I Asked a Makeup Artist, Facialist, and Derm to Shop on Amazon—See Their Carts

Beauty experts, they’re just like us! Well, kind of. Of course, most of us don’t possess the professional know-how when it comes to prepping a celebrity for a red carpet sparkling with flashbulbs or assessing the health of a person’s complexion, but many of us do have one thing in common with the industry’s best makeup and skincare experts: Amazon! Despite having access to quite literally any product in the world, over the years I’ve discovered that even the most prestigious experts still count on plenty of products you can snap up during your next Amazon shopping binge. Which, to be honest, should hopefully be today since we’re in the final hours of the site’s annual Prime Day event. (You have until 11:59 p.m. PDT, friends!)

In case you’re curious for some actual examples, I reached out to facialist Candace Marino, makeup artist Jamie Dorman and board-certified dermatologist Ellen Marmur for their signature Amazon shopping picks. Marino did add the caveat that she always recommends continuing to support small businesses, too, but if you’re looking for Amazon content, exclusively, right now, she still has your back with tons of great beauty picks. Keep scrolling! Everything beauty experts would snap up right this second is just below, plus quotes explaining why they feel they’re superior.

The Expert: Candace Marino, Celebrity Facialist

The Picks

“This is a gentle cleanser that works for every skin type and condition. The gel formula deep cleans and leaves the skin balanced.”

“If you’re dealing with chronic acne, this is the only skincare routine I recommend. I’ve seen my clients’ skin completely transform in weeks using this routine which consists of a cleanser, antioxidant serum, resurfacing serum, moisturizer, and SPF. If you want results, this is where you’ll find them.”

“This is by far the most results-warranting neck product I’ve seen in my 15 years of recommending skincare. It smooths fine lines and wrinkles, helps reduce adipose tissue (aka—a double chin), and helps to simultaneously tighten, contour, and retexturize skin. No more tech neck!”

“ZitSticka makes a variety of pimple patches that reduce inflammation and redness while decreasing the size of breakouts overnight. They really do work, and they are great to have in your medicine cabinet in case of an emergency. They also help keep your hands off the pimple which can lead to long-term issues resulting from picking.”

“This glowy SPF hydrates and illuminates the skin, and it is a staple in my daily routine. For makeup wearers, it also doubles as a primer.”

“This universal serum combats lines, wrinkles, pigmentation, and acne while retexturizing the skin. It’s a good option for all skin types, and it’s also a nice alternative to retinol.”

“This mask digests dead skin cells, preventing congestion and acne while keeping the skin exfoliated and radiant. I use it three to four times a week. Every skin type can benefit from this mask since it will exfoliate without creating sensitivity or peeling.”

“Whenever I see a client whose lashes are thick and long, I ask them what they use, and it’s always grande lash. This lash serum strengthens lashes while promoting growth. Plus, it is a fraction of the price of most lash products.”

The Expert: Jamie Dorman, Celebrity Makeup Artist

The Picks

“This product packs a one-two punch in fighting acne and clogged pores in addition to interrupting damage from environmental aggressors such as blue light, car exhaust, cigarette smoke, and small particulates. I use this before I put on my moisturizer or sun protection for the day to see smoother skin that is ready to take on the outside world.”

“Not only is this oil packed with Catalina A, C, and E from the plum seed, but it also moisturizes the skin and the hair while smelling absolutely divine! I love to put this oil over my moisturizer when I need extra hydration and in damp hair to prevent frizz.”

“This product has quickly become my go-to lip color when I have to wear a mask. A simple two-step process and I have a lip color that won’t smear or smudge. It lasts a good few hours before needing to reapply.”

“I love this mascara’s easy to maneuver brush that provides volume, length, and curl and doesn’t smudge or flake throughout the day. It also doesn’t hurt that the packaging makes me feel like a star of the silver screen.”

“This cool-toned, semi-sheer pink lip color is shiny like a gloss, restorative like a balm, and provides color like a stain. This is the perfect summer lip product and eliminates the choice between color or comfort.”

“Without the use of hormones, this serum targets estrogen-deficient skin and contains antioxidants, niacinamide, peptides, plus hyaluronic acid. It absorbs readily into the skin making this a great choice to use under makeup as well as alone.”

“This intense repair serum was made for post-procedure skin recovery, but it can also be used anytime your skin needs some intensive care. Its combination of vitamin C, vitamin E, and hyaluronic acid make for tighter feeling skin, reduces the appearance of fine lines, and improves the skin’s texture.”

The Expert: Ellen Marmur, Board Certified Dermatologist and Founder of MMSkincare 

The Picks

“I love this tool because I can literally have waves in 30 seconds without any heat damage. I usually walk to work with wet hair and quickly do my hair with the Airwrap before seeing patients.”

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“The MMSphere is a wonderful, FDA-approved LED home device that works hand-in-hand with these MMSkincare Masks and Serums. It is the only high-end LED device with nine light settings, music, a free companion App, and a large enough treatment area for your face, neck, and chest. You can multitask while you illuminate your skincare. I like to use the red light at night to soothe my skin before bed and reduce redness like NASA uses pure red LED for their astronauts to help them sleep and maintain their health.”

“This product is great for preventing frizz. I especially love it when I let my hair air-dry, but it also makes your hair super soft for a blowout.”

“This is one of my favorite shower gels because it doesn’t strip the skin, it’s hydrating, it’s gentle, and it doesn’t leave a residue.”

“I hate the tugging of makeup wipes, so when I wear eye makeup I love this makeup remover. It’s oil-free, which means it doesn’t clog pores. It’s also very gentle.”

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