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Starting as a makeup artist

If your serious about makeup, have you thought about ever wanted to become a Makeup Artist or maybe you already are working in Makeup Artistry. Do you know what to do or where to start in a career as a Makeup Artist, there are many things that need to be done that I am going to share with you. We will go over on where to start, creating a Makeup Artist kit and how to take care of it for each individual client. Now here’s the Ultimate Cheat Sheet for your Makeup Artist Kit, along with a free makeup kit cheat sheet printable. I have also embedded all my makeup kit favorites and each item that I hold in my kit, so you wont have to go anywhere else to get what you need. 

Want to be a makeup artist

For anyone that wants to become a Makeup Artist or maybe already is working in the feild. Maybe you are a beauty lover, beauty expert, beauty blogger, beauty influencer, beauty vlogger or want to be any of these things. Then maybe providing a service as a Makeup Artist is something for you to get into. There are many things that you can do to start as a Makeup Artist and read on to find out what you need to do to start and here is what I will share with you today.


Do you need training

Providing a service for customers is something that I do best, making others feel and look beautiful can make you feel accomplished as an Artist. Now there are many ways you can get started with training as a Makeup Artist. There is usually Hairdressing and Beauty schools in every big city, in Sudbury where I am from we have Modern College. You can check on google for the schools that have this type of training, even Esthetics or Makeup Artist classes to enroll in. There are many online courses that you can take at your own pace from home, here are a few top courses that I have taken:,

These are just some of the top online makeup course that are certified and most have monthly payments for enrollment. You can also be a self taught makeup artist and train yourself with workshops, youtube videos and practice. There are many things and many ways to get started with this and all can be sufficient ways to start your career. Figure out what works for you and your life and just go for it.


Can this be your career

If you love makeup or beauty and it is one of your passions then this is one indicator that this can be your career. If you want to start a business or change your career and all the above works, then this can definitely be for you. Working as a Makeup Artist is something that has brought me great joy, that’s why I started doing Makeup when I was 17. Doing Makeup actually does ease my mental anxiety and helping women feel beautiful gives you confidence. There is also a union and you can also apply to be in the Makeup Artist/Hairstylist union here:


Creating your makeup artist kit

Having a full Makeup Artist kit is essential to being a Makeup Artist and starting to take on clients and to have a business. The first thing you need is have the correct makeup kit supplies and there are 2 factors when planning this out. What type of clients will you take on and what the state requirements are, if that applies to you. You will need to meet the state licensure to work professionally within your state licensing requirement.


Starting with your kit

Starting your kit is the main step we are going to take to get our Makeup Artistry career on a roll. You also might get into a specific niche of Makeup Artistry as well, you will want to tailor your makeup kit supplies to fit your line of work:

  • Television broadcasting & commercial filming sets
  • Movie and film production
  • Theatre, opera, ballet, and other performing arts.
  • Weddings, graduations, and other special occasions.
  • Spas and beauty salons
  • Resorts and five-star hotels
  • Cruise ships
  • Mobile house and business calls
  • Special FX work
  • Photoshoots, fashion shows, and Model calls


Getting everything you need

Let’s make sure that you have all the essential supplies to begin your career or enhance your career as a Makeup Artist. Sanitation, disinfection, hygiene, client protection and your protection, you must have general supplies that address all of these issues. Doing makeup on yourself or your friends is not quite the same as working with professional clients. You need to practice using the best hygiene techniques, we want everything to be clean and safe in the workspace. These 2 things will be absolutely essential when determining your long term success in business.

  • Hand sanitizer
  • Disposable tissues
  • Antibacterial brush cleaner spray
  • Hair drape or cover
  • Body drape
  • Disposable applicators
  • Eye protection for both you and your client
  • Rubber or latex gloves
  • First aid kit
  • Blood spill kit
  • Containers or bags for soiled items and trash
  • Container or bag for items to be disinfected 


If you are planning on practicing esthetics as well as makeup artistry, which they both go hand in hand. This way you can provide more services for your customers, which will open up your client  base. Check to see if your state is required to have a licensing with the National Interstate-Council of State Board of Cosmetology (NIC)

Here’s the necessities needed for Esthetics:

  • Mannequin hand and a table clamp – depending on your state you may be required to use a live model
  • Cleansing face cream
  • Spatulas
  • Astringent or toner
  • Thermos or container for water
  • Massage cream
  • Tweezers
  • Fabric strips
  • Soft wax product
  • Hard wax product
  • Wax heater
  • Facial mask product
  • Moisturizer
  • Foundation, blush, and powder
  • Mascara, eye shadow, and eye liner
  • Lip color and lip liner
  • Eyebrow brush


You also need these general hygiene and safety supplies:

  • Dry storage container
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Antiseptic
  • Body drape
  • Hair drape/cover
  • EPA-grade disinfectant that kills bacteria, fungi, and viruses
  • Cloth and paper towels
  • Tissues and cotton
  • Disposable applicators
  • Tape
  • Eye protection
  • Gloves
  • First aid kit – check with your state for the specific requirements for this, usually band aids, antiseptic, latex gloves, and first aid tape
  • Blood spill kit
  • Containers or bags for soiled items and trash
  • Container or bag for items to be disinfected


The basic supplies for a Cosmetologist are:

  • Mannequin head and table clamp – depending on your state you may be required to use a live model
  • Hair clamp
  • Comb
  • Hair brush
  • Spray bottle
  • Thermal curling iron with material to test the iron’s temperature
  • Haircutting shears
  • Razor
  • Chemical wave rods and end papers
  • Chemical applicator bottle with simulated waving lotion
  • Tint brush and bowl or bottle applicator
  • Thick tinting gel or colored cholesterol
  • Blow dryer
  • Hair clippies
  • Hair rollers
  • Cuticle cream/remover
  • Nail filing and buffing tools
  • Cuticle pusher
  • Nail brush
  • Cuticle oil
  • Nail polish and polish remover
  • Sculptured nail products
  • Neck sanitation strips


The Makeup Artist Starter Kit:

  •  Skincare- Cleanser, Toner, Moisturiser
  • Makeup Brushes
    • 3x shadow brushes, blusher brush, powder brush, eyebrow angled brush, eyeliner angled brush, lip brush, eyebrow comb, foundation brush, concealer brush.
  • Primer
    • One for oily skin, one for combination. (Some cover all bases)
  • Tweezers
  • Water Spray Bottle
  • Cream based blusher
  • Powder based blusher
  • Concealers
  • Eye Pencils
    • 1x Black, 1x Brown
  • Cream Eyeliner
    • 1x Black, 1x Brown
  • Foundation
    • 1x Light cool + warm tone, 1x Medium cool + warm tone, 1x Dark cool + warm tone (this gives you the option for mixing colours to most people without carrying one of every colour foundation)
  • Setting Powder
    • 1x Translucent HD Powder, 1x Setting Powder light , 1x Setting Powder Dark
  • Eyeshadow
    • Neutral bridal palette: at least 10 shadows ranging from very cream white to black/brown.
  • Mascara
    • 1x Black Waterproof , 1x Brown Waterproof
  • Lipstick
    • 1x Nude , 1x soft pink, 1x Coral, 1x plum, 1x red
  • Lipliner
    • 1x Nude, 1x soft pink, 1x red
  • Lipbalm
  • Setting Spray
  • Clear Lipgloss
  • Tissues
  • Cotton Pads
  • Eye makeup Remover
  • Cotton buds
  • Brush Cleaner
  • Baby wipes
  • Towel


Add these extra supplies when you begin to work all the time on set or with your clients:

  • Demi wispy eyelashes
  • Voluminous mascara
  • Cosmetic wedges
  • Face wedges
  • Eye shadow
  • Hairspray
  • Concealer brush with a curved tip
  • Powdered concealer
  • Foundation brush – full and coarse
  • Mineral powder
  • Translucent powder brush – full and fluffy
  • Bronzer
  • Eyeliner
  • Lip gloss
  • Spatula
  • Lipstick and applicator
  • Tool belt
  • Brushes for application
  • Face hydrating cream
  • Eyebrow brush
  • Eyebrow pencil
  • Foundation
  • Skin pore lotion
  • Primer and applicator for blemishes
  • Oil-absorbing pressed powder
  • Concealer
  • Translucent face powder
  • Face contouring powder
  • Dabbing towels
  • Eyeshadow
  • Eyeliner pencil
  • Blush
  • Lipstick
  • Lip liner


How to take care of your Makeup Artist Kit

Always make sure your supplies are cleaned before each clients by wiping everything down and using a spray bottle with rubbing alcohol and water on your palettes and brushes. When setting up your work space before working on your client, you also want to make sure the immediate area is clean and disinfected. Also any other supplies, towels and face cloths are clean and you have all new paper towel, q tips, cotton swabs, and have disposable mascara wands, eye shadow wands and lip gloss wands.


Setting up your makeup space before a client:

  • Clean the immediate makeup area, wipe everything down with disinfectant
  • Lay down clean towels to place makeup and supplies on
  • Spray all makeup and palettes with alcohol and water spray
  • Spray makeup brushes with brush cleaner mixed with water
  • Have all new mascara, eyeshadow and lifeless wands
  • Have all new q tips, paper towel, kleenex, cotton swabs, cotton pads
  • Have a large towel, blanket or a smock to cover your clients clothes from all makeup fall off
  • Make sure you have clean towels and face cloths to use to wash brushes on and wipe access off or to clean up

Then when you are done with your client cleaning everything thoroughly is something that needs to be done. This will ensure that all makeup, deabre, oils and bodily fluids will be cleaned properly.


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Here’s a list in no specific order on how to clean your makeup and supplies:

  • Throw out all garbage and used wands
  • Spray all makeup and palettes with the alcohol and water spray bottle
  • Deep clean all brushes with brush cleaning shampoo
  • Spray all brushes with brush cleaner mixed with water
  • Leave your brushes out to dry making sure the bristles are in the air
  • Wipe everything down with disinfectant
  • Pack everything away or put it back where it belongs for next client
  • Put all towels and cloths in the washing machine with bleach and laundry soap mix
  • Make sure all makeup bags and luggage is clean with alcohol wipes
  • Clean the immediate area by wiping everything down with disinfectant, sweep/vacuum floors and clean the floors with cleaner






Taking care of Supplies

Making sure to take the best care of all your tools and supplies so they will last you a long time. Also you need to be super careful with keeping everything disinfected because you don’t want a client to receive pink eye, a skin rash or allergic reaction because of not cleaning your tools properly. 

To keep you and your business safe from all precautions it is best to create a standard contract. You want to state that all tools and supplies are properly disinfected and sanitized and that if anything does happen (pink eye, rash, allergic reaction anything in the form of an infection) that you will not be held legally responsible. Also if something happens to them (injury, fall, burns, broken bones, etc.) while they are on your property or during your services, you will not be held legally responsible. There are many other topics that need to be put in a contract and I will go over this in a post dedicated to client contracts.


What’s in my Makeup Artistry Kit?

  • Travel vanity with lights
  • Suitcase on wheels holding all my makeup bags
  • 6 black makeup bags face makeup, lip makeup, eye makeup, facial kit, eyelashes and disposable supplies
  • Face makeup bag:
  • Multiple colors & skin types of primer
  • Multiple colors & skin types of concealer
  • HD concealer
  • Color correctors
  • Multiple colors & skin types of foundation
  • HD foundation
  • Loose setting powder
  • Compact face powder
  • HD setting powder
  • Eye makeup bag:
  • Eyeshadow primers & bases
  • Multiple colors eyeshadow pigment
  • Black & Brown gel eyeliner
  • Multiple colors of eyeliner
  • Black liquid eyeliner
  • Black pen tip eyeliner
  • Black & brown eyeliners
  • Multiple colors of glitter eyeliner
  • Multiple colors of eyebrow pencils
  • Multiple colors of brow shadow
  • Multiple colors of brow pomade
  • Multiple colors of brow mascara
  • Clear eyebrow gel mascara
  • Multiple black mascaras (different sizes of wands & each do different things to eyelashes)
  • Lips makeup bag:
  • Lip chap
  • Lip scrub lip moisturizer
  • Clear Lip gloss
  • Multiple colors of lipgloss
  • Multiple colors of glitter lipgloss
  • No bleed lip liner
  • Skin color lip liner to fix around lips
  • Multiple colors of lipliner
  • Multiple colors of jumbo lip liner
  • Multiple colors of liquid lipstick
  • Multiple colors of lipstick
  • Multiple colors of lip paint
  • Funky colors for lips
  • Lip gloss palette
  • Facial kit bag:
  • Makeup remover
  • Micellar water
  • Face wash
  • Face scrub
  • Face toner
  • Face cream
  • Face oil
  • Face masks
  • Eye cream
  • Hand cream
  • Lip chap
  • Instantly ageless cream
  • Eye patches
  • Disposable supply bag:
  • Beauty blenders
  • Face sponges
  • Disposable mascara wands
  • Disposable eyeshadow wands
  • Disposable lip gloss wands
  • Disposable makeup scoopers
  • Qtips
  • Cotton swabs
  • Cotton pads
  • Kleenex
  • Paper towel
  • Face wipes
  • Blotting Papers
  • Wet qtips to clean inside eyes
  • Headbands
  • Hair ties
  • Bag with all extras
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Alcohol & water spray
  • Brush cleaner & water spray
  • Towels, face cloths
  • Smocks
  • Mirrors
  • Face spray
  • Setting spray
  • Eyelashes bag:
  • Eyelash glues
  • Clear eyelash glue
  • White eyelash glue
  • Black eyelash glue
  • Eyelash scissors
  • Eyelash curler
  • Eyelash Tweezers
  • Eyelash applicators
  • Applying sticks
  • Eyelash extensions
  • Single eyelashes
  • Cluster eyelashes
  • Smaller eyelashes
  • Regular eyelashes
  • Wispy eyelashes
  • Full eyelashes
  • Voluminous eyelashes
  • Feather eyelashes
  • Dramatic eyelashes
  • Bag with pallets
  • Eyeshadow palettes:
  • Neutral eyeshadow palette
  • Vibrant eyeshadow palette
  • Dark eyeshadow palette
  • Glitter eyeshadow palette
  • Shimmer eyeshadow palette
  • Matte eyeshadow palette
  • Contour palettes:
  • Matte contour palette
  • Shimmer bronzer palette
  • Light contour powder palette
  • Dark contour powder palette
  • Light cream contour palette
  • Dark cream contour palette
  • Highlight palette:
  • Matte highlight palette
  • Shimmer highlight palette
  • Multiple colors highlighters
  • Liquid highlighters
  • Foundation palette:
  • Light cream concealer palette
  • Dark cream concealer palette
  • Color correctors palette
  • Light cream foundation palette
  • Dark cream foundation palette
  • Light powder foundation palette
  • Dark powder foundation palette
  • Yellow loose & compact powder
  • White loose & compact powder
  • Translucent HD loose powder
  • Lip palettes:
  • Multiple colors lipstick palette
  • Multiple colors lip gloss palette
  • Makeup brushes:
  • Makeup brush portfolio
  • Makeup brush belt
  • Makeup brush container
  • Makeup brush cleaner
  • Brushes:
  • Face brushes:
  • Big fluffy brush
  • All over brush
  • Foundation brush
  • Blush brush
  • Bronzer brush
  • Contour brush
  • Highlight brush
  • Large powder brush
  • Small powder brush
  • Eye brushes:
  • Many big fluffy eye brush
  • Blending brushes
  • Crease brush
  • Packing brushes
  • Detailing brushes
  • Eyeliner brush
  • Eyeshadow brush
  • Angled brush
  • Lip brushes:
  • Lip liner brush
  • Lipstick brush
  • Lip gloss brush
  • Clean up brush
  • Eyebrow brushes:
  • Angled brow brush
  • Spooly brush
  • Face blenders:
  • Face sponges
  • Beauty blenders
  • Tools:
  • Tweezers
  • Sharpener
  • Eyelash curler
  • Scissors
  • Steril Makeup scooping tool
  • Empty artist palette
  • Mixing tool
  • Extra disposable wands:
  • Mascara spoolie wand
  • Eyeshadow wands
  • Lip gloss wands
  • Qtips


Want to try Hairstyling?

Also, we do hairstyling on my clients when we do their makeup, normally we have a squad of us if we are doing weddings, fashion shows, events and such. It’s something that adds another income stream to your business and doing hair and makeup together fit perfect. It’s also convenient for your clients because then they don’t need to find a separate hair stylist for their event. I also find it much easier when theres a team of us that already work together, because we know how each other works. Then it makes it easier if you need to do both hair and makeup at the same time, you will both flow together while working. I only get as many girls as I need at the time, the larger the event the more girls needed. To do hairstyling they don’t need to be a licensed hairdresser, it’s a bonus if they are then they are more knowledgeable of course. As long as they are not cutting or dying clients hair and just sticking to strictly hairstyles and updos, than your fine. 

You would be surprised at how many ladies are great at doing hair, all you need to do is advertise if you are needed an extra girl. If you know what your doing with both hair and makeup and don’t feel that you need the extra hands, then why bother sharing the profits if you don’t need to. Just strictly stick to only doing one or two clients at a time, only do the brides or work with models on photoshoots or.on movie sets. But don’t feel like you need to do it all alone, you can always pair up with a hairdresser and work together on big events. You can help each other get work by referring your clients to one and other, also make sure to have back up girls. What if they are busy that day or what if you need more ladies for a big wedding or fashion show. Then you will be set and you can refer them to the ladies who are not busy or you can partner up with who ever is not busy. 

Personally I have myself who does makeup and hair if I need to, then I have a hairstylist who I would choose first to do hair. But she can also do makeup if shes needs to, but she’s much better at hair styling. Then I have someone who I trained with for makeup and she also does hair, so she’s used for both whenever and wherever she’s needed. So that’s me on makeup, angel on hair and alanah doing facials first then doing both whatever is needed. Usually makeup takes longer then hair so if I had a big wedding party, me and alanah would do makeup and angel would do hair and if alanah needs to help on hair she will do hair and i’ll touch up all the makeup. Its a system that works with us and it does strategically make sense when were working and it follows just right. You might already have other girls in mind that you can work with and you might not find the right ones right away, but be patient because the right girls will come. Then your doubling your revenue with each event that you work.


Here’s what’s in our Hair bag:

  • Water spray bottle
  • Hair brush
  • Round brush
  • Fine tooth combs
  • Teasing combs
  • Hair clips
  • Hair elastics
  • Clear elastics
  • Multiple color bobby pins
  • Larger updo pins
  • Hot rollers with clips
  • Dry rollers
  • Blow dryer to blow out
  • Diffuser attachments
  • Small curling iron
  • Larger barrel curling iron
  • Small straightener
  • Large straightener
  • Triple barrel wave
  • Curling wand with glove
  • Hot rubber matt for hot tools
  • Hairspray
  • Dry shampoo
  • Root lift
  • Volume powder
  • Heat protection spray
  • Hair gel
  • Hair pomade
  • Hair setting spray
  • Hair cream
  • Smoothing spray
  • Mouse
  • Curl cream
  • Hair pieces
  • Flowers
  • Bows
  • Fancy hair clips
  • Hair bun inserts
  • Bumpits
  • Hair extensions


To Conclude

This is what’s in my makeup and hair kits today, I have been doing this for a while so it’s taken time to build up your kit. Don’t feel like this is everything you need to start out, as long as you have the basics then your good to go. Most hair stylist that are already working should have their kits all ready to go, so that’s one less thing to worry about. Also, every Makeup Artist should be working with their own personal makeup artist kits. Make sure to keep everything clean and safe for each client to reduce any infections. 

Now you’re own your way to beginning your Makeup Artist career and soon to be business. These are all the tools to get started and then my personal Makeup Artist kit and what’s in it today. These are just some of the necessities to beginning a life long career in Makeup and maybe Hairstyling. There are many more things to learn and become more knowledgeable about. I will continue to share everything you need to get started with your career and business. Topics about Makeup schools and online training, makeup client contracts, makeup artist union, how to create a client base, how to start your business and so much more. I have many many ideas to share with you, so keep coming back for more and remember to share it with all your friends


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