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Posts: 5

Johnstown, Pennsylvania, US

I'm very new at makeup artistry but I'm trying to learn so I can do it myself for shoots. I was wondering if any MUAs could suggest some good products for me that are decently priced.
I'm mostly looking for bright, bold eye shadows that stay well, gel eyeliner that doesn't smudge and shimmer for eyes but any bold makeup tips would be great! Thanks!

Dec 26 12 04:59 pm Link



Posts: 84

Boca Raton, Florida, US

I'm a model myself who just recently entered the world of makeup artistry and am eager to learn more. Even though I'm a beginner, I have a wide variety of products in my kit and have tried many that aren't in my kit... for good reasons.

I've had great success using Smashbox Cosmetics products, including their shadows. They have many, many beautiful colors all of which I've found to be pretty highly - pigmented, especially when using a primer underneath (I also really like Smashbox's under eye and lid primers... though I can't vouch for their foundation primers). There are many other awesome shadow brands too, it's all about experimentation and finding what works for you - I've also used a couple shadows from Cinema Secrets and have always been satisfied with them... they also have a large variety, though I usually stick to more "neutral" colors. You can also check out Ben Nye, they have some nice "color wheels," I like the Fireworks wheel. smile

When it comes to mascara and liner, I use Maybelline (and Smashbox). My favorite go-to product is Maybelline The Falsies (Black Drama) Mascara - it gives you the appearance of having false lashes without all the drama and mess, I love it... I've also used L'Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara with great success, it really defines and separates your lashes. Smashbox has a great line of mascara too, though it can be slightly more expensive... I like their Hyperlash and their Full Exposure mascaras... both can be found in my kit. When it comes to eye liner, I use Smashbox's Limitless Eye Liner Liquid Pen... it's very precise and smooth, I love it... For Gel Liner, I use Maybelline's... it even comes with a little brush for application and I've always been pleased with my results using it. smile

That's just what I've used so far, if I think of anything else... I'll post!

Dec 27 12 05:13 am Link

Makeup Artist

Jodie Acty

Posts: 48

Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom

Dec 27 12 06:12 am Link

Makeup Artist

Vanita MUA

Posts: 57

Seattle, Washington, US

I really like inglot eyeshadows and mac fluidline gel liners.

Dec 27 12 10:43 am Link

Body Painter

Lisa Berczel

Posts: 4131

Corona, California, US

Additionally - build your kit with flexibility while emphasizing on your Client Base.

Big, bold, & shimmer can be unexpectedly limiting as they are not always what Clients book for - unless you're marketing yourself as Alternative or Glam.

Strongly advise a good neutral eye shadow palette.

Dec 27 12 11:50 am Link


Iva Leah

Posts: 19

Brooklyn, New York, US

Are you just asking about makeup for yourself or are you building a kit for clients? People seem confused.

Dec 27 12 12:31 pm Link

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Cynna Stylz MUA

Posts: 217

New York, New York, US

If this is just for yourself and you don't want to spend alot of money go to B H cosmetics for colorful palettes (PartyGirl) and eye primer and colorful gel eyeliner. Have fun and play with it.

Hope this helps,


Dec 27 12 07:55 pm Link