The Icons


Much like the Material Girl herself, there are beauty products high and low that make their way into our collective consciousness (and makeup bags.) Classics for formulation, color or payoff, this month, we salute these must-haves by asking the experts – makeup artists – and the companies themselves what exactly makes these icons so special.

MAC Prrr Lipglass
What They Say: “Prrr has become a classic because it never goes out of style: One of the originals out of the ‘Lipglass’ line-up; It’s that perfect natural pinky-peach that works on every skintone, and blends beautifully with a handful of lip pencils to switch it up from time to time. Prrr is also timeless texture wise; it sparkles just the right amount, giving the perfect glossy pout without trying too hard…” – Bianca Alexander, Director of Makeup Artistry, MAC

What the Expert Says: “Everyone loves a gloss! MAC Prrr Lipglass is a pretty universal color that can be worn as a full on wet, high shine lip gloss if you choose to load it up or as a soft sheen if you just dab it over the lip using only a touch of product. Icon status worthy!” – Jenna Menard, Makeup Artist,

Shu Uemura Lash Curler
What They Say: “The Shu lash curler is not as rounded as other curlers. This allows it to fit closer to the eye socket and curl every lash from corner to corner.” – Jason Hoffman, Shu Uemura Principal Makeup Artist

What the Expert Says: “I love this curler. There’s something about the tightness of the spring that allows you to really clamp the lashes and give them a good squeeze to curl them. Also, the edges of the curling pad allow for a nice smooth bend, rather than some other pads which can yield a kink instead.” – Emily Kate Warren, Makeup Artist.


NARS Orgasm Blush
What They Say: “The unique combination of peach and pink (warm and cool), makes the Orgasm shade ideal for any skin tone. It gives the cheeks a gorgeous flush that resembles that (afterglow). And who can resist the temptation of Multiple Orgasm? Ideal for eyes, cheeks, and lips. Also availlable in lipgloss and soon to come Orgasm Nailpolish.” – Julio Sandino, NARS Makeup Artist

What the Experts Say:”NARS Orgasm is a great cream cheek color and I have one in my kit and I also see it in so many other make up artist’s kits. I use it not just on the cheeks, but on the lips with a clear gloss. I am a fan. When it first came out in the line, it was that one cheek color that looked so great under the studio lights. I love it when the skin has a nice glow and Orgasm gives the cheeks and the over all complexion, a peachy shimmery glow that works on most skin tones.” – Troy Jensen, Celebrity Make up Artist and Beauty Host of’s Style Studio

“I love NARS Orgasm blush and have been using it for years. I do a lot of print and web work and this is one of those blushes that I use over and over again and on a wide variety of people. No one color is right for every occasion or person but NARS Orgasm is a great all around color that can go on light or can be layered for more effect. It is especially good on fair to medium toned skin and it gives a lovely flushing color that looks healthy and beautiful!” – Kat Steinmetz, San Francisco Makeup Artist

Urban Decay Primer Potion
What They Say:”Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion has icon/cult/revered status and makeup afficianados swear by it because it works! With Primer Potion, shadow stays on longer, the color goes on more vibrant, and it absolutely stops creasing! I experimented with so many different formulas; I knew we nailed it with this one after I took a transatlantic flight from LAX to Heathrow. I wore a dark shadow (Last Call) on the plane, applied at 8am L.A. time. Twenty-three hours later, I was at dinner in London, still wearing the same eyeshadow! If only the rest of me still looked as good…” – Wende Zomnir, Executive Creative Director of Urban Decay Cosmetics

What the Expert Says: “It stops my vagabond eye makeup dead in its tracks. The primer works in three ways: eye shadow and liner last longer, color is more vibrant, and there’s no creasing. All you do is swipe it on your lids before applying eye makeup. It dries almost instantly – and a little goes a very long way.” – Daneen Baird of Spoiled Pretty

OPI I’m Not Really a Waitress
What They Say: “The feedback we have received on I’m Not Really A Waitress has been just incredible. Women are always asking for ‘that waitress color,’ and they love the timeless aspect of such a classic red.” – Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, Executive Vice-President and Artistic Director for OPI

What the Expert Says: “Totally the signature red toenail color. When people see red toenails and know anything about nail polish at all, will ask if it’s OPI’s I’m Not Really a Waitress. Definitely an icon in the world of beauty.” – Shauna, Makeup Artist & Stylist,

Clinique Black Honey Almost Lipstick
What They Say: “Clinique’s Almost Lipstick in Black Honey is universally wearable, flattering for a multiple of skin tones, and suitable for day or night. It has secured quite a cult following. To give you an idea, one Almost Lipstick in Black Honey is still sold every two minutes; 852 are sold daily, and 310,980 are sold each year. This shade adds a sense of effortless sophistication to any woman’s look with its deep, almost black appearance that goes on unexpectedly sheer – painting lips a transparent shade of red-raisin. Not quite a lipstick, not quite a gloss you get the best of both worlds. ” – Robyn Tamura, Clinique Global Beauty Director

What the Experts Say: “I don’t know which is better: the light, dewey sheen of the formula or the sheer color that looks so natural, like you just finished a red blow pop!” – Emily Kate Warren, Makeup Artist

“It’s a sheer berry red lip color that looks so great with a full face of makeup or almost nothing.I must admit, honestly, I don’t see the exact product as much as I see the shade. So many of my clients love that sheer red stain on their cheeks and lips. Blended well it gives the look of naturally flushed cheeks and just kissed lips. I give a tip on Style Studio on how to create this effect: pat on a bright red or fuchsia color, blot then apply a clear gloss or lip balm. Clinique’s Black Honey Almost Lipstick does it for you. Swipe on this sheer berry red shade once for a light sheer hint of color, or swipe on a few more times to create the perfect shade desired.” – Troy Jensen, Celebrity Make up Artist and Beauty Host of’s Style Studio.

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