We all want to know the secrets of professional makeup artists, What do they do differently from us mere mortals? What do they use that makes the difference?
I have been lucky enough to be given the opportunity to try two such game changers that might elevate my makeup game- Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentre and Makeup Drop Silicone Makeup applicator.
Pro Makeup Kit Essentials- Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré
One brand I keep coming across in reference to MUAs and models is Embryolisse. Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré is a multi tasking moisturiser that performs a few functions so it’s really handy to have around. And it has such a cool name.
Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré comes from Embryolisse Laboratory, Paris and its classic French pharmacy. It has clinical packaging and a reasonable price point- just £20 for 75mls from Boots. It comes in a handy metal tube metal tube.
The beauty of Lait-Crème Concentré is its multi-functionality. It can be used in so many different ways:
- As a moisturiser,
- A makeup remover,
- A moisturising mask (by applying a thick layer at night),
- A glowy makeup primer for dry skin,
- Hair defrizzer,
- An aftershave balm,
- An after-sun soother
- And as a hand cream
It’s light in texture with a light floral fragrance, Embryolisse calls it “The perfume of childhood”.
I think it has become a cult favourite because it’s lightly moisturising and simple. Its simplicity is well tolerated by stressed and overwhelmed modern skin. Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré contains Beeswax, Shea butter, Hydrolysed Soy Protein and Aloe Vera extracts (among other moisturising agents). It’s Paraben Free, vegan and cruelty-free, yay! You can order Embriolisse Lait Creme Concentre here
Pro Makeup Kit Essentials- Makeup Drop Silicone Makeup Applicator
This might be the most planet friendly beauty item I have come across so far. It’s cruelty-free, non-toxic, paraben free, reusable, easy to clean, long lasting, it doesn’t waste any product… It’s hard to imagine anything more economical. Makeup drop is the original silicone blender. You will have seen Makeup Drop, or a variation of it, doing the rounds on Instagram.
Makeup Drop is a firm, squishable flat teardrop shape. It feels like a big Haribo. It’s hard to imagine that using a plastic Haribo to apply makeup is going to work. It takes a bit of adjusting to, it doesn’t work the makeup into the skin like a sponge blender or a brush. I find that using the Makeup Drop you just need the tiniest amount of foundation, nothing is lost, if you have a really expensive foundation this is a real plus.
Nonetheless, I find that I still need to buff with a foundation brush after applying with Makeup Drop to remove any streakiness. I do like the way you can apply foundation, wipe off the Makeup Drop, then use the flat end to apply cream contour. I like the teardrop shape, the point is great for blending into corners. You can see why Makeup Drop’s efficiency would be a big plus for makeup artists, it just takes a bit of getting used to. Makeup Drop is £14 here
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