There was a time, not long ago, that I wanted to switch from using popular makeup brands to professional brands found in specialty stores, used by makeup artist pros.
Why? For better results, more personalization and flexibility, and to save big, big bucks. Professional makeup products do not see the same price inflation that mainstream cosmetics do. So what is it that professional and celebrity makeup artists prefer? Here’s what my investigations showed!
For information on the makeup and beauty buys that celebrities love, check out our post on luxury cosmetic products!
Makeup (MU) artists like to prep skin with a primer enhanced with silicone to keep makeup from sliding off their models’ and actors’/actresses’ faces under hot lights. They use Smashbox’s Photo Finish Foundation Primer.
For base makeup, MU artists use makeup palettes to mix and match colors to suit any skintone. A great color palette loved by MU artists for Indian and Asian skintones would be the RCMA Color Process Foundation Palette in Shinto. For peach/salmon based colors used for concealing, try the RCMA Color Process Foundation Palette in KO.
To create an even finish and enhance moisture and glow, MU artists spray base makeup with a setting spray. Try Cinema Secrets Moisture Spray.
Set foundation with a colorless face powder like Ben Nye’s Neutral Set Colorless Face Powder. To correct undereye hollows, use Laura Mercier’s Secret Brightening Powder in #2. Throughout the day, for anti-shine touch-ups, keep MAC Blot Powder (pressed) handy in your purse.
For color on the cheeks, look to MAC Powder Blushes.
Keep eyebrows in place with a swipe of Maybelline’s Great Lash Clear Mascara. MU Artists use Rohto Eye Drops (sparingly) to clear away redness from exhaustion and over-strain for bright white eyes.
Curl lashes with the Shu Uemura eyelash curler and use Shu Uemura false eyelashes. Follow up with applying MAX Factor’s 2000 Calorie Mascara to lashes. For eye makeup looks, turn to MAC.
Prep lips with MAC Prep + Prime Lip primer. Finish your look with MAC Lip Pencils and Lipsticks.
For a red carpet gleam and glow all over, use Vanitymark Shimmerskin Body Glisten Spray on the arms and decolletage.
These and similar products can be found at some malls/department stores, beauty supply stores, dance supply/equipment stores, or online.
What do you think? Would you ever try professional makeup products, or will you stick to popular consumer brands?