Earlier this month I asked a few of my favorite makeup artists and hair stylists from Tokyo and San Francisco a question: On set, what’s the one hair or skin product you absolutely cannot live without?
From classic to obscure, here are the absolute must-have, makeup artist favorites– straight from the mouths of the pros.
SF based MUA Rona De Castro Basa is the beauty genius behind this super femme wedding shoot. (P.S. Her eyelash work is truly stunning…)
You can see Rona’s work and find out more about her here.
“I love Temptu SB. It’s amazing, especially for base make up.”- Yuki Haba
We did a job for BeautyWorld last year where he took his mad Temptu skills to the next level. His love for edgy, sexy shoots shows in his creative choices.
Straight up: When it comes to pro-beauty, Maria Lee can do anything.
“Powder or blotting papers for makeup and thick styling cream for hair to get the flyaways.”- Maria Lee
Literally ANYTHING. Super vamp sexy? Yep. Gory special effects? Oh yes. Bridal? It’s what she’s famous for.
Victory rolls and matte flawlessness. The girl’s got talent…
Her organic spray tans are the stuff of legends in San Francisco, and everyone I know who’s worked with her absolutely adores her. Why? She’s super pro (her home studio is every girl’s makeup dream) and has that coveted MUA gift of pushing beauty boundaries and still making it look perfect.
For loose powder Chidoriya also makes a colorless setting powder that reminds me of Koh Gen Doh. Natural, Japanese, classic. And hey if it’s good enough for geisha…
Luna Yoshikawa is part of the Tokyo dream team at No. 3 , the top creative agency in town. A sought-after hair stylist (read: book her waaaaay in advance) Luna’s done countless shoots for fashion, TV, and editorial. Communication wasn’t an issue for us on our test shoot with Yuki because the girl speaks fluent Beauty.
“I love Prejume styling wax by Milbon. For straight hair, I use a polish spray, like Silky Fog Nigelle LaFusion.”- Luna Yoshikawa
Harder to get in the States, but you can find them here and here.
Atsuko Ohtsu is the Tokyo MUA responsible for the pretty on countless TV and film projects, as well as the beauty lead for the IKEA.jp commercial we did last year.
“It’s difficult to choose… but for hair it’s Elnette satin.”- Atsuko Ohtsu