Building a pro makeup kit can be an overwhelming but fun endeavor. Take it from me first hand and don’t go out and buy everything you see and hear works well. Take the time and test and try it yourself!
The first step to building a great kit is to determine where you will be spending most of your time. Will your focus be bridal, editorial, or TV/Film? Build your kit around your focus and throw in a couple of extras in case your called to work in a different part of the industry. For example, if your focus is bridal you will carry a lot of neutral shadow colors but maybe add a pop of color in case you suddenly score an editorial job.
When you are a young pro artist first starting out it is important to know where to spend your money and where a less expensive product (think drug store brand) will be ok and give you’re the same payoff for half the price. That being said, I believe the some of the most important places to make your investments is with your brushes, skincare, and foundation.
Brushes are hands down one of the most significant investments you will make when building your kit. Other than your creativity, brushes are what can take your application from good to absolute fire! Brush selection will take time and resources but will be worth every penny you spend. After testing a million different ones artists definitely find their favorites, so make sure you try and test them on yourself before making your purchase. If you take proper care of them, they will last a long time. I have had my favorite MAC brush in my kit for 7 years! There are some great affordable brush sets out there they can be a smart option when first starting out.
Skincare is one of the most important part of your kit as it prepares the canvas for makeup. It has a major impact on the outcome of your makeup application. I promise the better you prepare the skin the better your application will be! A good makeup remover, toner and moisturizer is a good place to start. If you have additional money in your budget, add in an eye cream and serum.
Trying to decide on a foundation to carry in your kit should be thought about in a few different ways. The questions to consider are what will work on varying skin colors, types and textures? What will last all day? What will travel well and fit into my kit? A good cream palette is a great place to start. Cream foundations are buildable depending on what the skin needs. Most palettes offer a variety of shades from very light to dark. These colors can also be mixed to create the perfect shade. Foundation palettes are typically small and pack well in your kit making them optimal for travel. If you have the resources to add a second foundation I would recommend looking into airbrush or HD foundation depending on your variety of needs.
The essentials to rounding out your kit are Primer, Corrector, Concealer, Setting Powder, Bronzer, Blush, Highlighter, Eyeshadows, Eyeliner pencils, Gel Liners, Mascara, Brow pencils, Lip Liner, Lipsticks, Lip gloss, Lip balm, Finishing spray, Disposables, lash curler, lashes, glue, scissors, and a spatula.
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