THE ESSENTIAL MAKEUP KIT
First and foremost, makeup should be TIMELESS! There is no point in sticking to a style just because it’s in right now. Yes, its important to evolve and catch up with the times, but just like in fashion, some things just never go out of fashion!
May it be that little black dress, flesh toned heels, a stylish handbag, a pearl necklace, crisp white shirt or dress and so forth.
Makeup has pretty much the same principle. There are just certain styles or applications of makeup that will never fail us. Just like any other profession, makeup takes practice! Doesn’t matter how experienced a makeup artist is, there will be times we have to redo a whole look from scratch.
Lets look at the ESSENTIALS of a MAKEUP KIT:
In order to do the right makeup, a MUA needs the right tools in order to do so. You are only as good as the tools you use! Brushes being the most important tools for a makeup artist!
Are the most important tools for the MUA!
To be used with a clean wand or comb on standby. Have more than 3! However, if you or your client have very light lashes and brows, opt for a dark brown. Enhancing is key, not being something you’re not.
*Bicarbonate of soda
Bicarb of soda can be used as a ‘cleaning agent’. Prep your skin with it once a week as an exfoliant. Take a teaspoon of the soda and add a cleanser of your choice, most MUA’s love Cetaphil. Don’t do this if you do chemical peels or you’re sunburnt. This is just a very easy and non invasive way to exfoliate your skin if you’re a busy gal and need to just get those dead skin cells off your face.
Another great thing about bicarbonate is that you can brush your teeth with it! Try it, you won’t believe how much ‘dirt’ it takes out of your mouth! It kills germs and is recommended by dentists.
Primers have extra silicone and glycerin, allowing foundation to be applied smoother and more evenly. Some schools would teach us to use a moisturizer first and follow with the primer. However, it’s not a mess up if you used one without the other.
Personally my most important tool for the eye, you can smudge with it, apply into the inner eyeline, the outer to create all sorts of looks! Please invest in a good quality black pencil, I’ve noticed the cheaper they are, the more likely they are hard and you tend to hurt your skin! Smoulder from MAC is just fantastic!
To emphasize certain parts of the face like the brow bones, cheek bones, chin etc.
Creamy blushes are great if you’re not into powder on your face. If you don’t like to use too much makeup such as foundation or loose powder, or if you’re simply a teen, a cream blush is the way to go! It’s definitely for the woman on the run or that makeup minimalist. Make sure your skin is hydrated though or you’ll be on a blending mission of note.
If you ‘suffer’ from very straight lashes, then the eyelash curler is a must have. Just make sure you curl your lashes before applying your mascara, as the mascara can heap up on the rubbers and can actually pull a lash off or two. Keep it very clean! It immediately opens your eyes up though. Keep in clenched for about 5-10 seconds! There are heated eyelash curlers on the market, which I have and is battery operated. If you can, get both and see which one you prefer. If you’re an artist, have both. Some clients are not comfortable with the usual eyelash curler.
Right, if you use this, make sure it doesn’t have titanium dioxide, as it will reflect with a camera flash. The reason why we artists like translucent powder is because we apply a ‘thickish’ amount under the eyes when applying eyeshadow to then easily brush off the eyeshadow fall-out.
More than one tone for YOURSELF! And obviously A LOT if you’re an artist! Reason why you yourself should have more than one tone, well that’s because in winter you are lighter than you are in summer. Plus, in the transition of the seasons, you can mix small amounts of the two for that perfect tone.
EVERYONE needs a concealer. Can help with discoloration, blemishes, bags and pigmentation etc.
*Contouring creams or shadows
For shading (to build cheekbones) Not everyone can use them and I wouldn’t suggest the normal lady to use it on a day-to-day basis, but as for you artists, LEARN how to use it! It makes a huge difference!
*Lip gloss and lipsticks
You should have: nude lipstick, clear lip gloss, a signature color, tinted lip gloss, a gold shimmery gloss, and of course a red lipstick! What every you get after all these essentials are bonuses!
*Gold and silver shimmer powder (pigments)
Used to highlight the eyes, cheeks and lips. They give that glow and can enhance features stunningly! Gold is more for the warmer tones skins and silver is of course for the more cool-toned skins.
Use if you have a powdered foundation. Remember, powder sticks to powder and creams stick to creams! Lips2lashes MUA Natalie Camara tip!!! Applies to application of shadows or creams on eyes.
You can use cotton pads to apply powder, brush powder off or rest your fingers on the clients face when applying makeup. Plus, they’re inexpensive and way more hygienic as you just throw them away after use.
Removing that ‘mistake’ you made with that eyeliner or mascara.
So you at the testing counter and you see a shadow that you fancy. Here is a tip, if you wipe your finger over the product and it still looks exactly the same then its great quality. If it changes or looks slightly lighter, don’t buy it. It only means it won’t last on your face. Don’t use products which face from product to finger to face on a client. Ever! Invest in better shadows which will last the whole day!
Some clients need to be pruned! Although it isn’t really an artists job to do so, advise your client to have her brows shaped by a beautician before coming to you. But have one, just in case. Some clients have furry, skin toned and tiny hairs which only make themselves apparent when eyeshadow is applied! Another tip is to get baby gum numbing gel and apply a bit onto the part you want to tweeze minutes before you do. This will ‘numb’ the area slightly. If its good for babies gums, it should be good for a tiny area on your brows.
*Inner white pencil/ white eyeliner
Used to make your eye look larger when applied on the inner eye, makes you look younger and slightly more awake. Make sure it isn’t waterproof as your inner eye isn’t dry. The only ‘waterproof’ item you should have is mascara for that bridal application. Them brides shed tears!
Use one that matches you or your clients brows! A great tip to remember is applying a lighter shade than that of your own in the inner part of your brows, going darker on the outer parts. This is way more natural looking and doesn’t look so harsh.
I absolutely love and adore THE BEAUTY FACTORY’S products! You just cannot go wrong with a moisturizer from them. (Woodlands Mall, Pretoria, South Africa)
I have a MAC makeup box! Oh how I love it! Although, I’ll need another box pretty soon. As an artist, you should never rock up for a job with an unorganized box or have the items thrown in a bag! Not only does it make you look unprofessional, but you’ll take more time finding the makeup and tools than actually applying it all on your clients face! #fail
So these are pretty much the ESSENTIALS or BASICS for a makeup artist and of course if you’re just a lover of makeup yourself. If you are a minimalist regarding makeup, you probably won’t be buying half of these things. But they do help at the end of the day.
Stay tuned for more ‘classes and makeup tips’ on our blog as I will be posting more.