Snoop through a makeup artist’s own personal beauty kit and you won’t just find the stuff you’re expecting—high-drama designer lipsticks and vats of red carpet shimmer. You’ll actually see wearable eyeshadows and affordable mascaras we can all get. Like you, in other words, the average artist simply wants to look pretty—it’s just that she’s a pro at nailing it. So we asked Hollywood insider Kayleen McAdams what she uses on herself. Let’s take a look.
The 32-year-old look-alike sibling of actress Rachel McAdams, Kayleen always loved makeup but never knew it could be a career. That is, until she visited her big sister on set in 2003 and wandered into the makeup trailer. Years later, Lily Collins, Jessica Biel, and Rosario Dawson are her clients—along with Rachel, of course. “I know her face so well,” says Kayleen. “It’s like working on my reflection.”
HER DO-IT-ALL TOOL: The Beautyblender Sponge—the pointy end gets into tight spots; the fat end is great for blush.
MY GO-TO EYESHADOWS: The Josie Maran Argan Beautiful Eyes palette. I also wear a CK One silver cream color pencil on the center of my lids and inner corners to catch light for subtle shimmer. Sometimes I’ll mix it with foundation for a little coverage.
MY CAT-EYE TRICK: I look down into a magnifying mirror and line up a standard triangular cosmetic wedge sponge from the outer corner of my eye up to the end of my brow. I fill my lash line with small strokes, then create a slight upward flick at the end, using the sponge as a guide.
MY COLOR OBSESSION: Purple. I love CK One Rockin lipstick.