The 1 Makeup Product Nicole Kidman’s Makeup Artist Swears By

When you’re a makeup artist to stars like Nicole Kidman, Mandy Moore, and Reese Witherspoon, you have more than a few Hollywood-worthy makeup tricks up your sleeve (and favorite products in your kit). That said, there are a few beauty products that celebrity makeup artist, Molly R. Stern can’t live without both professionally and personally.

Curious to know more? We share Stern’s must-have beauty products, plus the one makeup item she swears by most, ahead.

1. Eyeliner


It’s a unique color, but it looks beautiful on everyone. | Revolve

In an interview with Byrdie, Molly R. Stern shared a few of her favorite products, including her go-to eyeliner: Jillian Dempsey Khôl Eyeliner in Deep Burgundy. “The thing about this liner is it’s moveable, so you can even draw some in the crease of your eye and smudge it with your finger or brush and it gives you everything you need,” says Stern. “And, it’s waterproof,” she adds.

2. Serum

Natura Bisse The Cure Pure Serum

It will only cost you $260 a bottle. | Neiman Marcus

When it comes to makeup application, how you prep your skin really matters. Stern swears by The Cure Pure Serum by Natura Bissé for the perfect base. “This serum can be worn on its own, or of course can be worn with your moisturizer,” says Stern. “[It also] wears great under foundation and it is my favorite must-have for the plane because it just quenches the skin and makes you feel like a million bucks.”

3. Red lipstick


Shes a big fan of a strong red. | Elizabeth Arden

Want to spice up your makeup look with a pop of color? Stern says “everybody needs a great red.” In particular, she’s a big fan of Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick in Power Red.

4. Cleansing towelettes

KOH GEN DO Cleansing Spa Water Cloths

Perfect for easy makeup removal after a long day. | Sephora

As far as makeup removal is concerned, Stern has the perfect product for removing everything with little to no effort. Her must-have item is the Cleansing Spa Water Cloths by Koh Gen Do. “They clean everything off, including waterproof mascara,” says Stern. “This is like God’s gift to anyone who doesn’t want to wash their face because it’s quick and easy and it really does cleanse,” she adds.

Up next, the one makeup product Stern can’t live without in her makeup kit, or her personal life.

5. Cream blush

Nicole Kidman in 2014

How do you think Nicole gets that glow? | Brendon Thorne/Getty Images

Molly R. Stern’s absolute must-have? A cream blush. When it comes to her clients, her signature look is a flushed cheek and cream blush helps her achieve a natural-looking glow. “I think that the glowy, luscious, I just made out with someone skin vibe is the way to feel great and look great and [cream blush] is your ticket for that.”

That said, there is one cream blush in particular that Stern can’t live without. Find out what it is, next.

6. Laura Mercier Créme Cheek Colour in Blaze

Laura Mercier blush in Blaze

This is her go-to shade. | Nordstrom

Price: $28

Stern doesn’t love just any cream blush. In fact, there is one cream blush in particular that she has been raving about for years: Laura Mercier Créme Cheek Colour in Blaze. “I’ve been talking about this for years, you might be sick of it, but I’m not. That’s the thing, it is the best cream blush I’ve ever found and used,” says Stern.

Want to give it a try? We share how to apply cream blush for the perfect everyday look, next.

7. How to apply cream blush

woman face powders

You can use a brush or your fingers. | deniskomarov/iStock/Getty Images

You don’t have to be a pro to use cream blush in your beauty routine. In fact, you don’t even need brushes or sponges to apply cream blush to your complexion. Simply tap your finger onto the blush and then apply to the high points of your cheeks, or in the center of your cheek (depending on the look you are trying to achieve). Then, use your finger to blend the cream blush from the center to your ear.

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