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High End or High Street? Does the price of your make-up really matter? Saturday, May 10, 2008

Posted by kittylamour in Cometics, Opinions & articles.
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I have been a cosmetics junkie and a shopaholic for many, many years. At the same time, I have also been relatively scathing of spending a lot of money on one product. I prefer quantity when I go shopping, so if I can get three high street lipglosses for the price of one from a beauty counter then that’s the way I’m going to go.

The only reason I really wondered if I ought to re-evaluate my opinion was when I became a make-up artist 4 years ago. When you’re doing a girl’s makeup for her prom you don’t want to be wondering if it’s going to stay in place all night or if her foundation will be patchy by the time the awards are read out. Likewise, I know I don’t mind if my makeup kit comes mainly from Superdrug, but is that necessarily what a client will think when I open up my bag? The same is true, and even more so, when you’re actually working on a set or shoot with celebrities, major or minor. My mentor, a fantastic lady called Sue (or SueSue as I like to call her) has been working in the business for over 30 years and although she has worked with some celebrities I know she loves dearly, she also has tales of people who will only touch certain brands or products, to the point where if she knew she was going to be working with a certain person she would have to ring up the brand and say, look, I’m working with so-and-so and they really love your products, and try to get sent some (yes, celebs may have the money to buy Creme De La Mer – or not as most of the time they may well get it free – but us humble artists don’t!). Bottom line is that product snobbery is rife in the industry – but is it really justified?? (more…)