How I have curated my mobile makeup kit over time.....
My philosophy with my kit is try everything and have lots of different things in your kit so you can cater for a larger audience. That being said unless you have lots of money in the first place you need to curate your kit wisely so you don't end up with too much product and not enough work and an empty bank account.
The best way I have found to maintain "a use on everyone/anytime" kit is to buy products individually in my colours for my personal use first and give them a good try out. If they impress me and last the day (sometimes from 5am till midnight if I am working and attending a wedding) a great product that lasts the distance will then be purchased in multiple colours for my kit according to my budget.
Foundations - I usually try to have at least 3 different brands of foundations in different shades (3-4 shades per brand) you can buy a dark one and a light one and mix them to custom make a colour if needed. I try to have different formulations so I can cater to different skins. Cream, liquid, grease stick and powder are the options that I carry in my kit.
Eyeshadow and blush palettes have fortunately made a big comeback lately and it's great news for makeup lovers, rather than buying individual shades. Usually palettes offer shades that complement each other so it takes the guess work out of creating a look. Again I try brands from all price points and find what gives me the best look on myself first then it can be purchased for my kit.
Luxe Makeup by Brie Tip - Nars Orgasm blush is a great suit anyone shade as is the Nars Laguna bronzer they are a fabulous addition to any kit..
Mascara - for hygiene purposes I carry a few mascaras and disposable wands or I ask the client to bring theirs. I always use eye pencils, eyebrow pencils and lip pencils on my clients for hygiene reasons and I have many colour options in my kit.
I do carry liquid eyeliner by way of a gel pot that I use with a brush if the look I'm creating calls for that.
I carry a few lipsticks and glosses but a lot of the time my brides bring their own as they will need them for touch ups on the day.
Luxe Makeup by Brie Lip Tip: I have found the Maybelline Color Drama Pencil Lipsticks to be fantastic with a great colour range at an affordable price. I use my freshly sharpened pencils for trials to choose a colour then my Brides purchase one from Priceline for their big day.
False lashes also are a option I carry in my kit and I provide a few options for my clients. Strip lashes, individual lashes and custom made to your size lashes are all ways ready and stocked in my kit. I also have a few different glues/adhesives so I can customise to the clients needs.
Brushes are the most important tool in your kit so choosing them should be something you put thought into. Whether you choose to buy individual brushes to make up a set or purchase a pre selected set of brushes you need to make sure what is included covers the application techniques you are going to be utilising.
Each different brush has a use and it's best to use brushes as intended to get the cleanest look to your application.
The brushes you always need are
Foundation brush or disposable sponge type applicator if you prefer for hygiene purposes.
Large rounded fluffy Powder Brush
Medium brush for Blush
Angled brush for contouring
Small flat rounded tip eyeshadow brush for putting product on eyelids
Fluffier blending brush
Smaller tipped domed brush for smoking out liner around the eyes
Angle shaped eyeliner brush
Spoolie brush to brush out brows
Disposable lip wands, mascara wands, cotton tips, tissues and cotton pads
Storage is a huge issue when you are a mobile makeup artist you need to be able to move your makeup easily but also carry a lot of product at once without damage to any of it. I used to use a hard open out case by Artistry. It was great but didn't hold much and was very heavy. Recently I found a wasp roller suitcase with clear case inserts. It allows me to sort my kit into categories (Foundations/liquids, Powders/blushes/highlighters, Eye shadows/glitters, Brows/lips and Liners/lashes) and helps to keep everything organised and easy to get to quickly.
I have also recently purchased a bag that looks like a laptop bag but has many sections that use movable clapboard so you can customise for your own use.
The bag also has brush compartments to store my brushes for ease of access.
I have put all my most reached for products in this bag and I call it my "quick face bag" as I can grab and go and have enough to to a quick face without all the fuss of the rest of my huge kit.
Makeup remover and setting spray also round up the contents in my kit. I have a few secret weapons that I keep in my kit but that's for me to know and my clients to enjoy when they book my services.
Any questions on what else is in my kit?
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Hi my name is Brie.