One look at Desi Perkins’ Instagram feed shows that she’s definitely living her best life - glam makeup skills, handsome husband, adventurous travels, and a sweet bundle of joy on the way. But the former freelance makeup artist turned YouTube star isn’t just your typical beauty influencer, she’s a talented artist who managed to turn her fashion illustrations and makeup looks into 4.2 million Instagram followers, 3.3 YouTube subscribers, and dozens of beauty brand partnerships over the course of several years. She’s also a proud Latina who loves to speak openly about her heritage, giving you a reason to recreate Perkins’ best makeup effects all throughout Latinx Heritage Month. While seeing her glowing skin and flawlessly blended bronzer on social media can definitely be envy-inducing, we live in an era where influencers and celebrities are more open than ever about their beauty routine. They’ll tell you about their holy grail concealer or eyeshadow palette they swear by, even if nobody asked, which makes it easy to create some of your favorite influencer makeup looks. Desi Perkins has always been gorgeous, but she’s also a mama-to-be, savvy businesswoman, and beauty industry maven… and here are her favorite makeup and skincare products that she swears by.
There are some beauty influencers known for their natural, barely-there makeup looks. Desi Perkins is not one of them. She’s a glam queen through and through, and no full-face makeup look is complete without the right foundation for a flawless finish. Perkins has spoken about many of her “absolute favorite foundations,” as the beauty gurus all say… but the Skin Love Weightless Blur Foundation by BECCA has a special place in her heart. “This foundation is so beautiful. It’s dewy, it’s glowy, but not greasy or slippery, it’s just so luminous,” Perkins said in a YouTube video in 2019. She’s not kidding. MIRA reviews love this foundation for being lightweight, blendable, and leaving a dewy finish that’s bright and beautiful. It’s also extremely easy to apply, and there’s no greater joy than buffing in your foundation with the right tool, like the Ultimate Blending Brush by e.l.f.!
What do Desi Perkins and her fellow Latinx Heritage Month honoree, Jennifer Lopez, have in common? A love for glowing skin. And while bronzer and highlighter certainly help, it’s toner that will make you truly glow from within. Desi has expressed her appreciation for the Balancing Force toner by Ole Henriksen, formulated with a Green Fusion Complex™(Green Tea, Eucalyptus, Algae) to absorb excess oil and refine your pores for a more balanced complexion. It also contains Neem Seed Oil and Salicylic, Glycolic, and Lactic acids to exfoliate and remove the dead skin cells that clog your pores. Even beauty influencers like Desi Perkins get acne sometimes, as she’s expressed in countless videos, and this toner has top MIRA ratings for reducing acne and uneven skin tone while adding hydration for your most glowing skin.
Benefit knows all about brows, that’s not exactly a secret. But sometimes even the most impeccable arches need a friend, like liquid eyeliner from one of Desi’s faves. She told her millions of subscribers that Roller Liner was “so inky, the perfect flexible tip that makes it easy for you to do a wing.” She continued, “it’s so perfectly tapered, and one of the blackest liquid liners ever.” Indeed, this matte liquid eyeliner has a felt tip that glides easily onto the lid for the most precise, deep black lines that are there for you through thick and thin - literally. Desi Perkins uses only the best eyeliners that last her through filming beauty tutorials, walking the carpet at launch parties, and strolling through her hometown of Los Angeles on the warmest days… and Roller Liner will keep your liner looking fresh and fierce for up to 24 hours.
“I know, bougie, it’s La Mer. But if there’s one part of my skin care routine that I’m going to be bougie on, it’s my under eyes.” Actual quote from Desi Perkins in one of her skin care videos, and she’s 100% right. We’ve told you about the importance of using eye cream, especially if you’re a woman in your 30’s like Desi, and this pricey yet perfect cream will smooth out the delicate under eyes like a dream cream. It’s packed with Lime Tea Concentrate, a rich antioxidant that protects against dark circles and keeps the fragile skin in this area protected against environmental pollution. Concentrated Miracle Broth delivers hydration and energizes under eyes, while Clarity Ferment reduces fine lines and brightens your look. The Eye Concentrate does everything you would expect from an eye cream and more, and you can get Desi Perkins' same youthful radiance with this luxurious, anti-aging treatment.
Latinx Heritage Month always brings plenty of celebrations for Latinx food, culture, beauty, and music - particularly that of singer Selena Quintanilla. Her legacy will never be forgotten, and the MAC Selena collection is a beautiful way to honor Selena. While doing a YouTube video with celebrity makeup artist Andre Sarmiento, Desi expressed her love for the late singer. “I feel like she was such a strong influence for a lot of Mexican-American women growing up. She was like, the ideal beauty for me.” Perkins continued as Sarmiento applied the MAC x Selena blush on her cheeks, “she gave me more confidence to be proud to be Mexican-American.” Selena Le Reina is a gorgeous lipstick available in two shades - a light pinky nude called Selena Vive and the metallic true red of Queen of Cumbia. Both of these hues are beloved by Mrs. Desi Perkins, pay tribute to the late Selena, and let you express yourself in a gorgeous way through Latinx Heritage Month.
A face mask that firms and lifts your skin for a younger complexion, while also providing a major selfie moment with a chrome finish and peel-off formula? Um, yes. GLAMGLOW knows all about masks and self-care, and even Desi Perkins can’t get enough of GRAVITYMUD. She’s been using it for years, particularly on the night before a big event to get her skin “right and tight.” Her words. This mask is made with licorice and marshmallow extracts to lift and firm the skin, making it feel more toned and tight than you thought was even possible. It also doesn’t hurt that the peel-off process is extremely satisfying, and leaves you with a smooth canvas that’s perfect for makeup application. Fight the effects of gravity with this Desi Perkins-approved face mask, which our community says is pore-minimizing, anti-aging, good for acne and brightening.
“This palette is a must have, holy grail! It is perfect for everyday looks and glam looks. The shadows apply beautifully, I prefer to apply the shimmers with my finger.” Definitely agreed with this MIRA review! Desi launched this eyeshadow palette with her best friend and beauty YouTuber Katy DeGroot (or Lustrelux) to great reviews, with 10 matte and shimmer hues for influencer-worthy eye makeup. Friendcation pays tribute to the girls’ glam side with shimmery blue, gold, and midnight black, but you’ll also get brown transition shades like Necessary and Churro (an ode to Desi’s Mexican heritage) to switch up your eye looks. Each of these hues is super pigmented and blends out effortlessly on your lids, just as you would expect from two eyeshadow enthusiasts, and is only the beginning of Katy and Desi’s many beauty collaborations together.
“This stuff is just gonna break everything down,” Desi Perkins told Harper’s Bazaar as she applied this Tatcha favorite to her face and removed every last trace of foundation. Pure One Step is a must-have in Desi’s nightly skincare routine, and it should be in yours too! It’s a 2-in-1 makeup remover and cleanser with Japanese Camellia Oil to melt away even the most waterproof makeup, locking in moisture and nourishing the skin with Vitamins A, B, D, and E plus Omegas 3, 6, and 9. It also contains Hadasei-3™, a Tatcha-exclusive trio of anti-aging Japanese superfoods (green tea, rice and algae) that serves as the basis for original geisha beauty rituals - a complex that’s present in nearly every Tatcha product to create a youthful and radiant glow. You know, like Desi’s! As much as she loves to put makeup on, the YouTube star also takes great satisfaction in taking off her foundation at the end of the night. And you will too with one of our favorite pure skin care products by Tatcha.
While we’re in the midst of Latinx Heritage Month, every day is a celebration of culture for Desi Perkins. Like her fellow Latina Selena Gomez, she speaks proudly about being a Mexican-American, and facing the challenges of diversity for all in the beauty industry. While she told Bustle in 2018 that she often had difficulty finding the right foundation shade to complement the olive undertones in her tan skin, she did give credit to one brand who has always put diversity first: Make Up For Ever. Since 2015, the brand has offered nearly 50 shades of their Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation to cater to all skin types and tones, long before many other brands were doing it (sorry, Fenty!). And besides just being inclusive, this foundation is also just really good. It’s smooth and buildable, while the mattifying and poreless finish looks like an Instagram filter IRL. Definitely makes sense for one of Desi Perkins’ favorite foundations, and a nice splurge to celebrate inclusivity all through Latinx Heritage Month.
Back to breakouts… anybody can get them. They aren’t limited by age (Desi is 33!), and even beauty YouTubers with access to all the expensive creams need to zap zits sometimes. Desi loves these Acne Healing Spots by Peace Out, which you simply place on your problem zits to watch them disappear overnight. These patches are infused with salicylic acid to deep clean your pores and rid them of acne-causing bacteria, and you’ll also get Vitamin A and Aloe Vera to soothe your skin and remove the dark spots that often come with breakouts. These patches are easy to use, non-messy, and zap zits in no time… perfect for when Desi (or you) needs a clear complexion before a big launch party!
Show your pride through Latinx Heritage Month with Desi's favorites, all on MIRA.