7 Beauty Must-Haves from our Make-Up Artist to You!

Today, we sat down with our fabulous make-up artist Sophia Simoneaux (pictured above) to pick her brain. The result? We got her to divulge her top 7 deepest primping secrets— and we’re here to share them with you.

1. Laura Mercier Foundation Primer- Radiance 

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$34 at Sephora

“I have always loved Laura Mercier above all other brands for their lightweight primers. I won’t do a face without using this first to lay down the base, fill in all the pores and wrinkles, and keep the makeup fresh and lasting all day! I use it on the entire face and eyelids before applying foundation, concealers and eyeshadows. I have recently fallen in love with the Radiance primer as it has light reflecting pigments and a subtle rose gold glow to it that is perfect for my clients who request the dewy, radiant look!”

2. Makeup Forever Pro Sculpting Duo

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$39 at Sephora

“This is the perfect natural and radiant sculpting and contouring tool! It has both the highlighter and the contouring dark color in one small compact. The highlighter has a bit of shimmer in it , which I prefer to matte. The unique formula is a hybrid of gel/powder so it is unlike any other product for contouring that I have found before.”

3. MAC LIPGLASS Plushglass Lip Gloss

$20 at Mac Cosmetics

$20 at Mac Cosmetics

“Of all the lip glosses I have tested this one is consistently the best! No only does MAC have the best colors to choose from, but the gloss is just tacky enough to last through eating, drinking and kissing! An all time favorite of brides and ladies going to special events. My two favorite colors are “Big Kiss’ (a perfect coral shade that looks great on everyone) and “Posh it up”, a perfect light pink that is just the right amount of natural.”

4. Arcona Gentle Solution

$50 on Dermastore.com

$50 on Dermastore.com

“The Gentle Solution is a nighttime serum that completely regenerates your skin, nixes pimples, brightens dullness, plumps wrinkles— a miracle product. I recommend this to every client and the results are immediate! They are so good that you are advised to use a few times a week or every other day to shock skin so it does get used to it. A must have for clear, flawless skin!”

5. Arcona Hydrating Serum

$42 at Dermasotre.com

$42 at Dermastore.com

“The Hydating serum is the daytime miracle it goes under your daily moisturizer and sunscreen and plumps and hydrates everything making you look younger and glow.”

6. Amore Pacific Luminous Effect Brightening Masque

$120 at Sephora

$120 at Sephora

“This product is fantastic to do before you do your makeup for a special event or when you are jet lagged/ hungover/dehyrated. It is a super hydrating, calming, illuminating masque that makes a big impact! You don’t wash off the product but instead rub it in as a moisturizer after you remove the face cloth and it lays a beautiful base for your makeup.”

7. Yves Saint Laurent Radiant Touch Under-eye concealer 

$42 at Sephora

$42 at Sephora

“I have tried a million under eye concealers and this is the best. It is creamy but also long lasting and does a stellar job at brightening up and camouflaging dark circles. And best of all, it has light reflectors in it!”

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