Claire Saliu Makeup Artistry

Makeup Artist, Beauty and Lifestyle blogger and busy Mama.

Makeup Artist Essentials

Makeup artist musthaves

When I first starting buying products for my professional makeup artist kit, I did a ton of research online from YouTube to Instagram and reading blogs and also listened to the recommendations of my tutor and fellow students at VanityX Makeup Academy. As a result, in the beginning I got a little overwhelmed and thought I needed absolutely everything that was recommended in order to ensure I had a good selection of products to suit various skin tones and types. I "panic bought" some items as a result and ended up not putting as much thought into what I was buying and in fact I don't even use some of those products now nearly a year later! My top items that I'm chatting about today however are products that I use for nearly every client and while some aren't necessarily drug store brands, they are still quite reasonably priced and worth investing in - in my opinion anyway. So onto the essentials then - in no particular order.

Mac Cosmetics Prep & Prime Fix+.

Mac Fix Plus

You will rarely find a makeup artist or makeup fanatic these days who hasn't used this cult favourite product. Fix+ is a facial mist containing a mix of vitamins, minerals and natural extracts of chamomile, cucumber and green tea which provides instant hydration and freshness to the skin. It can be used before makeup to hydrate the skin or after makeup you can spritz it on to remove any "powdery" look and give a soft sheen or slightly dewy appearance to the skin. Not only that but it makes the perfect refreshing facial spritz for whenever you need to cool down the skin, even if not wearing makeup. It is also great to use spritzed onto a makeup brush before dipping in your eyeshadow/highlighter to give the pigment an extra bit of pop. The original clear version is my personal favourite but it also comes in Coconut (perfect for summer), rose and lavender varieties. You can also find a mattifying version for oily skins and even a Goldlite and Pinklite version which contain shimmer particles in gold and pink to add a gorgeous shimmer to the skin. I tend to buy my Mac supplies from their store in Arnotts or BT2 in Dundrum but they can also be easily bought online from Arnotts, Brown Thomas, the Mac website directly (country depending) and also from Look Fantastic and Asos.

Benefit Porefessional Primer.

Benefit Porefessional

If you want to blur your pores or fine lines and help makeup stay put throughout the day, then Porefessional should be a staple in your makeup kit. It has a balm-like texture, is oil-free and contains a Vitamin E extract which claims to help fight free radicals. Its colour is slightly unusual in terms of a primer, almost a pale putty-like colour, but it blends easily into all skin tones without affecting the colour in the skin. It comes in a full-sized tube and in also a mini-sized tube for either travelling or if you don't want to splash out for your first purchase. Apply after moisturiser before foundation to the centre of the face and the t-zone or anywhere else that you might want a smoother finish under makeup. It does contain silicone, which I know some may not be fond of, but for me it doesn't pose an issue.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette.

Anastasia Soft Glam Palette
Anastasia Soft Glam Palette

Anastasia's eyeshadow palettes often get mixed reviews - Subculture created a split down the middle among beauty reviewers for instance - but if you are looking for an eyeshadow palette either for your own everyday makeup or for clients, then I highly recommend the Soft Glam palette. With fourteen shades and a mix of mattes and beautiful shimmers, there are shades from beige to mauve to pink to gold and even black, giving so many options for eye looks. If anyone asks me for advice on what palette to invest in for bridal looks, then Soft Glam is always my number one recommendation.

LA Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer.

LA Girl Pro Conceal

Available in over 40 shades, this lightweight yet buildable concealer has been raved about by the beauty community for quite some time now. It can be used in a lighter shade under the eyes to hide dark circles, in a shade matching skin tone to hide imperfections and in a variety of colour corrector shades too. It is also incredibly affordable from a makeup artist point of view as at only around €7.00 each you can afford to add a few shades to your kit. They also have a pure white version in the range which is perfect to mix into the other shades if you haven't got one light enough.

Freedom Makeup London Pro HD Brow Palette.

Freedom PRO HD Brow Palette
Freedom PRO HD Brow Palette

Not every client will want a full-on Instagram brow with heavy pomade applied or a fluffier, soapy brow. Some clients, especially more mature clients, will suit a softer, more natural brow much better. And powder brow products are the perfect tool for a softer brow. The Freedom Pro HD Brow Palette comes in two colour combinations - Fair to Medium and Medium to Dark. In each palette, you will find a variety of shades of brow powders, allowing you to use the one palette for many different clients. Each palette contains 12 shades of powder, a powder highlighter and a cream highlighter, as well as some brow stencils and a brush. Although I reach for the palettes quite often, I don't use either the brush or the stencils but some may find them useful.

Makeup kits can get heavy enough with having to cater for different skin tones, eye colours etc so multitasking or buying palettes will be a huge help to you. If you were thinking that this palette looks familiar, it is very reminiscent of the Anastasia Beverly Hills brow palette but at a much more affordable price of €12 for those on a budget or just starting to build their kit.

Inglot AMC Gel Liner - 77 - Black.

Inglot AMC Gel Liner
Inglot AMC Gel Liner

I have never seen so many shades of gel liners than I have at an Inglot store. Their black shade - no.77 as they are all numbered not named - is a cult favourite among makeup artists and for good reason. If you want a black eyeliner darker than your soul, that won't budge for the entire day or night, and that you can smoke out as well or use as a base for a smokey eye look, then look no further. It is so smudge-proof and long-lasting and a tiny amount really goes a long way. It does dry quickly enough yet not as fast as a liquid eyeliner. However once it dries, it's on for the foreseeable future. Just don't do what I did once and stick your finger into the little jar by accident - it was under my nails and on my fingers for days and wasn't a good look let me tell you!

If you are using this on clients, decant a small amount with a spatula, mix it with your brush to warm it a little then apply. If it happens to dry out in the jar, a couple of drops of Inglot's duraline will bring it back to life. One jar of this will last for absolutely ages and it is well worth picking up in my opinion.

Makeup artist essentials

So that's a round up of my makeup artist essentials for now - if you would like me to make these makeup artist posts into more of a series let me know and I'd be more than happy to bring you through my essentials either for the face, eyes, lips, brushes, tools etc :) If you have any must-have products that you think I've missed out on, feel free to let me know too in the comments below!

Bye for now,

Products mentioned:

*Mac Fix+ :

Freedom PRO HD Brow Palette :

LA Girl Pro Concealer:

*Inglot AMC Gel Liner:

*Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Palette:

*Benefit Porefessional:

*affiliate links,


  1. I really enjoyed reading your post Claire, definitely some of my faves in here. Have you applied for the MAC pro discount?

    1. Thanks so much Sarah! No I haven’t yet but it’s on my to do list - over here it’s quite a complicated process :)