From a creamy, hydrating concealer to jet black lengthening mascara.

By Erin Lukas
Oct 23, 2020 @ 11:01 am
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One of the biggest myths about clean beauty products is that they don't perform as well traditional formulas.

However, as the category continues to grow in popularity, and more brands enter the market, the products have evolved, too — from utilizing innovative ingredients to creating unique finishes. And who better to pick out the best products from the bunch than celebrity makeup artists?

On top of conceptualizing looks that will standout on the red carpet, it's also important for them to use products that will hold up throughout the night, and under intense (and sometimes harsh) award show lighting.

That's why we turned to five of our favorite celebrity makeup artists to find out what clean makeup products they keep in their kits. From creamy, hydrating concealers to jet black lengthening mascaras, learn more about their picks, below.

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Daniel Martin

Daniel Martin, who counts Meghan Markle and Elisabeth Moss as his clients, is a fan of Tatcha's The Liquid Silk Canvas: Featherweight Protective Primer. The oil-free primer helps extend the lifespan of your makeup look, while simultaneously protecting skin from environmental pollutants.

Tatcha's The Liquid Silk Canvas: Featherweight Protective Primer

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To buy: $52;

"This is a staple in my kit to keep foundation from fading and locking it down for hours," the Tatcha ambassador tells InStyle. "Use it straight after your moisturizer with your hands and witness the instant brightening and blurring it creates before you get into your complexion products. I like to use this alone before Zoom meetings to make my skin appear more even without wearing makeup."

Victoria Beckham Beauty Posh Lipstick in Pose

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To buy: $38;

"This is my new favorite nude," Martin shares. "It’s that '90s taupe-mauve we all fell in love with, but without that dry matte feeling on the lips. It's great on so many skin tones, too!"

Fiona Stiles

You've seen Fiona Stiles' work on Lily Collins, Jasmine Tookes, and Gabrielle Union, to name a few. One clean product she likes to keep in her kit is Rituel de Fille's Ash and Ember Eye Soots, a cream eyeshadow with extreme color payoff that doesn't crease after a few minutes of wear.

Rituel de Fille Ash and Ember Eye Soots

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To buy: $38;

"I love everything this brand creates but I’m especially fond of the Eye Soots," Stiles says. "The formula is truly unique, the colors are beautiful and the finish is sublime. They’re super versatile and their ingredient deck is clean as a whistle."

Ilia Limitless Lash Mascara

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To buy: $28;

Even makeup artists think it's tough to find a clean mascara formula that performs. But Stiles likes Ilia's cult-favorite lengthening mascara. "I’m wildly impressed with the one from ILIA," she shares. "It gives you full lashes without smudging and with zero flaking. Most clean mascaras give you anemic-looking lashes, but this one really delivers."

Emily Cheng

Yara Shahidi, Alycia Debnam-Carey, and Janelle Monáe all turn to Emily Cheng for dewy skin and clean, bold eye makeup looks. One product the MUA likes to use for a lit-from-within glow? Tower 28's BeachPlease Luminous Tinted Balm, specifically the shade Golden Hour.

Tower 28 BeachPlease Luminous Tinted Balm in Golden Hour

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To buy: $20;

"I like to use this all over for a flush of color," says Cheng. "The warm tint honestly makes it look like you've spent the day in the sun. I apply with my fingers, and smudge it onto the apple of my cheeks and slightly across the nose for an effortless sun-kissed finish."

Osea Atmosphere Protection Cream

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To buy: $48;

How you prep your skin is equally important as the makeup you use. Cheng thinks Osea's Atmosphere Protection Cream is a great base for makeup. "This is one of my go-to face creams that moisturizes, but doesn't cause my very sensitive skin to break out," she says. "And the scent is incredible."

Scott Osbourne

Those super glam red carpet looks you love on Keke Palmer and Saweetie? They're all created by Scott Osbourne. And he's a huge fan of using Kosas on his clients. 

Kosas Revealer Concealer

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To buy: $28;

"This product is super creamy and easy to work with because it glides onto the skin and blends in effortlessly, converting any discoloration, dark marks, or even to just brighten under the eyes," Osbourne says of Kosas' concealer, which contains ingredients you'll find in your favorite skincare products, such as hyaluronic acid, peptides, and caffeine.

Milk Makeup Hydro Grip Setting + Refreshing Spray

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To buy: $36;

"This product creates a nice, long-wear, radiant look on the skin, and can be used before or after makeup application," says Osbourne. "Using it before makeup makes the skin tacky and primer-like, while afterwards makes the makeup melt into skin for a natural finish."

Georgie Eisdell

Dakota Johnson, Thandie Newton, and Gwyneth Paltrow are just a few of the celebs on Eisdell's roster.  For a natural, just-bitten lip color, she turns to Victoria Beckham Beauty's lip stain.

Victoria Beckham Beauty Bitten Lip Tint

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To buy: $36;

"You literally don’t need any other color and it’s not drying at all," Eisdell says of the perfectly-plum lip stain. "Just apply to the lip and blend it out with your finger."

Jamie Makeup The Blighlighter

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To buy: $34;

"You dab this product on with your middle finger, beauty blender, or brush," suggests Eisdell. "Place it on the apples of the cheeks and blend it back toward the hair line and glow all day."

From non-toxic makeup and skincare to sustainability practices, Clean Slate is an exploration of all things in the green beauty space.