Over the years my kit has grown and expanded with my career. I have gone from the tiniest little tackle box to a loaded down SUV full of everything I can think of that I may need!
Yep, that is the actual little tiny Caboodle (but a knock off!) that I used to keep my treasures in when I first started many, many moons ago! I keep in the closet, (empty and apparently very dirty!) to remind myself of how far I’ve come. And maybe just in case I ever need it
In the event that a client needs anything, especially anything personal (hello tampons!) they are going straight to the makeup artist/stylist. You want to be the one who saves the day! That is kind how my kit grew and grew. Anytime someone would ask me for something, if I didn’t have it that day, I would make sure to have it the next time.
I work in a market where I do hair, makeup and wardrobe styling so that is one reason why I have so much stuff. Another reason I can afford to bring so much with me is because I am driving my kit around in my big mama SUV. Regardless of where you are in your career or how you travel with your kit, you will want to make sure you have some of these “in case of emergency” items.
Yes, we are talking about a makeup kit and what I am about to tell you has nothing to do with makeup BUT when someone on set or at a wedding needs one of these things, the makeup artist is the first person they ask. If you don’t have it, they won’t hate you forever and never hire you but if you DO have it, you will basically be a super hero who saved the day from impending doom.
Sounds dramatic but its just so true. Production or special events can be a full on soap opera at times. I like to avoid the drama and turn frowns upside down whenever possible. Here are some things I carry with me that have wowed my clients.
- Snacks- For you or your client in a low blood sugar situation.
- Drinking Straws- To keep your lipstick in check!
- Lint Roller
- Sewing Kit- Get one with prethreaded needles, scissors, safety pins, seam ripper
- Manicure Kit
- Eyeglass Repair Kit
- Baby Wipes
- Breath mints/Wisps/Mouthwash- Keep everyone’s breath minty fresh!
- Nail Polish Remover
- Bug Spray
- First Aid Kit- You never know when you need a bandaid or OTC pain reliever.
These are not expensive items, but they are priceless when you need them. That umbrella is clutch when the bottom falls out of the sky and that gorgeous client you’ve been working so hard on has to step out into the rain. Or when you are on an outdoor set working in film and tv, that umbrella may be the only spot of shade you can find for hours! If its summertime and you are in the south, you will want to make sure to have bug spray and sunscreen.
If you subscribe to the mailing list, you have gotten the list of kit basics and pro discounts. If you haven’t gotten that, make sure to subscribe today. The list of basics doesn’t go into specific products, shades and brands because that is really personal preference and should be tailored to your ideal client. But the question I hear most often from you is that you want to know what I am using in my kit.
So that is why I am designing the Build Your Own Pro-MUA kit course coming in April. You can pre-order and get it for just $19.99!
To preorder, head over here and use the code PRESALE, this will be available for a limited time so act fast if you want to save $10.
This course is for you if you want to see what I actually use in my real working artist kit. I will show you how I pack and organized my products and which specific products/tools I use and why I chose them.
This course is NOT for you if you want me to tell you how to “get cheap products”. Building a kit to work as a professional artist is an investment in your craft. Your products should be chosen with your ideal client in mind and I don’t think anyone would describe their ideal client as a girl who wants “the cheap stuff”.
I work in special events (brides), portraits and commercials/tv so that is what my kit is build for. If you are building a kit for special effects or body painting, this course is NOT for you. I do some editorial and high fashion shoots, mostly for personal projects, so I will chat about that but we will mostly focus on what to put in your kit to work (and make money) as an artist.
What you can expect in the videos….
- Getting started
- How to chose the right bag or case.
- Brushes and Tools
Of course I’ve got some good bonus info for you! Here are some of those extras…
- Hygiene Tips
- Product Expiration
- Handling Mature Skin
- Working High Def
- Bridal Musts
You can order pre made kits to get you started but I feel that building your own arsenal of carefully curated products and tools lets you show up and work as a true professional. There is not one way to do this. Your kit will be unique, (think beautiful snowflake!), just like you as an artist and your fabulous clients.
I would love to give you a video tour of the kit that I have built over the last 13 years.
Pre-Order HERE and Save $10 Today!
Use the code PRESALE (for a limited time) and save! Once the course is live (April) it will be $29.99 and some extras will not be included.
Know a friend who is struggling to build her kit? Be a pal and pass on this info!