Former model and now makeup artist to some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, Carola Gonzalez believes in the power of makeup. For her, makeup is about enhancing the beauty in anyone by skillfully applying the perfect combination of products and colors to accentuate each person’s unique features and skin tone. Armed with this belief—along with exceptional talent and charisma—Carola has propelled her career to become one of the most sought-after makeup artists in Los Angeles, counting Eva Longoria, Kerry Washington, Zoe Saldana, Rosario Dawson and George Clooney among her clients. Her work has appeared in several magazines including W, GQ, The New York Times Magazine, Interview, Vogue and Esquire.
As someone with such a great eye for beauty—and who has unlimited access to the best beauty secrets behind the scenes—we were curious about what beauty products she’d wish for herself. Read her list below.
“For those of you looking for the perfect all-natural luminizer, this is the one. To achieve natural, glowy skin, just dab luminizer with fingertips on cheekbones, bridge of nose or desired area—and voila! A little goes a long way and lasts all throughout the day.”
“This is definitely the Rolls Royce of hairbrushes. No wonder every hairstylist raves and carries one in their kit. This is the perfect gift if you want to spoil a loved one.”
“The time has come, and I’m finally trying out what everyone has been talking to me about: Obagi 360. I have dark spots on my face and have tried everything with little success. I’ve heard amazing things about these products and can’t wait to try them.”
“Been using this serum for a few days, and can already see a difference on my skin. Skin looks plumped, healthier, more revitalized. I highly recommend adding it to your daily routine.”
“What a magical cream! If you want to treat your body, this is the way to go. It’s the perfect cream for dry weather. Rich, silky, creamy and just the right balance. It doesn’t feel heavy and leaves the body hydrated throughout the day. Truly obsessed!”