If you have fine lines, you know how they can derail your makeup application. It doesn’t matter if you’re just doing your daily routine or getting ready for a special event — fine lines don’t discriminate. Just mere minutes after putting on makeup, you’ll see it all settling into lines and wrinkles, creasing and creating an uneven texture. That’s especially true if you aren’t choosy with the products you use.
Celebrity makeup artists know this best: careful product selection is essential to a flawless result. After all, they would never let one of their famous clients walk down the red carpet with creased concealer under their eyes or foundation built up in the lines around their mouth. So, keep reading! We tapped five celebrity makeup artists to share the products — from primers to oils and more — they rely on when they need to create smooth, perfect-looking skin.
According to NYC celebrity makeup artist Mary Irwin, the StriVectin® Line BlurfectorTM; Instant Wrinkle Blurring Primer ($39) works double duty: it helps blur fine lines before you apply your makeup and prevents makeup from settling in them, too. “I was shocked at how well it worked the first time I used it and it has since become a staple for myself and clients,” she explains. The lightweight formula also contains powerful anti-aging ingredients, including nourishing vitamin E and vitamin B3.
If you’re looking to fight both lines and sun damage, the Purlisse® Perfect Glow BB Cream SPF 30 ($35) is an excellent pick, says Rachel Toussaint, a makeup artist based in Connecticut and New York, who has sworn by this product for years. “Its matte-meets-glowy finish acts as a veil, covering fine lines and pores, leaving your skin virtually poreless,” she shares. “The oil-free formula is also long-wearing, hydrating (excellent for plumping up fine lines and wrinkles), and gives your skin a radiant glow.”
DeeDee Marcelli, a celebrity makeup artist based in Los Angeles, says she would be lost without the Dermalogica® HydrablurTM; Primer ($49). “It has become my go-to for creating a canvas for clients' makeup,” she divulges. “I apply the thick, yet lightweight formula to areas with fine lines and it instantly smoothes the area, making it appear firmer and more youthful. It even keeps lipstick from bleeding!” She notes that you don’t need much product to get the job done — a pea-sized dollop is generally enough for the whole face.
According to Shira Aaron, a makeup artist based in New York, the Beautycounter® Glow and GoTM; Mini Oils ($30) delivers smoothing benefits and a major dose of antioxidants. “The lightweight, silky-smooth formulas feature vitamin C, jasmine, and ylang ylang for brightening, plumping, and balancing skin,” she says. “The Plumping Oil in particular firms skin and helps reduce the appearance of fine lines for a smooth, healthy surface.” Aaron also adores the collection’s natural herbal aroma.
Most wouldn’t think of a blush as being a reliable choice to fill fine lines, but Toussaint says there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to Glossier® Cloud Paint® ($18). “It has a gel-cream formula, making it incredibly lightweight and blendable, and contains collagen which hydrates and plumps the skin,” she explains. “Plus, it’s extremely user-friendly and has a beautiful shade range to choose from.” Just squirt a tiny dot onto your fingertips and press it into your cheeks to create a realistic-looking flush.
The Smashbox® The Original Photo Finish® Smooth and Blur Primer ($36) has gained a cult following among makeup artists for its serious smoothing capabilities, Toussaint included. “It immediately fills in pores and fine lines and keeps your makeup lasting all day,” she says. “It also contains vitamins A and E to protect the skin against pollutants, which further age your skin,” she says. If you find you need color correction as well as line-smoothing, this formula also comes in a wide variety of shades to even out your complexion, including green to counteract redness, purple to fight sallowness, and peach to brighten.
Kristofer Buckle, a celebrity makeup artist based in New York, has come to rely on this Dr. Brandt® Needles No More® Wrinkle Smoothing Cream ($89) as a primer. “It helps relax strong expression lines and has a non-slippery, light texture which helps makeup adhere without a heavy layering of products,” he says. The formula is loaded with skin-firming peptides, nourishing shea butter, and antioxidant vitamin E to help defend your complexion against free radicals.
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