The Drugstore Product A Singaporean Makeup Artist Swears By
You know a drugstore beauty product is truly legit when a makeup artist uses it backstage at New York Fashion Week. Singaporean makeup artist Nigel Stanislaus, who was part of the makeup teams at the Carolina Herrera and Monse shows, and keyed the look at Staud, swears by an affordable drugstore product, Bioderma Micellar Water, which costs $28.90.
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The makeup artist who has also worked with Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner and Ruby Rose among others, always makes sure the drugstore product is part of his kit backstage because it doesn’t cause any allergic reactions.
“Models have their makeup put on and taken off many times a day during Fashion Week. This product is gentle enough to cleanse and care for the face, just like water.” If it’s good enough for the models, it’s good enough for us. Here are some of the other products Nigel swears by.
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Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink in Lover and Amazonian, $17.90 each
Nigel mixed the two lipstick shades to create the lip look at Staud. “I found these colours universally flattering for that just-been-kissed lip look.” The resulting shade was also the perfect complement to the sun-kissed, dewy makeup for the show.
Benefit Cosmetics Ka-Brow! Eyebrow Cream-Gel Color, $42
Nigel uses this eyebrow pomade to create soft, natural-looking brows. He says, “The formula is waterproof and long-wearing. The pomade and brush allow me to create that natural, soft finish. Definitely no Instagram marker brows.”
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer, $60
If you’re looking for a lightweight, matte concealer that will not budge, this is for you. Backstage, Nigel mixes it with the Embryolisse Cream to create a soft, veil-like foundation coverage.
Surratt Beauty Relevée Lash Curler, $44
“I like this because the grip is sturdy, which is a priority, and the crimp angle is comfortable.” He adds that this is important so that it clamps down gently without pinching the skin on your lids.
Eve Lom Radiance Face Oil, $145
This face oil is Nigel’s secret to creating a dewy complexion. He massages it into the skin after using a serum, and allows it to be absorbed before layering on foundation. “It’s tropical in Singapore so I would only use this at night when sleeping with the air-conditioner on to prevent skin from drying out,” explains Nigel. “Your skin will glow and I love it.”
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant
This cult favourite is a great option when you need to soothe chapped lips or calm aggravated skin on your lids after repeatedly applying and removing eyeshadows. But it also doubles up as a highlighter. “I use it over shadow for that glossy look or on the highest point of the cheekbones for that glow. It has an Amber hue, which adds rosiness to your complexion.”
Images: Showbit.com, Instagram account @nigelstanislaus