Check out what’s In my makeup kit & my tips to building a professional makeup kit, Part 1...
I am going to focus on eyeshadows in this post, however look out for more posts on building your makeup kit up, where I will include all different products in different posts, how exciting?!
Building a makeup kit is a huge investment and with the amount of eyeshadows on the market it can be hard to know where to start. I know I made mistakes, which looking back was money down the drain due to impulse buys and bad choices.
All the suggestions I have made here are products I would invest in if I was starting over, taking into consideration value for money, quality and performance:
If there was one thing I wish I had know about when investing in those first few pieces for my kit it would be Ben Nye. I wont rave on too much about the brand here because I guess that’s a whole other post but everything about the brand to me is ingenious.
Eye shadows are one product you could pretty much go on collecting for ever with all the different colours and finishes out there but if I was starting over I would firstly put my money in Ben Nye shadows. Always start with building up Matte eyeshadows in your kit, Ben Nye’s eyeshadows are just perfect because hey have 100s of colours, they have a silky texture that assures velvety smooth application which I find a struggle to get hold of on the market with other matte eyeshadows . The rich shades of Pressed Eye Shadows by Ben Nye are packaged in a convenient container with a pratical hinged cover which you can buy alone or as a refill.
The best thing about these eyeshadows is that they come in a 36mm professional refill pans which is £7.86 and the eyeshadows only cost £6.78 each. I have brought my self lots of the re fill eye shadows where I have gathered my Ben Nye palettes into colour families. So overall they are finely milled, very pigmented & blendable, and have remarkable staying power!
I use these eyeshadows for almost everything!!! Bridal ,beauty,fashion, eyebrows,contouring & highlighting!
Ben Nye Pressed Eyeshadows as well as all Ben Nye products can be found in costume stores or anyplace where theatrical makeup is sold. I buy my Ben Nye products from Charles Fox! Get yours from here: www.treasurehouseofmakeup.co.uk
Last but not least…
I am loving a NEW brand sold in selected Superdrug stores (UK) called FashionistA….the picture above are all my FashionistA single mono eye shadows :) This is a very affordable NEW brand, with a good range of colours and products for your makeup kit! They do amazing quality palettes to custom build your own or use products without a palette! Blushes & Eye Shadows are the same size so one palette can hold all your powder products and they look so chic and expensive in your kits.
This is a brand mainly comprises of individual shadows and blushes that are sold on thier own but can be put into a palette, which is sold by the brand. The range has 49 eye shadows ranging from matte to beautiful shimmer shades. I have almost all the eye shadows in my kit now. The eye shadows are the same size (bigger than your standard MAC pan), so the idea is that you can build your own custom palette using the shades you want to. What is great about this brand, is that the items are able to be used on their own and have complete packaging or they have be popped out and into the palette, and then returned to the packaging again any time! Super versatile in my eyes as a makeup artist!
The price of each shadow is £4.00 and the palette is £5.00, so the price is affordable for building your kit up. So overall FashionistAs dream for us MUA’s! The shades are really creamy and luxurious so build them slowly to create depth! FashionistA can be purchased from Selected Superdrug stores & online at www.superdrug.com
Hope this helps you create the perfect makeup kit!! Look out for more posts on how to build your makeup kit.