Four makeup artists reveal the HGs in their kits

The local beauty scene has gotten a lot more exciting in the last few years as so many more brands and tons of new products become more readily available to Filipinas. It’s definitely a great thing but it can also feel so overwhelming! When I was in makeup school, my classmates and I would ask our teachers about the products that they considered to be their “holy grails”. They would sometimes admit that it’s sometimes difficult to find a product that they really liked because you often had to try so many meh ones before finding one that became a favorite!

Another barrier: artists usually have different styles, so what works for one is often pretty unique to them. The upside to this is that there’s a variety of products for us to choose from and to consider for our own needs. I talked to four wedding makeup artists and asked them to dish on the products that they rely on to turn their clients into their bridal best. Here’s what never leaves their kits!

Vannie Eribal | website

I always use Physiogel Lotion to prep the skin before applying any makeup. Moisturizer is an important pre-makeup step, and this does a great job of making skin feel smooth and supple. It also works well for all skin types so I don’t have to buy different moisturizers! It has enough moisture for dry skin, yet it has a light consistency that is easily absorbed by the skin, making it good for oily skin. Those with sensitive skin can also use this because it’s gentle and unscented.

Having a good primer is important for building the base. For this, I’m loving my Happy Skin Insta Beauty Blur Cream! It blurs the imperfections of the skin and also controls the production of oil. When I use this before foundation, I find that it really helps the foundation apply more smoothly. I like that it feels like a creamy foundation and is very comfortable on the skin. The tint also blends well with our Filipina skin tones.

Elaine Jacinto | website

Foundation is the most important product in my kit because it will hold all the other products that will be applied to the skin. I love using the Kryolan TV Paint Stick for this. Because it’s a full coverage cream foundation, it can easily cover imperfections like discolorations, dark undereye circles, and acne marks with just one layer. Sometimes I don’t even need to use concealer anymore. It can even cover tattoos if applied correctly together with a color correcting concealer. As a cream type foundation, it doesn’t dry too fast like liquid foundations do, so I have enough time to blend and adjust the color as needed.

Kristine Lucas | website

I can't live without my Kryolan Dermacolor Camouflage Crème concealer kit. It’s my magic potion for making sure the skin looks flawless! It has heavy coverage and stays put even if you don’t set it with a lot of powder. Shade D4 is my favorite as it fits the Filipino tone. When I apply it on the undereye area, it instantly covers the dark circles. I like applying concealer the traditional way even when I do airbrush makeup so that it doesn’t get on the lashes, and this is the only concealer that works with my airbrush products. 

I also love the Anastasia Contour Kit because it gives my clients the superstar effect! This palette is more than just hype--it creates the perfect balance of glow and shadow. I find that the six shades included are enough to suit every skin tone, including a warm-toned highlighter that glows without looking too shiny. The texture is also not too powdery so I always seem to pick up just the right amount of product that I need; no need to tap the brush to remove (and waste) excess product!

Denisse Martin | website

I love my BECCA Champagne Pop highlighter! It glides on smoothly and doesn't leave chunky patches of shimmer. I find that this product gives an intense highlight that still looks wearable. It reflects flawlessly beautiful on every skin tone, and lasts about 6 hours without having the need to retouch (which is a long time in Philippine weather). It is best used with Real Techniques Setting Brush.

What are the HG products in your kit? What makes them so important to you?

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