Raid This Red-Carpet Pro’s Medicine Cabinet and Makeup Bag
If I could shadow anyone in a French pharmacy or the aisles of Sephora, it would undoubtedly be a makeup artist. One of my favorite backstage pastimes is peeking around the pros’ stations to see what they use to create otherworldly radiance or soften models’ dry, cracked lips. They often unearth beauty gems I would never discover on my own and know what products provide real results for their discerning red-carpet clientele. Plus, they won’t give me a hard sell just to make a commission.
Starting today, you can browse famed face painter Fiona Stiles’ go-to goods via her well-edited e-commerce site, Reed Clarke. Trusted by celebs such as Halle Berry and Jessica Chastain, Stiles made the contents of her medicine cabinet and makeup bag accessible to the virtual masses, providing personal write-ups that explain each product’s worthiness. You’ll also discover niche brands and formulas that only those in the know have on hand (like Kelo-cote Scar Gel, which Stiles has dubbed “a miracle,” and Ponaris Nasal Emollient, an astronaut-approved oil for any glamorous globe-trotter attempting to beat the effects of dry, recycled plane air). “Reed Clarke is a conversation between me and the customer,” Stiles explained of her new online shopping destination (named after her 3-year-old daughter, Clarke, and her sisters’ middle names, Reed and Clarke). I think I just found my new retail therapist.—Amber Kallor
Here, her top three items to add to your cart:
W3ll People Universalist Multi Use Colorstick #2: “I use this pretty much every day. I love the highlight it creates—it’s very sensual and believable. Even if I do more of a matte skin look, I still use this as a highlighter down the bridge of the nose. It keeps the look fresh and modern, and it brings a beautiful glow to the skin.”
In Fiore Veloutée Multipurpose Balm for Lips & Eyes: “I use this for everything. I use it on the lips, of course, but I also use it to add a bit of glow to the cheekbones, as a subtle gloss on the lids of the eyes when I do a more natural look, and as a cuticle balm—I always check a client’s nails to be sure they look nice. I can find a dozen uses for it.”
Rubis tweezers: “I’m a bit of a brow fanatic. I like all of my clients to have perfect brows no matter what, and shaping is the foundation for a great brow. Not only does a well-maintained brow frame the face, but it also makes applying shadow easier and lets the product go on more seamlessly. These tweezers never miss a hair. I can’t work without them.”