What every Film Makeup Artist needs in their kit:
CONCEALERS. Like any other product, don’t pick concealers in bulk. Make sure you test all products at home, on your own skin, before using it on set. One of the best things about concealers is that they can hide “imperfections” while also smoothening out the skin, and staying crease-free longer than most foundations. They’re ideal for covering dark circles, blemishes, birth marks, hyper-pigmentation, discoloration, and sometimes even tattoos, if used in coordination with other products. My first go-to concealer is the Pro Filt’r instant Retouch Concealer by Fenty Beauty ( Link Here ). This concealer is one of the first products I purchased for my MUA kit; it’s a lightweight, creamy, smooth, and long-wear concealer. My second favourite concealer is the Radiant Creamy concealer by Nars (Link Here). This one can be used on all types of skin, including dry ones – as it conceals and brightens without being flaky or cakey.
Concealers are the ideal tool in a MUA kit. They are great for sculpting and contouring but can also be used in place of foundation. There’s nothing better than a multifunctional product, especially one that Independent film MUAs can use to define the face while providing easy coverage with a few simple strokes and tricks! (Picture: Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Concealer)
MIXING MEDIUMS. ‘What are those?’ You might ask!? Well, these are an essential set of products that MUAs on an independent film shoot should absolutely slip into their kit for any type of work. Mixing mediums can be used to transform and intensify your products for a longer durability on the skin. They can be mixed with any type or glitter, to create custom shades for the face and body. They can help you control the texture, finish and application of your favourite products. My first favourite mixing medium is Danessa Myricks’ Magic Set & Seal (Link Here ), which helps me make any powder or pigment become water and smudge proof. My second favourite is the Mac Fix + Spray (Link Here) for eyeshadows and pigments.
SETTING POWDERS. These are ideal for creating crease-free looks and managing shine. Any makeup look needs a loose setting powder to keep it intact and last longer, while also blurring any imperfections. The classic go to loose powder is of course the Laura Mercier’s translucent powder, often found in a MUA’s bag. Its formula is suitable for all skin types, and helps smooth out the surface for a natural look. Another loose powder I would strongly recommend is the IT cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Poreless Finish Airbrush Powder. This powder is one of the best I have used so far. It really helps blur pores and blemishes and it works on all skin types.
(Cover Picture: Street Fashion Shoot during Covid – Photo by Fay Summerfield)
Bio – Marialuisa Cosentino “Marilou” is a valued member of the Anonymous film crew and a certified Makeup Artist from the London School of Makeup and a fashion stylist in London. She has developed her knack for the arts of makeup and styling while actively collaborating in the production of a wide variety of artistic projects in the fashion industry, commercial photo shoots, promotional events, and film, as well as working with individual clients teaching individual and small group makeup courses.