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How To Build A Pro Makeup Kit (For Under $1000)

If you’ve been following along with our blogs you’ve learned the best ways to start building your brand and step into the pro makeup industry. Now while all of that is incredibly important, you certainly are not going to get far without the right kit. 

Having been a makeup artist in the industry for over 30 years, Camera Ready Cosmetics' founder Mary Erickson knows quality and value. She understands what an artist needs. 

Important things to consider when building the Holy Grail of makeup kits is Quality, Multifunction, and Sanitation.

 

Quality

When we say quality we are talking about products made to work with a pro in mind. Now while YouTube and Instagram will have a ton of suggestions for how to build your kit, keep in mind that beauty bloggers and celebrities are often being paid to push certain products, and quality does not always play a factor.

Good quality makeup is not going to be the eyeshadow palette you got with 20+ shades for $15 on Amazon. You should consider the ingredients, what is the color payoff, and is it going to lay on the skin well. 

Packaging is also important. It needs to be able to withstand wear and tear, or at least be able to be broken down and redistributed into empty palettes for ease of travel.

Multifunction

Not everything in your kit is going to be able to have a variety of functions, but the more items you have that can serve different purposes the better. This will help streamline your kit, save space and reduce weight.

Examples of this would be brushes that can be used on eyes or lips, shadows that can be used wet or dry, or even lip color that doubles as a blush. It’s really up to you and your imagination as to how you can use items in different ways.

Sanitation

Remember that you’re going to use this kit on many different people and not just yourself. You must keep not only your brushes and tools clean, but also your makeup. 

It’s important to not just choose disinfecting sprays and easily cleanable packaged products, but also disposable items. Never double dip into your tubes of mascara or lip color.

How you build a kit can vary based on your primary area of focus within makeup. Whether you’re looking to work in bridal, fashion or movies, this Pro Kit will fulfill your basic needs. Now let’s start shopping.

Skin Care & Prep

As a pro artist you will be working on many different skin types. The better prepped the skin the better your application and longevity of wear.

Remember the mantra of Cleanse, Tone and Moisturize…these steps will help you to better understand the skin you are about to work on, and also prepare your canvas.

Top products to have in your kit for this crucial step are:

Alcone Make-Off Makeup Remover Cloths

Inglot Muti-Action Toner Combination to Oily Skin 25ml/.84 fl oz

Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentre – 24-Hour Miracle Cream – 30ml (1oz)

Bioderma Atoderm Lip Stick

Mehron Skin Prep Pro

Camera Ready Oil Free Makeup Remover 1oz

 

Foundation

As a Pro your kit must accommodate a wide range of skin tones. Cream palettes are a great way to have a diverse selection of color, and they work well with most skin types. Not to mention they are compact, so they take up less space than 10 liquid foundation bottles.

While Camera Ready has many high quality options, we have narrowed it down to the RCMA VK Foundation Palettes for this kit. What is great about this product is its versatility. Use them as concealers, blend them down for foundation or mix with skin prep to create a sheer/tinted moisturizer. The sky’s the limit!

RCMA VK Foundation Palette in Ko #10
RCMA VK Foundation Palette in Shinto #11

 

Powder

Set it and forget it! If you have not been living under a rock for the last two years, then you have certainly heard of RCMA No-Color Powder. While again, we carry many comparable high quality setting powders, RCMA has been a staple in pro kits for many years.

Along with an all over setting powder, you will also want to have some tinted options for contour and highlight. We recommend a space saving palette with a range of shades. Mehron Celebre Pro-HD Pressed Palette Highlight & Contour is multifunctional and includes all their most popular shades.

RCMA Makeup No Color Powder 3 oz.

Mehron Celebre Pro-HD Pressed Palette Highlight & Contour

 

Blush & Bronzer

Let us not forget the importance of color, and in keeping with the theme we have another great palette that offers some of the best color payout on the market. La Femme has so many shade options you could probably find a use for each, but to get you started we suggest our Camera Ready Cosmetics' Exclusive Le Femme Blush Palette. The best part of this is that you can easily switch and swap with their huge selection of refills. 

Not every face needs shimmer and shine which is why we recommend matte blush or bronzers. However, to keep your Pro Kit versatile, always have some shimmer on standby. For this we included Ofra - Beverly Hills Highlighter. Just add over top of your matte colors to create glow and radiance.

La Femme Blush Palette (Exclusive)

Ofra - Beverly Hills Highlighter

 

Eyes

When it comes to eyeshadow a good pro knows less is more. You DO NOT need every shade of shadow in your kit. There will be times that a job calls for unique color options, but if you are working with professionals you will be informed in advance. So keep your kit streamlined and stick with the basics.

Being one of our most adaptable palettes, Ben Nye Glam Shadow Palette includes 12 versatile shades. Enhance eyebrows, highlight brow bones, create the perfect smokey eye or dip into Inglot Duraline to transform into a cake liner. One stop shopping!

For a long lasting smudge-proof liner in classic black, we’ve included the cult favorite, Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel.

Finish off the eyes with Inglot Volume & Waterproof Mascara. Remember to use your disposable wands! Save space by stocking up on the straight wands and just bend as needed. Add extra “oomph” with some falsies. Ardell Demi-Wispies are another pro kit favorite.

Ben Nye Glam Shadow Palette

Inglot Duraline

Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel 77

Inglot Volume & Waterproof Mascara

Camera Ready Disposable Mascara Wands (pack of 50) – Straight Wand

Ardell Natural Lashes Multipack Demi Wispies

Duo Lash Adhesive (clear)

 

Lips

Create the perfect pout with the combination of liners and a great lip palette. Graftobian Super Lip Color Palette offers 16 long lasting shades. Mix them together to up your color game. 

Use your RCMA No-Color Powder for binding and top it off with shine using Graftobian SuperSeal Intense Shine Lip Gloss.

Graftobian Super Palette - Lip Colors

Ben Nye Lip Colour Pencil

Graftobian Super Seal Intense Shine Lip Gloss

Camera Ready Disposable Lip Wands

 

Brushes & Tools

Brushes are a hard one to narrow down, and every artist has their favorites. For the purpose of simplicity we have chosen Bdellium Tools Maestro Series Complete 12pc Brush Set. This synthetic brush set has a little something for everything, and even includes a roll-up pouch.

Keep in mind, just because a brush is meant to be used for one purpose does not mean it cannot be used for many more. Find what works for you. Plus, the less brushes in your kit, the less you have to clean after the job is done.

With that being said do not forget some of the most important tools of all, your brush cleaners. If you are new to Camera Ready Cosmetics, then you may have not yet heard of Crazy Merman Brush Soap. With a few easy steps, it can pretty much clean anything out of your brushes (even that stubborn Inglot 77). We recommend unscented, because you never know if a client is sensitive to smell.

When it comes to the brushes that are doing double or even triple duty with no time to dry, make sure you have Cinema Secrets’ Brush Cleaner on hand for quick a switch.

Finally, to round out your tool kit, don’t forget a mixing palette and spatula. This is the greatest way to stay sterile and also mix shades for more variety. Esum was nice enough to create a Palette Set that also includes a double ended spatula. Thank you Esum!

Bdellium Tools Maestro Series Complete 12pc Brush Set

Cinema Secrets Brush Cleaner

Crazy Merman Brush Soap Unscented

Esum Palette Set with Spatula

BeautySoClean Cosmetic Sanitizer Mist 30ml.

 

Final Touch

Just like this blog, we are going to finish off the look with a great Setting Spray. Pros differ between their favorites when it comes to setting sprays. For this kit, we are going to include Skindinavia Bridal Makeup Finish Spray. The award-winning formula perfectly balances skin for controlling excess moisture and leveling out temperatures, so your hard work stays fresh and flawless for up to 16 hours.

Now let’s put it all away. Bigger isn’t better. Remember that we kept this Pro Kit streamlined. No need to dig for what you need with the Large Zuca Stylist Case. It’s easy to keep everything in order, with customizable cushion foam dividers which act as a buffer to protect your kit. Cleaning is super easy. 

Skindinavia Bridal Makeup Finish Spray

Zuca Stylist Case – Large

 

Total Kit Cost $922.81*

Depending on where you are in your Pro Makeup Artist career, a $1000 can seem like a lot of money, but just remember you are investing into your future. Now, go forward into your career with your head high, because with this kit you Shopped Like A Pro!

 

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