I’ve worked in the make up industry for around 6 years now professionally, and i have learned what it good to have and what is a waste to carry in my kit, a complete make up artist kit can be pricey (the three i use regularly are worth easily 10k) but it hasn’t always been like this. When i started, i started with just £200. I was in a bad situation and make up was my way out. Hopefully, budding make up artists, you have a little more dollar and a little more knowledge than i did. Hopefully, you’ll have access to some sort of student discount with a lot of these brands, and this will ease the stress!

The biggest questions i get from new make up artists are – What do i need in my make up kit?
What is a good beginners make up kit?
How do i build up a make up kit?
I hope to answer all of them here!

Also, if you aren’t getting into pro make up, I’m hoping you might discover some awesome products you might want to try that i have tried and tested over the years.
Here is my list of what your kit should be to start with and cover all your bases. This might be a little longer than most of my posts, but hopefully it will help you!
If you click on the products, i have hyper linked them to the specific product!

Base Products: 
Illamasqua Hydraveil (much preferred to matte veil)
Make up forever HD (check clients aren’t allergic to silicone)


Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage (SC1 SC3 SC5 SC8),
YSL Touche Eclat (varying shades)


Foundations –
Estee Lauder Doublewear Maximum Cover (Light, Med, Dark they are amazing.)
YSL Touche Eclat Foundation b10, b20, br40, br90, bd70,
Illamasqua Skinbase Foundation (1,2,3,5,7, 8,12,15,17)
Mac Face and Body in N1 ,C3, N5, C7, White. (for evening out skin on the body)


Mac Pearl Cream Colour Base
Benefit Highbeam or Me Me Me beat the blues
Illamasqua Gleam Cream in Aurora 

Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Powder – Pale Yellow
Illamasqua pressed powder – 010 translucent

Illamasqua Brow Gel
Mac Fluidline Gelcreme 
Mac Brow Pencil – Stud, Fling, Lingering
Tweezers (Tweezerman are the standard)

Primers and Liners
Toofaced Shadow Insurance + Glitter Glue (the BEST primers out there)
Mac Kohl Pencils – Smoulder, Teddy, Fascinating.
Illamasqua eye colouring pencil – Vow (perfect for the waterline)
Bobbi Brown Longwear Gel Liner – Black Ink

Mac eyeshadows –
Gesso, Carbon, Vanilla, Soba, Brule, Kid, Shroom, Patina, Woodwinked, Shale, Satin Taupe, Sable, Sketch, Deep truth, sumptuous olive. (Mostly neutrals, you’ll use them most, theres a few darker and different ones that i use regularly at the end)
Illamasqua Pure Pigment – Beguile, Furore
Illamasqua Cream Pigment – Hollow, (for contour)  Emerge – for covering dark circles.
Sleek Eyeshadow Palettes – you will only need one or two with nice bright shadows in, you will rarely use them, but just incase.


Benefit Hoola Bronzer
Illamasqua Blush Duos – Lover/Hussy Katie/Ambition
Sleek Contour Kit (light/med/dark)
Mac Blush – Fleur Power, Spring sheen, Melba,  Plum foolery


Clear Lipgloss – I recommend Mac
Mac Lipsticks – Ruby woo, Russian Red, Lickable, Honeylust, Snob, Rebel
Illamasqua Lipsticks – Box, Test, Eurydice, Naked, Rosepout, Cherub, Minx.
Bodyshop Lip Line Fixer
Mac Lipliners – Mac Cherry, Mac Redd, Mac Spice, Mac Dervish.

Eylure Lashes – individual and sets variety of types. Brown as well as black!
Duo Eyelash Glue

Bioderma Sensibo H20 – cleansing water
Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre 
Urban Decay All Nighter Spray
Origins Super Spot Remover
Shaving Oil – Razors, facial wax strips.
Lush Lip scrub
Lipbalms (Burts Bees… etc.)

Disposables (mascara wands, lipgloss wands, sponges)
Shu Uemera Eyelash Curlers 
Dual Sided pencil sharpener (i have two or three..)
Tweezerman Nail Scissors and Clippers 
Shaving Brush 
Powder Puffs

DermaShield hand cream.
Isoprophyl spray
Water spray
Baby Wipes (use on hands etc.)
Cotton buds
Cotton Wool Pads
Hand Sanitizer
Brush Cleanser

Small sewing kit (excellent for weddings!!)
Clear Nail Polish
Nail Glue
Packs of travel tissues
Self Tan remover
Self Tan
In Transit Muscle Therapy (helps for stressed brides/models)

Other things you NEED
Train Case – a lot of make up artists i know went mental for the Zuca Bags, but they aren’t big enough or sturdy enough for me. They might be good for starting out, but i have a couple. I am currently loving This Emerald Trolley. My kits are stored in different cases so i don’t have to unpack and repack for different jobs.
Set Bag – this one is mine – its good for carrying things you need to grab quickly, generally all my Tools, Hygiene and Extras are in this bag.
Brush Belt, Apron or Roll – generally optional as how you store your brushes is upto you, but i find they’re a nice way to keep track of whats there, and also to keep you brushes off any unsterile work surfaces, i have a few Mac ones. They can be cleaned down with alcohol and be good as new!
Public Liability Insurance – I am covered by Pro Beauty

So thats it! Well done for getting this far, feel free to comment with any questions you have. I truly hope this has helped you !

Pippa xxxx