During a Makeup Trial or Lesson I always chat about the products I’m using, similar brands and new products on the market. Today I thought I’d show you what I keep in my Bridal Makeup Kit and a little about the items. This is only a snap shot as I couldn’t fit it all on the table! I use a range from MAC, Illamasqua, Benefit, Urban Decay, Lancome and Bobbi Brown and the collection is constantly growing. I am not affiliated with any cosmetic brands so all the products I use a because I like them!
Whilst writing this and adding the links I’ve realised that some of the items have been discontinued (NOOOOOO!) which is the major gripe I have with MAC as they’re constantly adding new lines and taking away others.
Benefit’s Porefessional is an oil free cream that can be used on it’s own or as a primer and it helps minimise the look of pores. It’s a perfect base for foundation but doesn’t work for dry skin. I frequently use this over the top of foundation when pores are still visible.
MAC Prep +Prime Skin is one of my favourites and a good all-rounder for combination skin. An ultra-fluid lotion formulated with special-effect silicones at calms the skin and helps blot away excess oil.
MAC Oil Control Lotion is a no-shine base for oil control. Lightweight, oil free and matte, it helps bond makeup to the skin. I usually mix this with another primer to help get the perfect skin texture.
Smashbox Photo Finish Primer. Attention those with very oily skin! It’s similar to Benefit’s Porefessional but I find it goes a little further and isn’t quite as thick. Wear it alone or under foundation to increase longevity, it is oil free and creates a velvety-smooth, matte finish.
Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base smells delicious! It’s a primer and hydrating base all in one. Rich but not greasy, this advanced oil-free face formula is a favourite!
Bobbi Brown Hydrating Face Cream is a lightweight base to help instantly hydrate and plump skin. It sits really well under makeup and I usually mix a bit of primer into this. Great for mature skin.
Illamasqua Crème Pigment “Emerge” and “Debaub.” I couldn’t be without Illamasqua’s Creme Pigment in “Emerge.” The peach colour is perfect for neutralising the blue tones under the eye and works well with the camera. “Debaub” is a green tone that is great for correcting overly red and irritated skin.
MAC’s Paint Pot in “Painterly” is a highly pigmented eye base which dries fast and I find holds eyeshadow amazingly well. It comes in multiple shades and can be used as an eyeshadow also. I use Constructivist and Bare Study as eyeshadows especially on hooded or mature eyelids as it is waterproof and ensures no lift or printing onto the upper lid.
Illamasqua’s Skin Base is SPF free and I find that it is less oily than other foundations. Like all of Illamasqua’s collection it is designed to work in a professional HD environment so looks flawless on camera. I wore this on my wedding day and it’s my favourite foundation! The coverage can be built up from medium to full but doesn’t work for very skin.
Bobbi Brown BBU Palette. The BBU Palette is the perfect option for anyone starting out in makeup as it is a portable all-in-one face palette for all skin tones. The full range of correctors and concealers, it also features Bobbi’s original Foundation Stick which is particularly good for oily skin or those who require very full coverage.
Lancome Tient Vionnaire is great for mature or very dry skin. It offers a foundation and a correcting concealer in the lid, two products in one! It does have SPF in but with the blend of ingredients and texture it offers, I’ve never found it a problem.
MAC’s Mineralize Skin Finish Powder is lightweight and doubles up as a great pressed powder to keep in your handbag. I use this to set foundation and it adds good coverage over a tinted moisturizer or primer too.
MAC Select Sheer Powder is micro-fine, sheer and silky. I don’t often use this anymore as I find Skin Finish has better qualities but every now and then it comes in handy.
MAC Moisture Tint in Light, Medium and Dark is great for those who are scared of foundation. Gives a little colour and warmth without the coverage or a foundation.
MAC Pro Longwear Concealer is a lightweight fluid concealer that provides medium to full coverage. Most foundations should have good enough coverage that you won’t need a concealer but Pro Longwear is a great option on it’s own with a powder or tinted moisturizer.
Derma Color Camouflage is a specially formulated, highly pigmented makeup which is designed to correct and cover skin disfigurements, discolorations and tattoos.
Highlighter, Bronze and Blush
MAC Lustre Drops have been discontinued but they’re similar to Benefit’s High Beam range. Lustre Drops can be blended with tinted moisturiser and foundation to add a bit of shimmer to your base or used on top to create a highlight effect.
MAC Magically Cool Liquid Powder in Honey Rose is an amazingly soft powder highlight which I can’t seem to find anymore (argh!) Very subtle but a beautiful rose-gold coloured highlighter.
Illamasqua Crème Blush is great for mature, very dry skin or those who want a very dewy and hydrated skin finish.
MAC Eyeshadow’s are highly pigmented powders which last incredibly well. I keep mine in a pallet which means I can pick and chose which tones I like and use most.
Illamasqua Neutral Eyeshadow Pallet; I use this whenever someone shows me a picture of Kim Kardashian’s eyes…enough said, it’s amazing!
Urban Decay Naked Pallet is great for anyone starting up and building their makeup collection. It’s loaded with 12 bronze-hued shadows in a range of matte, satin, shimmer and sparkle textures. Every shade features Urban Decay’s Pigment Infusion System™….apparently *raises eyebrow*
Illamasqua Sealing Gel One drop of this cult product turns any powder into a colour-intense, water-resistant paste that dries quickly and lasts for hours. You can use this to turn any eyeshadow or pigment into a liquid liner.
Collection 2000 Fast Stroke Liner; I’ve tried so so so many and my absolute favourite is this one at around £2.99 from Boots/Superdrug. With a foam tip applicator, it goes on smoothly and softly and gives a deep black pigment…and it stays on! Perfect for a clean winged eyeliner.
MAC, Illamasqua Eye Pencils and Charlotte Tibury’s Rock ‘n” Kohl Liner. I use these as eyeliners and as eye bases. The trick to getting eye makeup to last all day is layering. Primer, pencil, shadow…a bit more pencil, a bit more shadow, a bit more pencil…you get the picture! Eye pencils always need to be set with a powder though otherwise they will smudge and move with the warmth of your skin.
Benefit’s They’re Real Mascara is AMAZING. The silicone comb inside does a lot of the hard work admittedly as you can comb through multiple times without it getting clumpy and depositing too much product. It’s not technically waterproof but it really doesn’t come off! I wear this every…single…day
MAC ZoomLash is a super waterproof mascara and whilst I prefer the full look of Befefit’s Mascara, some people don’t and prefer a light coating of pigment.
Natural Collection Clear Mascara I use for setting unruly eyebrows!
MAC Lipgloss’ smell great, look lovely and aren’t sticky! The most popular one’s I use are Deelight or Partial to Pink.
MAC Finishing Spray A lightweight, mineral rich finishing mist that refreshes the skin and finishes makeup. Urban Decay have a similar one but I find this one works great.
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