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4 makeup artists on the one product worth splurging on

PHOTOGRAPHY BY KRISTINA YENKO

The products worth splashing out on.

Dropping a lot of money on a product can be pretty unnerving. It’s a terrible feeling knowing you’ve spent a sizeable chunk of change on something that’s going to be relegated to the bottom of your bathroom cabinet after only a few uses.

So doing your research before investing is important. Often that might involve poring through dozens of reviews online or gathering recommendations from friends, but really, who better to ask than a professional?

We saved you the hassle and asked four of our favourite makeup artists which product they believe it’s worth splashing your hard-earned cash on.

Georgia Gaillard, freelance makeup artist

Name of product: Yves Saint Laurent Volume Effet Faux Cils Mascara
RRP:
 $57.00
Where to get it: Yves Saint Laurent
Why it’s worth the splurge: I was introduced to this mascara by a friend when I was 15 and have never found a better one! It adds length and volume without looking clumpy. There is no fall out at the end of the day even in humid climates. It comes in a range of different colours, my favourites are number 1 Black, a classic, and number 2 Rich Brown, which is softer on pale skin tones, and number 5 Burgundy, dark enough that it looks super subtle unless in direct sunlight, [and it] makes green and blue eyes pop!


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Chris Arai, freelance makeup artist

Name of product: Urban Decay All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray
RRP: $53.00
Where to get it: Mecca
Why it’s worth the splurge: It keeps your makeup looking fresh all day.


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Raffaella Tomaiuolo, freelance makeup artist

Name of product: Chanel Baume Essential RRP: $71.00
Where to get it: Myer
Why it is worth the splurge: If you like the “health glow” look, this is definitely the perfect product to achieve it. Easily blendable, non-sticky and long-lasting, it gives your skin a natural and dewy finish without looking glittery/shimmery. You can either use it on the lids, cheekbones, back of the nose and cupids arch in order to create luminous spots of light. The most important thing – it is suitable for ALL skin tones!


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Rob Povey, freelance makeup artist

Name of product: Mac Face and Body Foundation
RRP: $69.00
Why it’s worth the splurge: Foundation! Always foundation! It’s literally there in the name of the product – this stuff is the building block of your entire makeup routine to follow. Thankfully, my personal holy grail sits firmly in the mid-range (not luxury) price point. There’s nothing quite like it on the market and there’s a reason the formula hasn’t changed in over two decades and remains a staple in virtually every makeup artist’s kit. It looks good on everybody – young, old, male, female, oily, dry, and everybody in between – because it can be manipulated into almost any finish, based on the products you work in tandem with it.


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