Product junkies. We're all product junkies. Makeup artists, hair stylists, we're all obsessed with the newest, possibly "best" thing. But, where does that leave our kits? Overstuffed, super heavy, and bursting at the seams. Every time you go out on a job, you are left with the question, "how much of this stuff do I really need?" One of my girlfriends has a kit that is literally THREE kits. Her rolling Zuca, her Zuca backpack, and her MAC carry-on kit, her bag for lashes, her chair, her light, and set bag....and that's just makeup! That's too much. You shouldn't need a hotel luggage cart every time you have a gig. So, that brings about the question, "How much should I have in my kit?"
Well, that answer will most definitely vary, depending on who you ask. Only you can really say how much you NEED. I emphasized the word NEED, because being admitted product junkies, we think that we really do need 6 neutral eyeshadow palettes. It may actually be the case, but you don't need to bring them ALL with you to every. single. job. I, personally have my rolling suitcase, my light, chair, and my set bag. If I'm doing hair, I'll bring my hair kit, which is housed in a Monda Studio Backpack ($84 full price at Nigel's Beauty Emporium). I can pack a ton of stuff into that suitcase, and it's ridiculously heavy....and I'm a strong chick. I used to lift my teammates when I was a cheerleader in high school. So clearly, I need to pare down what I'm lugging around. But how do you decide what stays and what gets the boot? You love ALLLLLLL of your makeup! You never know when you're going to need that lime green eyeshadow that got discontinued....two years ago....
I have pretty much forced myself to adopt the rule, "If you haven't touched it or been inspired to use it in 6 months, CHUCK IT". Because even the most odd products (even that red eyeshadow) may have a place. If not bridal, then special occasion. If not special occasion, then fashion, or editorial, or creative beauty. If you're like me, and you do makeup in all of these arenas, then you've gotta get creative. I've separated the products that apply to specific types of shoots into their own mini kit bags. When I'm working on an on screen project (tv, web, commercial, or film), I have a mini kit for that. Editorial and fashion has it's own kit, as does male grooming. Bridal and special occasion is my basic kit. That way, I'm not dragging along EVERY PIECE OF MAKEUP I OWN with my to every job. Not only is it extremely cumbersome to the artist, but all of those products can be intimidating to the client.
Remember this: PALETTES ARE KING!
If you're obsessed with having a truly global kit, like I am, then instead of getting 15 bottles of foundation to support that, buy palettes that contain a formula that is suitable for all skin types, like the Mehron Celebre Pro HD Cream foundation palette ($84 full price at Nigel's Beauty Emporium), Graftobian HD Glamour cream palette (Available in Cool, Neutral, and Warm, $78.99 full price at Nigel's), or RCMA Kehoe Foundation palette (Available in KO and Shinto, $72 full price at Nigel's), and the RCMA Kevin James Bennett palette ($80 full price from Nigel's). Beyond that, making sure that you have a lot of universal products in your kit, like translucent powder (RCMA No Color, Koh Gen Do Maifanshi translucent, and Laura Mercier translucent powder are my favorites) will save you a crap-ton of space. Ben Nye has just about a powder for every imaginable color that makes sense, and they're inexpensive too (roughly $10 for a large sized container).
Since palettes aren't just for foundation, eye, blush, highlighter, and lip palettes are going to save your life (and your back!). Some of my favorites are:
- Ben Nye Fashion Rouge palette ($50 full price at Frends Beauty)
- Nars Unfiltered I Cheek Palette ($59 Full Price, Narscosmetics.com)
- Viseart 02 Rose Coral blush palette ($80 Full price from Frends Beauty)
- Viseart Highlight & Contour palette ($80 Full price at Nigel's)
- Anastasia Glow Kits ($40 small; $45 large; full price at Nigel's)
- Viseart Matte e/s palettes ($30-80 Full price at Frends Beauty)
- Make your own and put into a Z-Palette ([what I did] $14-28 Full Price at Frends Beauty)
- Melt down all lipstick bullets into a Vueset palette ($14 full price at Frends) *this is what I did
- Viseart Muse Nude lip palette ($80 full price at Frends) *also recommended by Mario Dedivanovic
- MAC Pro Lip palettes ($17 full price at Maccosmetics.com)
Between all of these, you should save a TON OF SPACE, your back, and keep you from scaring your clients! If you're a newbie, and would like a one on one consultation on kit building with more product recommendations, email me at SamanthaReeseMakeup@gmail.com