexion. This powder is well-tolerated by the most sensitive skin, and also serves as protection against pollution and solar radiation.
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NARS Cosmetics Bronzing Powder #1 Bronzer - NARS Cosmetics Bronzing Powder
From the manufacturer:

Diffused powder with golden shimmer to create an all-over warmth and contour for the entire face. Bronzing Powder creates a natural looking glow which enhances or creates the look of tanned skin.
  • Fills in lines and pores for smoother looking skin
  • Sheer color enhances or creates the look of tanned skin
  • Subtle shimmer adds glow
  • Imperceptible finish ideal for all skin tones
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M.A.C. Powder Blush #1 Blush - M.A.C. Powder Blush

From the manufacturer:

This popular and versatile blush comes in 40+ colors and five different finishes. Colour for the cheeks and face. Various formulas. Different looks.

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M.A.C. Eye Shadow #1 Eye Shadow - M.A.C. Eye Shadow

From the manufacturer:

These smooth and easy to blend shadows are a favorite among professionals—especially for the large color selection. The M.A.C. Eye Shadow comes in nine different finishes.

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M.A.C. Pro Creme Liner #1 Eye Liner - M.A.C. Pro Creme Liner

From the manufacturer: 

Creme Liner is an advanced version of traditional creme liner, which can be used wet or dry. It can be applied straight from the container for a concentrated opaque line, or with a tiny bit of water for a more liquid/fluid application. It dries quickly, is streak-resistant, and long-lasting. Not made with harsh solvents or lacquers like some, this formula contains Vitamin E. It provides the most versatility for the artist. 

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Shu Uemura Hard Formula Pencil #1 Brows - Shu Uemura Hard Formula Pencil
From the manufacturer:

natural finish and shape. this unique eyebrow pencil only releases color pigment when it interacts with the oils in the brow hairs. the result is natural, defined brows. smudge-proof and long-lasting.
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MAX Factor 2000 Calorie Mascara #1 Mascara - MAX Factor 2000 Calorie Mascara

From the manufacturer:

Fattens your lashes 200%. Smudgeproof.

  • Touchproof
  • Fattens your lashes for a thick, dramatic look
  • Easy to remove with soap and water
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Suitable for sensitive eyes & contact wearers
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Ardell DuraLash Individual Lashes #1 False Lashes - Ardell DuraLash Individual Lashes

From the manufacturer:

Wear the closest thing to natural lashes with exclusive, knot-free Duralash Naturals. They are permanent curled, waterproof, weightless, and easy to apply. They're so comfortable you can wear them up to six weeks at a time. Each package contains 56 individual lashes perfect for filling in sparse areas of your lashline.

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M.A.C. Lip Pencil #1 Lips - M.A.C. Lip Pencil
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A pencil designed for shaping, lining or filling in the lip. Lip Pencils have a smooth, creamy texture that is perfect for lining the lips or filling them in. They are long-lasting and available in a wide selection of colours that each work well with many different lipstick shades. The colour of Lip Pencils is protected by Vitamin E, which acts as an anti-oxidant, and they contain emollients that moisturize the lips. Lip Pencils can be worn alone, with Lipstick, or Lipglass.
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M.A.C. Eye Shadow #1 Highlights / Countour - M.A.C. Eye Shadow

From the manufacturer:

These smooth and easy to blend shadows are a favorite among professionals—especially for the large color selection. The M.A.C. Eye Shadow comes in nine different finishes.

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