Makeup Artist Must-Haves: Dani Wagener


She’s painted the pouts of Anna Wintour, Oscar-Winning director Kathryn Bigelow, Jenny McCarthy and of course, The Beauty Bug. Here are Dani Wagener’s  favorite products that she always has within reach!

FRESH Black Tea Serum
Prepping the skin properly is what I consider to be the single most important step in makeup application. After cleansing, I love to prep the skin with a lightweight serum like this one from Fresh. It hydrates instantly and doesn’t leave a greasy residue.

MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Cream Eyeshadow
One question I hear all of the time from all of my clients is, “Is this eyeshadow going to crease? Will it last?” MAKE UP FOR EVER’S Aqua Cream’sAfter prepping the skin for makeup properly, using highly waterproof products around the eye is incredibly important. I love using Aqua Creams as a sheer base under eye shadow.

MAKE UP FOR EVER Waterproof Aqua Black Eyeshadow/Liner
This creamy, highly waterproof formula stays on.. and on. Great for lining the inner and outer eyelids. This is a staple product that is always in my kit.

Ardell Dura Lash Naturals (Individual Short Black)
Everyone in Boston knows about my love affair with lashes and this stems from my angst towards clumpy, thick looking mascara. Many people don’t realize how incredibly versatile and natural-looking lashes can be. Adding 10 lashes to each eye creates volume, not length, resulting in a larger but still soft looking eyes. Adding 20 or more that vary in length can redefine eye shape, and create an instand red carpet look.

Shu Uemura Brushes
I’m so lucky to have these in my arsenal after my 5 year stint with shu uemura. Hands down they are best brushes available, but definitely a splurge. I couldn’t live without them. Nothing blends like a kolinsky brush….

AmorePacific  Moisture Bound Skin Energy Hydration Delivery System
I love using this lightweight mist on skin before or after makeup to lock in hydration.

AERIN Beauty Rose Lip Conditioner
A confessed lip balm addict…I start every makeup application with a touch of lip balm to hydrate the lips during the makeup process … this new one from AERIN is always in my personal bag.

BECCA Ultimate Gloss
I love these super shiny glosses for special occasion makeup. They are long lasting and creamy, and the shades are a great way to incorporate a pop of color to a little black dress.

TEMPTU PRO S/B Foundation
This airbrush foundation is the key to long-lasting makeup and a perfect choice for brides. When done properly, it gives incredible coverage that is weightless.

Kiehls Creme de Corps Body Lotion
I love this creamy lotion to instantly hydrate the body.. it makes even the driest of skin look softer.

Kevyn Aucoin Blushes
This blush is so heavily pigmented, true to the majority of this line. Softly applied with the right brush and it will last forever. Neolita is one of my favorite shades.

Garnier Refreshing Remover Cleansing Towelettes
There’s a million different types of wipes out there, but I find these to be amongst the best. I gravitate towards products with the least amount of fragrance. These are great for cleaning up hands or refreshing the skin prior to makeup.

BECCA Serrena Bronzer
This soft mineral bronzer adds a touch of highlight and works on almost any skin tone.

Chantecaille Foundation Stick
I can’t live without this stick! It’s creamy and rich for extra buildable coverage where needed. it can be blended with fingertip or a sponge for concealing, or softly blended into the skin for sheer coverage.

The Clarisonic Electronic Face Brush
The Clarisonic is a kindler, gentler way to exfoliate the skin. I tell all of my clients who are prepping for their big day to get it, and I see a difference in their skin as a result. Getting rid of those dead skin cells also helps keep makeup on throughout the day until the very last photo is snapped.

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