The Complete Makeup Artist Kit for makeup transformations

by Alexandra
Everything a Makeup Artist Needs to Fill Their Kit and Start Working with Clients

Everyone loves the feeling of that first makeup kit! Building your first makeup kit can be quite an investment, both in time and money. After all, it’s your source of income. So, before you start filling your shopping baskets let’s discuss some tips to have in mind before selecting which products should be in your makeup kit and what isn’t needed. 

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Makeup brushes

Maybe, who knows, you will be the next Mario Dedivanovic. He’s the man behind Kim Kardashian’s signature look. And it all starts with the right supplies in your makeup kit.

How to Select Your Makeup Kit Supplies?

Often when we go shopping for makeup, our only concern is to get the products within our designated budget. Most importantly, to buy the “right” (high-quality products) within our budget.

So, before we jump into the selection of our favorite makeup products. Let’s go over some tips to help you choose the products you should have in your makeup kit.

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Assess and Analyze

First, choose the niche you are entering. If you are trying to get a job on editorial photoshoots then your makeup kit should involve a mix of camera-tested makeup products.

If you’re a bridal makeup artist then you will need to have more products focusing on skin preparation, and more warm/neutral-toned products.

After you find out what you need, then go for choosing all the makeup products to build your makeup kit.

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Choose the Products Carefully

Go for the products that are good quality yet affordable. YouTube is a great source of recommendations for products. You can easily find swatches for any new makeup products you want to try out.

As a professional MUA, you have to deal with a lot of customers with varied skin types and tones. So having a wide range of products is necessary. Instead of buying individual pieces, it would be best to have a palette. You can buy eye shadows, blushes, and highlighters which will be cheaper than purchasing individual products. Also, it will be easier for you to be organized when setting up a client.

Read reviews and seek advice

Do your research! Before spending money on a product you haven’t worked with, research what people say about that product. Seek opinions and recommendations only from experienced makeup artists. Join different groups on social media to discuss the products you are interested in. Reviews can be really helpful to experienced ones.

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Buy Makeup in Bulk

Sponges, wipes, cotton pads… These tools always have to be re-stocked. You can buy these in bulk. This way, you can spend more money on makeup products.

Start slowly and remember to be resourceful. For example, you can buy a light foundation and a dark foundation and mix the two colors to create your own shades. Blushes and bronzers work really well on the eyes and lipsticks work really well on the cheeks ( as a cream blush).

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Be Organized

Every time you need to pack your makeup kit make a list of the product categories (primer, foundation, powder, etc.) and pack them in the exact order you apply them. Remember to be disciplined about unpacking your kit and putting everything in its place between jobs.

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Also, a great tip is to organize your products in see-through makeup bags. The see-through bags will make it so much easier to find products and you won’t have to waste time searching for them. And you can clean them easily.

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Keep Budget in Mind

Building a comprehensive makeup kit is a journey, not a sprint. It’s prudent to establish a budget that reflects your current stage while allowing flexibility for future growth. Gradually enhancing your kit as your skills and clientele flourish ensures a sustainable evolution of your makeup artistry. This approach lets you invest wisely in products that align with your artistic style and client demands.

Invest in Makeup Brushes

Your brushes are not mere tools; they are extensions of your artistic expression. Much like a painter’s brushstrokes on canvas, a carefully curated set of high-quality makeup brushes becomes the conduit through which your creativity flows onto your clients’ faces. These brushes are the silent partners in your artistry, enabling you to achieve impeccable application, seamless blending, and breathtaking precision. Each brush possesses its own unique purpose, from sculpting cheekbones to delicately defining eyelids, and their craftsmanship wields the power to turn makeup application into an exquisite form of art. With the right brushes in your arsenal, you embark on a journey where each stroke becomes a masterpiece, each contour a symphony, and each blends a harmonious fusion of colors. Your makeup brushes, faithful companions in your transformational journey, play an indispensable role in turning faces into living canvases that exude beauty and confidence.

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Essential makeup products should I include in my makeup artist kit

It may take you some time to build your collection, but we’ve created a selection of products that are makeup-artist-approved and will help you start working with clients.

Skin prep products

Skin prep products are the essential foundation of your makeup artist kit, providing the canvas for flawless makeup application. Cleansers and moisturizers form the initial steps of a skincare routine, helping you understand your client’s skin while creating a smooth base for makeup. Bioderma’s Sensibio H2O Micellar Water, a gentle yet effective cleansing solution, and Bobbi Brown’s Vitamin Enriched Face Base, a hydrating primer, are indispensable tools for achieving optimal skin prep. They create the perfect starting point for a radiant and long-lasting makeup look.

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Bioderma – Sensibio H2O – Micellar Water – Cleansing and Make-Up Removing

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Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base 

Primer: Helps create a smooth base for makeup application and prolongs its wear

Primer is a crucial asset in your makeup artist kit, playing a pivotal role in achieving a flawless and long-lasting makeup application. By creating a smooth and even base, primer minimizes pores, fine lines, and imperfections, setting the stage for seamless makeup application.

It enhances the vibrancy and longevity of makeup, but it also helps control oil and shine throughout the day. With a well-curated selection of primers, you can tailor your approach to each client’s unique skin type and needs. And ensure that their makeup remains impeccable from morning to night.

A great mattifying formula is Urban Decay – ALL NIGHTER FACE PRIMER.

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For covering dark spots, hyperpigmentation, redness, and minimizing the appearance of under-eye circles it’s best to buy a palette. This way you will have several shades at your disposal.

Concealer: To cover blemishes, dark circles, and other imperfections

Concealer is a vital tool in your makeup artist kit. It serves as a secret weapon to camouflage blemishes, dark circles, and other imperfections. With its high coverage and blendable formula, concealer seamlessly hides problem areas, creating a flawless and radiant complexion. Whether you’re aiming to brighten tired eyes, mask redness, or create a clean base for eye makeup, a well-selected range of concealer shades ensures you can effectively address various skin concerns and bring out your client’s natural beauty.

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NYX PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP Concealer Color Correcting Palette

Foundation: A range of shades to match different skin tones and types

The foundation is a cornerstone of your makeup artist kit. It offers a diverse palette of shades to seamlessly match various skin tones and types. From fair to deep hues, these foundation options ensure a flawless base that evens out complexion and conceals imperfections. Whether your client has oily, dry, or combination skin, having a range of foundation shades at your disposal allows you to expertly tailor your application. And create a smooth and radiant canvas that sets the stage for the entire makeup look. With the right foundation shades on hand, you’ll confidently enhance your client’s natural beauty and achieve stunning, camera-ready results.

One of our favorite formulas is the Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Liquid 24H Long Wear Foundation. This foundation is available in a variety of shades.

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Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Liquid 24H Long Wear Foundation

Invest in a palette with several different shades. For contouring, you need at least three matte brown shades, for every skin tone. Most contouring palettes come with highlighters or blushes. Make sure to have at least two neutral/warm-toned options, one light/medium, medium/dark, and one shimmer shade.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit.

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Blush and Bronzer: Add warmth and dimension to the face.

They are essential components of your makeup artist kit, adding a touch of warmth and dimension to your client’s face. Blush imparts a healthy flush to the cheeks, creating a natural, youthful glow that enhances the complexion. Bronzer, on the other hand, brings depth and sun-kissed radiance, sculpting the face and mimicking a warm, outdoorsy complexion.

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NYX Professional Makeup Sweet Cheeks Blush Palette

Eyeshadow Palettes: A variety of shades for different eye looks

Eyeshadow palettes are essential tools for every makeup artist’s kit. From neutral tones to vibrant hues, these palettes provide endless possibilities to enhance and define your client’s eyes. Whether you’re aiming for a smoky, sultry gaze or a bright, playful pop of color, these versatile palettes allow you to effortlessly experiment. And create stunning eye makeup that suits any occasion or mood.

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Huda Beauty The New Nude Eyeshadow Palette

Eyebrow Products: Pencils, powders, or gels to fill and shape eyebrows.

Eyebrow products are a must-have in your makeup artist kit for achieving perfectly sculpted brows that frame the face. Pencils, powders, and gels are versatile tools that allow you to fill in sparse areas, define arches, and shape brows to perfection. Whether you’re aiming for a soft, natural look or bold, statement brows, these products give you the power to transform and enhance your client’s facial features. With the right eyebrow products at your fingertips, you’ll be able to create stunning brows that elevate any makeup look and leave a lasting impression.

You have two options: you can choose to have a few different shades in pencils, or you can choose a palette. You need to have a few different brow shades to perfectly match your client’s brows. Also, different types of products allow for different brow looks.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Palette

Mascara: To enhance eyelashes and create a polished look

A mascara is a makeup essential that you must have in your kit to enhance eyelashes and achieve a polished look. With just a few strokes, mascara adds length, volume, and definition to lashes, instantly opening up the eyes and creating a captivating focal point. Whether your client desires a natural, everyday elegance or a bold, glamorous statement, mascara is the finishing touch that elevates any eye makeup and completes the overall look with a touch of sophistication.

Mascara and eyeliner are those makeup products that many won’t leave the house without wearing.

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Too Faced – Better Than Sex Mascara

Eyeliner: Both pencil and liquid for different eyeliner styles

Eyeliner is a versatile gem in your makeup artist kit. It offers the power to transform and define eyes with varying styles. Including both pencil and liquid eyeliners equips you with the tools to create diverse looks, from classic and smudgy to precise and bold. Pencil eyeliners are perfect for soft, smoky effects, while liquid eyeliners provide crisp lines and dramatic wings. With these options at your fingertips, you’ll effortlessly master the art of enhancing eyes, adding depth, and accentuating your client’s gaze with a touch of eyeliner magic.

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NYX PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP Epic Ink Liner, Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner

Lip Products: Lipsticks, lip liners, and lip glosses in various colors

Lip products are the vibrant soul of your makeup artist kit. They offer a spectrum of colors and textures to elevate every look. From the timeless elegance of lipsticks to the precision of lip liners and the lustrous finish of lip glosses, these essentials allow you to craft an array of lip expressions. Nudes, bold reds, playful plums, and even vivacious blues and greens. Your collection will encompass a kaleidoscope of shades that capture individual personalities and styles. With this versatile range, you’ll effortlessly infuse every lip with a touch of allure.

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Lip Pencil by M.A.C Soar

A great choice, to begin with, would be to buy a lipstick palette, one that has also nudes, reds, and corals. Both matte and sheer formulas would be best. Always have a clear gloss in your kit for a little touch of shine, as well as a lip balm. Hydration is important!

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Maybelline Lip Studio Lip Color Palette

Setting Powder Spray: Locks makeup in place and adds a natural finish.

Setting powder and spray are the ultimate anchors in your makeup artist kit. It works its magic by diminishing shine, refining texture, and locking makeup in place, creating a velvety canvas that withstands the rigors of the day. Complementing this, setting spray adds the final touch of finesse, melding makeup layers and infusing a natural radiance.

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Kat Von D Lock-It Setting Powder

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RCMA No Color Powder

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U.D All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray

Makeup Brushes and Tools: A comprehensive set of brushes for different applications, such as foundation, eyeshadow, blending, and contouring

Makeup brushes and tools are the transformative instruments that elevate your artistry, allowing you to paint, sculpt, and blend with precision and finesse. A well-curated selection of brushes, tailored for specific applications like foundation, eyeshadow, blending, and contouring, forms the backbone of your makeup artist kit. Each brush serves as an extension of your creativity, seamlessly translating your vision onto your canvas. These tools empower you to shape and craft every facet of your client’s look, delivering impeccable results that reflect your mastery and attention to detail.

Add these to your makeup kit:

  • Foundation buffing brush
  • Highlighting brush
  • Kabuki brush
  • Blush brush
  • Eyeshadow brush
  • Eyeshadow blending brush
  • Eyebrow brush
  • Angled eyeliner brush 
  • Lip Brush
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Sponges and Blenders: For seamless foundation and concealer application

Sponges and blenders are the secret weapons in your makeup artist’s arsenal, ensuring a flawless and airbrushed finish that captures the essence of beauty. These versatile tools effortlessly blend foundation and concealer, seamlessly marrying them with the skin for a smooth and natural complexion. With their soft touch and impeccable precision, sponges and blenders enable you to achieve a seamless and radiant base.

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Miss Gorgeous Makeup Sponge Blender Beauty Foundation Blending Sponge for Liquid, Cream, and Powder 

False Lashes and Adhesive: Adds drama to eye looks

False lashes and adhesives are your go-to tools for adding a touch of drama and allure to your client’s eye looks. These transformative accessories have the power to elevate any style, whether it’s a natural flutter or a bold statement. With a myriad of lengths, volumes, and styles available, you can effortlessly customize each look to suit your client’s personality and desired effect. The adhesive ensures a secure and comfortable fit, allowing the lashes to seamlessly merge with the natural ones for a captivating and enchanting gaze.

Glitter and Pigments: To add sparkle and creativity to makeup looks

Glitter and pigments are the magical accents that infuse your makeup creations with an irresistible sparkle and boundless creativity. These dazzling particles become your artistic tools, enabling you to add a touch of enchantment and dimension to any look. Whether it’s a subtle glimmer or a bold burst of color, glitter, and pigments allow you to craft unique and captivating designs that captivate the imagination.

Makeup Case

A reliable and organized makeup case is your steadfast companion on your journey as a makeup artist. This essential piece of equipment ensures that your carefully curated products are safely stored and easily accessible, whether you’re working in a studio or on the go. With compartments, dividers, and secure closures, a professional makeup case keeps your tools neatly organized. It’s the ultimate embodiment of professionalism and preparedness, reflecting your commitment to delivering exceptional makeup experiences to your clients.

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Makeup Train Case Professional Adjustable

Extras to keep within reach in the makeup kit:

  • Tissues
  • Cotton Swabs
  • Cotton Rounds
  • Sharpener
  • Brush Cleaner
  • Paper Towels
  • Makeup Wipes
  • Palette and Mixing Tools: For custom mixing and creating unique shades
  • Tweezers: For precise placement of small items like false lashes or rhinestones.
  • Makeup Remover: Gentle makeup remover for corrections or removal at the end of the day.
  • Disposable Applicators: Mascara wands, lip brushes, and other tools for hygiene
  • Sanitizing Products: Alcohol sprays or wipes to sanitize products and tools between clients
  • Business cards

Equip your artistic journey with the perfect makeup kit, and let your creativity shine!

In the world of makeup artistry, your first kit is a tangible manifestation of your aspirations and creativity, a testament to the beauty you seek to evoke in others.

So, before you embark on the exciting journey of filling your shopping baskets, immerse yourself in these valuable insights. Let them guide your selections, empower your choices, and infuse your kit with the essence of your unique artistry. May this kit not only serve as the bedrock of your professional journey but also inspire you to paint vivid masterpieces on the canvas of each client’s soul.

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