I’ve got a surprising number of questions about what brand of products I use in my makeup artist kit! I thought I’d do a blog post with some examples of the products I use so clients can come here and reference items or readers can get some new products to try. I’m going to start with drugstore products since it’s a lot of products and I’ll have another post with my high-end products.
I honestly use an array of products; some high-end, some drugstore and some in middle range. I will say that people might have some preconceived notions about drugstore makeup but it really has taken a turn for the better in the last 5 years. In fact, sometimes a high-end brand and drugstore brand are owned by the same company and will put out similar products (ex. face powder), but the packaging is just cheaper quality.
So with that said, here are some of my favorite products that are drugstore.
Foundation and Concealer:
From top left clockwise:
Sonia Kashuk Perfecting Luminous Foundation: I love using this one mixed in with luminizer drops and moisturizer for a lighter coverage.
NYX Total Control Drop Foundation: This product is super buildable for those that want a higher coverage but really blends into the skin; instead of sitting on it.
Milani Conceal + Perfect Foundation: This is by far the best high coverage foundation at the drugstore! If applied with a beauty sponge, it really melts into the skin.
NYX HD Concealer: I’d say this is a medium coverage concealer but I really like how it blends into the skin.
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer: This is probably my favorite drugstore concealer as it’s a good coverage and looks super natural. Plus they have tons of shades!
Powder, Contour and Bronzer:
Maybelline Fit Me Powder: I absolutely love this powder. It totally compares to some of my higher end powders and it comes in tons of shades!
Makeup Revolution Baked Bronzer Powder: These bronzers are great for someone with younger skin that wants to have that glow. They are super pigmented!
NYX Highlight & Contour Pro Palette: I’ve used these palette for a long time and think that the quality is great for the price. It’s pigmented, blends nicely into the skin and isn’t patchy.
Blushes & Highlighters:
NYX HD Blush (nude’tude): I really love NYX HD Blushes! I feel like the pigmentation and blendability are better than some high-end. My favorite color is nude’tude since it’s a bronzy peach color.
Milani Baked Blush: I absolutely love these blushes. By far some of the best blushes on the market!
ELF Blush Palette: I love these for my kit because the have 4 colors in the palette to choose from. The blushes are pigmented and easy to work with.
LA Girl Strobe Lite Powder: These are great for a really blinding highlight. I’d really only use this on a client with younger skin. Gives that wet look!
Wet n Wild Megaglo Highlighting Powder: I’m literally obsessed with these highlighters! They literally look like butter on the skin and can easily be built up for a high intensity look.
Covergirl Total Tease Mascara: Really like this mascara, but honestly when working on a client, I 90% put false lashes on them so frankly mascara isn’t a huge deal to me. As long as it makes the lashes black, I’m happy and I always use drugstore on my clients!
NYX Butter Gloss: These are my favorite glosses from the drugstore since they have so many colors and they’re really pigmented. I also love that they aren’t super sticky or goopy feeling on the lips!
NYX Slide on, Glide on Lip Liner: These are super creamy lip liners that stay sharp
Rimmel Scandaleyes Kohl Liner: This is a nice creamy liner for the waterline that stays on for a good amount of time.
NYX Micro Brow Pencil: These pencils are the closest I’ve found to the higher end Anastasia Beverly Hills brow pencil and they are like 1/3 of the price! Comes in lots of color variety and they’re super easy to use.
Okay that is just an example of the some of the drugstore makeup that is in my makeup kit and I use personally. I’ll be back with a part 2 here in a couple of days with my high-end makeup!
Hugs and Luvs,