Makeup Artist Essentials Under $20

make up kit essentials under $20

It doesn’t matter if you’re a novice or seasoned pro, it’s important to have makeup essentials stocked in your kit that don’t break the bank. We asked Hollywood makeup artist and Nigel Beauty Emporium Pro Educator David Hernandez to choose his beauty favorites under $20.

Learn more about his selections and shop below:

PPI Premiere Products Hi-Def Matting Spray

ppi hi def matting spray
Why you need it: Mattify without build up and no bounce back from lighting.

Skin Illustrator Hi-Def Matting Spray is a water based film forming mist specially developed as a makeup sealing or setting spray with a truly matte finish. Unlike some other makeup setting sprays, this formula leaves a beautiful matte texture that is undetectable and does not leave any kind of sheen to the makeup. A must to have in any makeup kit because it is so versatile in use. $18 retail – Shop now.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Glow on the Go

becca glow on the goWhy you need it: Becca’s Must-have luminizers are a universal color that fit’s everyone. Truly a great value with mini’s that are the perfect size for your kit.

A duo of BECCA’s Shimmering Skin Perfector luminizers in travel-friendly sizes. $20 retail – Shop now.

Youngblood Stay Put Eye Prime

youngblood stay put eye prime

Why you need it: One of the cleanest eye shadow primers on the market

Youngblood’s new Stay Put Eye Prime glides onto the skin creating the perfect base for eyeshadow. The weightless formula smooths and evens the delicate eyelid area, creating a perfect canvas for your eye makeup. Stay Put Eye Prime extends the wear of eyeshadow, prevents creasing and allows eyeshadow colors to be even more intense and true in color. It is provided in one universal shade that suits all skin tones. $18 retail – Shop now.

Monda Studio Brush Cleaner 8oz

monda studio brush cleaner

Why you need it: Everyone’s favorite, a must-have. Quick Dry.

Monda Studio Brush Cleaner is a makeup artist favorite, used on major TV and film productions. Its quick drying, vanilla scented formula is perfect for gently cleaning, conditioning and disinfecting your natural and synthetic makeup brushes, palettes, and spatulas. This environmentally safe cleaner dissolves all types of makeup products including powder, liquids, wax based and adhesive while removing 99.99% of bacteria. $18 retail – Shop now.

Make Up For Ever Camoflauge Cream Pot

make up for ever camo cream

Why you need it: Great for neutralizing dark circles.

Designed to conceal imperfections and even out skin tone, Camouflage Cream is available in 10 different shades. The 6 flesh colored shades are effective for hiding dark circles, puffy eyes, pigmentation and scars. $20 retail – Available in-store or via special order.

Monda Studio Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover

monda studio eye makeup remover

Why you need it: The best eye cleanup q-tips anywhere.

These waterproof eye makeup remover filled Q-tips are a must for makeup enthusiasts and professionals. A gentle water based formula containing aloe barbadensis leaf juice helps soothe the skin while cleaning any makeup “miss-hap”. A must have for any personal makeup bag or set bag. $4.50 retail – Shop now.

Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel

AMC eyeliner gel

Why you need it: If you don’t have it, get it. Definitely a must!

High intensity pigments provide ideal coverage and rich colors after just one application. The creamy and delicate long lasting formula dries to a long lasting, smudge proof, and crease proof finish. $14 retail – Shop now.

Tweezerman Mini-Slant Tweezer

tweezerman mini tweezers

Why you need it: Great size and quality, made for a professional’s kit.

The smaller version of the award winning Slant Tweezer the famous Mini Slant is the ideal size for makeup, purse and travel bags. With the same perfect hand filed tip precision, the Mini Slant features the full size Slant’s same great quality and performance. $16 retail – Shop now.

Comodynes Makeup Remover Wipes for Dry & Sensitive Skin

comodyne wipes

Why you need it: These are the best wipes for sensitive skin, they take everything off.

Perfect for dry and sensitive skin types. Removes make-up, tones,& moisturizes. $6.95 retail – Shop now.

Jao Hand Refresher 4oz


Why you need it: Perfect sanitizer in a perfect size.

The first “upscale” antibacterial is an instant disinfectant and aromatherapy boost in one. Jao kills germs and freshens hands with ethyl alcohol (less drying) and their very own blend of antiseptic essential oils: Lavendar, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Geranium, and Sage. Also available in 2oz and 8oz sizes. $14 retail – Shop now.

Black Opal Invisible Oil Blocking Pressed Powder

black opal oil blocking powder

Why you need it: The best pressed powder with no build-up to take away shine

This colorless pressed powder is formulated with unique oil blotters that help control shine and offer a matte finish without leaving a powdery residue or drying skin out. For oily skin. Matte finish. $9.25 retail – Shop now.

Tweezerman Scissors

tweezerman scissors

Why you need it: A must-have to groom clients, cut lashes, or general problem solving.

5 1/2″ shears deliver precision cut. Finger rest provides comfort. $15 retail – Shop now.

Mario Badescu Rose Water Spray 4oz

rose water spray

Why you need it: Gentle refresher, great for touch ups. If you don’t have it, get it!

A refreshing, hydrating mist to use anywhere anytime. Simply formulated with fragrant Herbal Extracts and Rosewater for a pleasant, pick me up for dehydrated, tight and uncomfortable skin. Spray your day and night creams for a boost of hydration or use it to set make-up or spray on dry hair throughout the day. Safe for all skin types. Gentle, non-irritating. $7 retail – Available in-store or via special order.

Caudalie Beauty Elixir 1oz

caudalie beauty elixir

Why you need it: Grape seed extract rejuvenates tired skin

Inspired by Queen Isabelle of Hungary’s famous elixir of youth, Caudalie’s innovative Beauty Elixir is a part-toner, part-serum that sets make-up, provides an instant burst of radiance and tightens the appearance of pores.
Formulated with grape extracts, as well as clarifying ingredients, this cult favorite offers more than an immediate burst of radiance. The anti-dull complexion treatment contains toning rosemary, astringent mint and soothing rose essential oil to prepare your skin for further treatments. Available in a 1oz size for $18 retail – Available in-store or via special order.

Sherani Protein Mascara Black

sherani protein mascara black

Why you need it: The best basic mascara available

$3.99 retail – Shop Now.

Callas Eyelash Adhesive

callas eyelash adhesive

Why you need it: One of the best quick dry, non-latex eyelash adhesive available

Callas Eyelash Adhesive is the perfect easy-to-use waterproof, latex-free lash glue for false eyelashes. Bat those lovely lashes with confidence all day. $4.99 retail – Shop now.

Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentrate 1oz

embryolisse lait creme concentrate

Why you need it: If you don’t have it, get it. Perfect size for your kit, works as moisturizer, hydrator and primer. Removes eye makeup.

Lait-Creme Concentrate (24-Hour Miracle Cream) is a rich moisturizing lotion. This specially formulated lotion is quite versatile; throw it in your travel bag when you don’t have enough space for numerous products. It also reduces irritation after shaving! $15.95 retail – Shop now.

La Femme Pencils

la femme

Why you need it: YES! Long lasting, basic pencils that are high quality!

$3 retail – Available in-store or via special order.

Inglot Duraline

Inglot Duraline

Why you need it: Extend the life of your gel eye liner, Duraline brings back dry gel liner to life.

Waterless clear liquid that can intensify the color of any powder and transform it into an easy to apply, water resistant liquid. $11 retail – Shop now.

Ben Nye Luxury Powders

ben nye powders

Why you need it: What can we say that hasn’t been said before? Try it!

These ultra-neutral powders provide superior matte and subtle finishing. Often compared to French powders with silky-fine textures. Shop now.

London Brush Company Brush Shampoo 1oz

LBC brush shampoo

Why you need it: One of the toughest brush cleaners, it will even remove alcohol based products.

The Original and Best Selling Brush Shampoo! Chemical, Color, and Preservative Free, so pure its food grade. Removes dried in Skin Illustrator, Lip Tar, Dermacolor, Bobbi Brown Gel Liner, Movie Blood, and all traditional makeup and concealers. Takes out stains other brush soaps and cleaners can’t. Great for cleaning sponges too! London Brush Company is a boutique collection of hand made products founded by award winning British movie makeup artist, Sian Richards. Brush Shampoo is hand-made in California and this 1oz pot will clean up to 300 brushes. $18 retail – Shop now.

Mehron Touch-up Antishine

mehron touchup

Why you need it: Classic anti-shine. Comes in 3 colors.

Mehron has formulated an incredible new Touch-Up Matte Finishing Anti-Shine Gel Treatment which removes shine instantly. The Tubes of Touch-Up Matte Finishing Anti-Shine Gel Treatment come in Dark Tint, Medium Tint and Light Tint. Just a dab of Touch-Up Matte Finishing Anti-Shine Gel Treatment removes the shine from makeup instantly. The Touch-Up Matte Finishing Anti-Shine Gel Treatment is one of the tricks that makeup artists keep in their bag for their on camera performers. This translucent formula developed exclusively by Mehron, Leaders in Theatrical Makeup since 1927, removes the shine with just a dab. $8 retail – Shop now.

Jack Black Lip Balm

jack black lip balm

Why you need it: The most used lip balm for men, without too much shine.

Enriched with superior skin conditioners and antioxidants, this emollient balm soothes and relieves dry, chapped, irritated lips. Unlike waxy sticks, it penetrates quickly to provide instant relief. Offers broad-spectrum sun protection with an SPF of 25; also guards against windburn and temperature extremes. $7.50 retail – Available in-store or via special order.

Monda Studio Oil Blotting Sheets

monda blotting paper

Why you need it: Perfect for in-between powdering.

Monda Studio Oil Absorbing Sheets instantly removes excess oil and shine from your face, without smudging makeup or leaving powder. $8 retail – Shop now.

Beautyblender PRO

beautyblender pro black

Why you need it: THE pro sponge, stain resistant and the most popular color.

The same exclusive beautyblender® material in a pro-favored black color.

Pro is the perfect application method for darker-toned products that would be difficult to rinse clean from a lighter colored applicator. Use with complexion products, long-wear makeup and self-tanners for flawless results. $18.50 retail – Shop now.

About David Hernandez

david hernandez makeup artist David Hernandez has been in the industry for over 20 years. Known as one of the most inspiring make-up artist educators, he loves what he does. Numerous celebrities depend on David’s creativity, a lot of you may know him as Courtney Love and Lindsay Lohan’s personal make up artist. In his career he has been involved in all facets of the industry, working in theater, TV, fashion, film, beauty, music videos, and as an educator. David has worked with David LaChapelle, Brandon Showers, Green Day, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Keri Hilson, Jordin Sparks, John Stamos, Bijou Phillips, and many others. His editorial work can be seen in Nylon, Latina, Harper’s Bazaar, and Vogue.

In the last year, David has been working very closely with Le Maquillage Professionnel from Paris creating new colors and products for the American market.

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