Welcome to the Top 5 – an interview series where we focus on the all-time favorite products praised by members of the beauty community. Here, you’ll discover their personal top picks within the skin, hair, makeup, and wellness categories.
To say Perr Acacia knows a thing or two about makeup is putting it lightly. She’s been in the game for years and currently working as a Pro MAC Artist – which I imagine serves as a playground for her to test-drive new ideas and looks. Her Instagram, @perr.acacia, showcases her talent in full-form. What you see here will make any viewer swoon. From bright orange hues to animal print to glitter lips – Perr isn’t afraid to go bold with her looks, serving an endless stream of inspo for her followers to save for later.
Aside from her growing fan-base comes the opportunities she’s harnessed from brands who admire her work and vice-versa. Take, for example, her latest venture. Perr gleefully informs me she has achieved the coveted role as a One-Size Ambassador for mega makeup influencer Patrick Starrr’s beauty line. “I cried when I found out,” she fondly muses. It’s an incredible feat, but one I’m not surprised to hear.
“Makeup gives you a sense of fierceness,” she says, enabling you to create looks that make you feel empowered and ready to tackle the day. So, when I had the opportunity to chat with Perr about her top 5 makeup products – the ones she refuses to live without – let’s just say I was beyond thrilled to know what someone with such creative prowess kept as her essentials.
“The Cream-to-Powder Foundation is so unique. I love the formula because it’s super lightweight and gives such a natural finish; it looks like your skin. One of the most significant battles I face is redness, so to be able to cover it and still let my skin look and feel like skin is a game-changer. I use it every day.
Okay, I know this product is a little bougie…but my god, does it make you look like you just had a facial. The Hollywood Flawless Filter not only looks absolutely stunning on the skin, but it’s so versatile. You can use it alone, mix it with makeup or use it as highlight. Plus, it makes for a perfect nose contour. It’s definitely one of those products that does it all.
I was really disappointed the first time I tried this mascara! I don’t know what it was, but it didn’t blow me away. And then, one day, I decided to give it another go and was shocked at the results. It did an incredible job at coating every single one of my lash hairs, adding thickness and length like no other, with zero clumps. Plus, it’s a drugstore find, so you really can’t go wrong with making the purchase.
I’m obsessed with this liner, and it’s not because I’m a Brand Ambassador – it really is such a high-quality product. It has a grip placement which helps maintain a steady hand, and the tip is super long and fine. So, if you’re struggling to do a cat eye, you can literally stamp the side of the liner onto the outer corner of the eye and begin to form your wing.
I also love the precision it provides. You can easily extend the liner to create a more dramatic look, and consistently achieve the sharpest line – no budging, no fading—just a highly pigmented, long-wearing liner.
I’ve saved the best for last. This is the palette you never knew you needed. One swipe from the shades gives major pigment; it’s absolutely stunning and so blendable. But what I love most is its versatility. I use one shade for blush, one for nose contour, daytime looks, nighttime – you name it, it’s included in the palette. It also comes with a few glitter shades for when you want to go full-glam. Honestly, I don’t think I touched anything last year that was better than this; it’s that good.”
This interview has been edited for clarity and consistency purposes.