In my professional kit, I’ve got a mixture of different bags to cover different requirements. When I do makeup for red carpet appearances, or for celebrities, I often need to use more natural products that will work well in daylight with harsh flash lighting, whereas if I’m booked for an editorial shot or to do makeup for a campaign, I might need things that allow me to create instant impact or I might need something with a highly pigmented colour, iridescence or glitter so I like to make sure I’m always well prepared.
I was over in New York and so I wanted to try out the latest launch from Pat McGrath – her MatteTrance Lipsticks. I’m a fan of her iridescent eyeshadows and her skin fetish products from previous launches, so I was interested to try out her matte collection. These lipsticks will be nice to have in my kit for editorials where I need a very strong pigment and a matte texture that will last on the lips without quickly becoming very dry.
Another product I’ve been secretly using backstage for months in prototype packaging that has now finally launched! People kept asking me if they could have one and I kept having to say no because I only had one set for ages for my kit! One end is a very fine liquid pen which you can use to sketch little hairs and fill in the brows in a totally undetectable way, and the other end is a powder formula which is great to use to flatten any shine where there aren’t any hairs, especially in the arch of the brow to add definition and the illusion of fullness.
I have been using these cream cheek tubes backstage, especially the Haze shade, which seems to suit most skin types. The texture is a little bit transparent so that the end result is really natural looking and lightweight on the skin. The packaging is really light too so they are perfect for carrying around if I’m travelling.
Sometimes, I like to use a mascara to add volume to the lashes quickly when I need to create an intense, full on eye look. This mascara by Kevyn Aucoin is a good one to have handy for days like that as it has a big brush that enables you to pack lots of product onto the lashes fast.
I found these vegan, cruelty free glitter gel pots and thought they might come in handy, so I stocked up on a few when I was in LA recently. They are designed for the hair, eyebrows, and the skin and I thought they were nice colours and textures that could be handy. I haven’t tried them out yet, but they’ve gone into my glitters bag anyway.