Makeup Artist Favourites

Over the past few days I have been in the presence of some pretty darn talented Makeup Artists. I’m sure some people they makeover don’t give two hoots about what they are using on their faces; but me, well, I practically had out a little notepad! I kept a sneaky eye out when I visited backstage at London Fashion Week (blog post here), and hounded the Makeup Artist who was doing the makeup at a BaByliss shoot that I was at yesterday (more on that at a later date!). After a bit of detective work I noticed that at both there were the same 3 products that kept on cropping up, oh yes, I present you the ‘Makeup Artist Favourites’….

The Bioderma Crealine H20 Cleansing Solution is something that I have mentioned and raved about before, and there was not one makeup station that I saw backstage at LFW that didn’t have this on it. It’s a micellar solution which means that it combines water and oil to create an effective yet non-greasy makeup remover. I have been using this every night to take my makeup off recently, you can see I’ve almost used half the bottle – baby wipes are now a thing of the past! I need to stock-up soon from my usual ebay seller.

Elizabeth Arden 8-hour Cream is something that I picked up years ago. I remember reading that Rachel Bilson was a fan, and being an OC junkie I needed it! I tend to use this as a lip balm, but backstage I saw this be used for a multitude of tasks – growing brows, as a cheek highlight, to add some shine to the eyelids. It really opened up my eyes to the many ways this can be used. Obviously I’m an oily skinned gal, so using this on my cheeks isn’t really going to work in an everyday setting, but for those of you with drier skins it might be worth giving it a whirl; and I’m going to try this on my eyelids to give a gloss.

Finally something I spotted in a plethora of colours at the shoot yesterday was MAC Face + Body Foundation. I was talking to the Makeup Artist there and she was saying how she mixes it with thicker foundations to make them more blendable whilst still getting coverage. She also said she uses it a lot at shoots on the body, which is actually what I have been using it for over the past few months. It makes a nice change to the Rimmel Sun Shimmer which I usually use to tan up my legs before a night out as it adds some colour whilst covering up any flaws I may have on my pins!

So there you have it, a few backstage observations I have made! See I always try to keep my peepers open for you guys!


  • I want to try the Bioderma! It looks so good πŸ™‚ It’s so interesting to find out what products get used backstage x

  • Nicola

    I really want to try the bioderma! Sounds great and just what i need. 

  • Charlotte Hoedemakers

    The bioderma seems like a great product, I neeeeed it πŸ™‚

  • Maddie

    i really want to try the mac face and body! looks really light and natural πŸ™‚

    maddie xx

  • The Bioderma is definitely on my shopping list!

    Natalie x
    Trying To Make Fetch Happen

  • Lipstick Fridays

    Really love the bioderma cleansing solution x its absolutely fantastic x

  • brioni_s

    i really need some of the bioderma heard such good things about it!!! x

  • Anna Elisabeth Vaher

    EA 8 Hour Cream is one of my long time favourites as well. Besides my lips, I use it whenever I feel like I’m getting a try spot on my skin (it’s a cold-cold winter here in Estonia), I moisturize my elbows with it and I find it even works on pimples! Also, when I get annoying flyaways in my hair, this is a quick fix. It really is an amazind product and I hope they’ll be making it forever. Multi-tasking products are great, especially when you don’t want to be a hoarder. πŸ™‚
    Thanks for another great post!

    Anna Elisabeth

  • kathryn

    I use the Bioderma  and eight hour cream religiously! Great products x

  • Hope Riley

    oooh… makeup lust alert! will definitely be purchasing face + body foundation soon xxxx

  • thanks for sharing hun πŸ˜‰ i’ve been seeing a lot of the bioderma on youtube lately and i’ve been dying to try the m.a.c. face and body!
    xoxo Stephi

  • Line

    Really want Bio Derma, but I’m sort of scared of buying things from Ebay.

  • Abby

    Need to buy the Bio Derma so bad! Going to get it from the Ebay seller that you got yours from so that I know it’s ok haha πŸ™‚ xx 

  • Marissa Roberts

    I loved this post!

    As a make up artist, I would definitely recommend Mac face and body. The great thing about it is that it’s really buildable so you just keep layering it to get the coverage you want πŸ™‚ 

  • I definitely need the Bioderma Cleansing Lotion and Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream but I already have Face & Body have absolutely love it. I obsessively use it on my legs on nights out since it makes them look so much better and when I get cold my legs get blotchy but when I wear this they seem to look fine, what a lifesaver!! πŸ™‚

    Gem x

  • Anonymous

    I really want to try the Bioderma and Elizabeth Arden. I am unfortunately allergic to the MAC Face & Body Foundation, it broke me out in welts. Mind you mines did smell like pine trees, so I dunno if that was normal or not :/ Unfortunately the experience was horrible and put me off. Maybe the next time I go to the States I’ll try the Makeup Forever version πŸ™‚ x

  • Ashleynicole008

    Could you explain what you mean by using this product to grow brows?  Love your blog/youtube btw.

  • charlotte_queen

    Really wanna try that makeup remover, sounds amazing. Ironically, I find baby wipes too rough on my face!
    Charlotte Couture Blog

  • I’ve wanted to try that MAC face and body foundation for a while, I hate the feeling of blending a heavy foundation on my neck area so there are no lines so this would probably be a much better option!

  • Vestafosu

    Thanks so much, this is really helpful. Have been dreaming abt the Bioderma and now u provided a link right here. Woop woop!!!;). Hmmm, it seems Elizabeth Arden and Mac Face n Body are stalking me!!! LOL.

  • The doll on fashion

    I’m still yet to try EL 8hr cream, it’s one of those products I always mean to buy but get tempted by newer shinier products.

    The doll on fashion

  • Clay

    Aw thank you for sharing make up artist tips with us ! xx

  • Sara

    Just bought some Bioderma because of your post, can’t wait till it arrives πŸ™‚

  • Amy Treasure

    You’re right! I could not live without these three items in my kit, this has inspired me to right a post about kit essentials.  xx

  • i have 8 hour cream and the 8 hour cream lip protectant lipstick ,, its so good.
    I went into boots today after you telling us they do real techniques now.
    As i have been trying to get the mac stippling brush for a while but could never get it, i settled for the real techniques instead one.. 
    Thanks Anna : ) xxxx

  • I knew I needed the Bioderma cleanser in my life, thanks for clarifying this! But as for the Mac Face + Body on your body to tan?! At that price eek! Rimmel will do for me…xx

  • Hayley

    I have the bioderma and love it! amazing product! the mac face and body is an awesome product to have in your make up kit although i rarely use it on myself. The 8 hour cream is my next purchase along with clarins beauty flash balm (another favourite of many make up artists i have met recently) x

  • Carrie

    I just discovered bioderma via YouTube a few months ago but already I can’t live without it, and 8 hour cream has been a staple of mine for years – its an amazing lip balm, especially in winter. This is a great post, it’s always interesting to know what’s the pros recommend!

  • Anonymous

    Really enjoy using Bioderma. Have never tried MAC Face + Body. But never have understood hype around 8hr cream. I really dislike the stuff. 

  • Makeupbyhilly

    ohhh i need to get the cleanser..thanks for sharing your ebay seller…I’ve been wanting to buy this fo ages…x

  • I  am desperate to get my hands on some F&B although it is only sold online or in pro stores. Im a little dubious about colour matching online as they differ from the usual MAC colours so hoping to get into London ASAP to pick some up. Also, a  fan of the Bioderma. 

  • I always sneak a bit of 8 hour cream and rub it into my lips when I walk through a beauty hall. Really must make the investment!