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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Becoming a Vegan Makeup Artist: Kit Building & Skin Prep Recommendations

In this post, I'm going to talk about building your vegan professional makeup kit.

Buying your kit will be pricey, even if you only go for the cheapest products to start out with. I recommend signing up for an industry discount once you've enrolled onto your course. You will need to sign up with each individual retailer separately and show proof that you're enrolled, then you will receive a discount. Also, when buying online, try to go through a cashback site like Top Cashback. You'll get a small percentage of each sale back, and it adds up rather quickly if you're buying a lot. I've earned £267.45 so far! You can sign up at topcashback.co.uk, or go via my  referral link if you feel like helping me out! :)

To figure out if a brand is cruelty-free, just search for them on lists such as Cruelty-Free Kitty and Logical Harmony. You will need to decide whether you are okay with using products from a cruelty-free company with an animal testing parent company (such as Tarte, Urban Decay). I personally try to avoid brands with animal testing parent companies, except when there is no other option, or the company is extremely dedicated to making vegan products (such as Superdrug or Kat Von D). Here is a good post by Lovely Witches about parent companies.

  • Brands that are 100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan


I highly recommend their airbrush makeup - if you plan to airbrush, I would purchase the whole kit from them.


A great way to get a lot of lip colours is to buy a set of Lip Tars and mix any colour you can imagine from them. They can be topped with gloss or blotted and powdered, and come in metallic, glitter and tinted gloss finishes. Their pencils for eyes and lips are also great quality.

Lots of quality products for cheap prices. Read reviews prior to purchasing as they have a couple of dud products among the many great ones.

Shiro Cosmetics

Great for unique powder eyeshadow shades, especially duochrome shadows.


Great for duochrome shadows, colour shifting shadows and Pixie Epoxy - a kind of 'primer' to bring out the shimmer in eyeshadows.

Skin Illustrator

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Skin Illustrator makes alcohol based makeup for film, TV and SFX. The vast majority of films and TV shows you see use these products to produce realistic skin effects like freckles, tanning/sunburn, bruising, ageing, scars, tattoos, dirtying down, the list is endless. They also produce tooth lacquer, dirt for different dirt effects, blood under the name 'Fleet Street', and heavy-duty sealing sprays (Blue and Green Marble).

Brushes - Nanshy, Spectrum, Real Techniques and Cozzette make high-quality vegan brushes. Ideally, you will have multiples of oft-used brushes to save time sanitising them between clients, but it's okay to start out with less.

Great Brands With Vegan Lists -

Refer to these websites when shopping for the same brand on other websites. It's often cheaper to buy many different brands from the same retailer rather than make several purchases from the brand websites.

BH Cosmetics

Neve Cosmetics


Barry M (Vegan products are labelled in the drop down ingredients tab of each product)

Wet 'n' Wild (Hard to find in the UK, but good quality and cheap if you can get it)


Skin Prep Recommendations

It's essential to start with a clean, moisturised base when building a look. The right products will cleanse quickly without drying the skin, add moisture without grease, and help makeup adhere to the skin to last all day.
  • Skincare
A small pot of homemade sugar and sunflower oil lip scrub to be used before cleansing if needed.

B. Pure Micellar Water (they sell two micellar waters, this one is a larger bottle)

Superdrug Simply Pure Hydrating Serum
A cult favourite with moisture-boosting ceramides, and only £2.99!

EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46 (if model/client will be in the sun)
Perfectly matte, high protection without flashback. Bieberino knows what's up.

Superdrug/Sainsbury's Petroleum Jelly or pure shea or cocoa butter for lips.

  • Primer
Hylamide HA Blur*
Effectively blurs wrinkles and pores.

Niod Photography Fluid*
'Lit from within' in a bottle.

(* - Deciem is part-owned by Estee Lauder, but the company itself remains cruelty-free)

I hope you're now suitably prepared for next week's post about foundation and concealer recs!

Til Next Time,


-All pics from the instagrams or websites of the brands in question-

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