This past week I had the prevlidge of being made up by a professional makeup artist, which I found differs quite a bit from a Sephora makeup artist. No offense to them, but this girl was of another level. Every day I asked her questions about makeup application and her favorite products so I could incorporate it all into my regular routine and spread the makeup gospel to you.
The makeup artist recommended a whole bunch of stuff that is only available at professional supply stores. So fortunately for my face and unfortunately for my bank account, I discovered North Hollywood’s professional makeup store, Nigel’s Beauty Emporium this week. It’s debatably more of a wonderland than Sephora. Google your nearest supply store.
I’ve raved about Make Up For Ever’s HD Finishing Powder for years. I standby the fact it changed my
face’s life. I’ve always known that Ben Nye’s setting powder is a favorite amongst celebrities. You may remember Kim’s notorious Ben Nye banana powder face, which singlehandedly spurred on the contouring phenomenon. I was always a little weary of switching up setting powders because, ya know, breakouts. But after this week of being set with Ben Nye’s Neutral Set Colorless Face Powder, I knew it was time to make the switch. It was number one on my must-buy list at the professional store. Make sure not to ask for Bill Nye…he’s the science guy. 😉
Foundation can enhance the appearance of pores, but this powder will make that problem disappear! The best part is that it doesn’t make you look creasy or cakey! You’re skin just looks smooth! This is really exciting stuff, people. Apply it with a powder puff after foundation, but before bronzer or blush. Let it bake (AKA sit for a few minutes) then brush off.
I also bought a Morphe makeup mixing palette and spatula. I may or may not have gotten this because it makes me feel like a professional. I just love the texture that’s created when you warm up your face makeup and smear it in different directions on a mixing palette. A mixing palette can be helpful if you’re in between foundation shades and want to combine two colors. It’s also great if you want to add some color correcting drops, highlighter, or moisturizer to your face makeup. Mixing your foundation or concealer on a palette with a spatula and then applying with a brush can help you find the right amount of product you need for your perfect coverage.
The makeup artist I worked with didn’t use my last find, but it’s still worth mentioning. Cailyn IDEFINE Liquid Eyeliner has a fine, felt tip, solid black pigment, and slides on smoothly. It’s everything I want in a liquid liner.