The Makeup Artist Starter Kit Guide
Happy THURSDAY! As many of you know, in addition to being a full-time blogger, I am also a professional makeup artist. I do weddings, special effects makeup and more. I began my career with special effects makeup, and then branched out into glam makeup to do brides and special occasion looks. I love my job and it’s one of my favorite things in the world to makeup women feel beautiful for their special day. One of the most stressful part of my job, however, was putting together my makeup kit. I couldn’t find a really good guide to throwing my kit together so now that I’ve been in the game for a while, I thought it would be pertinent to make sure budding makeup artists can get their new kits together and feel ready and professional for their first jobs. Here it is: The Makeup Artist Starter Kit Guide.
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The Makeup Artist Starter Kit Guide
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It’s important to keep skincare items in your kit because makeup begins with the skin. That is the absolute base of every look you do, and there is only so much you can do to cover skin effectively without caking makeup on. While you aren’t a miracle worker (you have to work with the canvas in front of you) there are several things you can do to hide imperfections starting skin level to make your clients feel better in their own skin. A few things I always keep on hand in my kit are:
The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG** — This product is a godsend for clients with puffy eyes or dark eye circles. Many clients notice results almost immediately after applying and can help reduce the amount of concealer you use underneath the eye (and therefore reducing cakiness or buildup due to excess product).
Pixi by Petra Makeup Melting Cleansing Cloths — I am actually obsessed with this makeup remover. It works even on waterproof mascara and is necessary when clients come in with makeup on their face. I keep a box of these in my kit 100% of the time.
Total Moisture Facial Cream — If I notice that a client has drier than normal skin, I will often put on moisturizer before my primer to prep the skin. Flakes, dry patches and rough skin are a nightmare to cover effectively, and that can be reduced by a really good moisturizer prior to makeup application.
You want to cater to the type of skin a person has throughout this entire process, starting with primer. Primer can do wonders like fill in pores, decrease fine lines and even out skin texture – but when used with the wrong skin type it can be a disaster. Keep at least one primer for dry skin and one primer for oily skin on hand. Either can be used for normal skin – just ask which direction they tend to lean.
Foundation is not a one-size-fits-all situation. There are a few routes you can go when putting your kit together. I went with full sized bottles of liquid foundation but in hindsight – I would have rather done a palette with cream foundations instead. You want to choose a brand of foundation that works for a variety of skin types OR bite the bullet and learn airbrushing. The next service I want to offer my clients is airbrushing – so stay tuned for more info about that.
This step is very important when it comes to covering blemishes and imperfections, as well as completing the overall “flawless” feel. They can also highlight underneath the eye and help with contouring.
Blush is great because it adds depth and warmth to the face. You 100% need several shades to accommodate many skin tones and undertones. I have about 6 blush shades and find I am able to utilize them to flatter all types of skin shades!
Bronzer is very important to highlight the cheekbones. I like to add bronzer to the temples, under the cheek bones, around the jaw and on each side of the nose. The point is to slim the face, and draw attention to the naturally beautiful features of your clients face.
I am obsessed with highlighter – but it isn’t ideal for every skin type. It has a tendency to make skin look overly textured and can emphasize existing texture on the face. But, it also can make your client look like a glowing goddess so assess the clients needs and then glow, baby!
I feel like this doesn’t need a lot of explanation but just to ere on the side of safety, here’s the rundown: You are going to create the bulk of your looks with this product. It stands to reason you are going to need several palettes, whether you put those together with single shadows or decide to buy a big palette all at once.
You have options between liquid, cream or pencil liner. I prefer liquid liner or pencil liner but you can choose what you like to work with the best. It will also depend on the eye type of your client! If you do go the liquid route – make sure you only buy liquid pots that you can dip sanitary liner brushes in so you do not contaminate your products.
I like to keep both waterproof and regular mascara in my kit at all times. Same comment as before – make sure you have sanitary mascara brushes so no cross contamination happens.
Eyebrows frame the face and can make or break your makeup game on your clients face.
For this, I prefer to use lip palettes. They are easier to sanitize and carry around than individual lipsticks. Plus you can easily see all your colors in one place.
If you want your beautiful makeup to last all night long – setting spray is your best friend. You can choose between dewy, matte and normal finishes to complete your look!
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I really looked for a guide like this when I was putting my makeup kit together and couldn’t find a comprehensive list of products to add to my kit getting started. I hope that this is helpful for those of you who want to take your makeup artistry to the next level.
Let me know what you think of this makeup artist starter kit in the comments below!