There’s nothing I love more than breaking out my creative kit essentials, I’m talking unapologetic colour, bold textures and the products I go to when I want to create a statement. In this post I thought I’d share some of those kit essentials, old loves and newer discoveries that I rely on for editorial and more creative shoots like this one I did recently for Flaunt Magazine.
Glossier Technogel Eye Pencil Colorslide have become an absolute staple in my kit, a newer addition and one that will be staying put I’m pleased to confirm. A waxy opaque formula with a little play time but one that sets down nice and firm, this is the kind of colour pencil I can use when I want the look to last but it also glides and doesn’t drag on the skin. I used a lot of Glossier Play Colorslide pencils in this shoot, I just made sure I sharpened them really well when I wanted a more precise line. Another firm favourite when it comes to pencils that perform and also offer a really nice range of colours, both shimmery, pearl and matte finishes are Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencils.
One of my most common used products when it comes to creating more artistic makeup looks has to be cream colours, and in this topic I’m including liquid, cream, gel, oil and grease paints. The fact it makes mixing exact colours really easy is the main reason I find this medium so flexible. It gives me a lot of control with how I create and so much freedom to play. The great news is now so many affordable brands are really experimenting with cream finishes and it no longer means the pro store is the only place to find great products. Nyx Vivid Creme Colours and ColourPop Jelly Much Shadows both offer some incredible colours, some of which are hard to find even in pro stores at really affordable prices.For pro products I love Make Up For Ever 12 Flash Colour Palette and really recommend it for any muas starting out.
For pro products I love Make Up For Ever 12 Flash Colour Palette and really recommend it for any muas starting out, if you buy one palette you can’t go wrong with this. Inside my pro kit you’ll also find lots of pro studio MAC products including MAC Chroma Cakes when I want something to set and they also mix nicely into other products and pigments. A newer discovery is the Mehron Paradise Makeup AQ Prism Blendset Palettes, these are incredible colour combinations and for creating liner work and graphic shapes. I love that these as they’re super opaque and long lasting.
There are so many ways to create texture, and often the best textures aren’t only to be found in pro makeup shops. Get down to your local craft store and check out the felt section, the bead and sequins and get creative. I have a decent collection of glitters in every shape and size but I have to say Lemonhead LA really crushes the glitter game for me, which offer some of the prettiest glitter colour combinations out there. One of my favourite cheap as chips pressed glitter palettes is by Jolie Beauty and I often use this to press onto eyes and lips and its another great affordable option. I’d love to hear your recommendations in the comments below. Thanks for reading!
Photos By Kayla Varley for Flaunt Magazine, Makeup by Me. To see the full team/credits and see more from this story click here.
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