What's Usually Included in a Pro Makeup Artist's Kit?

When you’re a busy makeup artist, a well-stocked kit that's ready for any client and situation is paramount. Our cheat sheet will help you create a versatile toolbox.

When you’re a busy makeup artist, a well-stocked kit that's ready for any client and situation is paramount. Our reliable list will help you keep your kit current and ready to properly service any client. Here's what you always need on hand.

Skin Prep Products

Cleansing wipes or water: Napoleon Perdis Lift Off Cleansing Wipes gives you 100 wipes in one neat little package. Payot Sensi Eau Micellaire Cleansing Water works like a charm; just be sure to have cotton rounds on hand too.

Eye makeup remover: It's better than wipes for frequent colour changes and sensitive eyesBobbi Brown Eye Makeup Remover is a great choice.

A hydrating spritz: Jane Iredale Pommist Hydration Spritz moisturises dry skin and cools down redness and irritation.

A good moisturiser: Give skin just the right amount of hydration before makeup applicationBobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base is a tried-and-true option that works like a charm.


What's usually included in a pro makeup artist's kit?

Complexion Perfection

Primer: If you can only have one primer in your kit, a universal pro product such as Kryolan HD Micro Primer will do. It if you can afford more formulas to suit different skin types, that’s ideal. Check out our primer selection for more options.

Concealer: A palette is a great space-saver, but you could also pop 5 to 10 shades of concealer in your kit. Our picks: Kryolan Concealer Wheel and BECCA Ultimate Coverage Concealing Creme.

A wide range of foundation shades: Choose either a palette or individual spill-proof foundations in numerous colours. Consider RCMA Makeup 18P VK11 Palette or Kryolan TV Paintstick.

Blush/bronzer/highlight: For sculpting faces, you’ll need at least three blushes, a bronzer, and a highlight to complement varying skin tones. Gorgeous Cosmetics 8 Pan Palette – Blush & Highlight is a great option.

Finishing powder and spray: A pro finishing powder and a setting spray are necessary to keep your client’s makeup on all day. Try RCMA Translucent Powder and Skindinavia Makeup Finishing Spray.


What's usually included in a pro makeup artist's kit?


Colour & Tools

Eyeshadows: You definitely need a comprehensive palette in your kit to create various looks on different complexions. Kryolan 18 Eye Palette – V3 Natural is a fabulous 'rainbow' of timeless neutrals.

Lipstick: You also want a wide range of universally flattering lip shades that you can build to create the desired look. You can do singles or something like Clinique Pretty Easy Lip Palette to streamline your selection.

Mascara, liner, and brow products: You should have disposable wands for these individual products. Check out our pro eye and brow section for product options.

A comprehensive brush set: After all the care you've taken to choose colours, you need the proper implements to apply them with. The Kryolan Silver Handle Brush Set includes 25 pieces. This set gives you an idea of the brushes you’ll need and works perfectly in your kit if you're looking for a shortcut.

Other than these essentials, be certain to bring accessories with you to keep things sanitary: alcohol, tissues, cotton rounds, headbands, disposable lip and mascara wands, and so forth. You'll be all set to take your show on the road!


What's usually included in a pro makeup artist's kit?

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