Well, I have been collecting it for ten years, so, the answer to that question is. I have alot!
I have to go through my kit every so often, and get rid of products that I have had far too long. Or products that may smell a little funny! Or just to see what stuff I am running low on.
Any makeup artist will know, and tell you, your kit, is your life.
Without it, I would feel lost. Without it, I can't do my job.
Sad as I am, I even have days ( yes, on my days off ) where I will just go though my kit.
Look through, try things on, get ideas and think of new looks for future projects.
Proof I think, that I take my work home with me! But proof also, I love my job!
Do you want to have a look then?
This is my basic kit. So, I do have more. I have my theatrical kit too. Which doesn't get as much use as I would like sometimes. I may do a little feature on that one for you next week!
Ok. You ready? You might want to sit down and get comfy. Get yourself a drink, maybe a notepad and pen to jot down any questions you may have when reading through? I love questions!
Ive also tagged my favourite products,brushes,accessories. These are the products I cant live without.
Bear in mind, this is not all of my kit, it would take a very , very long time to photograph it all. And to be quite honest you would probably find it all extremely boring!
( I have included links, for all companies mentioned at the end of this feature )
So lets start with the favourite part of my kit. Lip, lips, lips .................
MAC 15 Pan Palette on top left hand corner. My favourite new/limited, Sleek blusher palettes in middle. Love, love, love these. Great colour pigment. Can be used for various looks.
I don't particularly rate Bobbi Browns eyeshadows for pigment. She does bring out lovely limited colours, which are usually high in shimmer and great for evening use. She has a few particular colours in her permanent line that I do use, Bone, being one of them which is ideal for a base colour. But all in all alot of her colours are very powdery and need alot of buildup.
MAC eyeshadows on the other hand, are great for colour pigment.
Barry M Nail colours are a staple in my kit. I always try to keep upto date with the latest colours in and the camel colour on the right is very popular right now. #310 Mushroom.
I've chosen a few of my fave brushes for you. People ask all the time for the best brushes. It's all about what kind of effect you are hoping for. Because, contrary to belief. Retail artists, when they say you can't achieve all looks with one brush? They are telling you the truth. If you want smokey eyes, you need a blending brush. If you want a flawless base, you can't expect to achieve the skin envy you have of the makeup assistant who is serving you, with a sponge. These tools, are essential. They take time to collect, but a few, good ones will stand you in good stead.
These are my faves. Bottom to top.
MAC #130 Short Duo Fibre Brush. Great to 'buff' products into the skin. Good for all liquid/cream/powder. Gives an 'airbrush' finish to skin.
#224 Tapered Blending Brush. Great for concealer, under the eyes, on the face. Perfect for smokey eyes. It gives a lighter application of colour due to the 'looser' hairs. Perfect for natural/buildable application.
#242 Shader Brush. Great for concealer and for applying cream eyeshadows. My oldest brush here!
#217 Blending Brush. A firmer/shorter version of the #224. Gives quicker colour build up. Also good for buffing concealer under the eyes.
#168 Large Angled Contour Brush. My personal favourite. Great for giving depth and contour to the cheekbones. Gives a sharp finish to your blusher choice.
#266 Small angle brush. Fab for use on brows, and for gel eyeliner. The angle does the work for you!
The two NARS brushes I have had for a long time. Check their website out for details. The no's have rubbed off them! The large one, I love. It wasn't cheap. But I love it, If I lost it I would have to buy one immediately! It buffs bronzer into the skin so well, you would be fooled into believing you have a natural tan. The bristles are so packed together and soft its just a pleasure to use it! Looking on their website, Im pretty sure it is their #19 Bronzing Brush. The other, smaller one I love to use for small work. Its similiar to the MAC pencil brush. Thinly packed and great for contour work, or smudgeing eyeliner into the lash line. I prefer the NARS one over the MAC because it isn't scratchy/ So soft. Beautiful. Look for Nars brushes here .http://www.narscosmetics.co.uk/accessories
Well, I hope you enjoyed having a snoop round my kit! If you have any question, get in touch. Would you like a blog feature on anything I have mentioned here? What do you think to a MAC lipstick/ Celebrity wearing feature? Leave your comments below. :) As always, it has been a pleasure writing for you all! Have a fab weekend, and stay tuned for a exciting blog post next week :) Ruth E x
Links for companies mentioned, here:
MAC Cosmetics Uk : http://www.maccosmetics.co.uk/
Barry M: http://www.barrym.com/
Sleek : http://www.sleekmakeup.com/
Bobbi Brown : http://www.bobbibrown.co.uk/