Makeup Bag 101: The Absolute Essentials

Whether you’re a professional makeup artist, or just an amateur trying their best, a good kit of essential products is the key to perfecting your own individual day-to-day makeup routine.

Everyone has a preference, some like to go full glam to work, and the rest of us can barely swipe on a tinted moisturiser. I’m closer to the latter, so I wanted to find out from our resident makeup artist which staples I should always have handy in my makeup bag (in case I decide to make more of an effort.)



Embryolisse is a staple for every kit. It’s a diverse moisturiser, and can be used on all skin types. It has a light creamy texture which absorbs instantly and refreshes and plumps the skin. It also acts as a base for your makeup, and will make your application a lot smoother – however, it’s not going to give you the longevity a normal primer would. On a dryer skin type, I’d recommend the RCMA Pre- Foundation Moisture Lotion.”

★★★★★ Great Product – Ally

“I have combination sensitive skin and find it hard to find products that don’t break me out, was suggested this by my makeup artist and it is FANTASTIC! My face feels so good after I use, will re purchase for sure. Telling all of my friends! :)”

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“I’m currently loving The Ordinary High-Adherence Silicone Primer. It uses adaptive silicones that can act as a hydrating, matte or  blurring primer – and it’s very long lasting. Again, it can be used on different skin types, that’s why it’s perfect for your kit!

★★★★★ Best Primer Ever – Maggie

“I have problems with primers making my forehead and nose oily a few hours after use. Since using this product it hasn’t happened. It’s so light weight and holds my foundation all day. Highly recommend.”

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Foundation Or Tinted Moisturiser

“The RCMA Custom Australian Foundation palette is a high-coverage cream foundation. It’s easy to manipulate to create sheer to full coverage foundation, just by adding your favourite moisturiser, serum or RCMA Foundation Thinner. This is a great palette for professionals, but also ideal if you like to adjust your foundation shade seasonally. Alternatively, if you aren’t a foundation fan, opt for a lightweight tinted moisturiser like Bobbi Brown’s Tinted Moisturiser.”

★★★★★ Love it! – Samantha

“Purchased this for my kit and so far its definitely living up to its 5 stars! I’m definitely going to invest in the larger economy palette once I need to re-stock!”

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“This is a no-brainer – I love the RCMA No Colour Powder. This powder is so finely milled, it won’t look cakey on the skin (even if you reapply). It can be used on any skin colour, won’t give any flashback, or make your skin appear ashy. It’s extremely affordable, comes with a lot of product – but, it’s hard to get your hands on because it sells out so quickly!”

★★★★★ Great Product – Jessica

“I’d seen this powder all over YouTube for a while and thought I would give it a go and I am impressed with how good this is! It doesn’t leave a white cast, there is no flash back in photos – definitely a must in my make up bag & you get so much for such a little amount of money.”

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“This Garbo & Kelly palette comes with six highlighting shades – two creamy matte powders and four highly pigmented shimmer powders. It’s fantastic value, the shades suit most tones and the palette is super compact – perfect for your kit. If you love that “Instagram glow”, then I’d highly recommend this kit.

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“I love Benefit products, their brow range is probably my favourite – but recently we’ve started stocking Nouba which sell the most incredible Eyebrow Cream. As this product is super creamy and pigmented, you only need the tiniest amount to create a really beautiful full brow. The tones of the brow creams aren’t too red or too taupe – which means they’re so forgiving on all brows.”

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Benefit They’re Real Mascara will help give length and volume to even the most sparse of lashes. This is my go-to mascara, and one I continue to repurchase for myself.”

★★★★★ The mascara for everyone – Jodi

“This mascara is seriously great for noticeable lashes. The brush is excellent for catching the smaller lashes towards inner corner of your eyes and coated lashes are extra black, thick, luscious and lengthened. I get a lot of compliments when wearing this.”

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Setting Spray

“Despite the name, Skindinavia Bridal Makeup Finish is not just for brides. Not only will this spray help control excess shine and extend the longevity of your makeup, but it also freshens the look of your makeup, giving the skin a beautiful glow.”

★★★★★ Keeps your makeup looking fresh, dewy all day – Luvmakeup

“Absolutely love this. I wear makeup everyday and also take spin classes. I just spray a fine mist over my face after applying my makeup and it stays perfect all day. No touch ups required. A must!!!”

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