Welcome to the Top 5 – an interview-based series where we focus on the all-time favorite products praised by beauty community members. Here, you’ll discover their top picks within the skin, hair, makeup, and wellness categories.
Meet Canadian beauty and Artist Shanelle St. Hilaire, whose love affair with glistening makeup and bold colours runs deep. One quick glance at Shanelle’s IG grid, and you can’t help but notice this theme featured in every single one of her posts – not to mention be mesmerized by the opulent shades and lustre. It’s a visual experience, to say the least.
And, it’s evident Shanelle knows a thing or two when it comes to makeup, especially products that are ultra-long lasting. I spoke with the die-hard beauty fan to discuss her all-time faves – including products she recommends makeup artists keep in their kits at all times. Read what she had to say below.
“So, this lip stain is one of my absolute obsessions because it lasts longer than anything I’ve used before yet still feels hydrating on my lips. My go-to shade is Spicy Red, which pairs well with my skin tone. But what makes this product, so genius is the formula. It’s lightweight, almost watery-like. And the pigment is crazy good- it won’t budge. When I want a little something extra, I always like to add lip balm on top of the tint to give a nice sheen to the final look.
I’ve got thick brows, which means I need extra hold for my hairs. I love this product by Blinc because it acts like a gel, keeping my brows in place all day. The consistency is very wax-like. As for the pigment? It’s pretty noticeable, which means you can easily fill in any sparse areas. But the best part of this eyebrow mousse has to be its waterproof abilities. You can go to the beach, go swimming, workout, stay in hot, humid weather – the color won’t fade nor smudge. And in case you’re wondering, my shade is in Dark Brunette.
Ok, I’m the first to admit that I’m really picky when it comes to mascara. I’ve tried so many products, with most giving me trouble. Here’s the problem: my lashes are long but not very curly, which means it’s difficult for me to find a mascara that can hold a curl. L’Oreal Lash Paradise Waterproof version keeps my lashes up, separated and defined. Plus, the applicator is so easy to use. With a budget-friendly price-point, this mascara does an incredible job at delivering results.
The Colorfix liquid pigments by Danessa Myricks are one of the most versatile products on the market – and the ones I always recommend makeup artists keep in their kits. There are a variety of colors and textures to choose from, like hot pink or electric blue, but my personal favorite is the black shade. I constantly use this color when creating a smoky eye or when I need some eyeliner. And the unique thing about this product is that because it’s self-setting, it can be used as mascara too – even for the coloured options. You can literally create any look or vibe you’re after using Colorfix for the lips, cheeks, eyes, brows or mix it with other products to elevate the appearance. Oh, and did I mention it’s waterproof?
I like to call these my “little containers of joy” because they’re super fun and sparkly. One swipe gives you this gorgeous sheen that glimmers in the light– you know, the kind of effect you typically find in a pressed pan. I am seriously obsessed with how this looks on the skin. And because it’s a loose powder, you can mix it with other products or use it as a topper for eyeshadow. The brand in itself, Makeup Forever, creates such high-quality, pigmented products that are great for artistry and personal use. If you’re a makeup artist and want to elevate your kit, this should be one of the products you include.”
This interview has been edited for clarity and consistency purposes.