PRO KIT STAPLES: FACE

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KIT ESSENTIALS

a makeup artist's guide

Welcome to step 1 of packing my kit! Over the next few weeks I'll be sharing my favorite staples for my pro set bag. Every makeup artist has some tried-and-true, no-fail products to lean on. I'm no different! I have a few solid neutral makeup pieces that I know will carry me through any shoot--editorial, commercial, personal...anything! These guys never leave my set bag. I know they work, and so stand behind them 100%. I've used them even on super high-res shoots for giant billboards--a true test if there ever was one! If you're shopping for your own makeup or building your pro kit, either way I can endorse the wear and formula!

FACE

Used: Jane Iredale spray, IPKN Primer and NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

Used: Jane Iredale spray, IPKN Primer and NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

Used: IPKN Primer, NARS concealer, Jane Iredale spray, Georgio Armani and Laura Mercier Foundations

Used: IPKN Primer, NARS concealer, Jane Iredale spray, Georgio Armani and Laura Mercier Foundations

Used: Jane Iredale spray, NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, Becca Foundation

Used: Jane Iredale spray, NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, Becca Foundation

1. Jane Iredale D2O Hydration Spray. I always, always start off any look I do with this spray on a beauty blender. Even oily skin types benefit so much from this product. On a beauty blender, it blurs out primer and foundation into a glow-y halo of perfection. For mature clients, I like to spritz their final makeup look with this to give them a fresh-faced feeling and look.

2. IPKN Radiant Cream Primer. The pearlescent sheen of this K-beauty go-to is unrivaled. It gives an unreal luminous finish to the skin pre-foundation, although I've been known to do an editorial look with just this and no other makeup! Great for clients with mature skin, a hangover, or troubled complexions. I especially love the tint of this for my clients with rosacea--it tones down the red and adds a dewy glow. It's SPF 15, so great for outdoor photography, but is not recommended for flash. Adds longevity to foundation and creates the smoothest canvas for makeup ever.

3. Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous Foundation. This is fairly light-coverage, but adds a skin-like dewy tint that's imperceptible, even to HD shooting. Evens minor skin flaws but really amps up the freshness and life of my clients' skin. I especially love this line because it has a great dark color range, from warm to cool (Truffle is one of my go-to's for luminosity). 

4. Georgio Armani Luminessence CC. This is my preferred product for outdoor shooting in natural light. It's SPF 35, so I know my client's won't be burning throughout the day. Again, wouldn't recommend SPF products with flash photography. This CC cream really does provide great coverage that's natural-looking, while hydrating the skin. Would definitely recommend this one for all skin types. 

5. NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. After the IPKN Primer, I find spot-treating with this concealer can do the trick in lieu of foundation. It will cover dark circles and pimples like none other, but still keeps a natural finish with a moisturizing, luminous staying power. 

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6. Becca Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation. The shade range is pretty decent on this foundation, and it gives great medium coverage with an ethereal glow. This works great under flash, outdoors--you name it! I wouldn't recommend it for super oily skin, but for an event, I definitely lean towards this. Weddings are usually always a mix of this and the NARS concealer.

Thanks so much for reading! More from my kit soon :)

-Kelly

Kelly Searle