~ Makeup Artist Kit Building, VERY BASIC ~
September 30, 2009
I know many people are curious to know just how much stuff a Makeup Artist needs to have. Well, it’s actually very little. Now, depending on the kind of makeup you are doing and your personal preferences..it can end up being a lot;)
Personally, I do mostly everyday looks and some special occasion makeup (Weddings etc. ) . I don’t do runway or fashion magazines. My professional kit is rather tame compared to most, but my personal kit…welll, that is a whole different animal;)
If you are just starting out in makeup, and maybe offering makeup looks for your family and friends, here are a few things I would suggest. This is a mix of budget products as well as some pricier items, but ones that I believe are worth it. Just my opinion. Substitute as you feel necessary. These are just ideas based on affordability and not necessarily what I have in my kit. Most items you can readily find at places like TARGET, ULTA, and drugstores. Other items can easily be ordered online.
NOTE – I will do a blog post ( at some point) highlighting my personal kit for those interested as well as my storage systems etc. Please be patient as I currently taken on a new position as a Beauty Advisor with a cosmetics/skin care line in addition to Freelance artistry and private makeup lessons. I update as often as possible and appreciate every email and inquiry.
HAND SANITIZER – NO KIT CAN BE WITHOUT THIS! Buy ANY kind, ANY where but HAVE IT! 😉
Gentle Cleansing/Makeup Remover Wipes (Neutrogena)
Primer (Monistat Chafing Gel)
Gentle Eye Makeup Remover (BOOTS No7 makes a great one in the Botanical line)
Invisible Setting Powder (Ben Nye)
Waterproof Eyeliner in Black & Brown (Makeup Forever Aqua Eyes)
Clear Lipliner ( Urban Decay Ozone)
Clear Lipgloss ( Any kind in a squeeze tube will do)
A good set of Brushes (Sigma)
An excellent non-tinted eye primer (Two Faced Shadow Insurance)
A lip moisturizer (Vaseline works wonders!)
Plenty of Q-tips, cotton pads and disposable makeup sponges.
Plenty of disposable lip brushes, mascara wands.
Eyelash curler, Spoolie brush, Tweezers, Small cosmetic style scissors and DUO adhesive for lashes.
False Lashes ( Model21)
A Good volumizing/lengthening mascara (Maybelline Great Lash)
Clear Mascara (To prep lashes for more volume or to set brows)
Concealer, Foundation, Blush, Lipcolor and Eyeshadows (Coastal Scents Pallets)
Bobby Pins for pinning back pesky hair;)
Foundations (Coastal Scents Concealer Pallet)
* This pallet can be used for beginners who cannot make a large investment in multiple foundation shades. It is cream based and can be blended with moisturizer to make it more of a tinted moiturizer for those who do not want full coverage.
* Cinema Secrets (for those with a bit more to invest) makes some of the best foundation pallets available. HD friendly, convenient sizes, and great versatility. Around $20 each, 5 shades included and pre-grouped into various levels or warm, cool and neutral tones.
And if you want something handy to carry it all in, check your local Target, Wal_Mart or Craft store for a convenient craft tote. Small clear pencil boxes are ideal to separate items (ie; Lash/brow items in one, lip products in another , disposables in yet another etc) . Personalize it how you like.
This is JUST a basic kit for beginners. For my personal recommendations, items I enjoy and use and industry faves, check out the MUA Kit Suggestions and My FAVES link in the sidebar menu for info and updates as I get to them;) If you are a MUA with a review/suggestion, I would love to hear from you!
So, with that…go out and start building something BEAUTIFUL!