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Makeup Artist Kendell Dempster Shares His No.1 Product for a Signature Housewives Glow

The man behind the glam looks of Candiace Dillard Bassett, Gizelle Bryant, Mariah Huq, and more reveals his secret for making makeup "look like butter." 

By Hannah Chambers
Candiace Dillard Makeup Artist

If you have ever seen photos of Bravolebrities such as Candiace Dillard Bassett, Gizelle Bryant, and Ashley Darby of The Real Housewives of Potomac or Mariah Huq and Dr. Jacqueline Waters of Married to Medicine and wondered how their makeup could possibly look so flawless, glam guru Kendell Dempster has the answer. The trusted makeup artist swears by a single product to create his signature, glowy look. 

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“One thing that I try to do for all the women across the board, something that’s my signature that I try to do, is make sure I get the proper preparation first on their skin, as far as making sure it is always moisturized,” Kendall told “A lot of times, they’re working so much, so their skin can get very dehydrated. So I always make sure I use a good moisturizer.” 

“One that I absolutely love is from IT Cosmetics, and it’s in a pink jar and it’s universal for every skin tone. It gives extreme hydration to the skin, but makes the makeup, any foundation that I use, look like butter,” Kendall explained. 

Kendall noted that this moisturizer “doesn’t oxidize the foundation, or make the foundation turn darker under any eyes,” which is one of the reasons so many of the women he works with love it. 

Kendell Dempster It Cosmetics

The product is called Confidence in a Cream Rosy Tone Moisturizer, and is $49 from IT Cosmetics. It contains a “rosy tone” pigments to instantly create a more youthful, awake appearance. (Writer's note: I’ve started using this since speaking with Kendell, and this moisturizer is no joke. It smells amazing and gives a fresh-faced vibe whether you’re wearing makeup or not.) 

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