RCMA Makeup

The Research Council of Makeup Artists was founded in 1962 by a makeup artist named Vincent JR Kehoe. It began as an organization to further research and development for makeup products in the stage, film, and television industries. Their products now range from foundation to palettes and are available online, at specialty stores nationwide and internationally.

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9 products

230 reviews

74% would repurchase

Recent RCMA Makeup Reviews

Loose Powders -RCMA Makeup -No Color Powder

on 10/9/2018 11:12:00 PM


Lasts forever, blends easily, quickly and no white cast, irritation or any complaints. I bought this a few years ago and I've barely made a dent. A little sprinkle is all you need.

2 of 2 people found this helpful.

Crème -RCMA Makeup -Color Process Foundation

on 2/5/2018 3:02:00 PM


I got a pretty wide variety of samples in the KO and Shinto range. Most any of them work for me when mixed with the super light ones (porcelain and ivory). So I ended up with quite a lot of this foundation to play with. The samples from Camera Ready are generous.

It looks fantastic at first. Very “my skin but perfected”. (If I’ve properly moisturized that is- it will emphasize flakes if you’ve got ‘em.) I’m quite exceptionally oily but not acne prone.

It does take some fussing to apply, more time and fiddling than a liquid. You’ve got to warm it up on the back if your hand, you’ve got to expend some effort getting the finish correct and sheered nicely.

I absolutely have to powder it with translucent loose powder and a setting spray.

Then, it looks utterly smashing. Just like you were born with naturally perfect skin! Not mask like, not cakey, just beautiful skin and it photographs that way too.

But, and for me this is the huge catch- it fades off like nothing I’ve ever seen. About 5 hours and it, and any blush/contour/highlight etc., are just... gone. Where is it going? I’m not touching my face... maybe just my natural oiliness breaks it down and makes it invisible. Who knows.

It certainly is a good “dinner with in-laws” or shorter special event choice, no doubt. Or for a photo shoot for sure. But not daily wear for me unfortunately. (Basically it does exactly what it is designed to do- looks fabulous on a camera for a short period of time.)

3 of 3 people found this helpful.

Crème -RCMA Makeup -5 Part Series Foundation Palette - KA

on 1/22/2018 5:31:00 AM


For some, it can take some time to master the application. But it is a natural-looking foundation, both in terms of colour and texture. I am a MAC NC15 and I find the middle colour the best match (KA 3?). The darkest shade in the palette I use sparingly, sometimes on my forehead and temples.

How do I apply? I used to use a spatula and scrape out some product onto the back of my hand, warm it up and apply with my fingers. But now I use a Zoeva buffing brush and unhygienically swirl it in the palette and apply directly. It's the easiest way to build up coverage (using dabbing motions, not buffing motions) as somehow I cannot build up coverage using just fingers. You could use a sponge I guess but I don't find myself reaching for one. Don't wet the sponge because oil and water doesn't mix, obviously.

ALWAYS finish with a powder, even just the lightest application of powder - if you want a glowy look - will help the makeup last longer. I use the RCMA No Colour Powder, which is fantastic. It can sometimes leave a white cast if you apply heaps but it disappears once it 'sinks' in. i.e. once you start sweating.

If you have lots of hyperpigmentation or angry-looking acne, the foundation will not cover it entirely (what foundation does without caking up? if there is one, let me know). You either have to be very skilled with a small concealer brush and artfully apply the foundation, setting it gently with powder, or you need to use a separate redness-cancelling (green) concealer. Or both. Probably both. But honestly, sometimes, it's okay to let the acne show through. No one else cares except for yourself and you just have to accept that sometimes it's just going to be one of those days (or weeks) Don't stress too much and love yourself :) xx

6 of 6 people found this helpful.

Contour -RCMA Makeup -Highlight and Contour Palette

This concealer/corrector is a best kept secret. I previously wrote a glowing review for Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector. I like RCMA shade CS1 even better. (I didn't think it would be possible. Becca WAS my holy grail corrector for under eye circles.) I have only tried shade CS1 and CS2. (All the shades in this palette can be purchased as singles.) CS1 is a pink/bisque shade. CS2 is a more neutral peach flesh tone. They would both work well to cover dark circles on lighter skin tones. All the shades are matte. You will be disappointed if you expect this product to brighten your under eye area. It does provide excellent coverage; it just doesn't add shine. I compared RCMA CS1 with Becca Brightening Corrector in the pink shade in both indoor lighting and bright sun light. They look almost identical. The only difference is that Becca is just a tiny bit more on the pink side. I use matte foundation over the Becca corrector anyway, so that cancels out most of the brightening effect. Just like RCMA foundation, the corrector has the consistency of cold butter. It is waxed based, so it needs to be warmed against the skin before blending. I recommend thinning it with a drop of oil. (RCMA makes a thinner, but you can use any oil.) I find it blends best with a mini beauty blender. You can purchase the palette and single shades directly from the RCMA website, Camera Ready Cosmetics, Beautylish or Alcone. Single shades are $30.00 for 1/2 ounce or $30.00 for the whole palette. Samples are available from Camera Ready Cosmetics or the RCMA website. One caution if you use a primer: the waxed based formula doesn't mix well with silicone or water based primers (which means most commercial brand names). RCMA makes a clear foundation which can be used as a primer. Or, you can just use your favorite facial oil or eye cream. Overall, I would recommend this product if you are looking for a more natural, invisible corrector, rather than a brightening one.

3 of 4 people found this helpful.

Palettes -RCMA Makeup -VK #11 Palette

on 5/24/2017 7:22:00 AM


Hands down the best! I also have the vk10 palette & they are both amazing. Very kind on the skin, beautifully natural looking & so easy to blend. Just make sure you warm it up. I always apply it with a sponge & my clients absolutely love it!! Can't recommend it enough! 🙌🙌🙌

3 of 3 people found this helpful.

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