24 Products MUAs Always Buy For Their Kit

Not only do the professionals really know their stuff when it comes to the latest trends and techniques, they’re also majorly clued up when it comes to sussing out which products can really stand the test of time. We asked 14 makeup artists which products they genuinely couldn’t live without, from a multitasking moisturiser to a supersize eyeshadow palette, these are the holy grail products that pro MUAs go back to time and time again. Why? Read on to find out.


“I can not live without beautyblenders in my Kit. I always apply foundation with a brush and work the product in after with a damp beautyblender. They create the most flawless finish and the foundation becomes undetectable and looks like skin rather than a layer of foundation.”  – @tobimakeup

Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre

Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre is a must have product in my makeup kit that I cannot live without. It’s suitable for all skin types which makes it a perfect makeup base for all my clients and extremely hydrating which is great for when I’m working with longwear, matte foundations to prevent the skin looking ‘cakey’.” – @rebeccacapelmakeup

“I use Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre on my clients and on myself. It’s so multipurpose which is exactly what you need as a makeup artist. This is one of my favourite go to products – I don’t think I could live without it! I use it at night as my moisturiser and in the day as a primer. It can also be used as a cleanser, it’s that good. I find it works on all skins types and absorbs into the skin really well, leaving the skin smooth and fresh, ready for your makeup.” – @ambermellorr


Illamasqua Beyond Powder

“The shade Epic is genuinely the best highlighter I have ever used. This particular shade works on every skin tone and glides like a dream. it gives one’s skin a glow woithout looking overly glittery (which a lot of highlighters do). Plus it lasts forever so is well worth a purchase!” – @wendysworld_xox

Makeup Revolution Matte Base Concealer Kits

“Products that are versatile are essential in a kit. When products do mor than one job, it saves space and makes your kit lighter. I recently purchased the Makeup Revolution Matte Base Concealer Kits which I mix with moisturisers to create sheer complexion bases, as we as using them for concealing. They’re very compact and the shades are a mix of cool and warm tones, perfect for mixing. Therefore, I can customise the coverage as well as the shade. There is also one powders shade per kit which can be used to set/bronze/contour. The size also makes it perfect to travel with, especially for touch ups. The C9-C12 kit is the one I most commonly use during shoots.” – @nush.mu

Milani Baked Bronzers

“One of my kit must-haves are the Milani Baked Bronzers. I ahve all of the colours and am obsessed. Working out in Bali, they’re perfect for adding an extra glow to my models’ skin, while being light enough in texture to look and feel natural. They look amazing when finished off with a hydrating mist of Milani Make It Dewy Setting Spray.” – @loupye_makeup

ZOEVA Graphic Eyes Pencils

“I’m never without the ZOEVA Graphic Eyes Pencils in my makeup kit or my personal makeup bag. An essential product for smoking out the upper and lower lashlines because of how soft the pencils are – a great product if you’re a beginner MUA as they’re super easy to work with.” – @rebeccacapelmakeup


“One of my musthaves in my kit is Soapbrows. Brows can make or break a look and what I love about Soapbrows is it’s easy to use and gives you that full fluffy brow effect.” – @paintedbypaigee

Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops

“I have used the Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops for a few years now and I’m always replenishing my stash! The versatility is a huge bonus for me when I add products to my kit. You can use them under any base or foundation almost as a primer to add a ‘shine from within’ or over your finished makeup to give a super glowy highlight to the high points of your face. I often mix a drop into my foundations to give it a dewy shimmer. One of my favourite things to do with them is add them to body moisturiser and smear over my collarbones and shoulders!” – @bekkimitch

Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Concealer

“Makeup Revolution’s Conceal & Define Concealer works wonders (and it’s inexpensive). The texture is so creamy and gives amazing coverage, it’s perfect for my kit as it is multiuse and so universal. Whether it’s for defining brows, concealing under the eyes, contouring, covering up imperfections or even applying around the lip to neaten up that perfect red lipstick.” – @ambermellorr

Isle Of Paradise Self Tanning Drops

“Personally I love the Isle of Paradise Self Tanning Drops in Medium. These can be added to your daily moisturiser for a gorgeous, natural glowing bronzed face tan. Perfect to use all year round!” – @tobimakeup

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade

“Another product I will always repurchase for my kit is Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade. A versatile product that can used to create a fluffy brow, or a strong brow! It’s so long-lasting so brows will stay in place when my clients are out all day & night.” – @rebeccacapelmakeup

Revolution Skincare CBD Oil

“This oil is perfect for bringing hydration back into normal-dry skin. It creates a smooth base for me to work on.” – @wendysworld_xox

Cinema Secrets Professional Brush Cleaner

“Brush cleansers really have to work to lift pigment and also sanitise. I always wash my brushes after every job, and I clean them immediately after to ensure they are perfectly clean. Cinema Secrets works phenomenally well on all brushes and really lifts all pigment.” – @_amanda_bell_

Illamasqua Hydra Veil

“The Illamasqua Hydra Veil is one of my favourite primers and has been an OG fave in my kit. It doesn’t just leave skin looking radiant, but also keeps client’s skin hydrated in this ‘hot girl summer’!” – @paintedbypaigee

Kevyn Aucoin Glass Glow Face

“The latest product I’m currently loving is Kevyn Aucoin Glass Glow Face in Prism Rose. This creates the most stunning glass like highlighter for the tops of the cheekbones. This product is perfect for day and night makeup looks and looks fabulous on light to dark skin tones. The matching lip gloss in Prism Rose is also stunning. I used the lip gloss here.” – @tobimakeup

Anastasia Beverly Hills Sun Dipped Glow Palette

“Another multi-purpose product I love is Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Sun Dipped Glow Palette. For most of my clients, it’s all about glowing skin nowadays. I use this palette for the body as well as for the face – the shade Bronzed looks amazing on your chest and legs.” – @ambermellorr

BEAUTY BAY Colour Theory Identity Palette

“I love using the BEAUTY BAY Identity Palette on my clients because it’s so versatile. I love that there’s a mix of everything and that the shades blend out so well. I especially love the shimmers for creating double cut creases and to give lipglosses a longer lifespan.” – @xmakeupbylindsay

Makeup Revolution The Waterproof Mascara

Makeup Revolution’s waterproof mascara is an affordable, long-lasting mascara that actually keeps lashes upright, no matter how thick and stubborn they are. I also lov cream blushes for adding colour to cheeks because they’re super easy to blend and are lightweight on skin. I always have lipgloss in my kit to give lips a glass-like look, and I love concealers that not only help to cover blemsihes but also help to calm them too.” – @maytahmi

Milani Conceal & Perfect Longwear Concealer

“My favourite concealrer for clients at the moment is the Milani Conceal & Perfect Longwear Concealer because it lasts so well in the hot summer weather.” – @ioanahq

LA Girl Gloss Topper

“I literally cannot live without this product. It’s an essential and completes any look I do. It’s also great when I want to create a quick glossy look on the eyelid, highlighting point on the cheekbone, and even to brighten the tip of the nose.” – @wendysworld_xox

BPerfect Mmmmitchell Sub Zero Highlighter Palette

“An essential products of mine is the Bperfect Mmmmitchell Sub Zero Highlighter Palette. When I’m working on set I need multiple shades and this has ever shade I need in one palette. The pay-off leaves skin looking like a glazed donut.” – @paintedbypaigee

BEAUTY BAY EYN Nude 42 Colour Palette

“One of my absolute kit essentials is the BEAUTY BAY EYN Nude 42 Colour Palette. Not only is it one of the most versatile palettes I own, but the shadows are super pigmented and easy to blend. The palette itself ranges from soft neutrals to smoky greys, so I can use it for clients who wants to for a more natural vibe as well as those who want a heavy glam smoke. They’re also very compact and the packaging looks way more expensive than it is, meaning that it not only fits perfectly into my kit but looks great too.” – @laureneddymakeup_

Anastasia Beverly Hills Riviera Palette

“I haven’t been anywhere this summer without taking my Anastasia Beverly Hills Riviera Palette with me. it has sparked some of the most creative looks I’ve ever done, and it’s also so easy to just pack one of the shimmers onto clients lids with my fingers. They leave the house looking bomb!” – @ioanahq

“I really love the Anastasia Beverly Hills eyeshadows. Their palettes are almost all I use in my professional kit! The mattes are creamy and blendable, and their foil textures are stunning. The colour range is endless as well. My favourite right now is the Riviera Palette, and also the Jackie Aina and Alyssa Edwards collabs.” – @the_brooksbrother

ZOEVA Brushes

“I have been vegan for 11 years, so I want cruelty free brushes without compromising on  a pro-quality finish. My favourite brush brand is ZOEVA, I love the quality of the brushes and the ethics of the brand.” – @_amanda_bell_