April 1st, 2016
When it comes to stocking up your professional kit, there are a handful of stores which you know you can trust to have the brands and products you need. One of these is Love Makeup, headed up by the lovely Sue. We got in touch with Sue to see what the Love Makeup Top Five looks like, in case you’re looking to add to your kits. Armed with the knowledge of their Top Five brands, we’ve gone rifling through and picked some of our favourites for you.
This was an easy one, since we’ve already dedicated a Top Five post to Zoeva’s brilliantly priced brushes and quality cosmetics. You can find our Zoeva Top Five post here.
Viseart’s intensely pigmented palettes have earned their place in many an artists’ kit. We’ve heard nothing but good things about the Viseart Neutral Matte Eye Palette 01, which solves the formula/pigment issue of matte shades which so many brands struggle with, and does it beautifully. However our top pick would be the Viseart Muse Nudes Lipstick Palette – picking a nude lipstick for different skin tones can be seriously tricky, and this palette gives you 12 flattering shades to choose from. Ranging from deeper or brown-based nudes to paler pinks, you can mix and match to create anyone’s perfect nude lip.
Known for their high-pigment, high-performance foundation and base products, RCMA is a brand we didn’t know a lot about, but which has a fascinating backstory. Perfect for theatre make-up and long days, or for when you’re struggling to colour-match skintones, our top pick is unsurprisingly the RCMA Kevin James Bennett Complexion Palette. Curated by Emmy Award-winner Kevin James Bennett, this is a collection of foundation shades to cover the whole spectrum, while also including five essential single pigments and a ‘clear’ mixing medium to help you create your perfect shade.
We’ve spoken at length about our love of the Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancers, but there are so many other amazing products from this brand. The Sculpting Powder, especially in shade Medium, certainly deserves a shout-out for its perfect shadow-mimicking properties, but our pick is their latest launch. The Guardian Angel Cream Highlighter’s multi-purpose formula edges its way to the top of our pile. Use under your base product to blur and soften lines, while giving a lit-from-within glow. Alternatively you can tap it onto the high points of the face for a halo-effect highlight – simply gorgeous.
Our top choice from Maqpro would undoubtedly be the flexible Maqpro Make-up Mixer. Use it on bare skin to moisturise and prep skin; thin out foundations by adding a few drops for desired coverage; use it as a mixing medium to combine colours smoothly; or use as a make-up remover at the end of the day. As one of their signature products, if you haven’t given it a try yet then what are you waiting for?