Kit essentials every budding make-up artist needs

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make up brushesReady to kick start your career as a make-up artist? Need to stock up with all the essentials? Here, we take a look at the must-have items that every make-up artist needs in their kit.

Moisturisers and primers

The perfect make-up needs the perfect base. That’s why every make-up artist needs good quality moisturisers and primers. It’s important to have multiple options for different skin types; clients with extremely dry skin will need a rich moisturiser, while those with excess oil will need something light that takes away any shine. Stock up with a variety of moisturisers and primers so you can tailor your service to suit your client’s individual needs.

Good quality make-up brushes

Perhaps the most important of all, make-up brushes will make or break the quality of your finish no matter what look you’re creating. Invest in great quality brushes from leading brands such as Zoeva, Charlotte Tilbury or Morphe that will give you the same great effect, time after time.

Foundation and concealers

Want to create the ultimate flawless finish? Then good foundation and concealer is essential. Like with moisturisers, it’s important to have a range of different products for clients with different requirements. For instance, some people may want a full coverage while others may prefer a lightweight look. And some may want a matte look while some may like a dewy glow. Invest in different options from super light foundation to full coverage and everything in between.

Bronzers and blush

Once you’ve perfected your client’s base make-up, you’ll need to apply bronzer or blusher (or both!) to highlight their features and give them a warm, sun-kissed glow. Opt for a variety of peaches, pinks, reds and deep brown hues to suit all skin tones.

Eye products

The list of eye products you may need is almost endless, but there are a few essentials that you will almost always use, whatever look you’re going for. Mascara, liquid and pencil eyeliner and powder eyeshadows are all items you’ll reach for time and time again.

Cleaning products

Antibacterial brush cleaner and hand sanitiser are absolute must-haves for any make up artist. Between each client you must always clean your hands and your brushes thoroughly, so your practice is safe and hygienic. It’s worth investing in a first aid kit, latex gloves, hair drape and disposable applicators to ensure both you and your clients are protected.

Tool belt

Whether you’re mobile or working in a salon, you’ll find that your job is so much easier with a tool belt. Simply clip it around your waist and pack full of your essential brushes and products so you have everything you need to hand. No more fumbling around on worktops or in drawers looking for products!

If you’re just setting up as a make-up artist, it’s important to invest in high-quality products that will withstand the test of time and deliver great results, so making financial arrangements to afford these is essential. Now you’ve got all the essentials, you can start creating fantastic looks your clients will love!


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