Friday Faves: A Makeup Guru's Top Picks

It’s Friday, and you know what that means! We’re looking for the makeup that well-known social influencers can’t live without, and we think you’ll love this week’s pick. Have you ever wondered what a Youtube makeup tutorial expert can’t live without? LA-based beauty expert Stephanie A. was happy to share with Influenster her go-to’s and must haves.

One night after studying for finals, Steph hopped on the computer to look up a good primer. After ending up on a Youtube makeup tutorial, she was hooked. And we were too, you can check out her Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube to see why we’re obsessed with Steph. So, what’s her favorite part of being a social media influencer? The passionate community and talented individuals she gets to meet! After working with hundreds of products, what are the five things Steph can’t live without? Read more to find out!

1. MAKE UP FOR EVER Step 1 Skin Equalizer Primer, $17 at Sephora

Make Up Forever skin equalizer primer

This is how is it all started! So why is this underrated product Steph’s #1 pick? “Although my skin is anything but perfect, this primer is the perfect base to hide my flaws and smooth out my imperfections. Of all the primers I own and have tried, this primer is my essential primer. It goes everywhere with me.”

2. Covergirl 3 in 1 Foundation, $8.59 on

Covergirl 3 in 1 Foundation

We feel like we’re following Steph through her morning routine (we wish)! She explains why foundation is her second must have: “This is one of the first foundations I’ve ever tried. I still reach for this foundation over some of my higher end products. It’s full coverage and long-lasting formula is perfect for anyone looking for a foundation that will withstand the long days.”

3. Inglot Gel Liner #77, $20.99 on

Inglot Gel Liner

There’s nothing like a good liner! And Steph couldn’t agree more: “This is the holy grail gel eyeliner for me. This one is in Pitch Black, it’s matte and easy to work with. If you are looking to create the perfect winged liner or need a black gel line for a base for the perfect smokey eye, this is a must and the price can't be beat!”

4. Pureology Hydrate Shampoo/ Conditioner, $28 at Ulta

Pureology Hydrate Shampoo

After checking out Steph’s gorgeous locks, we had to know what she used. “It’s my shampoo and conditioner routine. Although this shampoo runs on the pricier side, I still thinks it's worth it! This combo is amazing on my hair when it needs to be repaired, and tingling sensation its gives on the scalp leaves me feeling squeaky clean and fresh.”

5. MAC Fix + Skin Setting Spray,  $35.55 on

MAC Fix + Skin Setting Spray

We recently listed Influenster’s Top Ten Setting Sprays, and of course Steph’s pick made the list! Here’s why she loves MAC’s setting spray: “I was so hesitant about this product but reading rave reviews and five bottles later, I’m a true believer in this product! I use this for everything from priming my face, setting my makeup, to pumping up the intensity on my eyeshadow. It’s a savior and is part of my everyday routine. It’s the one product I make sure to have on hand every day while doing my makeup!”

We’re sold on Steph’s favorites. Are you? Let us know in the comments below!

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