What's In My Makeup Kit + Personal Favorites!

September 2021

Welcome! Here you will find products I use in my kit, my personal favorites, and some tips on building a professional or day-to-day makeup kit!

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The bottom section of the case has detachable wheels. So it can be used as a rolling case or a stationary storage system for makeup. It's about twice as big as the top case and holds LOTS of product! 

Tip #1: Don't overwhelm yourself with too many products. Even as a makeup artist who needs to have every shade, for every skin tone, ever... I still have to limit myself on how many products I pack. Be strict with yourself and know what you actually reach for every time you do makeup. 

I am convinced that when it comes to condensing my pro makeup kit, there will always be an easier way and a more convenient system. Finding the best setup will forever be the ultimate goal. I've been using this makeup case and absolutely love it! The top case is what I travel with and take to every makeup appointment. There are two fold out trays that fit all my foundations, base products (primers, setting sprays, concealers), and the other tray holds my tools, brow products, mascara, and several small eye and face compacts. In the larger section below, I keep all my palettes, lip products, lash spoolies, lip wands, q-tips, cotton rounds, makeup wipes, and business cards. I can usually fit a small container of brushes as well.  

TIP #1

The newest addition to my set-up are these Neewer lights from Amazon. Easy to say... I'm obsessed. I can control the warmth, coolness, and brightness of both. The "barn doors" allow me to direct the light to the subject. And the tripod is sturdy and adjustable. Highly recommend! 

Any professional kit is 1000% a business investment! It is a reflection of who I am as a makeup artist and I want that to be inclusive, professional, and well thought out. I typically use mid-luxury brands in my kit but there is absolutely nothing wrong with only owning drug store makeup. 

However, as a professional, I feel there are certain standards to meet and expectations to have a decent selection of products and brands. When I open my kit, I want my clients to rest easy, know they are in good hands, and feel assured by the quality of my products. 

Disclaimer: I am no Patt McGrath, Mario Dedivanovic, or Kevyn Aucoin. I still have lots to learn within the makeup industry. I simply what to share with you the products, techniques, and systems that works best for me in hopes they benefit you in some way too! 

Without further ado, let's get into it!

 
 

TIP #2

When it comes to brushes, there's two routes you can take. #1: Incredibly quality, will probably last a lifetime, luxury brushes, going for $30-$80 each. Or #2: Affordable, good quality sets of synthetic brushes going for about $20 a set. Take your pick! I would LOVE to go with the first option (but, as I'm sure many of you can relate) I'm sticking with option #2 for now. 

 

This set from Real Techniques is my personal go-to. I also love these two brush sets from Amazon. Great quality AND price! Not shown here but Morphe has some stellar brush sets I use and love. 

brushes

Brushes

 

hygiene

Hygiene // Tools

Although not the most exciting, it's one of the most important elements in the industry. Disposable mascara spoolies and lip wands, brush cleaners, sanitizers, mixing palettes and makeup spatulas are a non-negotiable for maintaining proper hygiene.. of your client and your kit. 

Tip #2: Disposable mascara and lip wands are incredibly cheaper on Amazon (e.g. $4.00 for 20 mascara wands at Walmart, vs. $6.00 for 200 mascara & lip wands on Amazon) 

Tools are equally important. I carry two pairs of tweezers, small scissors for cutting lashes, a lash curler, Q-tips, cotton rounds, a "makeup-grade" pencil sharpener, alcohol-based spray for sanitizing products and tools between clients, and some makeup wipes. All of which are easily found at any Target, Walmart, Dillons, etc. 

the setup

skin care

If you ever listen to one thing I ever say, listen to this... CONSISTENT & QUALITY SKIN CARE IS AN ABSOLUTE GAME CHANGER WHEN IT COMES TO MAKEUP APPLICATION; how it applies to the skin, looks on the skin, and wears on the skin throughout the day. 

1: Jan Marini Skin Care Management System is (IMO) the gold standard. I thought I had great skin until I started using this. One full-sized set lasts me about 4 months. So the price is definitely justified! Highly recommend this for everyone!! 

2. The Ordinary is another great skincare brand I've used in the past and still love! Their products are simple, quality, and affordable. This reginine builder will help anyone who doesn't know where to start. I used the 100% Plant-Derived Squalane, Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%, Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution, and Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA

 

Now that skincare has been addressed, we can move on to the pre-makeup prep work. On my clients I typically start with Natural Moisturizing Factors from The Ordinary followed by Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray or the Morphe Continuous Mist Setting Spray

Skin Care // Prep

 

foundation

Foundation

TIP #3

Whether you're building a house or applying makeup, a solid foundation is a non-negotiable. My go-to is the  Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation . She's full coverage, 24-hour wear, and matte. 







For the deeper shades I use the Cinema Secrets Ultimate Foundation Pro Palette 200 Series & 300 Series (200 series being wonderful for the deeper olive toned skin). The coverage and finish of this foundation is absolutely stunning. 

I often skip concealer... gasp... I know. But hear me out- the foundations I use layer well and can build up to the coverage a concealer offers. "Concealer" is ultimately the same product in a thicker, creamier form. E.g. use a full coverage foundation (about .5 or 1.0 shades lighter than your base foundation) as you normally would your concealer and it'll give you the same highlighted effect. However, the Kryolan Dermacolor Camouflage Creme Palette works wonders on the body when covering scars, tattoos, tan lines, etc. 

We love a good
setting powder. The
PUR Translucent Powder is my current favorite. But have (and will) be repurchasing the Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder at some point. The Cinema Secrets Ultralucent Setting Powder is also a great one!

TIP #3: if you're interested in building your kit as an MUA, I have found these shades to suit all the light-medium skin tones: 0N1 Alabaster, 1C1 Cool Bone, 1N2 Ecru, 1w0 Warm Porcelain, 2N1 Desert Beige, 2W1 Dawn, 3N1 Ivory Beige, 3W1 Tawny, 4N1 Shell Beige.  With 0N1, 1N2, 1W0, 2W1, and 3W1 being the ones I use most often. 

 

complexion

Complexion

bronzer

I'd have to say bronzers are my absolute favorite makeup product. They create depth, and warmth, and (for my day-to-day) can be used as eyeshadow for a coherent, seamless look. Here's my favorites (in order from my absolute favorite -> still a favorite but not the best): Tarte Park Ave Princess Palette, Too Faced Chocolate Soleil, Becca Sunlit Bronzer Capri Coast, Physicians Formula in Deep Bronzer, and the NARS Laguna Bronzer

blush

Blush is a fun one. And just like foundation, it's important to have several colors for each skin shade/tone. 
Fair skin: use soft pinks, light corals, peaches. Tarte Paaarty, Smashbox Atoms ApplePhysicians Formula Beachy Peach
Medium skin: use rich pinks, warm mauves, and deep peaches.
MAC Burnt Pepper
, Milk Makeup Lip + Cheek Werk, NARS Orgasm X
Deep
 skin: berry tones, warm browns, deep fuschias, and tangerine shades. MAC Swiss Chocola