As a makeup artist, your goal is to make your clients feel as beautiful as possible at the end of your session while fulfilling their requests. There is an indescribable feeling that washes over us when we see our clients gushing and thanking us for crafting their face. It humbles us and reminds us why we’re makeup artists in the first place.
With that being said, we always want our tools to be the best. Although the motto of our school is “always be talented no matter what tools you’re using”, well, it can’t hurt to also have the best tools to match our skill set!
This week’s blog post is going to be about some key top products that makeup artists love, adore, and swear by. Investing in products that are versatile, excellent in quality and beautiful on the face is always worth it. Also knowing your intended clientele will help guide you on knowing which products are worth having in your kit!
Make Up For Ever HD Foundation
The Make Up For Ever HD Foundation is an absolute cult-favorite. It is seen everywhere, used by top professional makeup artists around the world. From everyday makeup routines to TV/Film, this foundation promises to stay beautiful no matter the lighting. It is the only HD foundation meant for 4k technology uses.
Its formulated to look virtually flawless in any lighting or photo-hence its popularity amongst celebrities, TV/video shoots and down the runway. It is a common go-to for brides on their special day, as it ensures photos will come out flawlessly. It is also very widely used for any other events that require flash photography, whether it be a headshot or down a red carpet.
Not only is the foundation formulated for the camera-ready, but is a beautiful everyday foundation as well. Many makeup enthusiasts and artists praise this foundation for blending seamlessly into the skin and being undetectable yet flawless. With 40 shades to choose from, people know they can find their flawless, perfect match.
Makeup Artist Carl Ray, whose clients range from Michelle Obama to Natalie Portman, says that this is her absolute favorite. For a flawless finish, she makes sure the skin is hydrated and prepped before blending it with a sponge. She also adds that the foundation is so easy to mix and combine for the perfect shade! It covers all imperfections while still remaining invisible on screen and in real life.
Many clients want to make sure that the foundation will look good in pictures if they are going to an event. “Flashback” is a term used to describe the white cast that overshadows a photo when a foundation contains SPF and reflects badly. No one wants this-especially not after investing in a good makeup artist! If you invest in the Make Up For Ever HD Foundation, you will not be disappointed.
L'oreal Voluminous Mascara
L'oreal Voluminous Mascara is a staple in many professional makeup kits. This drugstore classic is long-loved for its formula. Unlike many mascaras, it is non-clumpy and the color is a true, dark black that people love. It can be layered beautifully without getting the eyelashes getting goopy or clustered together.
NYC based makeup artist Megan Lanoux says that she has tried endless mascaras, but always goes back to this one. It is also said that Sir John, Beyonce’s makeup artist, uses this mascara regularly on the pop star. Patrick Ta, makeup artist of many celebrities including Gigi Hadid and Kourtney Kardashian, says that he cannot live without it! The product also comes in a waterproof version, making it bulletproof in water, sweat or tears.
The drugstore price ($5-6 USD) is also a plus. For sanitation purposes, mascara should be discarded approximately once every three months from your kit. The economical price of this mascara ensures that it will not become very pricey over time. You cannot go wrong with adding this cult-favorite mascara in your kit!
Nars Orgasm Blush
The perfect flush of color can go a long way in a makeup look. Sculpting, highlighting and brightening are all steps to a flawless finish. Blush gives a soft, beautiful rosy hue to the face that is supposed to mimic the natural flushes from within. First launched in 1999, this Nars color is one of the few, if not the only pink color that can be worn on all shades. Many people say that this Nars blush is the best blush ever.
It is a peachy tone with a golden shimmer. The combination of the two ensures that a glowy, beautiful rosy look is seen on all skin tones. This blush powder leaves a natural glow to the skin on fair skin tones and leaves a realistic warmth on darker skin tones. Long loved for its universal color, there are many, many, many makeup artists who own this blush over and over again.
Finding a product that can be used on clients of all skin tones is a magical thing. NYC makeup artist Johny Saade says that the strong pigments in the blush allow the color to stand out but not appear ashy on darker skin tones. It is beautiful on fair, olive, medium, tan and dark skin tones.
The combination of pink and gold shimmer adds an additional dimension to the face. The pink hue is perfect for brightness and the gold shimmer adds a golden warmth and makes the skin glow. You cannot go wrong with adding this universal shade of blush in your kit!
The Original Beauty Blender
Almost everywhere you can see this pink, egg shaped tool used in the beauty industry. The original Beauty Blender is a trusted makeup applicator because it applies makeup streak free and it is edgeless. It can be used over and over again and can be cleaned to ensure it meets sanitation requirements. It is mostly used for applying and blending out foundations, concealers, and any other liquid or cream products.
Many pro’s and makeup artists love this tool because since only a small amount of product sits on top of the sponge, it does not absorb product. It allows a flawless application with minimum product use. Other sponges can absorb a lot of product and that can become expensive and wasteful. This tool ensures that the professional products in your kit will go a long way.
This sponge simplifies technique as it ensures makeup is completely streak-free and blended out. Many makeup pro’s swear by this tool. Ensuring a flawless application of products is essential, so investing in a beauty blender is a great decision!
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz
The Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz is an ultra-slim, retractable pencil for precise detailing and creating hair-like strokes. It is an all-time favorite from makeup artists everywhere. It fills in sparse hairs while giving producing a natural looking appearance.
Makeup lovers swear by this product as it comes in many shades to mimic different hair colors and gives a full look without looking harsh. Top makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic, creator of the Master Class and makeup artist of Kim Kardashian West is an ambassador of ABH and uses this product religiously.
Among many makeup artists and lovers, I find that the topic of eyebrows is always one to come up. Many say it is the most difficult to achieve, as you want a light-hand, but at the same time fill in and sculpt the brow in a way that looks natural. The Anastasia Brow Wiz tip is very small and very precise, ensuring that every stroke looks just like another eyebrow hair.
It is very hard to go back on a bad eyebrow job. Having a brow product that mimics the natural hairs and creates a soft look will ensure that your application is seamless and natural. There is a reason that the ABH Brow Wiz is a cult favorite by the top makeup artists all over the world, and investing in one will leave no regrets!
These are just a few of the top beauty products that the best pro makeup artists use all over the world-for good reason! Versatility and quality are both great factors that you should look when choosing makeup products for your kit.
For all our makeup programs, we hand pick each makeup product in your professional makeup kit. Products such as the Make Up For Ever HD Foundation mentioned in today’s blog post is included in our professional makeup kit. We want to ensure that we provide our students with the best tools that convey their talent and creativity. But remember, always be talented no matter what tools you’re using!