Look alive everyone, because it’s that time of year again. Get ready for twinkling lights, carols in November and the gargantuan task of Christmas gift shopping. Perhaps we are giving you an excuse to go window shopping by tempting you with our latest finds, but at the very least if you’re in the market for a gift, we’ve got you covered. This is our 2017 Christmas Gift Guide for Makeup Artists.
1. Zoeva ‘Opulence’ Vegan Brush Set – $135
Just when you think Zoeva can’t top their current brush sets, they release their newest range Opulence, containing a decadent set of 10 brushes in an amazing new colour. The description alone is enough to make us drool. ‘Artfully coated in a deep plum color and topped off with an elegant matte black embossment.’ The burgundy pouch that accompanies the brushes also has a gorgeous gothic-esque floral lining. Oh, the beauty.
2. Vermillion FX Essential Blood FX Kit – £40
It’s like chemistry class for makeup artists. Newer brand Vermillion FX: Forensics and Artistry has been constantly impressing us with their clean, modern branding and curated collection of FX products. They are striving to set a new standard when it comes to SFX realism by offering professional bloods and gels developed by makeup artists in collaboration with forensic pathologists. This essential kit is perfect for newer artists trying to build up their kit!
For those looking for something natural, Keweko Skincare by hair/makeup/wig artist Kerstin Weller is our current favourite skincare brand and also a favourite for many of the actors that Kerstin has worked with since its’ inception. ‘The gentle toning mist blends rose water and aloe with sweet notes of bergamot, delivering a hydrating and refreshing boost to your skin.’
4. Armani Beauty Christmas Makeup Palette – $188
Sometimes, we like to splurge on high end seasonal products and Armani Beauty has certainly kept that promise this season. Their limited edition Christmas palette offers two tiers and contains 10 shadows along with the perfect essentials for your base. ‘Developed by Linda Cantello, Giorgio Armani International Make-Up Artist, the collection shines bright through the winter season.’
5. Tatcha ‘Kyoto Red’ Tinted Lip Oil – $30
More limited edition goodies thanks to our other favourite skincare brand, Tatcha. Every product in Tatcha’s repertoire can work perfectly as a gift due to the care and love they put towards packaging (truly Japanese, in essence), however we are particularly excited for their new Tinted lip oil, just in time for the holiday season. ‘A fresh take on the geisha’s iconic red lip, delivered in a nourishing blend of more than 95% botanical oils.’
6. The Bent Brush by KS – $20
You’ve heard us say it before on the blog and we will say it again. We are obsessed with Kym Sainsbury’s FX brush and believe that it is truly a non-negotiable in your makeup FX kit. So, of course, it makes a perfect christmas gift for makeup FX artists. It will make your life easier when it comes to working with prosthetics and character makeups, and we can’t get enough of it.
Another great gift idea for makeup artists comes to us courtesy of local Australian brand Ripper FX. Talented girl boss Nicola Richards of The Makeup Foundation has spent this year working to launch a new amazing range of alcohol palettes and inks, which are now available to buy online or in-store. Her alcohol palettes come in a array of colours options and are completely unique in their design to anything we’ve ever seen. We especially love the clip for easy travel.
Now for something fun. Tarte’s holiday glitter liner set is just too cute to boot, and a great way to spruce up your evening look or pop in your kit for those special occasion and formal jobs. ‘On one end you’ll find a buildable metallic, quick-dry liquid liner with an ultra-fine brush tip to define eyes with opaque, lustrous pigment. Then turn up the drama by layering on the opposite end’s no-budge, glitter liner with micro-shimmer flecks in a clear, non-sticky gel that dries instantly.’