How do you wade through the six billion different lines of makeup sold at every department store to find the really good stuff? How do you know if you're getting quality? One simple way is to go for the face color that's made by a professional. After all, who better to create a covetable cosmetic collection than the experts who use them for a living? They know high quality, they know what works for a variety of tones and faces, and they don't put their name on anything less than what inspires them. Think of it like buying Da Vinci-designed oil paints or cans of spray paint formulated by Banksy.
Here are our top six makeup lines from makeup artist masters who cut their teeth in high fashion and red carpet jobs before striking out to create their own lines.
Make Up For Ever
Dany Sanz is a veteran makeup artist you may not have heard of. Her cred was built in that little place we like to call Paris. After decades of teaching, and beginning her own school, she created Make Up For Ever. Sold at Sephora, the line innovated HD makeup, which has been imitated by the highest end brands.
Any girl who knows beauty, knows of the legend Kevyn Aucoin. Passing way before his time, Kevyn's makeup line lets his expertise live on. Love this perfect travel-sized cheek color. It can double as lip color too — and it's in one of the hottest shades of the year: fuchsia.
Who's Pati? Only one of the most successful makeup artists today. Her work has graced countless celeb faces and magazine covers. She's also kind of a marketing genius. Because rather than being sold at Neiman Marcus or Nordstrom, she's made her top quality makeup available to everyone via Costco. These glosses are holiday-ready, nourish lips and give sheer, light color with one application that's perfect for day.
J.Lo and Kim Kardashian are fans, so it's a given that Barnes knows glamorous beauty. His new line "The Present" is asking to be gifted to someone else or yourself. Each palette has travel capability and lets you go from day to night like a pro.
Phan is a YouTube sensation. An amateur turned pro by sheer talent alone, her cosmetics are inspired by us. You know, the girls in the trenches who don't bathe in La Mer cream. Her site is full of helpful how-to videos. She's created palettes for different occasions, so convenient. Love this one for the working girl.
Surratt was mentored by the great Aucoin and has been a Hollywood heavy-hitter for years. He just launched his own collection based on the quality and look of Japanese makeup. It's selling out at Barney's like, well, extremely covetable limited-quantity makeup. This eye shadow shade is perfect for blending with other colors to make them pop.