Our friend Liza Macawili Ramos is back again with some tips on kit building. She was here a few years back sharing some tips with you guys. Circle back to her interview here!
I asked her the same questions that I asked Christopher Milone, check out his answers in the last post here.
1.What is your advice to someone starting out as an MUA on how to build a solid kit?
If you are just starting out as a makeup artist, I suggest you buy a starter kit from your makeup school or favorite brand. They usually deeply discount the kit and it contains the basic necessities for doing a makeup. I also think you should work in retail for a beauty supply or counter. Not only do you get familiar with a variety of products but you get gratis from several lines. You really get to figure out what you like and don’t like.
2. The 1-3 things everyone should have in your kit.
Every makeup artist should have a range of foundations to match every skin color and quality makeup brushes.
3. What you wish you had known when you started building your kit?
I wish I didn’t waste so much money on cheap makeup. Yes, you can make it work, but you have to work harder to blend it and keep it on. I would rather just spend the money on quality products and not have to fight the makeup as the shoot goes on.
Liza Macawili Ramos has over 20 years of experience working in the beauty industry. She is a current judge for The North American Hairstyling Awards makeup category and a member of the Youngblood Cosmetics Artistry Team. Her clients include Wella, Clairol, Sebastian, Nordstrom & The Enthusiast Network.
I love to follow Liza on Instagram, she is so fun! @lizamakeupartist or @lizamakeup
I said this on the last post with Chris’s tips but I will say it again because I can’t scream this loud enough…….
Surround yourself with artists like this!!!!
Artists, like Liza, who are smart, experienced, kind and generous enough to share their knowledge with you. Why? Because they get it. A rising tide lifts all boats! Build your community with people who lift up others. Be the person who is lifting up others. That is how we strengthen and grow this industry.
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