Beauty Academy for skincare

One of the most frequent questions asked by our students during a courses is “what beauty product is best and what should I buy for my makeup kit?”

So we thought it would be a good idea to give everyone an idea of what beauty products and brands we like to use at our school.

Unlike some schools, we are not sponsored by any beauty brands which give us the freedom to use the beauty products we love and feel do the best job.

There are so many choices out there and it can be very confusing to know what works best, especially when there seems to be many price variations on essentially very similar products. Obviously we have not used every single product out there so this is a summary of our favorite skincare beauty products we have used over the last few years.

Skin care is the key to getting the perfect canvas to apply makeup. If you prep and care for the skin correctly then your makeup will always look flawless. This is a step never to be missed.

As a makeup artist you will be working on various skin types so the best bet when choosing your beauty products is to choose products with the safest ingredients. So our top beauty school buying tip is “If it is safe to use on babies then it’s safe to use on your client.”

Cleansing for your client will start at home. This is essentially what they wash their face with. So as a makeup artist you do not have much control over this. The client will tell you they have cleansed  however, it’s always a good idea to give the face a quick cleanse with a good face wipe.

Toning is a step we do not always recommend as sometimes it can be a pointless affair. However when preparing the face for makeup application, toning is a great way to get rid of any excess oils which will help the makeup adhere to the face better. Most toners do the same job so go with what you like. We are currently using a tonner from Kiehl’s however a cheaper brand like Simple will do the same job. So it’s not something to spend too much money on!

For moisturizing we like The Ultra Facial Moisturizer from Kiehl’s. It is light weight, yet effective and works great underneath makeup and very popular with high profile models. Cetaphil moisturizer is a basic no frills drug store brand but does a great job on everyone. Embryolisse is another favorite among the makeup artist community.

For oily skin having a mattifier in your kit is one way you can carry less foundations. This allows you to deal with the oily skin issues separately, rather than having to carry a different foundation for every skin type. We like Eve Pearl Anti-Shine Mattifying Gel. This quick drying gel is suitable for all skin tones and provides sheer invisible coverage. Additionally, you need to carry products for dry skin, like a liquid exfoliator. This will help to remove any dry flakes without having to scrub the face. We like Aveda liquid exfoliant.

We always use face primers to give the makeup something to stick to. They even out the skin tone, help the makeup stay on longer and absorb oil as they contain salicylic acid.  They also ease the application of foundation and protect your skin from absorbing makeup into the pores. Our favorite face primer is The Present Foundation Primer from Philosophy

To prepare the eyes for eye shadows, use eye primers specifically designed for the delicate eye area. Our top eye primer which lasts well over 10 hours and is crease proof is from Lime Crime. Urban decays primer potion is a close contender and forever popular.

Finally our choice of lip care is by Carmex, its very moisturizing and prepares the lips for lipstick quickly without being overly greasy.

You may find different Beauty schools,beauty academy’s and makeup artists recommend different products according to their own preferences. These are our staple beauty products we actually use and buy over and over again.