The Cult Favorite Kiehl’s Products Found In Every Pro Makeup Artist Kit

When the first shipment of Kiehl’s products arrived at Camera Ready, our hallways became a magical celebration of high fives and joyous cheer. Kiehl’s world-renowned skincare staples and award-winning formulas are worth getting excited about. If you don’t understand why, allow us to explain.

The mecca of all wellness brands got its start in 1851 as a dedicated apothecary for the citizens of New York City. Decades later, pharmacist John Kiehl and his apprentice, Irving Morse, transitioned the business into a full-service pharmacy, stocking teas, herbs and the first-ever Kiehl’s brand products.

Kiehl’s went on to implement many “firsts” for the wellness industry: the first to offer a robust “try before you buy” sampling program, the first to list ingredients on its product labels, the first to supply the U.S. government with a special aloe cream for radiation burns, and so much more.

Many of today’s bestselling products were first created in the 1960s. More than 103 Kiehl’s products have been inducted into the permanent collection of the Division of Medicine and Science at the Smithsonian National Museum.  

Pro makeup artists love Kiehl’s for its award-winning, natural formulations and the nourishing benefits they provide. Keep reading for a collection of Kiehl’s cult favorite found inside makeup artist kits worldwide.

Pro Artist Cult Favorites

Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash, $30

Gently clean away dirt and oil for a fresh, revitalized face. Infused with Calendula, this creamy gel formula activates with water to create a dense foam that doesn’t dry out or strip the skin. The healing properties of Calendula date back to the 12 th century – a popular ingredient in Chinese medicine.

Pineapple Papaya Facial Scrub, $28

Rejuvenate dull skin with natural exfoliants like Luffa Cylindrica Fruit and Apricot Seed Powder for a smoother, softer face. Dab a small amount of scrub onto clean, damp skin and gently massage in upward circular motions. Rinse clean with water. Great for all skin types!

Facial Fuel Energizing Moisture Treatment, $28

Awaken fatigued and dull skin with Kiehl’s facial moisturizer for men. Formulated with Chestnut Extract, Soy, Vitamin C and Vitamin E to revitalize and energize skin for a healthy, youthful appearance.

Instant Renewal Concentrate Mask, $32

Hydrate like never before with Amazonian Oil infused sheet masks. This two-piece hydrogel mask comfortably fits all face shapes. Innovatively formed with biocellulose to replenish skin and reinforce its natural protective barrier. Treat yourself to a radiant glow and refined, smooth skin texture.

Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Mask, $45

Reduce signs of stress with the hydrating, soothing benefits of Calendula and Aloe Vera. This lightweight gel mask bursts into a cooling sensation that leaves you feeling refreshed. Formulated with handpicked Calendula flower petals (a known skin-calming ingredient), you’ll experience a healthier looking complexion over time.

Calendula Herbal Extract Alcohol-Free Toner, $35

Gently cleanse and refresh skin with this bestselling toner made for every skin type. This cult-classic formula features hand-picked Calendula flower petals and Great Burdock Root Extract to soothe and improve skin over time.

Ultra Facial Toner, $16

A best-selling formula since the 1960s, this gentle alcohol-free facial toner works to tone, soothe and hydrate tired skin. Squalene, Apricot Kernel Oil, Avocado Oil and Vitamin E help balance pH levels without stripping skin of natural oils. Prepare skin for moisture and refine texture with this miracle-working formula.

Ultra Facial Cream, $30

With its unique lightweight texture, this bestselling facial cream provides 24-hour hydration for soft, smooth, healthier-looking skin. Formulated with Glacial Glycoprotein and olive-derived Squalane, this non-greasy moisturizer instantly leaves skin 2.3X more hydrated, even in your driest areas.

Ultra Facial Moisturizer, $29.50

Kiehl’s original Ultra Facial Moisturizer was first offered in the early 1970s. Since then, loyal patrons have relied on this classic moisturizer’s superb hydration benefits. This iconic formula inspired the entire Ultra Facial Collection, including the best-selling Ultra Facial Cream.

Creme de Corps, $18

Cocoa Butter and Beta-Carotene moisturize dry skin for a soft, elegant feel. The non-greasy formula is perfect for all skin types, particularly dry skin. Gently massage after a bath or shower, allowing it to absorb for several minutes before dressing.  

Midnight Recovery Concentrate, $49

This top-rated nighttime facial oil is formulated with distilled botanicals (Lavender Essential Oil, Evening Primrose Oil and Squalane) to replenish skin, reduce fine lines, refine texture and restore a youthful appearance. Wake to visibly radiant skin after just one use.

Super Multi-Corrective Eye-Opening Serum, $48

Visibly lift, firm and smooth the eye area with the ultimate anti-aging serum for eyes. The potent formula visibly reduces the appearance of crow’s feet, dark circles and under-eye wrinkles. Apply by itself or with an eye cream. Clinically-tested to help restore a youthful shape to the eyes after just four days of use.

Creamy Eye Treatment w/ Avocado, $30

Nourish the under eye area with the creamy, hydrating benefits of Avocado Oil and Shea Butter. This gentle, uniquely-concentrated formulated does not migrate into eyes and is safe for all skin types. Treat your eyes day or night to a quick burst of hydration.  

Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution, $52

Minimize the appearance of dark spots caused by age and sun exposure with this highly-efficacious corrector. Peony Extract, White Birch Extract and Activated C work to brighten the skin for increased radiance and clarity.

Lip Balm #1, $9.50

Nourish and soothe dry lips with this Kiehl’s classic since the 1960s! Apply liberally day and night. Formulated with Squalane, Aloe Vera, and Vitamin E. Available in cranberry, mint, pear or mango scents, as well as the original unscented formula.

Facial Fuel No Shine Lip Balm, $9

This popular, no-shine formula provides all the lip-nourishing benefits of the original Lip Balm, with a matte finish. Refuel and smooth your lips on the go with Shea Butter and Squalene.


Shop these Kiehl’s favorites and more online and in-store at Camera Ready Cosmetics. Discounts apply for pro artist members.

Which Kiehl’s products are your favorite? Don’t see a particular product available at CRC? Let us know in the comments below!  

About Camera Ready Cosmetics  

Camera Ready Cosmetics was founded in 2003 by Makeup Artist Mary Erickson. She dreamed of having a pro makeup showroom where artists could play with professional products without the typical makeup store attitude.

Today, our team of beauty industry veterans work together to curate the best quality products on the market. We partner with brands who respect the industry and formulate products for true working artists.


Mallory Hatten 
Beauty Editor / Camera Ready Cosmetics