Kris Bacani Makeup Artistry | 10 Best Professional Makeup Products
Kris is a New York trained makeup artist and makeup teacher from Manila.
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10 Best Professional Makeup Products

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.Β Basta,Β 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? πŸ™‚

  • Armie

    October 11, 2013 at 3:12 am Reply

    Thanks for this post, Im a budding MUA and I am very picky on products to use and you just gave me additional products on my wishlist. goodluck on your blog challenge! πŸ™‚

    • Kris Bacani

      October 11, 2013 at 6:28 am Reply

      Hi Armie, you’re welcome! Thanks, I hope I’ll finish the challenge πŸ™‚

  • Paolo

    October 11, 2013 at 3:16 am Reply

    What Aqua Brow shades should i get for my kit? and are they the same as the eyebrow corrector?

    • Kris Bacani

      October 11, 2013 at 6:27 am Reply

      Hi Paolo! Yes they are the same as the Eyebrow Corrector. I have shade 0 of the eyebrow corrector, and for Aqua Brow I have 15 and 25.

  • Geeky_mom

    October 11, 2013 at 7:13 am Reply

    Gotta bookmark this page! Thanks for the tips! more, more, more πŸ™‚

    • Kris Bacani

      October 11, 2013 at 7:50 am Reply

      Go ahead! I have 23 more posts to go πŸ™‚

  • Gwen Chan

    October 12, 2013 at 3:02 am Reply

    Hello Kris, please do everybody a favor by extending your 30-day challenge blog to 365-day challege. Hahahahaha πŸ™‚ We are learning so much from you my dear Kris πŸ™‚ Thanks for doing this.

    • Kris Bacani

      October 16, 2013 at 10:21 am Reply

      Hey Gwen, haha ang hirap nga eh! I have blogged in 5 days, and to think I wanted to do it everyday. Thanks for reading! πŸ™‚

  • Andy

    November 26, 2013 at 6:10 am Reply

    Hi! How about RCMA foundations? Are they good?

    • Kris Bacani

      March 14, 2014 at 7:34 am Reply

      Hey Andy, replying late but yes, RCMA fonda is good!

  • charlene

    February 24, 2014 at 5:48 am Reply

    Hi kris. How can i get face to face super matte antishine? Help naman pls…. thanks!

    • Kris Bacani

      March 14, 2014 at 7:35 am Reply

      Hey Charlene, I get mine from Alcone in US. You can order online. Not sure if there’s a reseller in Manila though.

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