7 best products in my makeup artist kit right now

Being a makeup artist is one of the biggest and brightest parts of my life. I spend the majority of my time doing makeup not on myself, but others, so I thought I’d start sharing my kit faves, what I’m loving to use on clients.

These kit faves posts will include products that are just really doing the damn thing for me at work, giving my clients and on set talent great results.

Me doing makeup at a wedding
Photo by Aly Carroll Photography

You might find my kit faves helpful as a makeup artist yourself, or as a beauty aficionado, curious about what products professional makeup artists actually use and love.

Favorite makeup products in my freelance makeup kit

Thrive Causemetics Glossy Lip Hydrating Serum-JoAnn

When time is not on my side, working on set or with large wedding parties, I need a way to get color, hydration and shine on lips and quickly. The color JoAnn is perfect. It’s a blue-based shade that makes teeth look white and is bold without being goth or bright.

I highly recommend this and will be purchasing additional colors for my kit now.

I’ve used longer than almost any other product in my kit. They are just good have the right consistency, are easy to sharpen and come in tons of flattering shades.

I always have these colors in my kit: Nude Beige, Nude Pink, Ever, Natural, Peekaboo Natural, Mauve, Nude Truffle

I really resent that this $52 works so damn well. I’ve been using on my more mature clients and loving both the way it makes the skin look and the longevity it provides.

The original shade, , really does look good on every single person I put it on. Plus, it smells like fruity bubblegum, making it an easy kit fave. I included Gloss Bomb in this yearly favorites post.

Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerize-Jean

Jean is the perfect soft champagne cream shadow. I love the moussey texture, non-sticky sensation and soft glow it gives the lids. I also reach for the shade Bette for a beautiful amber bronze eye.

This eyeshadow is my go-to, inner corner highlight and lid color for fair skin tones that want a light, ethereal eye look. It also makes a beautiful highlighter on fair skin tones. Kitten never steers me wrong.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder

These powders really do create a soft-focus, diffused light appearance on everyone I put them on. Often thought of as a highlighter, use more as a final veil over your face for that filtered IRL effect. I talked about these powder in a monthly favorites post.

Lano Lips Tinted Balm

I’ve fallen in love with these tinted balms for getting color and serious hydration on the lips, with a bit of opacity for that natural look so many of my clients want. Perfect Nude is pretty perfect and Rhubarb is the most happy pink that lights up anyone’s face.


  1. Callie Bell

    07/15/2020 at 12:32 PM

    ok, well now i’m having a major “add to cart” moment!!!!!!!! would you say the tatcha and thrive primers are similar? pros and cons or prefer one over the other?

    1. Ivy Boyd

      07/19/2020 at 12:30 PM

      I haven’t tried Thrive’s face primer, just the eye one, so I can’t really speak to that. I did see there’s now a mini size of the Tatcha primer for $22 if you want to try it!

  2. BodyBathBeyond

    08/31/2020 at 2:39 AM

    Thanks for the recommendations. There’s so many products out there it’s hard to make a choice. Knowing what make up artists prefer helps me to make a better decision.

  3. Jennifer E. Vue

    01/23/2023 at 5:15 AM

    Such a beauty-full post, I love this post thanks for sharing this wonderful post.

  4. jack William

    07/18/2023 at 1:56 AM

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