10 Best Professional Makeup Products
Why is it that you yourself can’t replicate what a professional makeup artist did on your face? One big factor of course is the products that they use. Some of them are hard to find since they’re not available in department stores, but I’m happy to report that more and more pro brands are now available through online resellers and in other specialty beauty stores. Here are some of the products that I highly recommend:
1. Ben Nye Loose Powders
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This really does not need any introduction. I remember a Facebook post of one of the resellers here in the Philippines, which goes something like this: “Pinu-pulburon niyo ba ang Ben Nye Banana?” The way people are hoarding it, it seems like they’re eating the stuff. It’s finely milled, and is reasonably priced too. I have the Banana and Caramel shades, which are ideal for Asian skin tones, and before I had the Neutral Set.
2. Kryolan Dermacolor Camouflage Concealer
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I taught a makeup class earlier this year where I had a student with a big, bluish-brownish birthmark on the side of her face. It covered around a fifth of her forehead. We tried different brands of concealers to see which one will cover it perfectly, and Kryolan Dermacolor emerged as the winner. The Dermacolor line is actually marketed as a paramedical line, meaning it’s meant to be used to cover up scars, burns, and other grave skin conditions. It is densely pigmented and has great staying power.
3. Cinema Secrets Brush Cleaner
This really gets the gunk out of my brushes without drying them out. Your white, goat hair brushes will definitely be sparkling white again after using this. I love the light vanilla scent too.
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4. Face To Face Supermatte Anti-Shine
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When I have clients with super oily skin, this is my lifesaver. It’s a teeny tiny tube at almost $30.00 but I’m telling you, it’s worth it. It works as a primer but you don’t need to put it on the whole face, just on the places where it becomes really oily like on the T-zone and the sides of the nose. It’s like putting underarm anti-perspirant on the face. Sounds icky but that’s the only analogy I can think of in terms of its strength. I’m guessing this really blocks your pores so make sure to completely remove after.
5. Makeup Designory Cream Foundation
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What I like about the Makeup Designory cream foundations is the control that I have with it. I can use it as is for full coverage, and I can mix it with the primer to get an almost liquid consistency for sheer coverage. That means I don’t have to carry heavy bottles of liquid foundation in my kit. As with other pro products, it is densely pigmented so a little goes a long way.
6. Temptu Adjusters
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I have to admit, I don’t have these yet because I thought it was unnecessary before. When I was in the US last July and I got to see a demo on how to use it properly and how you can customize foundation undertones with it, I was sold. Of course, you have to know your colour theory before deciding which colors to buy. I’m definitely getting the Blue and Green ones.
7. Embryolisse Moisturizer
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A trade secret (now not really anymore), this French moisturiser is a makeup kit must have. It has a rich consistency and smooth texture. If you’re worried about harsh chemicals, this doesn’t have any parabens so it’s safe for sensitive skin. I don’t use it so much on oily skin though, I opt for a water-based one.
8. Makeup Forever Aqua Brow
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Created for synchronized swimmers, this is water-proof, sweat-proof, smudge-proof, and probably bomb-proof. Basta, it stays on your brows the whole day without retouch. I remember a makeup artist friend of mine who posted a photo of herself right after giving birth with her newborn baby. After hours of labor, she still had perfectly groomed eyebrows care of Makeup Forever. So it’s labor-proof also. It comes in small tubes but they will definitely last you for more than a year because, again, it’s very pigmented.
9. Skindinavia Finishing Spray
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A bridal client of mine based in US gave me Skindinavia’s Bridal Finishing Spray after I’ve used it on her and since then, this is now my last step especially for, what else, bridal makeup. It makes the makeup last longer without drying the face and without making the makeup cakey.
10. Viseart Matte Eyeshadows
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It’s very hard to find good matte eyeshadows, and I found them in Viseart. What’s good about matte eyeshadows is that they’re very versatile. You can use the neutral shades for filling in the brows, and for highlighting and contouring the face. I think we are bombarded with way too much shimmery eyeshadow in the market, you can’t really do nicely defined eyeshadow work with them.
Makeup pros, junkies, enthusiasts, what are your other makeup kit staples? 🙂