A Newbie’s Guide To The Make Up Counter
I received emails asking for advice on which make up products to buy as a make up student or as a budding new artist. For your reference, please check out my old post on the basic make up kit to serve as your checklist on things to purchase.
While you see most make-up artists tugging trolleys around, you don’t need that as a beginner. When I bring my traincase, it’s usually during shoots when I don’t know what the photographer has in mind so I have the colors and tools that may be useful for the shoot ready. When I go to wedding gigs, I choose a smaller bag because I leave the avant garde materials at home. Frankly, even with the small bag, I don’t need all the makeup I bring. There are only a few essentials while the rest are security blankets. Even from the separate kit I prepare for my assistants, only a few make ups are used. The tendency for newbies is to haul on every single makeup despite the ridiculously steep price, even they don’t need really need it in the end. Thing is, you need only the essentials to start a make up career!
If you’re specifically hunting for brands that are affordable yet effective, here’s my list:(Sorry if some of the prices are not accurate, I forgot them already but I know they were cheap when I bought them)
Liquid- Revlon Color Stay (Php 800 something)
Cream to powder- VOV cover foundation (Php 383)
Mousse- Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse (Php 300 to 400)
Cake- Fanny Serrano Two Way Cake Foundation (Php 200 or 300?)
Base- Face Shop Professional Makeup Base (Php 300 something)
Fanny Serrano- (Php 200 to 300?)
Fashion 21 Perfect Stick (Php 150- 200)
Body Shop pencil concealer (sorry, totally forgot)
Note: I have yet to find a cheaper concealer with the consistency of Laura Mercier or YSL Touche Eclat that you can use under the eyes without creasing. If you know a good brand, please help me out. Thanks!
Mineral Makeups- check out Ellana or Luminare ( some makeup artists find mineral makeups chalky and form a white cast on flash photography due to the titanium dioxide. They can also settle in fine lines if not blended correctly)
Fasio Fit and Stay Foundation – (Php 645)
Face Shop Phytogenic Pressed Powder (Php 600?)
In2it- (P500 to 600)
4. Eye brow/ Eyeliner -
Pencil- Nichido (less than Php 100)
- Angelique (Php 10)
Powder- In2it Brow kit (Php 300 something)
- Tip: use your eyeshadow colors!
Gel liner- Fanny Serrano (Php 200 something) or Maybelline (Php 400)
Cover Girl lash Blast- (Phpp 500 to 600)
PAC- sounds like MAC but is just as FAB (around Php 200 per color)
Elianto- Php 90 to 300 per color, the pricier ones are of the baked variety
Baxi- (Php 40) usually found in places like Divisoria or Baclaran
Generic Palettes- those coastal scents palettes ranging from P600 to Php 1k plus, get them locally from multipy sellers.
7. Blush or Bronzers
Ever Bilena- (Php 150)
Mineral Makeup blush- My fave blushes are from mineral makeup lines (Price depends on size, from less than Php 100 to Php 500)
Generic Palette/ Coastal Scents type (Php 850)
NYX- got them for $.99 each online from the U.S. but are available locally in multiply stores
Generic Palette- Check out Doll Face (Php 650)
Suesh- (Php 1500 to Php 4500 per set)
Assorted- from P88 store
Sea Sponge- P60 each
Ok these are just some of my recommendations. Will update this post every once in a while to correct the prices and add make up brands worth checking out.
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