My True Loves: Products I cant live without

I get asked this question multiple times a week “so what are your favorite items in your makeup  kit?” As a makeup artist I have spent countless dollars on makeup and it could take a lifetime to tell you all the products I love however there are several  over the years that I seem to mostly gravitate towards. I buy them repeatedly and they have seemed to be tried and true. These items I cant live without! 


Smashbox Photo Finish Eyelid Primer  It glides on so smoothly and effortlessly leaving a nice finish on the lids.I usually recommend applying it with a cream brush like Laura Mercier creme brush.Your eye shadow will last all day. This is a must if you wear eyeshadow and even if you don’t your lids will  look smooth and flawless. Retail $20

eye lid primer



Laura Mercier Sheer Creme Eye Shadow  I am a huge fan of creme shadows. Can I just say this is by far the best creme shadow I have come across. So delicate and pretty. Never runs, not too heavy or pasty. Works on any woman, any age range. Retail $22


Yaby Eye Shadow If your going for powder shadow I find the Yaby eye shadows to be wonderfully pigmented and very true to color. You can even customize your own palette. Try wetting them for more of an intense look. Eye shadow color in every imaginable shade. Retail $3.15 for refills


Maybelline Gel Eye Liner {color: charcoal} Charcoal is the new black and I love using this shade on any eye color..really defines the eye and the gel formula is fantastic. Comes with a nice small brush too. Hands down this liner will last you the whole day. no running, smudging or cracking. Retail $10


MAC Pencil {color: Naked} Now even though this color is marketed as a lip pencil I use it in the water line of the eye..really opens up the eye with this gorgeous flesh tone . Retail $15


Loreal Voluminous Waterproof  Volume Building Mascara I love, love, love this mascara. It does not budge. I really love the waterproof formula I feel it curls the lash and doesn’t feel too heavy or weigh them down . STAYS put and brush applicator is not too big nor too small. Retail $8.00


Smashbox Photo Finish Face Primer This is great alone or under your foundation to smooth outlines and reduce appearance of pores. Its oil free Has a velvety feel. Retail $36


Laura MercierTinted Moisturizer I use this almost daily on clients if they just want a light natural coverage. Evens out redness . Very light weight formula. Comes in Oil free as well. Spf15 which is a nice touch. Retail $43


Makeup Forever HD Foundation This is medium coverage. Even though its is a heavier coverage than a tinted moisturizer you still barely feel it on your face. It is very light weight. I like to apply it with a wedge sponge or a foundation brush. It is great for camera and you will look photo ready in no time! It’s my ultimate go to foundation when I’m working with clients on camera or for an everyday photo look. Really leaves a smooth finish. I love the pump bottle. Retail $42


Makeup Forever HD Blush  I adore this product! Its very pigmented however it looks so natural on the skin. I use it with a crème blush brush. Retail $26


One comment

  1. Joanna says:

    I must say that the smashbox photo finish eyelid primer is a very great product when it comes to staying power. I aloso love the maybelline gel liner as well as MUFE HD foundation 🙂

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