5 of the Best Professional Makeup Brands Right Now
Jun. 29, 2020
If you have expensive taste on an inexpensive budget; if you’re the type who thrives on getting the biggest bang for your buck but don’t want to sacrifice the quality of your cosmetics there are a number of makeup companies that offer top-selling cosmetics for an affordable price or if you’ve ever asked the question, “What are the best professional makeup brands?” you’ve come to the right place!
The right makeup can make you feel like a million dollars and the wrong cosmetic can make you feel self-conscious all day! In a world of Instagram stories and YouTube tutorials, more and more of us want to use the same tips, tools and products as famous makeup artists. Luckily, professional brands are now more available than ever to the average beauty consumer.
So if you want to up your game and bring professional products into your life, then check out these five top makeup brands used by professional artists.
Tarte Cosmetics is a cosmetics brand headquartered in New York City. Their products are sold at department stores in the United States such as Macy's, Sephora, Ulta, and Beauty Brands and in Sephora stores in Canada, Malaysia, Puerto Rico, Singapore, and Thailand. Tarte Cosmetics is a favorite brand among Influensters and beauty editors alike, which can make it difficult to choose which products to purchase - we want them all! When you go with Tarte, you’re getting a quality product that is really user-friendly and pleasing to the eye. Their makeup selection is beautiful, and it’s impossible not to be drawn in by their original packaging.
Urban Decay is a brand that makeup users all over the world know and love.
Founded in 1996 with only two lines – lipsticks and nail polishes – over the past 21 years, UD has grown into one of the most popular beauty brands around. Despite its growth, the company still lives by its unique mantra, “Beauty with an edge”. Overall, Urban Decay is known for creating quality products at a higher-end (but not luxury) price range that consistently deliver. The company is also dedicated to being cruelty-free. By nature, Urban Decay is in constant development of new products, colors, and developments for their customers. That’s what Urban Decay does: innovate, so as to never stop pushing the needle and improving on their existing products and formulas.
URBAN DECAYVice Lipstick Game of Thrones Collection
NARS Cosmetics is a French cosmetics and skin care company founded by make-up artist and photographer François Nars. François Nars started his make-up brand with just 12 lipsticks, back in 1994 and sold at Barneys New York. Since then, NARS has created various multi-use beauty products and now is a subsidiary of Shiseido. NARS products are loved by many of us worldwide and are mostly known for their iconic longwear foundation.
Kat Von D
Katherine Von Drachenberg, known as Kat Von D, is a Mexican-American tattoo artist, model, musician, author, entrepreneur, and television personality but also famous for her award winning makeup brand Kat Von D! There's a time and a place for natural beauty, of course, but this makeup for any color enthusiast is a must. From the basics to the show stoppers, the colors and stay are flawless. Even the packaging is an eye-opener, seeing as Kat draws the designs herself. As Kat quotes, “Art is one of humanity’s most powerfully redeeming qualities. If I can continue to come up with these tools that inspire people to create, I am more than happy to do so.”
At Bobbi Brown, beauty is all these things and more. Founded in 1991 by legendary makeup artist Bobbi Brown, the prestige beauty brand is dedicated to empowering every woman with the tools and know-how she needs to bring out her best. At Bobbi Brown, beauty is all these things and more. Best known for their long wear weightless foundations they lead the way when it comes to professional makeup at an affordable price.
BOBBI BROWNSkin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation SPF 15
Clear Hydrated Skin The Clean Way✨
Staying in the trend of clean beauty, I have found an amazing product to add to my everyday routine. Odacité SKINCARE - Blue Aura Cleansing Water This is a cleansing water that is marketed to use in place of your cleanser for a “quick” clean. When looking for a good cleansing water, you want one that is hydrating and gets your face clean. Keep in mind not all cleansing waters are designed to clean makeup (I highly recommend a cleansing balm and cleanser). About This Brand: ✨Vegan ✨Cruelty Free ✨Certified Organic ✨ NO: Fillers | Parabens | Nanoparticles | Petrochemicals | PEG | Synthetic perfumes | Dyes | Phenoxyethanol. This cleansing water is so hydrating and satisfying to use. It smells very fresh and a little goes a long way. What is very important to me is my dry spot aren’t tight or irritated. I have been using this day and night and have seen amazing results acne and skin barrier wise. I included this in my routine after a regular cleanser and before my serums. So essentially, I use this as a “toner”. I do this to clean up anything my cleanse left behind, or the cleanser itself. INGREDIENTS: ✨Tumeric: Amazing for hyperpigmentation and overall skin brightness ✨Holy Basil: I drink the tea and can vouch this is an amazing adaptogen that can overall benefit every aspect of your life. It combats aging and free radical damage. ✨Neem: great anti aging ingredient that helps protects your skin barrier. ✨Aloe Vera Juice: this is great for your skin barrier overall. It hydrated, protects and brightens. I highly recommend this cleansing water and it is on sale for $9 at Boxycharm Pop Up 🥰🥰
Wednesday Wellness 🙏🏾
This past week has been rather hard and long for me. I ultimately decided to get back on track with my wellness plan. My main wellness goal for 2021, is to indulge in myself more. I definitely am a firm believe in “as within, so without”. I started my day with: #Four Sigmatic - Mushroom Elixir Mix with Chaga[products]#[FiveStars] I have been getting back into adaptogen and herbal medicine. What we put into our bodies is just as important as what goes on the outside. Adaptogens are apart of ancient medicinal traditions traced all over the world. I also drink Tulsi “Holy Basil” Tea. If you need a pick me up or emotional boost I highly recommend! SUNDAY RILEY - U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil is my treatment of choice I used during the day. Do not be afraid to use salicylic acid during the day. I applied plenty of sunscreen afterwards as well! This is a GODSEND for clearing up acne and acne scarring. It’s by far the best acne treatment I’ve tried and its mostly due to the immediate results I get. This is a dry oil, so it should be used before a heavy moisturizer or sunscreen. THE BODY SHOP - Spa of the World Thai Makrut Lime Firming Oil is a staple in my night time routine. When I want to relax and really unwind I use a body roller with this oil. It smells like a fresh key lime pie and it’s so hydrating. This is great for firming, especially when paired with a body tool. What do you do for wellness?
DISAPPOINTED BY THESE 100% NATURAL PRODUCTS 😩
I was so excited to try these out because I love moisturizers & I am always in search of a good one! These looked & sounded very promising! They’re from a woman owned company, completely natural, vegan, & cruelty free! However, I was quite disappointed. EARTH HARBOR - MERMAID MILK Nutrient Glow Moisturizer This moisturizer claims to give you a glow right away & it contains spirulina + matcha. I was excited about the matcha because it has so many amazing benefits for skin. It has a very whipped consistency which I like. However it always contains essential oils that were strong, although not toooo strong for my liking. But I’m really just not a fan of essential oils in my face creams. The moisturizer did make my skin appear a little brighter but the cream just sat on my face. All day long I could touch my face & still feel the cream sitting there! I hate that feeling! It also almost gave me a greasy appearance after a while? Not a fan. EARTH HARBOR - SIREN SILK Multi-Tasking Hydration Creme This one was absolutely awful. If I could give it 0 stars I would. It says to use it at night time & the apply it at least 5 minutes before bed so it can absorb on your face & not your pillow. It contains Sea Retinol + other Superherbs which normally make me love a product! But that just wasn’t enough here. First, when I put it on my face my eyes started to actually burn & I felt suffocated from the scent. It was THAT strong. Guys, I’m not being dramatic at all. The smell like attacked me it was crazy! I have never had something like that happen with a face cream! I couldn’t believe how strong the fragrance was. & to top it off, it wasn’t even a pretty smell. My husband described it as smelling like floor cleaner. But I powered through. The longer I had it on, the more “used” to the smell I got. So, I wore it overnight. But then I woke up even more upset with it! I had pilling all over my face. It almost looked like my face was peeling but it wasn’t, it was jus the cream. One thing I cannot stand about a moisturizer is pulling. That’s enough for me to throw it out! It also didn’t really even moisturize my face that well! All in all, I hated this experience. But if you want, you should try them out for yourself, don’t let my experience deter you from trying something new! I however, will be sticking with my Youth To The People Dream Mask & Superfood Whipped Moisturizer! Love those two!! YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - Superberry Hydrate + Glow Dream Mask YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - Superfood Air-Whip Moisture Cream 💗💗💗 @cherie@Cheriebeauty@CheriePick
A Journey of Self 🌹
I figured Black History Month was as good as any opportunity to talk about my self finding. Growing up in a small yet old family, I always had questions about my roots and family history. I also struggled with self conscious doubts about my appearance. Why is my nose this big? Why is my hair this curly? Why am I taller than average? These weighed heavy on my mind growing up because honestly, sticking out sucked. So, I finally dove deep into my family’s origin and decided to do an Ancestry DNA analysis. I immersed myself with every corner of the site. I only got the chance to finish my maternal grandmas side of the family tree, but even that has plenty of gaps. Yet, when I received my DNA results I was stoked. Then I realized, I don’t know much about any of these places. So I dug even deeper. I have a little journal of things I’ve learned and want to know, but this was quite the experience. It was heartbreaking and satisfying at the same time. I highly recommend for every race and background to do this DNA Test. The best part of this was scrolling through photos of the people of the respected countries I was DNA matched to. I swear I saw a girl who looked like me, but everyone else thinks I’m tripping lol. In the end, I’m satisfied with my results and findings. Relatively speaking, this way of self discovery has been the most effective.
Black Owned Makeup Look
So I decided to use the products I pictured in my first photo (minus my highlight shade and lipstick) I used the #Ace Beaute - Nostalgia Palette[products]#[FiveStars] for my entire eye look. I definitely enjoyed these products. My only advice is to shake the UOMA BEAUTY - Say What?! Foundation before use (because it can come out watery) but the coverage is absolutely flawless. I was shocked with the consistency the coverage I got. What’s your favorite black owned brands? (I do not own right to the song)
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