Inside the VANity: The Product We Use

We often get questions about what makeup products we use and why we choose the products we are using. Natasha and Anna, our founders, are always researching new products and hit up trade shows like IMATS in search of the latest and greatest.

Pricey Doesn’t = Best

We carry a variety of products from “high-end” to “drugstore” and in between.  Today, we share some of our criteria to be deemed Make The Rest Up VANity worthy and which products are our favorites of the moment. There are many great places to get your makeup done and strive to be just as excellent as any of the traditional department or makeup stores but we wanted to strive to reach all walks of people. The Make the Rest Up experience is about trying a new technique, popping in for a touch-up, or getting full-on glam. We are about options and experiences - not selling you products.  And of course, the most important factor: making you feel comfortable and beautiful while giving back to women all over the world.

We donate $5 of every full face service to women's literacy because we are really hoping to change the perception of beauty as only being skin deep.

When you drop in for an appointment during one of our events or rent us for your private use, you get to test a range of popular products you would  not be able to at a traditional makeup counter. Every product we use is chosen from current and timeless makeup trends: from YouTube cult-favorites to pigment-rich shadows and lip products straight off the runway.

The Brands

The Complexion Perfection -

Every good makeup application starts with a perfect and flawless but comfortable base. We start with a micellar water cleanser or makeup wipe (depending on what you arrive with) and a cetaphil allergy free moisturizer. We use MAC primers for either luminosity or oil-control based on your skin type and then MAC Match Master Foundations because they are so easy to blend, have a huge color selection and while they run a bit more expensive than everyday drugstore, you get your money’s worth. After years of comparing tons of concealers, we found it really hard to beat the YouTube cult favorite, L.A. girl cosmetics concealer. Between its HUGE selection of colors, awesome consistency and setting power, this concealer proved to us that price doesn’t determine quality. We set everything with MAC Cosmetics Prep & Prime Setting Powder to lock everything in and then you are ready for your glam!

Lip-N-Cheek Love

L.A. Girl Cosmetics blushes and NYX bronzer/highlighter palettes are two brands we use for high-def color and flawless, long-lasting powders. We LOVE Kat Von D liquid lipsticks, MAC Cosmetics liners and Inglot's creme lipsticks for their unique line of lip products from liners, lip stains and lipsticks.


Just The Eyes

Inglot eyeshadows, Jordana and MAC eyeliners, L'oreal to MAC mascaras (these are always being improved on!) Choose from 7 different looks from our Lookbook or create your own style. We  start every eye look with a MAC eyeshadow primer to lock down your eye color. MAC paint pots are long-wearing and anti-creasing so your eye look will stay put throughout the day’s festivities. Then whether you choose a natural eye or smokey eye, we achieve the look using silky, high-pigment Inglot eyeshadows.  Enhance your natural lash line with several different jewel-toned eyeliners from Jordane or MAC Cosmetics. We love these because they are smudge and water resistant. Need an extra pop of glam? Choose an Eye Add-on: Deluxe Brows or Lashes.

Complete Look

Torn between a couple different services? We can do all three! Complexion Perfection, Eyes, and Lip N’Cheek Love. We’ll lock everything down with MAC long-wear primers (either dewey or matte, depending on your needs)  and Skindinavia setting spray (these are the folks being Urban Decay’s sprays!) for longevity.

Next time you want to try a new makeup technique or have a special occasion you’re attending,  book the VANity for an experience in quality, color, and fun!

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