Celebrity Makeup Artist Grace Lee Reveals 5 Unlikely Beauty Products Necessary for NYFW

Straws, anyone?

Ladies, we’re giving you five more things to add to your drugstore run list in the name of Fashion Week.

Grace Lee has been a makeup artist for 20 years. She’s made up major celebrities like Gigi Hadid, Taylor Schilling, Eva Longoria and Justin Timberlake, and her work has been featured in W, Nylon, Elle Canada, Taiwan Vogue and more. Lee has worked under famous makeup artists such as Tom Pecheux and Charlotte Tilbury and was a member of Mac’s Global Pro Team for seven years. She’s now the Canadian Ambassador for Maybelline New York.

We caught up with Lee, who has just wrapped New York Fashion Week shows for Public School and JI OH, and asked her what unlikely, yet totally necessary beauty products (or otherwise) she keeps in her makeup bag for NYFW. ’Cause we all have a little model in us, don’t we?

Check out what’s in Lee’s bag below. BRB, ordering Maybelline Baby Lips.

  • Straws

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    “I always carry packaged straws in my kit because when models have their lips done and they wanna drink coffee or water or something, I always make sure I have a straw. It’s just the little things that are good to always have in your kit.”

  • Protein bar

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    “I always have some sort of protein bar in my bag because you never know if backstage is gonna have catering. It’s always good to have something in your purse or bag that could give you energy.”

  • La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water

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    “There’s a water spray from La Roche-Posay that I love. I love spraying that on the model’s face before I apply my moisturizer because a lot of the models are dehydrated and running from show to show. It’s great for before and after makeup and just to refresh. You can spray it even if your foundation is a little too matte and you want it a little more glow-y.”

    La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water Spray, 150 ml / 5.2 fl. oz for $12.99

  • Muji Cotton Swabs


    “There’s the Muji Q-tip that I think every makeup artist in New York has. There are the black cotton swabs and then there are these really tiny cotton swabs that get right in the corner of your eye. They’re great for touch ups.”

    Muji black cotton swabs, $5.25 ; Muji thin cotton swabs, 80 pieces for $1.25

  • Maybelline Baby Lips


    “I have multiple Maybelline Baby Lips’. I have them everywhere in every single makeup bag because it’s a really great multiple-use product. It’s great as a lip balm, but if you want to create a little dew on the skin, you can use it as a highlighter. I put it on the brows sometimes for a bit of a wet look. I put it on the cuticles for hydration. If there’s a cream eye shadow and it’s too thick, you can always put a little Baby Lips on it and it sheers it out. It’s always good to have and it’s great for men, too.”

    Maybelline Baby Lips, $3.99

1/2 Cartoon, 1/2 Beyhive.