So I trained a long time ago, but just now replaced my original, kind of crappy kit with a new one. :-D I finally got this one from Mary's store (minus the actual box), and I also have some stuff that I have collected, randomly. What I'm wondering is what you would add to this basic kit, in order to have a good working kit... other than brushes, I mean. So far I've added some highly-pigmented sparkly eyeshadows, a highlighting product, some more loose powders, some random lipstick shades that I had, brush cleaner/cotton pads/baby wipes/etc., as well as a few waterproof mascaras.
What do you think? What would you add, for a kit that will be mostly used for still photos and brides?
http://camerareadycosmetics.com/product … p-kit.html
Sep 17 13 07:27 am Link
Orange, California, US
Maybe more disposables (i.e. doe foot applicators, plastic spatulas, etc). A mixing palette and a spatula, too!
Sep 17 13 09:40 am Link
Hm, well the kit came with a lot of disposables, as well as a mixing palette, but maybe there are some disposables that would be really useful that I'm unaware of at the moment.
I read somewhere, ages ago, that it's always good to have small, empty tins. I've been collecting them, so I have about nine or so now... I think that it might be useful for, say, when I do a bride and then can't stay to touch up her lipstick, you know?
Thank you so much for the response! I've been organizing, and am so excited!
Also, I'm wondering what sort of box everyone uses for their kits, or if everyone uses the fancy box that this one *could* have come with? Right now I'm organizing with quart- or gallon-sized ziplocks, and putting it all in a tote... not the best, but it's what I have at the moment.
Sep 17 13 10:26 am Link
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
I think it tends to vary largely between pro-kits and DIYers. Depends on a lot of things. How heavy it can be, do you need it to roll, do you need to take it on location, does it need to double as a seat, do you want to be able to open it up and immediately be able to grab whatever little thing you need rather than having to take the compartments apart, what kind of money are you willing to spend, are you handy enough for a DIY etc etc
Sep 17 13 10:53 am Link
Hm, gotcha. Variety is certainly a good thing. I don't think I'll need it to double as a seat, though! I don't mind if it's a little heavy, since I'll mostly just be taking it with me in a car/bus/train, not the air, but I do need it to be highly-organizable, and to carry a lot of stuff. I'd have been fine with the box it normally comes with, I think, except that I wasn't sure how big it would be, and I'd have had a really hard time bringing it back to Eurasia with me, from the USA, where I actually got the thing. I figured that I can pick up a kit box over here someplace. I'm just not sure what others have found to be useful, is all.
I don't need it to be really fancy; I just need it to work, not fall apart, and be inexpensive enough for me to afford it, on a freelance model/newbie mua budget.
Sep 17 13 11:36 am Link
Los Angeles, California, US
Wipes, tissue, spatula, gel liner (brown & black), liquid black liner, lash glue and false lashes, tweezers, skin care (moisturizer, cleanser, eye cream, lip balm, etc. for a variety of skin types), cosmetic disinfectant, brush cleaner, setting spray, mixing medium, some matte and stain type lip products, clear lip gloss, contour/shimmer products, powder foundation for gentlemen, scissors, blot papers, anti-shine...
Sep 17 13 02:40 pm Link
Orange, California, US
You're welcome! I've just started out too and have been lurking in the forums for quite some time now. Also, I purchase my disposables from qosmedix.com Get their oblong blending sponges, they're really good and very comparable to the beauty blender.
Sep 17 13 08:07 pm Link
Dallas, Texas, US
I put that kit together as a bare necessity kit... You will need wet wipes (Costco Kirkland brand is what I use) You will need more disposables, the ones you got will last just a few jobs. You will need a large bag of sponges, and a lot more mascara wands and puffs. The kit has your basic colors but it is missing bright eye shadows and so you may want to get some bright shadows... You are missing fake lashes and Duo glue, this is something all artists need. Those are the first things I would concentrate on because you can get by with what you have in the kit but you will need a few more items to make your job easier.
Sep 18 13 01:59 am Link
Thank you everyone, and especially Mary! I was hoping you'd chime in.
It looks like I'm actually better off than I thought I would be; a lot of the things that are being mentioned are things that I already stockpiled. (Not all, though, of course.)
Right now I'm looking for a place where I can order vegan brush sets, a good color-correcting palette, and LOOOTS of eyelash curling pads, all in one place. The curling pads are what get me... why are these things so hard to find these days?
Sep 18 13 05:24 am Link
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
i've heard good things about the OCC brush sets, in australia we have a brand called furless, their professional line of synthetic brushes is ok, not the best but reasonably cheap enough to get you by! I love my real technique ones too
Sep 18 13 07:14 pm Link