You live in LA’s main makeup hub. Here’s how to shop it like a pro.
It’s no secret that the Valley is where the city’s best makeup artists come to buy their supplies. Here, one of them, Marylin Lee, who works her magic on The Voice and Dancing with the Stars, dishes on her favorite spots.
Nigel Beauty Emporium
My main “go-to” spot. Nigel’s carries some of my favorite lines including Hourglass, Koh Gen Do, Colorescience and Make Up For Ever. What I especially love (that is exclusive to Nigel’s) is the cult favorite, Le Maquillage Pro. These are small cream makeup palettes that are available in a multitude of color combinations. The colors are created to correct, conceal and enhance skin.
11252 Magnolia Blvd.,
Naimie’s Beauty Center
Naimie’s carries great consumer brands, from Nars to Embryolisse. Also a great resource for professional lines such as Cover FX, Kryolan and Temptu. I love perusing their eyelashes section. They have the luxurious mink lashes by Velour Lashes, as well as the inexpensive Red Cherry line. Another don’t-miss: their line of set bags, OnDgo, that come in different shapes and sizes.
12640 Riverside Dr.,
Frends Beauty Supply
A great place to find professional tools, including a wide variety of brushes and palettes. I always buy the Beauty Blender sponge, which is excellent for creating a flawless complexion. Another terrific tool: the empty Z Palettes, which allow you make your own custom palettes from de-potted shadows and lip colors.
5244 Laurel Canyon Blvd.,
A destination unto itself.