One of the things I get asked the most being a makeup artist is, what products do you use in your kit? Do you use just one brand or many? How do you choose what goes in your kit?
Here are the answers you've all been searching for!
1. What products do I use in my kit and do I use just one brand?
I use a bunch of different brands in my kit. Anywhere from high-end like Makeup Forever, to what they now call drugstore like NYX. There are somethings that brands get totally right and other things they miss the mark for me. Some high end brands are too overpriced for what you are getting and that's where I find the drugstore!
Why spend too much money on something like an eyebrow pencil when there are so many drugstore brands that make the same exact thing for less?! Crazy right? Then there are things that drugstore brands just aren't able to replicate due to cost, they are drugstore because they want to sell their makeup for a lesser price and that means you can't always have the most expensive ingredients... don't take that the wrong way, it just is what it is. I have nothing against drugstore brands because I use them and I love them. For example, NYX eyebrow pencils are what I use in my kit but some of their makeup just doesn't work for me, but that's just me! What doesn't work for me, works for someone else. But my point is, I love all price ranges in makeup and there is nothing wrong with drugstore!
2. How do I choose what goes in my makeup kit?
All of the makeup in my kit I have tried on myself or family and friends! I personally don't put a makeup item in my kit that I haven't tried out first. My bread and butter are weddings, I personally CANNOT use a makeup item that I don't know and trust on a bride on her biggest day ever... I don't know how that product is going to perform or if it'll last and I couldn't do that to someone on their wedding day. Also, my name is on the line and I intend to do right by everyone! If I haven't tried a makeup item on myself or others before using it on my clients, it doesn't go in my kit! Period!
That being said, I have a certain skin type so if I want to try out a new product I'll try it on myself and then on others that have a different skin type then me. I need to know how that product performs on multiple skin types, so when I'm at a gig I KNOW what skin type I can use this product on and when it's not going to work out. I want to know how that product holds and performs before I trust it in my kit.
Hope you loved this and if you want to know more specific products, keep an eye out for a post!