Makeup Kit Essentials – Prep and Prime

Over the coming weeks I am going to introduce you to a few products the I cant live without on set and in my personal makeup bag. The best place to start is at the beginning so, all of these products will be products used to prepare the face prior to having makeup applied.

The reason for priming the face is to help your makeup stay put longer, especially under the heat of studio lighting. Each of the products below are products I swear by some are new finds others are old loves.

1. Queen Eyelash Cream*

This product is specifically for the eyelashes as I am sure you have guessed by the name!
This product is applied using your fingers (with a spooly if working with a model) to the top and bottom lashes. This product helps keep the lashes separated, conditioned and protected. Since I started using this I noticed that mascara stays put longer, there is no flaking and fewer lost eyelashes.

The great thing about this cream is that you can get a nice natural curl with it so, even if you didn’t want to wear mascara your lashes still look amazing. It sinks into the surrounding skin quickly, leaving no greasy residue and works great at night as a treatment for your lashes to help keep them in great condition.

Queen Eyelash Cream retails at £10.25 for a 12ml pot which is available from their website:

2. Pure by Phytocare Paw Paw Ointment*

Paw Paw Ointment is always raved about by a lot of Make-up Artists but for whatever reason I never got around to trying it. I recently got sent this amazing product and it has now replaced Carmex as my go to lip prep product.

This 100% natural balm can be used for an array of issues. I use it mainly to prep lips, you can see an immediate difference in extremely dry lips and there is nothing worse than applying lip products to dry flaky lips.

This wonderful product leaves lips soft, supple and nourished. I have even used this product around my poor cold filled nose, you know the kind of nose I am talking about, the bright red cracked skin nose! The product doesn’t leave a greasy or sticky residue and when applied to sore cracked skin it doesn’t sting.

Pure offer this product in the following sizes 25g tube for £9.99, 100g tube for £19.99 and a 200g jar for £35.99. The lovely people at Pure have given me a discount code for my readers which will give you a whopping 25% off when you use PUREpapaya25 (valid until 31/12/12) on their website:

3. OCC Skin: Primer

I brought my first bottle of this amazing liquid back in 2010 at IMATS and I have been in love ever since, I cant tell you how many bottles I have since been through.

What I love about this primer is the texture, its a liquid rather than a gel or cream type product. When applied to the skin it sinks right in rather than leaving a greasy film on top of the skin.

I have very large pores and this has been the only primer so far that has stopped foundation and other products sitting in the pores. This product also has the best performance in the studio, It helps foundation stay in place under the hot lights and the need for re-applying and touching up is lessened.

I also use this product instead of water to apply shadows and loose pigments because it doesn’t crease as much as it does when using water.

You can purchase this item for $25.00 from or for £14.99 from The Makeup Artist Boutique

What can’t you live without in your Makeup bag/kit?

Ems xo

*PR sample sent for review. All views are my own



  1. Robin @ 21st September 2012 / 1:09 AM

    I also have my makeup bag must haves! But for me, they must be organic or natural…I've found that olive or castor oil work very well on the eyelashes and even make them grow longer!

  2. Promakeupblog Emma 21st September 2012 / 1:14 AM

    You'll love the Paw Paw Ointment then its amazing! I will give the castor/olive oil a go sounds interesting 🙂 x

  3. Nic Nac Noo 21st September 2012 / 2:49 PM

    Never even heard of eyelash cream but now i want it 🙂

    Would love if you could call over to my blog and follow if you like. 🙂

    Im also running a giveaway to celebrate hitting 50 followers 🙂

  4. Promakeupblog Emma 22nd September 2012 / 5:07 PM

    Its lovely stuff, I now where it daily 🙂

    I have followed your blog its a great read xx

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