10 Tools and products that every makeup artist needs in their kit

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AS I near the completion of my Glam Candy makeup artistry course, it’s helped me to appreciate the importance of great tools and products when it comes to achieving a flawless makeup look.
With just two lessons to go before I’m officially qualified as an MUA, I’ve been searching down all the best makeup brushes, toolkit must haves and beauty products that can help those in the industry streamline their kits and create fabulous looks.
Here are some of the gems I’ve discovered – ones that every makeup artist should have included in their kits.


Blank Canvas’ One Stop Smokey Eye Brush Set, £35


Perfect for MUA’s, this set contains seven essential blending brushes to create a smokey eye.
Their double sided smudger and blending brush has been an absolute favourite of mine and they all wash up great, returning back to their original shape time and time again.

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The Makeup Hand Palette, £15


The patent designed makeup hand palette allows you to mix different brands and shades to create bespoke finishes and transfer your products hygienically. This tool prevents cross contamination and unwanted stains on the back of your hand.

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Skin Doctors Instant Facelift, £30.99



This is perfect for achieving a flawless skincare prep on mature clients or those who want fine lines to rapidly vanish.
A must-have product is specially formulated to rapidly improve skin firmness, puffiness and diminish fine lines and wrinkles for up to 12 hours.
It’s also a fantastic make-up primer which provides a beautifully smooth, matte base and helps to plump out wrinkles.
Professional Make-Up Artist, Michael Richmond uses Instant Facelift and comments, This gives me a wonderfully smooth matte base to use under make- up. Rather like a primer but without the synthetic chalky silicone feeling.”


Rubis Tweezers, from £19.50



A favourite of leading MUA’s and cosmetic companies such as Estée Lauder and MAC, luxury Swiss implements brand, Rubis, an essential in every makeup artist’s bag.
Dubbed “The Ferrari of tweezers” by MUA Bobbi Brown herself, these hand crafted tweezers are designed to ensure perfect precision and easy movement, giving you the perfect brow. So precise, these were originally crafted to insert small rubies into rolex’s.
Made of stainless steel, these are also resilient, can be sterilised easily and are also available in a number of different colours.



Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré, prices vary



This gentle but nourishing moisturising primer in one is the secret when it comes to backstage makeup looks.
A truly versatile face cream that is paraben-free too, Lait Crème Concentré Nourishing Moisturiser can be used as a primer, moisturiser and makeup remover and is a real beauty secret favoured by professional dermatologists for decades.
Blended with natural ingredients, essential Fatty Acids and Vitamins, Lait Crème Concentré Nourishing Moisturiser provides the skin with all the nutrients and moisture it needs for a healthy balance and helps to accelerate cellular renewal for a more youthful complexion.
This suits most skin types and is unlikely to cause breakouts.


Vitage Renewal Antioxidant Treatment Mask, £24


For a special skincare treat on brides or birthday girls, this gentle yet highly effective mask instantly recharges tired skin, with a superior combination of AHA and antioxidants, for both professional and at home treatment.
Packed with powerful ingredients, this is a deeply hydrating antioxidant treatment mask that replenishes moisture and strengthens the skins protective barrier, making it perfect before applying makeup.

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Ramer Cosmetic Sponges, prices vary



Each of these cosmetic sponges feature a super fine texture so you will be able to achieve a flawless finish on clients every time. The Cleansing Slices are perfect for applying beauty treatments and the slant can be used for precision application around the eyes and hairline. Like all Ramer Sponge products, the cosmetic sponges will harden as they dry, helping to prevent the growth of bacteria.

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Colloidal Earth’s Silver Spray, £22.99


Loved by Goop founder and Hollywood star Gwyneth Paltrow, this spray a handy all-one source of colloidal silver that is travel and purse friendly and can do everything from being a powerful disinfectant for when you get on a plane to stopping acne in its tracks.
It can also be used as a makeup setting spray either before or after application, to prevent irritation of products and to set the final look.
I’ve used this to help soothe mosquito bites and burns, and to spray the area around me when I’m travelling on planes in a bid to reduce catching any unwanted bugs. A true miracle product.


Clockface Beauty Signature Facial Serum, £44


The multi award-winning multi-tasking miracle facial essential is a luxurious high performing formulation containing 12 powerful active ingredients, is suitable for all skin types and is 100% natural, organic and vegan and cruelty-free.
Just a few drops of this will help to soften and hydrate the client’s skin, as well help to bring balance to oily skin, soothe inflammation and reverse the signs of ageing.
MUA’s can use this before applying foundation to the skin or can use to mix in the foundation.

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Norvell Dazzle Mist, £14.95




This multipurpose hair, face and body shimmer is loved by celebrities and MUAs. The tanning brand also uses this for Strictly contestants and professionals. Making skin feel silky smooth and soft, the spray can be used to add shine on the neck and face of clients for the ultimate glow up – mix a few drops their your foundation or use on shoulders, cheekbones, legs and arms to complete the look.

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