Make Up Top 5

With Karen Mackintosh

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Make Up Artist: Karen Makintosh Photographer: Ian Clifford Model: Jade Tayla

Top Five: Beauty Items to ensure success on your shoot.

My absolute go to favourite product whenever I apply makeup, regardless of age or gender, is the House of GlamDolls GlamBase Wheel. It is such a great all rounder product. Great makeup is all about the skin and with this it is easy to perfect complexion to a high standard, suitable for both photography and film.

The circular wheel contains a cream highlight, two shades of concealer to lift blue or violet tones, two sculpt/contour shades in a perfect ashen finish and an illuminator to lift and lighten the face where needed. Its packaged in a nifty little compact, small enough to take everywhere and perfect for last minute touch ups. Don’t be fooled though, as a little goes a long way. Best of all it is available in a couple of colour ways so this is a solution for a wide range of skin colours and tones. (Available from

I spend the highest percentage of time during the makeup application process on the eyes. It is often the main focal point on a photographic shoot and it is crucial as image quality and definition improves with each new technology that hits the market.

The key to the best eye is using a great eye primer. It helps with shadow adhesion,makeup longeivity, helps to remove blemishes on the delicate and thin skin surrounding the eyes, can reshape the eyebrow area as well as ensuring that the colour pigment in your eyeshadows is bold and true.

One of my favourites at the moment is the PLouise Base.

It is a great, tacky base that you can apply as thick or as thin as you need.

It is a very juicy base and that means it is very forgiving on dry or dehydrated skin. It is available in a whole array of colours, including black and white, tonal colours or skin shades.

Regardless of skin tone, whether you are after a subtle neutral eye or a show stopping pop of colour, PLouise will have something to fit the bill. (Available from

Some really great products that I always include on my kit are pigments. Little pots of loose powder pigments that are available in matt, shimmer, lustre or metallic finishes. They are extremely versatile and once you have tried them all over the face and mixed in with other products you will never leave home without them. Think out of the box with them. Mix them as eyeliners, add them to foundations, moisturisers or lip balms to create new cream products, make your own shimmer fix sprays.

The only thing that limits you with these products is your imagination. A great place to start is the Mac Cosmetics counter. Check out Vanilla, Tan or Melon as the warmer months approach.

Each and every makeup artist or enthusiast will have a selection of different eyeshadow palettes. They are a staple part of a professional kit and definitely a weakness of mine.

The best thing about a palette as opposed to individual colours is the variety of options you have in one small,convenient container.

What makes a palette great? Personal preference aside, look for high pigment payoff, a consistency which is easy to blend and a mixture of dark, mid and light toned shades.

These same rules apply whether you are after subtle neutrals or eye catching colour. I really like the Huda Beauty Obsessions palettes.

They are a compact square shape and contain nine colours in a range of shades, tones and finishes. They represent great value for money per shade and make packing for a specific look easy.

My final recommendation is to make sure you pack a whole host of disposables in your kit.

You can have all the fancy makeup in the world but if you aren’t keeping it clean and promoting hygienic application you are selling yourself short and risking the health and wellbeing of your model.

Invest in a great hygiene spray for your powder and pencil products. Grab some disposable spoolies, little lip brushes and eyeliner wands.

You will be amazed how handy these items can be and can be picked up really cheaply on Amazon or Ebay. It will be the little things that set you apart from the next MUA, and these are the little things.

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Many Thanks to Karen & the team for this beautiful feature & Top 5 Tips !

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