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Building a good and reliable makeup kit from scratch can be difficult, daunting and expensive, especially when you veer towards the more expensive products. A makeup artist once told me that a powder is a powder whether you put it on your eyes, your eyebrows or your face. Makeup is your medium, it has no rules and you can use it how you like.
That is some of the best advice I have ever been given as a makeup artist, and it has saved me a lot of time and money.
On this blog post, I am going to list some of the best makeup I have used on both a personal and professional basis. The majority of these products are more ‘drugstore’, and the main reason for this is because through the years of having a ridiculous makeup obsession, I have spent a little too much money on higher end makeup products because I thought that I needed them. Products can be multi-purpose and you don’t have to buy a million of them.
For example, in my professional kit, I have a few darker shades of foundation, a few of the lightest shades, and one or two in between. I then just custom-make the perfect shade for each and every client. This saves me a lot of money and space in my kit, which is a blessing for my back and my purse.
- B Perfect Carnival Palette
It is so useful to have a brighter eyeshadow palette in your collection, despite how scary bright eyeshadows can be. Before using this, I loved the NYX Ultimate Eyeshadow palette in bright lights (I think). Colourful eyeshadows can add a creative flair to any look; a little blue pop on the inner corner of a bronze smokey eye, a little red underneath the eyes of a black smokey liner… the possibilities are endless.
The reason I love this particular palette is because of the wide colour variety, the continuity of the quality of the palette, and how long-lasting the shades are. There are warmer shades and cooler neutral shades, colourful shades and two beautiful highlighters.
This multipurpose palette is an absolute must.
- Translucent Setting Powder
The Ben Nye is one of my personal favourites as this fine powder is amazing for baking or setting any area of your face. My under eyes rarely crease, my face doesn’t look powdery and it doesn’t get oily either.
I also love the Coty Airspun Loose Translucent Powder, and I still do, but sometimes the scent can be overpowering.
- L’Oréal Pore Refining Primer
This primer is beyond the laws of physics… it is complete magic! It completely removes the appearance of any pores, leaving your skin looking airbrushed before you apply your foundation.
I usually apply this to my t-zone and upper area of my cheeks to minimise pores, and then an illuminating primer on the rest of my face.
- Foundation Stick
There are two different types of foundation stick that I like; Tarte CC foundation stick, and the L’Oréal foundation stick. The L’Oréal stick is fuller coverage but unfortunately, they don’t have it in a shade for my skin tone.
The reason I recommend these foundation sticks is for contouring. If you’re a makeup artist you can carry a few different shades, and use some of them as contour shades. I love the L’Oréal foundation stick in shade 200 for contouring.
It’s a perfect multi-purpose product.
Another great use for contour sticks is lipstick’s, lip liners, or the perfect under eye definition shade.
- Cream Blush
This is an underrated but must have product. It gives a natural glow and blush to the skin, and you can easily build it up, or dull it down. Cream blush can also be used as a perfect lipstick that compliments your blush, a cream eyeshadow, or even an eyeshadow base.
Similarly, a lipstick can also make a perfect cream blush. Regardless, you put it on before you powder, and I promise you will not be disappointed.