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What's in my Makeup Kit? New Monthly Feature

My poor little makeup kit, it's seen better days. I'm going to get a bigger one soon and lay old faithful to rest :)

A good majority of my followers are makeup artists or aspiring makeup artists and part of the makeup I buy is for my makeup artistry kit, so... I thought it would be good to have a new monthly feature on "What's in my Kit?"

Each month I will feature a few items that I use in my professional makeup artistry kit for clients. I hope this new feature will help makeup artists (aspiring and future artists) in their kit selections and hopefully it will aid them on finding out what products work and what doesn't work. The products that I use will also be great for makeup and beauty lovers!


Graftobian 18 neutral palette and 3 individual warm palettes.

I thought it would be more cost effective to buy foundation palettes for my kit. A friend of mine who is a makeup artist referred Graftobian foundations to me. Their foundation palettes come in warm, neutral and cool. You can buy the 18 shade palettes or the smaller 5 shade palettes. I originally bought the neutral 18 palette but I read an article stating that most people have yellow undertones in their skin, so I decided to get the warm palettes.

These foundations are high definition made for camera, television and every day wear. They are cream based providing medium to full coverage, but, I like using mixing medium with the foundation to get a sheer and lighter coverage. The 18 palettes cost about $65 and the individual palettes are about $22 each. The palettes can be purchased from and


Believe it or not... I actually use Elf's pressed powders ($3 each) for my clients. I bought all 6 colors: porcelain, buff, sand, caramel, almond and coco. I've been able to match every client with these powders. They are convenient because they're in compacts and they provide great coverage, especially for brides.

The only thing I don't like is that because they are matte, they provide a matte finish-which is good for oily people but sometimes you want a more dewy or even a natural finish. Eventually, I plan to purchase the Mac Mineralize Skinfinish powders because it looks more like skin but it provides matte coverage. I hope that makes sense :) I'm definitely going to keep the Elf powders in my kit!

Stay tuned for next month's feature of What's in my Kit?


I love graftobian...
To reverse the matte use fix+ to create a dewy finish
MSF is not recommended for photos because of it's reflective properties.

Great post though
Ms. Viva Glam said…
Thanks, I knew about Fix plus but I didn't know that the MSF were not good for pics... you learn something new every day :)
Jess said…
wow..that was really interesting..thanks for sharing! I need to check out the graftoban foundations..i have heard really good things about them
Ms. Viva Glam said…
@ Jess: yes, Graftobian foundations are definitely worth a try.

@ Jennifer: Thanks so much for the support :)

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