by: Marvin Westmore
I have been asked repeatedly over the years: “What should I have in my Makeup Kit?”
Below are some suggestions on what you might want to include when starting to build a makeup kit.
It always will be evolving, just as you are as a makeup artist.
Essential Prep Items:
- Paper towels/tissues
- Small trash bag
- Disposables, mascara wands, lip applicators, makeup wedges, cotton swabs, face-cleansing cloths
- Makeup cape
- Hair clips
- Emery board
- Nail polish remover
- Eyelash curler
- Small scissors
- Ceramic Tile for mixing cream-based foundations and concealers
- Metal palette knife
- Concealers- creamy opaque shades to cover a wide range of skin tones from ivory to ebony.
- No-color loose setting powder; yellow-orange based for darker skin tones.
- Cream foundations- 6-10 global shades ranging from ivory to ebony.
- Oil-free foundations- 6-10 global shades ranging from ivory to ebony.
- Eyebrow color- 6-8 pencils and powders of basic shades including auburn, blond, gray and brown.
- Eye liner pencils and/or cream- 6-10 colors including black, brown, navy, plum and neutral tones.
- Lip liners- 6-8 colors including neutral tones, red coral, rose and plum.
- Matte and shimmer eye shadows- 8-10 colors of neutral tones; 8 bright vibrant colors.
- Lipsticks- 8-12 tones of rose, reds, pinks, corals and neutral browns. You do not need to have an abundance of lipsticks. Mix and create your own color.
- Lip gloss- High shine, clear, soft neutral colors. Beige always is nice to tone down a too-bright color.
- Cream and powder blushes- 8-12 shades of soft pink, rose, coral and neutral tones.
- False eyelashes- full and individual- in black and brown.
- Eyelash adhesive.
- Shimmer body lotion
- Assorted glitters
- Assorted metallic powders
- Face glosses
- Portable lighting
- Instant Image or digital camera
- Facial groomer, a battery-operated clipper for facial detail work
- Folding director’s chair