Opening up a new makeup product is one of life’s little pleasures. It’s a similar feeling to that of cutting open a perfectly ripe avocado or peeling off a price-tag perfectly.
What we don’t like, is spending hard-earned coin on a new product, only to find out it isn’t all that good.
Sure, online reviews and vlogs can help you sort your way through the mountain of products on offer, but sometimes it's best just to ask the experts.
Here are professional makeup artists on their all-time favourite makeup products, so you never have to buy a bad one again.
Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate palette
Available from: David Jones
MAC Prep + Prime Fix + hydrating mist
Available from: MAC Cosmetics
“It’s a multi-purpose product that first and foremost provides hydration to the skin. I use it on every face before I apply makeup or skincare. It's super refreshing and can be used over the top of makeup to refresh and add a dewiness to the skin.” – Cat Smith
Becca Shimmer Skin Perfector Pressed highlighter and cream bronzer
Available from: Sephora
“Every shade is the perfect shade and very soft on the skin, perfect for a natural, summer glow.” – Maria Gullace
Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Eyebrow Pencil
Available from: Mecca
“Total magic! Some say the eyes are the windows to the soul. Well, eyebrows must be the gate. Great blendable colours and you can find it in any Mecca store around the country.” – Maria Gullace
Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer
Available from: Mecca
"It's a small pot but don't let that deceive you, as you only need a little amount. It truly goes a long way and coverage is fantastic." – Maria Gullace
Dr Spiller Collagen Cream
Available from: Dr Spiller stockists
"I become quite anxious when I see my Dr Spiller Collagen Cream start to run low. I can use it on most of my models and VIP clients. Its emulsion texture is very easy to use and it works really well under all of my makeup applications. It’s impossible to use a lot of product as I can see it and feel it working once the skin has received it. You’ll need to find your local stockist from the Dr Spiller website in Australia, as it’s only sold from professional beauty clinics." – Bradwyn Jones
Napoleon Perdis Light Switch Luminizer Palette
Available from: Napoleon Perdis
"I loved this product from the moment it hit my kit, back when it was called Light Patrol. It's like a quick emergency fix for your skin, at any time. It's a cream luminizer palette featuring five shades: gold, pink ice, silver, bronze and rose. The formula is a malleable cream that melts into the skin, adding illumination and radiance to your skin that makes your look like it's had the perfect eight hours of sleep. Because there are five shades, you can mix and match the hues to suit your skin tone all year 'round, plus add a hint of colour to your eyes, cheeks and lips. It's such a great on the go product, your fingertip is the perfect application tool so you're at the ready anytime, anywhere." – Kate Squires