Here’s What’s Inside A Strictly Make-Up Artist’s Kit

Getting 15 celebs ready for the camera? That's no mean feat

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by Phoebe Lee |
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Ever wondered what's inside a Strictly make-up artist's kit? You're probably not alone. After all, this is the stuff that has to withstand harsh TV lighting and extreme cardio for hours each weekend. Is makes you wonder how, when you notice your concealer is creased and mascara smudged by the time you reach the car...

Now, the great debate: is their look down to great technique, or great product? Let us attest that it's a combination of the two. And whilst you might not be able to acquire the skill of Lisa Armstrong (the show's lead make-up designer) and posse of artists, you can certainly acquire some of their product.

Here's where Instagram comes into its own. Thanks to behind the scenes shots shared by the make-up team, we get an insight into all the make-up that's worthy of a place in their kits. If they're worthy of a place in theirs, they're worthy in yours.


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Vita Liberata Body Blur1 of 8

Vita Liberata Body Blur, £29.95

Make-up artist Lisa Armstrong calls this an essential. It's body make-up, but not as you know it. This lightweight cream is tinted, and covers bruises, leg veins, scars and blemishes with real ease. It's water and transfer resistant, so stays put surprisingly well.

Stila Magnificent Metals2 of 8

Stila Magnificent Metals, £24

We weren't surprised to spot this in Lisa Armstrong's Instagram post. This liquid glitter eyeshadow gives an intense colour payoff in one swipe. If a glitter smoky eye is something that daunts you, swipe over the eyelid and blend the edges with your finger. It'll diffuse any harsh lines and look effortless.

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer3 of 8

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer, £20

The holy grail of full coverage concealers, it's no wonder this kit has made its way on to the faces of the Strictly cast. It's seriously full coverage, and makes light work of concealing under eyes or blemishes. The satisfying doe foot applicator also reaches to the corner of the eyes easily.

Bobbi Brown Face Base4 of 8

Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base, £46.50

Bobbi Brown's bestselling Face Base has been getting a lot of airtime recently, after being spotted in Molly Mae's make-up tutorials. And it's for good reason: this moisturiser-primer hybrid cushions the skin with a generous amount of moisture, and creates a plump base for make-up.

KVD Beauty5 of 8

KVD Beauty Shade and Light Contour Palette, £38

The OG contour and highlight palette. Whilst on first glance you might not think a trio of contour shades is necessary, it's these shades - when used together - that create dimension on the face. Carve your way to chiselled cheekbones and get creative with colour placement. Besides, who says you can't use them as eyeshadows?

Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder6 of 8

Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder, £32

It's hard to get excited about setting powder, but if there's one to illicit excitement, it's this. Forget connotations of chalk and dust; this powder feels velvety and lightweight. It's fine enough to be used all over the face without caking, and will (inevitably) keep those dancers' make-up in place all night long.

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation7 of 8

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, £43

What is the foundation that stays put through the blood, sweat and tears? There might be multiple, but Armani's Luminous Silk is one of them. It has a medium to full coverage, and a velvety, blurring finish.

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream,8 of 8

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream, £28

Giving respite to the skin of Strictly stars is Elizabeth Arden's iconic Eight Hour Cream. It has countless uses: use it in lieu of soap for the eyebrows , apply a layer to knees and elbows to relieve ashy tones and slather on lips to soothe irritation.

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