Beauty Products Nick Barose Uses to The Last Drop

Curated by Claudia Shannon / Research Scientist / ishonest

Including Armani concealer, Eve Lom essence, and Glow Recipe mist.

Celebrity makeup artist Nick Barose works with stars like Lupita Nyong’o, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Tracee Ellis Ross, but he’s always happy to lend his expertise to Cut readers. He’s taught us how to apply perfect red lipstick, how to seamlessly cover a pimple with makeup, how you should really apply foundation, and now, he’s sharing his favorite products — the ones that help him prep stars for the red carpet.

Barose has been a makeup artist for 25 years; he got his start as personal assistant to beauty legend Kevyn Aucoin. “Beauty is partly about how products make you feel,” he says. “Some days you don’t wake up feeling great, and applying a luxurious, gorgeous face cream can lift your spirits.”

One of his skills is immediately knowing what products will work on his clients, and perhaps most importantly, which won’t. “I am always looking at photos and videos to see if a product stays, if my client is shiny, and if there are creases,” he explains. “I keep all of this in mind and remember what products are ideal for what clients. For example, mascara is not one-size-fits-all — one long-wearing product might work on one person, and because of their body chemistry, might smudge on another.”

In Barose’s makeup kit, you’ll find Armani’s Luminous Silk Concealer (“The formula is not heavy and it doesn’t build up, so it won’t bring out fine lines or creases”), Fenty Beauty’s Bronzing Powder (“Matte without being shimmery, and the tan shades look believable and convincing, like a real tan”), and Glossier’s Brow Flick Pen (“The super-fine pen point lets you mimic real hair so you can really work on filling in fine feathery strokes.”) One thing you won’t find in the mix: fixing spray. “I prefer to use long-wearing makeup so if I have to touch up the skin later, I know I’ll still be able to,” he explains. “With a fixing spray, it can sometimes dry out the makeup, so when you add more makeup on top, it can crease or cake, and I prefer fresh, touchable-looking skin.”

Armani Luminous Silk Concealer

ZIIP GX Electric Facial Device

Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Mist

Costa Brazil Kaya Jungle Body Oil

Glossier Brow Flick

Srichand UV Shield SPF 50 PA++++

Peace Out Pore Treatment Strips

Armani Luminous Silk Hydrating Primer

Erno Laszlo The Famous Black Bar

Mally Color Wand in “Pop Of Poppy”

Lashify Melt Away Lash Remover

Fenty Beauty Sun Stalk'r Bronzer

Ellis Brooklyn Myth Eau de Parfum

Skin Inc. Pure Revival Peel

Iconic London Eyebrow Cushion in “Deep”

Nutiva Organic Coconut Oil

Sisley Black Rose Eye Contour Fluid

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate

Eve Lom Time Retreat Radiance Essence

Aveda Bergamot Essential Oil + Base

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