Photo-Illustration: by The Cut; Photo: Courtesy of Jillian Dempsey, Retailers
At the Beauty Group, a Facebook community co-founded by Cut and the strategist, people chat all day about the products they love – the ones that are so good they’ll make you click that little “auto-recharge” box at the checkout. Below, we’ve asked one of our favorite beauty pros to share her own picks.
If you kept a close eye on Kristen Stewart as she took the tour to promote her latest film Spencer – who was not? – you probably noticed a silver necklace hanging around her neck. You might have thought that this chunky silver chain with a square pendant was made by Chanel, of which the actress is the ambassador, but Stewart’s locket was actually designed by the actress’ longtime makeup artist. , Jillian Dempsey, who has always had a passion for jewelry and created the necklace to house the lipstick. (Each pendant comes in four shades: Maryl Mulberry, Royce Red, Knownothing Nude, and Quando Pink.)
The makeup artist herself wore a gold version of the Lip Locket (whose design was inspired by a “Punk Lock” necklace she made for Stewart nearly ten years ago, according to Vogue) during a recent Zoom call with Cut. Like everything Dempsey makes, it’s been created with both style and substance in mind – and she expects the same from all of her must-have beauty products, especially her makeup bag.
Dempsey explains, “If I got used to using something and it never failed me, it never dropped dust on my eyes or chipped or settled in weird places. crevices on my face or the faces of my clients, for example, that’s what I’m going to gravitate towards.
Below, the makeup artist gave us a look at 11 products that never let her down. Read on for the “perfect” contour powder, the powder foundation she calls “magic” and the thick – but never greasy – lip balm that she buys over and over again.
“My whole family knows that if there is a cup of coffee, there is also a Gold Bar. It helps lift, firm, tone, and shape all at the same time, and it’s how I start my day because I really want blood flow. It also relaxes my face.
It also works very well with my clients. I don’t do any work or red carpet without my gold bar due to the way I can mold, sculpt and define faces with it; you can really go there. I’m actually going to do a mini masterclass for when people are wearing ski goggles and have crazy marks on their faces; you can use the bar to smooth your face. It is magic.
Warning: it must be used on clean skin. Put on your favorite moisturizer, turn on the bar and let it vibrate. It is truly breathtaking. “
“For my skin and with my hair color, Cocoa Dusk 7 works perfectly as a bronzer. It doesn’t have any iridescence, which I really like. This is especially good if you use it with a dense brush and run along your hairline, temples, sides of your cheeks, and jawline to define it. It’s just a very natural tone to me.
“I know people think these pencils are expensive – and they are – but they’re so easy to use. They guide you with a chubby pointed tip so you can apply really fast and get the right amount. For me, the cost is well worth it. I particularly like the color ‘Litchi’.
“I like something for my purposes, and I alternate between ointments and creams. My hair is so overprocessed – by choice, by the way – and it really likes something that makes it able to bend. It has the typical scent of virtue, which is a little sweeter.
“I love this pencil, but it makes you work for it. You need to use a small exacto knife to cut it. My friend [makeup artist] Ruby Hammer told me to buy a pencil sharpener for this, but I was too lazy to do it and just prefer the old method of pruning. True to its name, the formula is very “hard” and it does not move. It’s just one of those things that if you know about it, you know.
“’Sunny’ is probably the hottest tone of all my cheek shades. I’ve never been a big blush, and I know that for a lot of my clients, if they already feel like they have big cheeks, they don’t want to show them off with color. But “Sunny” is a non-shiny blush that adds warmth to your complexion without necessarily highlighting them. I’m obsessed with it. I wear it all the time, and I probably need to break my own routine with it, but it’s great to mix it up too; if I want to go for something brighter, I can mix it with “Poppy” which is a brighter orange. “
“Not enough people make a good contour powder – they take it to the extreme or they add iridescence or they put too much pigment in it. But if you’re talking about really shaping a face, you’re basically drawing a shadow. It’s an art because as soon as you walk around it’s very recognizable.
If I need a cheek cut, this is my favorite shade because it doesn’t have red tones, it doesn’t turn orange, it blends very easily and it stays put.
“The question here is, ‘What don’t I like about this highlighter? The milk makeup was successful. The mica particles are neither too big nor too small, so the highlight is not overwhelming. It’s so creamy.
I have a highlighter in my own line called ‘Shell’, and I use it when I want a little more oomph. But when I want a little less – just a really nice shimmer – that’s what I take. “
“No matter what city I go to, I try to tap into every beauty house, and this is the best lip balm I’ve found. I like something that has a life on my lips, and it doesn’t eat away; you can put it on at night, wake up in the morning and it’s still on your lips. And it’s thick, but it’s not greasy or slippery.
“I’m a bit addicted to this toothpaste. I don’t like going without it – my husband likes it too. It’s just really good.
“I wear a bit of ‘Peach’ and a bit of ‘Camel’, but these powder foundations will probably be a staple in my kit for the rest of my makeup life. There is magic in them. I don’t know what it is exactly, but the brand uses some kind of special formula that dispenses just the right amount of color. As with the ‘Peach’, it doesn’t turn you pink; you look like you are radiant and pretty.