The One Supermarket Product Every Makeup Artist Buys
With access to the most gorgeous and famous faces on the planet, it’s no wonder makeup artists know a thing or two about buying the right product. It’s natural to assume they only use the most expensive offerings on the market, but contrary to popular belief, sought-after makeup artists always keep a few drugstore formulas on hand at all times, because it doesn’t have to be expensive to be effective.
With that in mind, we thought it necessary to make like a makeup artist and purchase the wallet-friendly brands they always keep in their kits. We tracked down a couple of our favourites and asked them for the lowdown on an inexpensive product haul. Astoundingly, every single one mentioned L’Oréal’s Voluminous Original Mascara, citing its volume-building and thickening properties as absolutely magnificent. [Ed's note: Sadly this particular mascara is not available in Australia, but the brand's Volume Million Lashes Mascara, $28, is just as good.]
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“Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm is great because you can get a hint of colour while keeping lips moisturised. It’s perfect for all year,” says Nasrat.
Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo 24HR Cream Gel Shadow ($12)
“This shadow can be used as a base, neutral tone, or as a nice pop of colour. It blends well with other products and doesn’t crease or fade. My favourite colour is ‘Bad to the Bronze.’ This is a must-have in my kit as well as my own makeup bag!” says Spyksma.
L'Oréal Paris Super Liner Gel Eyeliner ($25)
“This is always in my kit! For those who want a lacquered finish, L’Oréal gel liners are the way to go. You can use these to create a smoky effect by defusing it close to the lash line. Plus, the staying power is great—it doesn’t crease or migrate all over the eye area,” Nasrat said.
To get even more out of your favourite products, we rounded up nine beauty products that work better together.