If you’re like us, you’ve probably wondered what famous people add to their carts. Not the JAR brooch and Louis XV chair but the hair spray and the electric toothbrush. We asked makeup artist Daniel Martin — the global director of artistry and education for beauty brand Tatcha — about the water bottle, luggage, and sneakers he can’t live without.
I bring this bottle with me everywhere. It gives me peace of mind knowing the built-in UV light is killing everything inside and I’m drinking clean water. You just press the top — you know it is on when it turns blue. I think it takes something like 22 seconds to purify what’s in the bottle. When it’s done, the light turns green. The only thing you have to remember is to recharge the top because that’s what holds the UV light and it will die after a while.
I was born in the ’70s so the show is nostalgic for me. My grandmother and I would watch it together. On Saturday nights, I would stay over at her house and we’d always watch. I think she knew I was gay before I knew. My favorite episode is “Henny Penny - Straight, No Chaser,” from season six. It’s the one where they do the talent show and dress up. It’s so funny. Watching the show now, I understand the jokes better — and I can tell that a bunch of queens wrote them. Golden Girls will never get old for me. I always find something new and different and hilarious when I rewatch it, which is kind of a lot.
I use it as a makeup kit because it’s very secure and solid. None of my tools or makeup get damaged inside whether I’m on a flight or just lugging it around. It has gone everywhere with me, from Marrakech to Miami to L.A. to Paris to London to Singapore and beyond. I’ve never had to replace any parts, but I did have to replace the suitcase once. My first one was stolen by an Uber driver, with all of my makeup products inside. The police didn’t believe me when I told them how much all the makeup was worth. It cost more than the suitcase itself.