Professional Makeup Kit for Makeup Artists – Foundations

So following my previous post, Professional Makeup Kit for Makeup Artists – Where To Start? I’ve had heaps of requests to continue on other elements in a professional makeup artists kit, so I thought I would begin with foundation. Now of course, as mentioned in my previous post, this will vary depending on what kind of clientele you have and also what kind of makeup artist you are. In this post I will go through personal favourites and why I use and love them.

Most of the work I do as a makeup artist these days is weddings, special occasion etc and photo shoots. To ensure I’m always prepared to give clients what they want I carry:

- Buildable coverage Liquid Foundation – oil free formula and luminous formula (SPF free)

- Full coverage foundation (SPF free)

- Super sheer foundation/tinted moisturiser

- Foundation Sticks (I know they may seem a little old fashion but are a must!)

- Mineral Powder Foundation

 

FOUNDATION

Foundation Group

Now I have a few sets of foundation in my kit but am always adding bits and pieces to keep up with new technology, new releases and my client’s needs and demands. The following are my staple ranges.

One range I am particularly fond of is Laura Mercier Oil Free Supreme Foundation and Laura Mercier Moisture Supreme Foundation.

Laura Mercier Oil Free Supreme Foundation 

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Coverage: Medium to Full – buildable

Finish: Satin/Matte

Price: $59

Good for: Special occasion, wedding, shoots, film.

Fragrance & Silicone Free

The recently re-formulated Laura Mercier Oil Free Supreme Foundation is an absolute dream. Perfect for all skin types (even dry if you prep the skin accordingly).

I love this foundation for its buildable coverage. Seriously, you can perfect almost any skin with this foundation and a little Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage. The new formulation is more pigmented than the last, read my post on the formulation changes here and I love it although you do have to work a little quicker with it. This is my go-to foundation because of its versatility and because it photographs beautifully. The colour range is pretty darn good although from time to time of course you will need to mix it up a little. I use Warm Ivory and Sunny Beige the most.

Laura Mercier Oil Free Supreme Foundation Swatches

Laura Mercier Oil Free Supreme Foundation Swatches

Here are some I have swatched myself on a piece of white paper and scanned. (they look a little pink)

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Laura Mercier Moisture Supreme Foundation

Laura Mercier Moisture Supreme Foundation

Coverage: Medium to Full – buildable

Finish: Satin/Matte

Price: $59

Good for: Special occasion, wedding, shoots, film.

Fragrance & Silicone Free

I don’t use this as much as I use my oil-free but don’t get me wrong it definitely has a place in my kit. Perfect for a dry/mature skin this foundation gives great coverage and a really nice soft focus finish. The shades are named the same as the Oil Free Supreme however they can differ slightly due to ingredient differences so take caution.

Laura Mercier Moisture Supreme Foundation Swatches

Laura Mercier Moisture Supreme Foundation Swatches

BECCA Radiant Skin Satin Finish Foundation

BECCA Radiant Skin Satin Finish Foundation

Coverage: Sheer to Medium – buildable

Finish: Satin

Price: $70

Good for: Special occasion, wedding, shoots, film.

This is the latest range I’ve added to my collection. I was so excited when BECCA finally brought out a proper liquid foundation and even more excited when I tried it and loved it! You can see previous post where I compare the Radiant Skin Satin Finish to the Luminous Skin Colour here.

This foundation gives a sheer to medium coverage with a satin finish. Works on most skin types I especially love to use it on a normal to dry. Although there are quite a few shades in the range I feel a couple are missing so I do need to mix and match often.

BECCA Radiant Skin Satin Finish Swatches

BECCA Radiant Skin Satin Finish Foundation Swatches

 

Napoleon Perdis Off Duty Tinted Moisturiser

Napoleon Perdis Off Duty Tinted Moisturiser

Coverage: Sheer

Finish: Luminous/Dewy

Price: $49

Good for: Special occasion, wedding, runway.

This product is perfect for that “barely there” foundation look. Works well when you want to enhance the skin and give it a gorgeous glow, also works beautifully on the body. Napoleon Perdis uses this product a LOT on the runway and it looks spectacular. I usually use it on clients who want that no makeup look.
Available in 2 shades; Light to Medium and Medium to Dark

Napoleon Perdis Off Duty Tinted Moisturiser Swatches

Napoleon Perdis Off Duty Tinted Moisturiser Swatches

Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Foundation

Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Foundation

Coverage: Full

Finish: Radiant

Price: $69.00

Good for: Special occasion, wedding, runway, shoots.

Well what can I say. This is the mother of all creme foundations. It gives an absolutely gorgeous creamy flawless finish. Clients with a mature or dry skin absolutely LOVE this stuff and so do I. It contains Dermaxyl (an ingredient I’ve come across before in Smashbox primers) which smooths out fine lines and imperfections on the skin. The coverage is full although can be applied mixed with an illuminator for a gorgeous medium coverage, glowy finish. Again, no SPF so this one photographs brilliantly, however this foundation is packaged in large heavy glass jars so I would recommend decanting them into something more portable.

Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Foundation Swatches

Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Foundation Swatches

Inika Mineral Foundation

 

 

Inika Mineral Foundation

Coverage: Sheer to full – buildable

Finish: Natural (once settled)

Price: $59.95

Good for: Special occasion, wedding, runway, shoots.

This foundation is the best mineral powder I have tried to date. The coverage is almost unbelievable and once it’s settled it gives that airbrush look. Many a time have I surprised clients with the amazing finish of this product plus it’s very long lasting even without a setting powder. (not that I’m recommending you don’t use a setting powder on top!)

This is a proper mineral foundation so it contains no talc, therefore it’s fine to use on a dry skin. I’ve had no adverse reactions to this particular foundation either, so for me, it’s winning on all fronts. The colour range is pretty good however I do find myself having to mix every now and then.

Plus this foundation photographs brilliantly, no backflash!

Inika Mineral Foundation Swatches

Inika Mineral Foundation Swatches

I hope this helps! What kind of foundation do you guys use in your kits? Any favourites?

Love Katerina xx