How To Pack A Makeup Kit
Like A Pro!
Performing Laser Treatments each day at my Med-Spa, during the short interludes of downtime between clients I like to admire the pages of professional beauty supply mags. One Issue had a spotlight on Makeup Artists and what goes into the ‘essential kit’ of every professional. A 2-page spread, engorged by a massive photo of stacks and bundles of various cosmetics strewn corner to corner. Their pitch was basically saying ‘it takes an obscene amount of
money makeup to be a successful Makeup Artist”. This was upsetting because this is definitely not true. So, to make sure propaganda like that never discourages any budding Makeup Artist/Enthusiast from pursuing their dream of doing what they have passion for – I am going to break it down and show you how easy it is to pack a makeup kit!
All you need to execute any Wedding, Glamour, Formal, Dramatic or Natural look a typical client would request. Besides special effects and theater-specific application, this list will be an absolute must-have essential checklist for your kit, especially if your just starting out in your career as a Pro Makeup Artist. Lets get started.
Pro Kit Essentials Checklist
First, before any color is applied to a bare face it must be prepared.
Before primer, we need to literally prepare the skin in order to get the smoothest application and ending result. NO FRAGRANCE, OIL FREE, good for all skin types. This means:
Moisturizer, travel size
SPF 30 sunscreen, small/sample size
Baby wipes/MAC Makeup remover wipes
Fix+, Setting spray
Under eye cream, MAC fast response/preparation H!
spray bottle for h20 & alcohol
Brushes. Brush roll or belt.
Sponges. Beauty Blenders, Lash curler, Tweezers, Small scissors, Small mixing palette,
Eye drops, brush cleaner, beauty-so-clean! barbacide/alcohol in spray bottles
Mascara spoolies. powder puffs. wedge sponges. spatulas, Brow razors.
Q-tips. Kleenex. Roll Paper towels.
EYE LASHES (sell $10 extra bring natural and dramatic)
Primer. cream foundation palette (graftobian, mehron, Ben Nye)
Powder: Pressed foundation and a translucent setting powder
Blush: 6-8 different shades
Contour/bronzers and highlighter shades: 2-3 of each in a Z-palette.
Eyeshadow: neutral browns and everyday colors that photograph well. Shadow primer. Paint pots or cream eyeshadows. Liquid liner or cream & Kohl liners in black, brown, purple, and green. Eye brow pencils x4 or Dipbrow ~3 shades. …Did I say LASHES? Cake liners ~3 shades. Mascara in black and brown.
Lip primer. Lip liners ~5 shades. Lip sticks (make a palette to save space)
This boils down to preference. The typical train-case that folds out with tiers of trays can get heavy, some do have wheels and a fold-out handle – but ive had bad experience with these bursting open in transit, shooting makeup in all directions :(.
Lately I’ve been using just a large clear on-set style bag, which has been working out very well. I try to stay super organised and use several smaller clear zipper bags for each category of cosmetics – being able to see whats inside helps save time and it’s so much easier to pack up again and go!
Tell me about your first experience as a freelance makeup artist in the comments below! Whats your favorite case to use, and was this list helpful to you? Can’t wait to hear from you! <3