Dior Beauty’s Celebrity Makeup Artist Nikki Wolff Shares Her Beauty Kit Staples

Ever wondered what a pro make-up artist keeps in their kit? We’re asking industry insiders to spill their secrets – starting with A-list make-up artist Nikki Wolff. From the brushes she loves to the highlighters which help her create that signature glow, these are her ride or dies…


“Multiple brushes are a must, as I like to have a clean set for each client. Dior’s new Kabuki Brush has quickly become a mainstay in my kit – it’s brilliant for applying blush, bronzer and contouring products, as it hugs the shape of your cheek, and essentially, does all the work for you. I also swear by Hourglass’ Foundation Brush for base make-up. Then, I’ll use a buffing brush to go over everything – even if you apply your foundation with a flat synthetic brush, you’ll always get a more flawless finish if you go back in with a buffer. Finally, MyKitCo brushes have been in my kit for years. Created by make-up artist James Molloy, they are beautiful to use and always give a great finish to the skin. I rarely use sponges – there’s nothing wrong with them, but from a hygiene perspective, you can rarely get all the bacteria out, which isn’t ideal when you have multiple clients.” 


“Primers are an essential and I always carry two – one which blurs pores and perfects the skin and another that’s more hydrating. As for foundation, Dior’s Face & Body is brilliant, as the texture doesn’t dry out the skin. Equally, it’s not too glossy, but it can be mixed with other products so you can choose the luminosity you want. Secondly, Chantecaille’s Future Skin Foundation is a non-negotiable. It has a watery consistency that’s easy to blend, while the hydrating ingredients keep skin smooth and nourished – it’s been in my make-up bag since day one. As for powders, I tend to chop and change as it depends on the look I’m creating, but my number one rule is to invest in one that does more than just mattify – you want your powder to have several benefits. Finally, when it comes to creating dewy skin, I love Rituel de Fille’s Luminizers and Highlighters. They can be used with other formulas, so I often apply a bit of face and body glow first, then use one of these on top, pressing them into the high points of the face for an intense glow – they really help to pinpoint that glossiness and radiance.” 



“Primers for the eye are great, too – in fact, I use them on every single client. Laura Mercier and NARS both do brilliant ones, with tinted colours that provide a great base for any make-up. When it comes to eyeliners, I never use black, I find it too harsh. Instead, I keep plenty of smoky, kohl brown pencils in my kit as they are the best way to start whatever look you’re creating – whether that’s a smokey eye, defined crease of feline flicks. For does-it-all palettes, nothing beats Natasha Denona. It’s very hard to create matte shades that blend and mix well, but with impressive pigment – she does exactly that, with a variety of textures, too.”


“For lashes, I love Dior’s Pump ‘n’ Volume. Whether you’re going for a smooth, natural lash, or a thick, clumpy one, it delivers a jet-black finish. For brows, soap is my thing – West Barn Cos pot will never leave my side and if I am ever without it, I feel I can’t do make-up properly. All you do is spritz in some fixing spray and scoop up some wax with a spoolie, running it through the brows before applying any other product. It’s great as it’s malleable, so you can go back and reshape the brows throughout the day. Plus, it creates a great base for pomades, shadows or brow pens to adhere to for extra texture. I don’t like to use pencils as personally, I feel they don’t work as well with soap and can create hard lines.” 



“All my favourite lipsticks go into palettes for ease of use. In there, you’ll always find a great peachy nude, a pink, skin-toned one, and a universally flattering shade, too. Tom Ford’s Lip Shine in Abandon suits everyone, thanks to its sheer, glossy texture. I like to have a good selection of cool tones and of course, reds, too. Currently, I’m obsessed with dark brown shades – almost a plum with taupe undertones – for something a little different.”   


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