Every professional performer needs their stage toolkit, I’ve noticed over the years I have a few essential go-to makeup products I cannot live without that have been tried and tested to work for me in all conditions. Extreme heat, oily skin, unflattering lighting, low light, outdoor, indoor, festivals, you name it – take a peek into my top products I use religiously every time I venture out in costume!
- Revlon colourstay liquid foundation, $34.95
I love this foundation – I wear it daily for work, and also use it for stage. It’s light to medium coverage which can be applied as liberally as you need without feeling caked on or oily.
- MAC Khol Power eyeliner, $32.00
You can’t go past a great classic Khol eyeliner. This guy won’t budge, once applied it will take an oil based product to remove. Easy to apply and smudge for an instant dramatic smokey tribal look.
- MAC Mineralize Skinfinish powder, $49.00
I use this when I need maximum coverage over my foundation. It ensures a smooth, flawless base that will last right until you take it off.
- MAC Lipstick in Russian Red, $36.00
This red lipstick will get you through in a pinch, the colour is rich and glides on with a beautiful creamy consistency that will also condition your lips. This will take several attempts to remove, for me it’s survived music festivals and moshpits as well as performances with just one application!
- MAC Lip Pencil in Ruby Woo, $30.00
The perfect pair to the red lipstick to get the right shape, to avoid pesky bleeding. A creamy, highly pigmented finish ensures maximum coverage.
- The Body Shop liquid eyeliner, $19.95
I like the applicator of these ones, sometimes I find other brands a bit hard which then affects the consistency in application. Only in extremely humid conditions have I experienced a bit of running, and only because I had something layered over it that ran first!
- MAC eyeshadow in Carbon, $33.00
Every girl needs to own this. The black smokey eye is your best friend once you have this eyeshadow. Again it’s not going to budge unless you remove with an oil based makeup remover, it’s that good.
- Maybelline Colossal Volum’ Express Waterproof Mascara, $19.95
I like these cheap and cheerful mascaras, they pump up the volume for long lashes. I also like to layer several different types (lengthening, voluming, waterproof) but the Volum’ Express is the one I use mostly.
- Eyelure eyelashes in #143, $12.99
These lashes are long enough to give your eyes some drama but not too long that you can’t see! The Eyelure range has a huge variety of lengths and thicknesses, and once you know which number is your favourite it’s super easy to refill next time!
These products have been absolute staples in my makeup bag for more than 5 years – don’t be fooled by price point either, the MAC products above will last you years, a fabulous investment that can be worn on and off stage. Being oil based they don’t sweat off and the pigmentation is fantastic!
Do you have any favourite products? Comment below!