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Sarah's Makeup Artist Must-Haves

By Sarah, Makeup Artist

Sarah Cormier is a self-taught makeup artist in Cincinnati, OH. She mostly does wedding makeup but also has experience working on various photo shoots, fashion shows, and films. In addition, she is a freelance artist for her favorite line, MAC!

When she isn’t busy with makeup, she teaches Spinning classes at her local gym, and also attends Body Pump, Pole Fitness, and Cardio Kickboxing classes. Her other hobby is shopping, favorite stores are Nordstrom, the MAC store, Lucky Brand, and White House Black Market. Sarah is happily married to her wonderful husband of two years, Nate. Check out her blog, Sarah C. Makeup and

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Sarah’s Makeup Artist Must-Haves

But first, many of you are probably wondering, ‘who is this girl?’, so let’s get acquainted shall we? Here is a little bit about me, summed up by the top 5 beauty products and tricks that I simply can’t live without:

Because I am a perfectionist and huge fan of long wearing products, MAC Paint Pots ($16.50) are a staple in both my kit and personal stash. There are lots of excellent lid primers on the market but paint pots are my preference because they can be used as either as a primer or as eye shadows. They keep products looking perfect from morning until the wee hours of the night. They can also offer a natural look that can be played up with a little contouring and/or dramatic liner. As most of us know, paint pots come in various finishes, but I prefer the crème variety (Soft Ochre, Painterly, Quite Natural, and Groundwork from MAC’s permanent line are examples) because they are the most versatile.

Because I like to save money, I love Pampers Sensitive Baby Wipes ($17.69) for removing makeup at the gym and before I cleanse my face at night. I also keep a pack in my kit for use on clients. You read that right friends! I first learned this years ago from a makeup artist friend and have since read several articles that advocate alcohol-free baby wipes to remove makeup. I like Pampers Sensitive because they are soothing, alcohol-free, and unscented.  Makeup remover wipes range in price between $5 to $25 depending on brand and quantity. Pampers Sensitive are basically the same thing but cost between $2 and $7, and you can often get coupons in the Sunday paper!

Because I adore saving time, money, and space in both my kit and personal stash, Buxom Waterproof Smoky Eye Sticks ($18.00) are my newest obsession. $18 at Sephora gets you this long lasting crayon of joy. Available in an array of versatile and relevant shades, they can be used as an eyeliner, eyeshadow, or blended out to create a smoky eye. Aside from being a true triple threat, what I dig most is how easy they are to apply and blend, before setting to a truly waterproof finish that will not budge. They are especially handy on jobs, where time is usually very much of the essence. All I have to do is grab one of my trusty Buxom Eye Sticks to create a runway ready look in under five minutes.

Because my eyes are my favorite feature to play up, lining the upper water line will forever remain in my back pocket as the best way to make lashes look longer and eyes more vibrant. If you haven’t tried this little trick yet, you must! Just first make sure to use a waterproof liner that is approved by for the waterline by the manufacturer; Aforementioned Buxom Waterproof Smoky Eye Sticks work great!

Because I believe that a flawless face is the most important makeup element, I cannot live without the MAC 187 Brush ($48.00). Commonly referred called the “the skunk brush,” it consists of a perfectly balanced blend of natural and synthetic fibers. Together, these two elements create maximum and even product distribution, which I particularly like because it minimizes waste and extends the life of my foundation. When used with circular and sweeping movements, this brush effortlessly creates a flawless and even finish. I often cannot tell the difference between foundations applied with a 187 and an airbrush, because it is just that good. An added bonus of this brush is that it can be used for any type of face product, blush included, in just about any formula including powders, crèmes, or liquids. If you like the idea of the 187 but find it to be a little too much, try its smaller counterpart, the 188.

What about you, what are your top five (or more!) must haves?


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Sarah Cormier Avatar

I agree! I am not sure where that price came from, unless you purchase a huge quantity of them! Either I made a typo in my original submission, or Christine and I got our wires crossed! The price for a regular size pack is about $7. Very sorry for any confusion.

ann Avatar

mac 217 – there is no better blending brush for a smokey eye

mac feline eye kohl for the waterline

urban decay sellout eyeshadow – PERFECT for eyebrow and inner corner highlight

laura mercier illuminating mineral powder in candlelight – gorgeous highlight for cheekbones

prestige – my blackest lashes – one of THEE best mascaras on the market and only $6!!

Adrienne Avatar

Mac paint pots! Nars powder foundation in fiji to set foundation. Clarisonic. Bumble and bumble straight blow dry( most amazing straightening product HG) Mac 134 brush it’s a large paddle fluffy brush which I use everyday with the nars powder. Sarah I love the 187 as well use it with MUFE HD 120. Very happy with my flawless face routine.

Nicole Avatar

My current favourites

1. MUFE HD Foundation
2. Beautyblender (it’s much better than a MAC 190 or 187)
3. Bobbi Brown Powder Brush (I also use it for applying blush)
4. Nars Orgasm Lipgloss (I love the finish)
5. OPI Vodka & Caviar (last for one week without tipwear)
6. Painterly Paint Pot by MAC (repurchesed it twice)
7. Burberry Eyeshadow in Rosewood (perfect shade for a natural smokey eyes)

Susan Avatar

I absolutely hate Mac paint pots, they crease on me like no other even if used very lightly and on my lid only as they also tend to creep up on my lids. I prefer the Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadows, same concept but way better for super oily lids, they don’t move at all and they come in lots of different colors as well. I totally agree on the Buxom though, I love that whole line.

Sarah Cormier Avatar

I have never heard that about a PP, but that is very good to know! I have to agree with you about the Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadows. They are also fantastic! I have several of them in my kit as well and also think they are amazing! I love how such a teeny amount goes such a long way. You definitely get your money’s worth when you invest in them. My favorite shades are RSVP, Strut, and Get Figgy!

Jane Avatar

Years ago, I used regular old baby wipes to remove make up and over a few months I did severe damage to my skin.. DUH.. alcohol! It got red, scaly and flaking, foundation just cracked on my cheek. It was then that I had my first brush with high end skin care products because I had to get really good stuff to bring my skin back from the dead. The high end skin care products stayed with me from that point on but not the baby wipes! However, I do miss how easy the wipes were to use.. alcohol free ones are okay? hmmmm..maybe I will try it.

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