A Makeup Artist’s Kit

Now that we have had a proper introduction to makeup, let’s create a list of makeup products and the absolute essentials that makeup artists typically carry in their kits.

See Makeup Art: An Introduction


Organization is very important when it comes to being a makeup artist especially for those makeup artists that can’t get enough makeup! From experience, we tend to have so much makeup (after all, we can’t help ourselves), that we forget we can’t haul it all in one kit. For this reason, I have a checklist of must-haves in a makeup kit, and anything extra is stored in containers. For the record, The Container Store is on my obsession list: check it out http://www.containerstore.com/shop/bath/cosmeticsOrganizers.

picture for lulumakeupart.com Acrylic Set for Organizing Makeup
Acrylic Set for Organizing Makeup

Makeup Artist Kit Checklist:

1. Skincare

  • Makeup Cleanser/Wipes
  • Eye cream
  • Moisturizing cream for the face
  • Lip balm

2. Correctors and Concealers

  • Peach correctors
  • Pink correctors
  • Concealer
  • Brighteners

3. Foundations

  • Liquid foundations: moisturizing, water-based & oil-free
  • Cream/Stick foundations
  • Powder foundations

4. Powders

  • Sheer loose powders
  • Pressed powders

5. Bronzers

  • Golden bronzers
  • Cinnamon bronzers
  • Illuminating bronzers

6. Cheeks

  • Natural blushes: peach tones, plums, rosy pink tones, earthy tones
  • Bright blushes: babydoll pinks, apricots, reds
  • Shimmers

7. Lips

  • Lip pencils: neutral lip tones and red
  • Lip colors: sheer, glossy, shimmer, opalescent and matte.
  • Lipgloss: clear, sheer, shimmer, color

8. Brows

  • Brow stencils
  • Brow pencils: brunette, blonde, strawberry
  • Brow shadow fillers: brunette, blonde, strawberry
  • Clear brow gel

9. Eyes

  • Primary colors: blue, yellow, and red
  • Neutral shades: chestnut, black, white, beige, grey, and purples
  • Shadow finishes: matte, shimmer, pearl/metallic
  • Longwear cream shadows
  • Eyeliners: black, brown and nude
  • Eyeliner pencils
  • Cake eyeliners
  • Shadow liners
  • Gel liners
  • Mascara: volumizing, lengthening, curling.

10. Tools

  • Brush set
  • Eye drops
  • Eyelash curler
  • Cotton swabs
  • Cotton pads
  • Tissues
  • Elastic bands/Headbands
  • Tweezers
  • False lashes
  • Sponges
  • Powder puffs
  • Eyebrow comb

For a printable version, click the following: Makeup Kit Cheklist

Stay tuned, I will cover each category in detail. Make sure you subscribe to my blog to get updates on future posts! 🙂

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