It’s that time again! Liz Grant here. Welcome to another installment of the Creative Toolbox. Today we are taking a look inside the toolbox of Makeup Artist Liv Lundelius. Before most young girls apply their first coat of mascara, Liv knew she was destined for a career in makeup and fashion. “As a kid I would be asked for advice by my mum and her friends on how to dress or do their make up”, she recalls. She has since worked a number of events worldwide such as NYC, Berlin and London Fashion Weeks. Liv Lundelius’ portfolio of makeup creations highlights some of the reasons she recently won the Jemma Kidd Make Up Artistry Competition. She is one talented lady! Here is Liv with her favorite tools of her trade.

1 // HIGH QUALITY BRUSHES: To do professional makeup, you need professional tools. My brushes are like a treasure; I look after them very well. The best quality of brushes I have found are made by Shu Uemura. I am constantly expanding my collection and excited about every new addition. Treating myself to good tools is a great motivation.

2 // FACE CHARTS: To visualize makeup ideas and to discuss and plan looks, I like to work with hand colored face charts. I always have a few printed so I can scribble ideas down. The charts are also handy when I am working with brides, as I can take notes of the exact products we have used in a trial to be used on their wedding day.

3 // MUSIC & MAGAZINES: I like to keep myself up to date, and I’m always soaking up inspiration. Therefore, I flip through all sorts of different magazines and listen to music. Since it’s summer, I find the Music of Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros very uplifting.

4 // EYELASH CURLER: Yes! Curling your lashes makes a difference. It’s a simple tool that helps in even the most natural makeup. I curl my own too, it helps to make my eyes look fresh, and when I have to start the day early it only takes a few seconds.

5 // IPAD: The iPad changed my world. Being on different locations all the time and having to carry a huge and heavy make up kit with me, this lightweight little gadget makes it easy to travel with. It helps me do my work and respond to emails on the go. I also love that it carries my portfolio photos at all times, and helps me create and view mood-boards on location.

6 // A GOOD BASE: Good skin is a must have for models, but I also encourage my private clients and brides to establish a simple skin care routine. Cleanse with a simple gentle cleanser and always remove all makeup at the end of the day, as well as hydrating the skin with a lightweight moisturizer that makes a great make up base. The better the skin, the better the makeup will be look in the end. I love Malin&Goetz skincare, it’s suitable for the most sensitive skin, has great unisex packaging and high quality ingredients.

7 // HEALTHY BALANCE: I love healthy fresh food, it makes my brain work better and keeps me happy. On photo-shoots and long hour days, people tend to cater a lot of junk. Green smoothies in the morning do the trick! They work wonders.

8 // BLOGGING: Blogging helps my creativity in so many ways. It encourages me to be creative with words and photography, it’s a place to share inspiration and to connect and get inspired by others. So many trends start to spread online today and you can connect with creatives all over the world. As a freelancer, it helps promoting my work too. My personal blog project, Liv+Dave= focuses on beauty in my daily life, and helps me appreciating what I have got and how important it is to keep the right work/life balance.

Thanks so much Liv, for taking us inside your creative toolbox. It’s so fun seeing what tools a make up artist uses in her business. We really appreciate you sharing with us.

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