Upgrade your makeup kit to pro status

The products a makeup artist can’t live without

New Idea Contributing Editor / May 05 2017

Wanting to up your makeup game to rival the pros? Here's how: add these seven essential products that makeup artists swear by for a professional look. 


A great foundation

“It’s important to match your skin tone exactly, so keep three shades in your kit,” says celebrity makeup artist Katrina Raftery. “As the seasons change, so does your skin tone. Keeping a few
 shades means you can blend to match 
your colouring 
throughout the year.’”

Splurge: Estée Lauder Perfectionist Youth-Infusing Makeup SPF 25

Save: Designer Brands Firming Age Revive Foundation


Eyelash curlers

“A must for a bright-eyed look! Curling eyelashes directs them skywards, which casts fewer shadows and creates 
a youthful eye,” Raftery adds.

Splurge: Tweezerman ProCurl Eyelash Curler

Save: Revlon Beauty Tools Eyelash Curler


Brow gel

“Use this to set brows upwards and help create a wide-eyed appearance.”

Splurge: shu uemura
 eyebrow manicure

Save: Bourjois Brow Design


Ivory eyeliner

“Use this to counteract redness and fatigue, drawing it inside the lid to bring light to the eyes,” Raftery says.

Splurge: Napoleon Perdis Eye Pencil 
in White On

Save: Maybelline New York Big Eyes Eyeliner in White/Black


Coral lipstick

“A coral lip colour 
lends itself to any occasion, any age and any skin tone. Even if you’re caught on the run at a last-minute cocktail invitation, it is perfect!”

Splurge: MAC Cremesheen Lipstick in XO

Save: Rimmel London Moisture Renew Sheer & Shine Lipstick in Spin All Spring



“Trio wheel highlighters are great for all skin tones. You can contour with the bronze shades and use lighter shades on the brow bone and the jawline to reflect
light and create a halo effect. Use the peach in place of
 your traditional blush.”

Splurge: ModelCo
 Highlighting Trio

Save: Savvy Jumbo Illuminator


A fan brush

“Perfect for applying heavily pigmented bronzer, this disperses colour evenly and allows for better blending. Begin at the apple of the cheeks and sweep up to the brow bone. It’s also fantastic for picking up eyeshadow spills under the eyes.”

Splurge: Inika Organic Vegan Fan Brush

Save: BeautyPRO Fan Brush

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Chelsea is BEAUTYcrew’s Contributing Editor. She has a sweet spot for anything that claims to make skin glow and won’t leave the house without a slick of mascara. Chelsea has 10 years of experience as a beauty editor and her words can be found on BEAUTYcrew, Women’s Health, Daily Addict, The Joye and Primped.