I am obsessed with Giorgio Armani Beauty's Designer Shaping Foundation and Foundation Brush. It is the closest thing to airbrushing that I can find... foundation perfection as far as I'm concerned. I wear it in shade 8 but most of my clients are a 7. Available at http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/.
The best concealer that I've ever found is by Cle de Peau Beaute, which you can find at Neiman Marcus and Saks. It covers EVERYTHING! From age spots, dark circles to freckles and blemishes; and the best part... it doesn't crease or flake. It is genius. Available at http://www.neimanmarcus.com/.
I could not not not live without my NARS Botan Kabuki Artisan Brush. It's an investment ($75) but lasts forever and is my secret weapon for blending and buffing after I've applied bronzer, blush and highlight. You never want to see where your bronzer ends and your blush begins, but you have to have definition between the two. This blends together any lines so they run together and gives everyone the perfect glow. Available at http://www.sephora.com/.
There is no better liquid liner on the market than On The Edge Hook-up by Mark Cosmetics. It doesn't flake or feather and is the most user-friendly brush on the market. Any one can draw a perfect line like a pro with it! I use it most in Cleo (black) but I personally love it in Nefertini because it still adds the drama that only a liquid liner can, but is softer for a freckled-face strawberry blonde like me! And at $5, it's a steal!! You can find it at http://www.meetmark.com/.
I adore the department store brands, but I swear by Max Factor 2000 Calorie Mascara. Years ago when I was assisting Meg Ryan's make-up artist, he laughed at me for spending so much money on mascaras for my kit. He introduced me to 2000 Calorie and I've been hooked ever since. It gives major volume and length but doesn't clump, which is hard to find. And because it is under $10, I buy a new one for each client and give it to them that day, because I don't believe in sharing mascaras and disposable wands are poorly designed and never give me the effect I want. Available at CVS Stores and http://www.ulta.com/. LIP COLOR:
The silkiest lipstick I can find is Cle de Peau Touche de Rouge. They are super slim and incredibly creamy. They are a luxury at $50 each, but you feel like a queen every time you treat your lips to a fresh coat. Luckily, a tube can last a long time, because the color has staying power that lasts for hours. It is every lips' dream and my favorites are 101, 105 and 106. Available at http://www.neimanmarcus.com/.
OK, I know I've actually listed eleven of my favorites here... but Top Ten sounds much more David Letterman and I really did try... but I couldn't decide which one to drop from the list, because I love them all!!
Photos courtesy of Cle de Peau, Giorgio Armani Beauty, Hourglass Cosmetics, Mark Cosmetics, Lancome, Max Factor, Smashbox Cosmetics, Yves Saint Laurent and NARS Cosmetics