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What's in a celebrity make-up artist's make-up bag?

Posted by Kelly Andrews on 26 February 2021

celebrity make-up artist Joy Adenuga Joy Adenuga's staples include a £13 moisturiser from Boots!

From red carpet glam, advertising campaigns, magazine photo shoots and bridal beauty, make-up artists have the ultimate kit envy, with every shade of every brand, matte, silk and satin finish, tried and tested. Award-winning, celebrity make-up artist and leading melanin specialist, Joy Adenuga is no exception. The pro make-up artist reveals what’s in her make-up bag and what she uses on darker skin tones.

Her celebrity clients include Michaela Coel, Jameela, Sarah Jane Crawford, Reggie Yates, and Keisha Buchannan. Furthermore, Joy’s ginormous body of work features global advertising campaigns and masterclasses for Tom Ford, Bobbi Brown and Smashbox.

NARS Natural Radiant Long Wear Foundation, £35

"I love NARS Natural Radiant Long Wear Foundation, £35, the formula is so buildable and it gives the skin the most beautiful and seamless coverage. If I'm on a shoot, I take with me AJ Crimson Artist Kit Foundation Palette in Warm/Deep, £149 - artist kit friendly due to the size and weight when I have to work on multiple models, which is great to create anything from sheer to full coverage."

Marena Beaute Blush Tarou, £23.20

"I always use Marena Beaute Blush Tarou, £23.20, for blush and Marena Beaute Tarou Bronzer, £36 as they are beautiful on women of colour. For eyeshadows I use OPV beauty, £27, they have everything from neutral to colourful palettes that are kit friendly and well pigmented."

The products Joy can't live without!

Embryolisse Lait Crème Concentré, £13 and Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream, £28

"Embryolisse Lait Crème Concentré, £13, available from Boots it is one of the best moisturisers and a favourite among makeup artists. It alsodoubles up as a primer. On very dry skin I use it as a mask and wipe off after a few minutes.

"Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream, £28. The most multi use product in my kit. Moisturiser, lip balm, cracked heels, hair frizz tamer, hand cream you name it it can be used. This is the longest running product I've had in my make-up bag."

Joy Adenuga Brush Set, £75

"The newest edition to my make-up bag is my Joy Adenuga Brush Set, £75, www.byjoyadenuga.com - a five-piece brush set. Each brush created to serve a minimum of 3 functions on the face. Luxury quality and cruelty free."

What's on Joy's make-up bag wish list?

Augustinus Bader cream "All Augustinus Bader products! These luxury skincare products focus on cell repair to revitalise skin. The cream is £205."

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