5 Hair & Makeup Artists on the Products They Can’t Live Without

Their kits are so big because they’re full of secrets. Literally.

By: Jodi Taylor

Every awards season (or anytime we watch a red carpet event, really) we are left scouring the internet for tips on how to get our makeup and hair to look even remotely like it does on our favorite celebrities. Our main issue here is that our makeup bags don’t look anything like that of a hair or makeup stylist—I mean, have you seen some of their kits? Nor do we actually have the necessary skills. But we’ve got to start somewhere if we plan on recreating red carpet looks on ourselves. So we reached out to the stylists themselves to find out what their five can’t-live-without hero products are. We figure if we start with all of these, we’re bound to hit the ground running.



Joshua Ristaino

Celebrity Hair Stylist & Makeup Artist

“Dream Big by Serge Normant for moveable texture and volume without the stickiness.”

“Rene Furterer Glossing Spray for all-over shine without the greasiness.”

“Soft Lacquer Hair Spray by Oribe for incredible curl hold without the helmet-head appearance.”

“Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base by NARS for all-day hold and no creasing of eye makeup.”

“I love Hoola Bronzing Powder by Benefit for perfect all-over sun-kissed glow.”

Pati Dubroff

Celebrity Makeup Artist


“Good light is everything and with so much rain in L.A. right now, I can't rely on finding sunshine during the day, or good light in the evening, so I bring my own. The Makeup Light is my most important kit item.”

“Good skin is also everything, and I love how Joanna Vargas Eden Instant Lift Masks give the skin a radiant boost.”

“For everything from making my sponges and brushes damp to refreshing and setting makeup, Sisley Floral Spray Mist is a kit must-have. Plus, it smells divine.”

“My secret weapon for brightening the face is Laura Mercier Candleglow Concealer and Highlighter. The dome sponge applicator makes it easy to brighten the corners of eyes and nose.”

“I literally use Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate Cheek Blush in Sublimate on everyone! I'm obsessed with the shade and texture and how it just makes everyone look a little more flushed and healthy.”

Daniel Martin

Dior Celebrity Makeup Artist & Honest Beauty Creative Color Consultant

“Honest Beauty Magic Balm: a trusted highlighter and hydrator in one product. Gives a gorgeous glow to a glossy eye, too.”

“Dior Diorskin Forever Foundation: I love how this brightens the complexion without the use of powder to set. Gives a beautiful demi-matte finish that lasts for hours.”

“Charlotte Tilbury’s The Retoucher Conceal & Treat Stick brightens and blurs where you need it. It's an all-in-one complexion perfector!”

“Tatcha Blotting Papers: the size and texture picks up oil without leaving your skin flat.”

“Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion: This stuff not only locks down eye shadows for hours, but it also makes a great base to treat and conceal a pimple.”

Scotty Cunha

Celebrity Hair Stylist


“My Swissco tooth brush. I add hair spray to it and for flyaways and/or to smooth baby hairs.”

“My large 2-in-1 Harry Josh Marcel Curling Iron—with its technology the entire rod heats, making it easy for quick hair changes and adding a really quick wave.”

“Bumble and bumble Thickening Spray helps me to reset parts, has an amazing hold, and helps me to define any part when I am re-blow-drying a center part or changing a part from side to middle.”

“Rose water! I live for rose water spray. I use it to re-wet bangs or to re-blow-dry a section, like if hair is curly and it drys really quick. I also use it for my face so I feel refreshed when I have to join my clients at the party!”

“My Kardashian Beauty Teasing Comb! I use the end to separate pieces and separate a section I have teased so it stays voluminous without me crushing it and flattening it with my product-soaked hands.”

Ashunta Sheriff

Celebrity Makeup Artist

“I cannot live without my Dermaflash exfoliating tool. It is superior at-home exfoliation, removing dull and dead skin cells from your skin’s surface, which helps skin give off an amazing, healthier, radiant glow. Plus it removes unwanted peach fuzz, which can give a gray cast when makeup is applied.”

“Kate Somerville DermaQuench Liquid Lift for all skin types and skin tones. It is an advanced anti-aging, rejuvenating treatment that instantly hydrates and firms skin while plumping and reducing the appearance of wrinkles, which is amazing for makeup, so it doesn't fall into crevices and wrinkles.”

“Perfect Blend Stick by Ashunta Sheriff. Yes, it's my foundation stick, but I love it so much because it doesn't look like foundation. It highlights and contours naturally and subtly without harsh lines and overly done highlight. The aloe vera in the formulation tones down redness in skin, and it glides on layer after layer for buildable coverage without looking cakey.”

“Dior Airflash CC Primer has been a part of my red carpet kit for years. It has built-in radiance boost to make skin appear radiant and even. It's truly my favorite [product] in the world and it sprays on, so it's easy to use.”

“Long-wearing lipsticks are my favorite picks for red carpet. I use Milani Amore Matte Lip Crèmes as a base, and if I want to add a little shine I always have MAC Clear Lipglass on hand. I also use the Lipglass on eyelids to give eye makeup a glow from within, and even a dab on cheekbones. I learned this trick from many runway shows during Fashion Week—it truly makes lips and skin look young and sexy.”