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The 9 makeup palettes that the pros always have in their kits

MAKEUP ARTISTS KNOW A GOOD PRODUCT WHEN THEY SEE IT. THEY’VE TRIED ALMOST EVERYTHING ON THE MARKET SO A PRODUCT HAS TO BE MORE THAN GREAT TO MAKE THE CUT AS A GO-TO IN THEIR KIT. MECCA SPOKE TO NINE PRO MAKEUP ARTISTS TO FIND OUT THE PALETTES THEY NEVER GO TO A JOB WITHOUT.



Emma Chen

@emmachenartistry

“As a travelling makeup artist, it’s really important to keep my kit as light as possible. I try to always pack multipurpose palettes and products, which is why I love the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette. The universal shades allow me to sculpt, set and highlight in one lightweight palette. It also has the amazing ability to blur imperfections leaving the skin with a soft-focus effect that adapts to any client.”

Tanielle Jai

@taniellejaimua

“I always have the Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette in my kit—it’s a staple. I love the mix of warm matte and shimmer shades because they suit everyone. My favourite shade is ‘Low Blow’ for clients and myself. I like to sweep it through the crease because it makes any eye colour pop. To make the shadows pop further, I also use the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray to dampen my brush before application.”

Mia Connor

@miaconnor

“My go-to palette is the Smashbox Covershot Matte Palette because I much prefer mattes over shimmers. This palette is great because I can create something super soft and natural or a dramatic, black smoky eye with the one palette. I especially love it for bridal looks because the shades are pretty and feminine. Plus, it’s so compact for my kit.”

Jade Kisnorbo

@jade__kmakeup

“As a makeup artist I always have the Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette in my kit. The shades are a universal offering a mix of coral, bronze, pink and neutral shades, so there is a tone and finish for every look. You can use the shades to create a super natural eye or build up the colour with a deeper, more sultry shade to intensify the look. Plus, the shades have great pigment and are easy to blend.“

Tobi Henney

@tobimakeup

“I always have the RMS Signature Set Palette in Pop Collection with me on a job. I love how this palette has a combination of highlighters which I like to use on both the eyes and cheeks. The pink and red cream blush and lip tints give a healthy, fresh finish to your makeup. The lip balm is also great to have for skin prep. I can create countless looks with this palette with my favourite being sun-kissed, glowing makeup.”

Serena Wyllie

@serenawylliemakeup

“Lately I’ve been obsessing over the NARS Wanted Eyeshadow Palette. This palette is uber versatile with warm peach matte and shimmer shades. I know I can always rely on it for a perfectly blended bronze eye, so you’ll always find it in my kit.”

Karla Roccuzzo

@karlaroccuzzo

“I can do anything with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Palette. It has the perfect amount of neutral shades to complete any look. It’s especially great for brides because it’s so versatile. Whether they ask for a soft or bold look, I can achieve it all with this palette.”

Penny Antuar

@pennyantuar

“My must-have palette is the Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette. I always get asked to create warm makeup looks, so this is a staple in my kit. I can create looks with a light wash of colour or achieve the deepest smoky eye with the one palette. I have even been known to use it on the cheeks as a warm flush of colour. The shadows are super pigmented, so it makes creating looks really fast."

Jack Cail

@jackcail

“I take the Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette to every job. I can literally just use this eyeshadow palette and forget about the other 100 palettes in my kit, so it’s great for a large bridal party. My favourite shades are ‘Georgia’, ‘Puree’, ‘Caramelized’ and ‘Summer Yum’ for a sexy bronze eye, but the brighter peaches and dark purples are always great to add a pop to the eye.”

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