As a makeup artist, you always want your tools to be the best in order to make your client look and feel beautiful. It’s a great feeling having your clients gush and compliment you on a job well done. Makeup artists need products that meet their client’s criteria: long lasting, versatile, works with many skin types, and enhances natural beauty. Here is a list of makeup school approved products that are perfect for pro artists! These products are a must have in any makeup kit– beginner or expert.

MAC Cosmetics Face and Body

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MAC Cosmetics Face and Body is an absolute cult favorite for makeup addicts! It is seen everywhere worldwide, used by top professional makeup artists, and a favorite in our Los Angeles makeup school classroom. From everyday makeup routines to TV/Film, this foundation promises to stay beautiful no matter what.

This foundation delivers a satin finish and offers a completely sheer, but buildable coverage. The moisturizing long wearing formula glides onto the face and body and provides stay true color. With 13 various shades to choose from, people can find their flawless and perfect match by simply mixing the colors. This foundation is so easy to mix so you can create a custom made shade for any client. It covers any imperfections all while remaining invisible and hydrating. Face and Body is a common go-to for makeup artists when it comes to brides. Most brides don’t usually wear a lot of makeup, so putting on a lightweight foundation will feel comfortable to them. It’s long lasting and also gives clients a healthy glow! If you invest in Mac Cosmetics Face and Body, you will not be disappointed.

NARS Audacious Mascara in Black Moon

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If you had to have only one mascara in your whole kit, we suggest NARS Audacious Mascara! Unlike many mascaras, it is non-clumpy and the color is a true, dark black that people love. It can be layered beautifully without getting the eyelashes getting goopy or clustered together. The product also comes in a waterproof version, making it bulletproof in water, sweat or tears. Designed with over 200 molded bristles and lengthening hooks, NARS’ lash-catching brush evenly grips and coats lashes from roots to tips. Simultaneously separates, lengthens, and amplifies. Its tapered tip finishes off the inner and outer reaches of your imagination, while enhancing lower lashes. Hygiene is key for makeup artists, so always remember to have an infinite supply of mascara wands available!

Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic

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A perfect flush of color can bring life to any look! For a flawless finish, makeup artists have to make sure their highlighting, sculpting, and brightening are perfect. With foundation and powder on the fact, you’ll need blush to give a soft, hue that mimics a rosy cheeks! We don’t want clients looking dead for their special event. With this Charlotte Tilbury blush, you’re able to build up the creamy formula for a healthy glow. The 6 various blushes in the collection have light flex technology which captures light and re-emits it– giving the illusion of a luminous complexion.

Finding a product that can be used on clients of all skin tones is a magical thing. You cannot go wrong with this universal blush! NYC makeup artist Johny Saade says that the strong pigments in the blush allow the color to stand out but not appear ashy on darker skin tones. It’s beautiful looking on fair, olive, medium, tan and dark skin tones.

Real Techniques Brushes

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A true artist is nothing without their tools! Having the right makeup brushes is crucial when becoming a professional makeup artist. A great makeup brush will truly make a difference with any application. At Chic Studios, we make sure that our students have the right tools and we’re proud to exclusively use Real Techniques in our students’ makeup kits. In each kit, we give incoming students 18 new brushes that can be used to apply foundation, sculpt the face, groom brows, and create gorgeous eye looks.

The majority of artists have grown up using triangle wedges, eye applicators, powder puffs, and even their fingers to apply makeup. YouTube has been thriving as a way to learn the pro secrets, and brushes seem like the perfect fit. These brushes were created by British makeup artists, Sam and Nicola Chapman, who made their mark on YouTube in its early stages. Real Techniques sculpting brushes are completely versatile and provide a seamless finish! Their handles are color coded so beginners and pros can differentiate how to use each type of brush.

Bioderma Makeup Remover

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Everyone’s skin type is different, but this makeup remover is completely universal no matter what! Bioderma’s Sensibio H2O is a cleansing and makeup removing water that respects the fragility of sensitive skin. It’s hypoallergenic, paraben-free and fragrance free! Not only will it remove water-resistant makeup, but it leaves skin feeling instantly fresh. For quick fixes, don’t use a makeup remover wipe or cotton round! Simply soak a q-tip in Bioderma Makeup Remover and touch up any crooked eyeliner or eyeshadow fallout. Unless you want to start over, like priming, concealing, and correcting– we suggest a q-tip for quick fixes always! In our Los Angeles Basic Makeup 101 course, we teach our students the correct way to sanitize the face using Bioderma remover along with their other facial lotions.

NYX WaterProof Slide On Eyeliner

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Don’t let the softness of this pencil fool you. This formula doesn’t smear or smudge and delivers powerful robust colors! It’s like a liquid eye liner without the mess and we make sure to have every color in our kit! Available in 18 shades, NYX’s Slide On Eyeliner is perfect for an edgy evening look and you can create a base for the perfect smokey eye. It’s soft, easy to apply, and has easily become our favorite eye enhancer. Along with that, once you set them with an eyeshadow, they won’t budge all day.

These are just a few of the top beauty products that the best pro makeup artists use all over the world-for good reason! Versatility and quality are both great factors that you should look when choosing makeup products for your kit.

For all our makeup programs, we carefully select each makeup product in your professional makeup kit. Products mentioned in this blog post from MAC, Real Techniques, Bioderma, and NYX are included in our professional makeup kit that we use in our Los Angeles makeup school. We want to ensure that we provide our students with the best tools that are versatile but also convey their talent and creativity. You are always talented no matter what tools you’re using!