Swear Profile July 9, 2018

Celebrity Makeup Artist and “Beauty Hunter” Fiona Stiles Shares the Niche Beauty Products You’ve Gotta Try

Despite being a makeup artist for 25 years, Fiona Stiles’ love of beauty and curiousity for newness still burns bright. “I just keep working as hard as I can every day and keep learning,” says Fiona. She’s clocked more makeup man-hours than we can fathom, traveling the world, working on major campaigns and famous faces like Elizabeth Banks and Lily Collins. (Remember Lily’s bewitching beauty look at the 2018 Met Gala? That’s Fiona.) “I’m a real beauty junkie and a beauty explorer, a beauty hunter, if you will. I like trying to find new stuff that people haven’t ever seen. My first stop when I get off a plane in a new city is a drugstore, and then I wander around the little enclaves, poking around in the independent boutiques.” Frustrated by not having an easy source to refer people to the products she was using, Fiona launched beauty retail site Reed Clarke, a lovingly curated space to share her knowledge and unique beauty discoveries. “I love the entrepreneurial spirit that’s happening in beauty right now,” says Fiona. “The little skincare brands and tiny capsule collections, I’m inspired by the inclusion that comes from people doing it themselves. And, I like supporting these small brands, particularly those that are women-owned.” Fiona has scouted the globe for products to swear by, and we get to benefit from her “boots on the ground” beauty field research. We asked Fiona to share some of her most unique finds — the niche products that you didn’t know you needed, but once you try them, you won’t be able to live without. Thanks to Fiona, your medicine cabinet is about to get a lot more interesting.

1. Heir Atelier Eye Primer

“This is brilliant. This stuff will lock in my eyeshadow and eyeliner all day, which is almost impossible on me. It prevents your makeup from creasing; sometimes when you’re using a gel or traditional liner you’ll get that rainbow of black or brown that transfers onto your eyelid. This completely prevents that from happening. It also deepens your eyeshadow color and gives you more of a saturated hue. I put my foundation and concealer on, and then I apply this. After waiting for it to dry, I put on my eyeshadow and eyeliner. It just locks it in all day which is amazing, especially moving into these hot summer months.”

goodbye eyeshadow creases

2. Stimulite Bath Mitt

“This is made of mold-resistant silicone. If you have a loofa, you’ve seen what happens to them. It’s gross. This mitt doesn’t get moldy because it has honeycomb shapes that let the water pour through it and builds an amazing lather. It’s sort of oven-mitt shaped, and you can really cover a lot of surface area. You can also use it for dry-brushing, which helps with lymphatic drainage and de-puffing. It’s just one of those products that you can use every single day. I use it as often as I can.”

lose the loofa

3. Ponaris Nasal Emollient

“This used to be in astronaut kits. You put these drops in your nose before getting on a plane and they keep everything emollient and moist, helping you avoid sickness. The air on planes is very dry and circulated, which causes little fissures to happen in the nasal membrane and that’s where viruses enter. I found it in a drugstore about 15 years ago. It’s something that you wouldn’t ever think you needed, but it’s just a really brilliant product.”

save your sinuses

4. Takeda Brush Purely Soap

“I import this soap from Japan. This is what I use to clean my makeup brushes, which you should do once a month. Sometimes I’ll use a very harsh dishwashing detergent to clean my synthetic brushes that need to get more thoroughly cleaned because I use a lot more makeup with those. I probably waste more makeup than normal people put on their face! The Takeda Brush Purely Soap gives the brushes a really deep clean and keeps them really soft, not drying them out.”

keep your brushes clean

5. Yuzu Soap + Reed Clarke Bergamot Lime Bath Bomb Cubes

“These bath bombs are a collaboration I did with Yuzu Soap. As a woman soaking in a tub, you have to be mindful of what chemicals you’re sitting in. This soap includes coconut oil, citric acid and baking soda for the fizz, essential oils, and clay. You know you’re not sitting in a bunch of chemicals or perfume —which are really not good for your lady parts! — and gentle enough for kids to use. Plus, because of the coconut oil, your skin is silky smooth afterwards.”

the (bath) bomb

6. Reed Clarke Hair Pin

“This hair pin is 4 inches long, made of brass, and imported from Japan. It does not bend or break and can hold really fine, shorter, shoulder-length hair or waist-long, very thick hair. You can use it to do a half-up/half-down look, a bun, a chignon; my hairstylist friends are using it on the red carpet all the time. Personally, I find it indispensable. I can’t live without it because I have very long hair, and when I’m working, I can’t have it in my face.” 

the perfect hair pin

7. Tsubota Pearl Perfume Roller

“I carry products for a living; I travel on the daily with about 100 lbs of gear with me. So, when I travel personally, I pair it down as much as possible. Like, sometimes, it’s a Ziploc with a toothbrush in it. I’m always trying to find ways to simplify traveling and packing. I am a beauty junky and love products, but I also want to protect my back and travel as lightly as possible. These amazing little perfume roller sticks come with a tiny funnel that you spray your fragrance into, screw the whole thing together, and then you can have your perfume with you, without the big glass bottle. They’re not huge, but can hold enough that can get you through months.”

portable perfume
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