22 Jan 2012

Inexpensive / Drugstore Recommended Products

I'm frequently asked to recommend less expensive, or drugstore branded products.  Here is a quick-and-dirty list of some that I have used and would use on myself (although not necessarily on a client*)...

PrimerL'Oreal Studio Secrets Resurfacing Primer
Face Corrector
(High Colouring)
L'Oreal Studio Secrets Anti-redness Primer
FoundationBourjois Healthy Mix Foundation
(Semi-matte Finish, Medium Coverage)
ConcealerCollection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer
PowderRimmel Clear Complexion Clarifying Powder
BronzerBourjois Délice de Poudre
BlusherSleek powder blushes
Contour & HighlighterSleek Contour Kit (light, medium, dark)
IlluminatorBoots No7 Skin Illuminator

- Sleek eyeshadow palettes
- MUA (Superdrug) eyeshadow palettes
- Catrice single eyeshadows
Pigments & GlittersBarry M Dazzle Dust
Gel Eyeliner

Clinique brush-on liner
(I can’t recommend a good drugstore brand, sorry, they don’t last or they dry out or they drag...)
Eye Pencil

- Avon Supershock Gel Eyeliner Pencil (black)
- Catrice Kohl Designer (colours)
MascaraRimmel Sexy Curves
BrowsCatrice Eye Brow Stylist (pencil)
Lip PrimerCarmex Lip Balm
Lip PencilRimmel 1000 Kisses Stay-on Lip Liner Pencil
LipsticksRimmel (especially Moisture Renew range)
LipglossBourgois Effet 3D

* The reason that I won't use drugstore brands on a client is sometimes down to the fact that I know a more expensive brand will last longer, or because I've tried and tested it on many skin types and age groups, whereas I may not have used a cheaper brand on enough clients to know if it will suit.  Sometimes the "finish quality" of higher end products is just that bit better.  And sometimes it's down to nothing more than perception - for most people who visit a makeup artist, they want to have "big name" products on their face that they maybe couldn't otherwise afford themselves.  That said, I have used all of these products above in my own makeup and can vouch for their quality and efficacy.


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