I have compiled a list of what I believe are essentials for you to own in your very own professional makeup kit
To do the right makeup, you need the right makeup tools in your professional makeup kit. The correct tools make the job easier, and they give you the control for doing your makeup properly. That’s why, when it comes to makeup, you really are only as good as the tools you use!
I know that I couldn’t do my job without my tools, so I have compiled a list of what I believe are ESSENTIALS for you to own in your very own makeup kit. Yes, it is a bit longer than you might like it to be, but believe me when I tell you, it’s an investment and worth every cent. Most of the items listed will last you for years, some even a lifetime. One way to keep costs down is to spend less on disposable items such as lipstick and eye shadow, to make way for the more necessary things like brushes. Because brushes are incredibly important, I’ve added a whole section on them, explaining the different types available and how to use them.
Brushes – Absolutely essential! You are going to need several of these, so I’ve made a separate post on Brushes.
Cotton Pads – Use for applying powder. I prefer these because most powder brushes leave brush marks. Powder brushes need to be cleaned so often that maintenance becomes a hassle—cotton pads are a great replacement and the most hygienic option in a professional makeup artist’s kit.
Tweezers – Pointed tweezers are my favorite because they remove every hair in sight, and they outline the brow beautifully. However, because they are like needles, you must turn the tweezers side on, rather than directly pointing them at the brow.
Makeup Primer – Makeup primers are basically a moisturizer that contains extra silicone and glycerin, allowing foundation to be applied a lot more evenly. If you use a makeup primer don’t use a moisturizer as you would be doubling up—let your makeup primer act as your moisturizer as well unless you have dry skin.
Inner Eye White Pencil – To clean up redness in the inner rim of the eye. This opens the eye and makes you look instantly younger and more awake.
Black Kajal Pencil – This works well as smudged eyeliner for a smokey eye on the top lash line. If the weather is cold, you should heat up your pencil before using it, by rubbing it on the back of your hand, to release the pigment and soften the pencil; this should give it a crayon-like feel and improve the intensity of the color.
Highlighter – Use one that matches your skin tone. Eyelash Curlers– This is the one tool I believe every woman must own. Professionals always carry these in their makeup kits and use them every single time. There is a simple trick to them:
- place your lashes in the curler
- slightly squeeze the curler before you start, making sure there is no skin trapped
- then squeeze as hard as you can for 5 to 10 seconds before releasing.
A great tip to getting a fabulous curl on your lashes is to heat up the curler with a hairdryer, test it on the back of your hand, before going near the eye and then following the steps mentioned above.
Cream Blush– This is great if you don’t like to use powder of any kind. It gives a more creamy, dewy finish to the cheeks, which provides a youthful look. Don’t use cream blush if you have powdered your foundation.
Powder Blush – You should only use powder blush if you have set your skin with translucent powder after applying the foundation otherwise it will have a blotchy and uneven effect. Not all powder blushes are matte. My favorite kind is that which has a gold shimmer to give an extra glow.
Translucent Powder – Even if you hate powder, you’ll need this for blending and prepping your eyes. Beware of any powder that has titanium dioxide (even though it’s essential for sunscreen); it’s completely safe for everyday use. However, it will play havoc if you’re going to a special occasion where a camera flash may be involved. The reason for this is that titanium will photograph pure white, so if it’s in your powder it can whiten your foundation by up to five shades.
At least Two Foundations – These are a must, especially if your skin changes color from summer to winter.
Gold or Silver Pigments – These are used to highlight the eyes, the cheeks and the lips. They give the skin a glow, and bring your makeup alive. Gold is for warm-toned skins and silver is for cool-toned skins.
Contouring Cream or Shadow – For shading purposes (to build cheekbones etc). It’s not for everyone, but it makes one hell of a difference.
Lip Gloss and Lipstick – Again, you don’t need hundreds. I believe every woman should own –
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