make up artists kit

As an aspiring makeup artist, making an investment when purchasing your very first kit can be daunting! You need to be prepared with products for a variety of skin types, and will also want to invest in hygiene products like brush cleaners. We’ve compiled the must-haves that you’ll find on every professional’s beauty shelf!

You can make your life easier by de-potting the makeup and using magnetic palettes instead of carrying hundreds of palettes around with you. Expired makeup shouldn’t be used on clients, so don’t forget to look out for a date!

1. Primers

A primer is one of the most essential makeup products to use on a daily basis for people with all skin types. Primers provide an extra layer that helps color stay in place and blend better, smoothing out any imperfections or dry spots you might have (even those pesky nose patches). I’ve found my favorite primer through trial and error! The J One Jelly Pack does just what it says: sticks like glue without being too heavy for oily skins even though its more viscous than other primers. It also contains hyaluronic acid which leaves your face feeling soft from day 1-3 after application by keeping your moisture levels stable throughout long days at work or play.Bobbi Brown’s Face Base is a lighter, moisturizing alternative to the very sticky J One Jelly Pack. The light cream base goes on smoothly giving your skin an instant glow The P Louise Base has been my best friend since this summer because I was able to wear more vibrant colors while still maintaining coverage!

2. Foundation

a variety of foundations for a makeup artist's kit

Foundations are a sensitive subject for some artists. Some believe that foundations should be the most expensive part of their kit as it covers more surface area than anything else, but can also melt and slide off if not made well. In order to keep your shades organised without lugging around 50 different formulas in varying tones, we suggest purchasing face palettes with colour adjustment drops such as RCMA’s palette range -which is loved by many other artists too! You will need an empty palette on top of this so you can mix colours together; however they’re very affordable and worth investing in if you want organisational perfection!

concealers for a makeup artist's kit

3. Concealer

Concealers can be used to conceal and highlight, as well as bronze the face. They range from inexpensive drugstore brands like Maybelline or ELF that cost around £5 a piece up to expensive Mac Pro Longwear Concealer which run for over £20 each at times!

4. Powders

Powders are essential in achieving the perfect look, so you need to be careful of what brands and powders that go into it. These will make or break your makeup! There’s nothing worse than spending hours on a gorgeous new look only for it all to come undone because powder is too reflective -this can happen if there’s zinc present in the product. So watch out for those ingredients when buying product.You also need to consider that different skin tones will require different powder colours.

You’ll need to have at least 3 loose powders. This goes back to basic colour theory because although the white translucent powders claim to not leave a white cast, they do and you don’t want to leave your clients with medium-deep skin tones looking ashy! Keep the white setting powders for fair-light clients only. We recommend the RCMA translucent powder or the Laura Mercia translucent powder for fair-light skin tones.or medium-deep skin tones we advise looking at the range of shades offered by Fenty Beauty, Huda Beauty or Bobbi Brown.

Each of these brands offer powders in a variety of shades and you can even ask a Bobbi Brown artist for advice when you go to buy product. We recommend loose powders as these tend to work best for most skin types. Baking is going out of trend but you’ll still need to set your clients’ makeup. However, if you’re hired to stay throughout the day for touch ups, you’ll want to grab a pressed powder to avoid mess. I personally prefer the Maybelline Fit Me pressed powders as they come in a variety of colours and even add some coverage which is sometimes needed as makeup fades throughout the day.

5. Blushes

elf blush palette for a makeup artist's kit

Bronzers and Highlighters -brands seem determined to put blush, bronzer and highlighter palettes out everywhere. For these, we recommend looking to Fenty beauty. Especially for bronzers, Fenty Beauty has one of the most inclusive ranges and isn’t too expensive. Brands like ELF and MUA offer budget-friendly alternatives to high-end beauty products. These affordable brands do an excellent job in offering cream blushes, blush palettes with highlight pigments that are available in a wide range of colors at less than £5! Blush can also be used as eyeshadows so don’t forget about versatility when you’re shopping for your makeup kit.

6. Eyeshadow

juvia's place wahalla palette makeup artist

The Natasha Denona eyeshadow palettes are a great investment for any makeup artist, but they come at the hefty price, with some palettes priced up to £198. If you’re looking for something more wallet friendly that can work on all skin tones, Juvia’s Place has an array of beautiful and bold colors (and cheaper!) You won’t be disappointed!Amazingly pigmented shades and a black owned business, they’re some of the best eyeshadows I’ve ever used, and they’re easy to depot. I’d also advise buying some ‘core’ palettes from cheaper brands like Morphe.

Well, you’d really only need one, but Morphe palettes tend to be full of transition colours with a few pops of colour so you could buy one or two, maybe one lighter and one deeper in colour, depot them, and voila, you have all of the transition shades you could desire. I’d personally recommend the first Jaclyn Hill palette as the quality is great and there’s a variety of tones in it (however the blues and purples aren’t that great so circle back to Juvia’s Place for those).

My favourite eye shadows brands for client work include Beauty Bay (especially the Nikkie Tutorials palette), Huda Beauty (full sized palettes, my favourites are the Nude and Naughty palettes), Jeffree Star (a very controversial pick but his eye shadows are seriously amazing and the lipsticks can be used as bases and eyeliners) and some Anatasia Beverley Hills palettes (do not get Subculture! But the Jackie Aina palette is very pigmented and great for dark-deep skin tones, the Modern Renaissance palette is also a great choice if you don’t already have the colours in your kit).

7. Brows

Again, make up artists are in luck because a lot of brands seem to be putting out brow palettes! These aren’t something I would necessarily invest in as you can often use eyeshadows instead of powders and drugstore brands such as MUA that have my favorite eyebrow pencil (brow define micro) will cost only £3. However if you’re looking for pomades the best ones I’ve ever used come from Anastasia Beverly Hills. Their dip brow pomade is amazing and the best on the market!

8. Lipsticks and Glosses

maybelline super stay liquid matte lipsticks for a makeup artists kit

Finding the perfect lipstick is a feat, but if you’re looking for something that will last all day and also double as eye makeup the Jeffree Star Liquid Lipsticks are your best bet. For those who don’t have much time to keep touching up their look throughout the course of an event or workday, liquid lipsticks can be a better investment. Try the Jeffree Star Liquid Lipsticks or if you’re looking for a more affordable product, the Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipsticks. They’re comfortable but do not budge! Keep this in mind when using them on people as they may need an oil cleanser on hand to remove them!


I think the key thing you should takeaway from this is that not all of your makeup needs to come from high end brands! As long as the product is good quality, clean and in date, it’ll be fine! Let us know what you think in the comments, what do you use in your kit?

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