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What's in my Kit? (Lips)

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... each month I will feature a few items that I use in my professional makeup artistry kit for clients-hopefully this will give artists (both professional and aspiring) a good idea of  what products work and what doesn't work. These are the products that I use for lips.


I love NYX lip liners. They are inexpensive, available in numerous shades and their color payoff is excellent. The color payoff is equivalent to Mac lip liners to me but they're less expensive and longer. They retail for $3.50 each on the NYX website but I bought them as a bundle from a seller on Ebay. It was about $10 for a set of 8 and that included shipping. Three must have colors are: chestnut, current and natural.

Colors: Nutmeg, Cappuccino, Auburn, Pinky, Current and Natural


I use Kryolan's Mini Lip Rouge palettes. Kryolan Lip Rouge is known for it's durability, moisture and color selection. I was introduced to these in Makeup Artistry school and I love them! They come in packs of 16 in a wide range of colors. It's equivalent to having 16 lipsticks depotted in to a small palette. These palettes were an investment, I bought them for $25 for each palette. The price to me was worth it instead of buying 12-18 lipsticks and glosses plus it also saves on kit space. The lip rouge palette can be purchased from Kryolan's website or Camera Ready Cosmetics.

I use a small plastic throwaway spatula to scoop the desired lip color out on to my metal mixing palette and apply the lip rouge with a lip brush. I do this to make sure I don't double dip (with the same spatula or lip brush) in to my lip palette which would contaminate it with germs and make it unsanitary.

Mac's clear lip glass has always been a product staple for my personal use and kit.  If a client desires lip gloss, I use Mac's clear lip glass and mix it with one of the colors and I have instant lip gloss! I call this the "mixing method." As artists, we have to find ways to improvise and cut costs but of course there are a few lip glosses that I absolutely love and will eventually purchase them for my kit but for now the "mixing method" works for me plus it's inexpensive :)

Perfect for making lip gloss!


Every makeup kit needs some form of lip conditioner to keep our clients' lips moistened and looking supple. I recently "upped my game" in this department, I was using Vaseline as a lip conditioner (there is absolutely nothing wrong with using Vaseline as a lip conditioner) but I wanted to have a "bonafide" product for conditioning the lips.

I read positive reviews about Mac's lip conditioner so I purchased it. It retails for $14.50 but I got it at the Mac pro price for $8.70. This is more of a lip balm in a jar and it has a SPF of 15, it has tons of moisturizing ingredients to protects the lips against dryness. I used it yesterday and was pleasantly surprised at how it feels on the lips... it's non-sticky and it smells like Vanilla! It really smells good enough to eat!!!

As you can see the jar is small, but a little goes a long way. I think it's good to use the small plastic throwaway spatulas or q tips to scoop some out and apply it to your clients lips. As always, I'm very careful to NOT double dip for hygienic and sanitary concerns.

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


Jess said…
I love NYX lip liners too..great post!
Ms. Viva Glam said…
Thanks Jess, those lip liners are one of my faves!
xXMaNdAXx said…
great post! that mac lip balm looks really good! i love nyx lipliners too.. they are so creamy and don't dry out my lips xoxo
Ms. Viva Glam said…
Thanks xXMaNdAXx! Try the lip conditioner, I don't think you'll be disappointed.
Sher said…
love ur collection hun,need to try NYX lip pencils.cant to see more things in ur collex
Ms. Viva Glam said…
Thanks Sher! Try the Nyx pencils-you're going to love them :)
Nikita said…
I really like the NYX lip liners too! They're nice and soft and pigmented. Coastal Scents has nice ones too.

I've been wanting to try the MAC Lip now I think I'm gonna get it one my next MAC trip!
Ms. Viva Glam said…
You'll like the lip conditioner. I'll have to try Coastal Scents liners. I haven't ordered from them in a good while.

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