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Makeup Artist
AEB MUA
Posts: 45
Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, US


Hi Everyone,

I've been reading all about the new makeup and kit organizing posts and getting some fabulous ideas and been working on my kit. Brought a new and very interesting subject up to my mind. How do you set up your makeup station? And is it for one client, at a studio with provided chair/table/lighting, or on location? What do you haul with you other than your kit and then when you get there how exactly do you set it up? What's your rhyme and reason to put certain items in specific areas and how do you best maximize space and organization?

I promise to post a picture of my set up soon!

PLEASE POST PHOTOS - they are so much fun, and very educational for us all. Share your innovative ideas!
Mar 10 12 11:48 pm  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
LizW_Makeup
Posts: 1,621
Boston, Massachusetts, US


AEB MUA wrote:
How do you set up your makeup station? And is it for one client, at a studio with provided chair/table/lighting, or on location? What do you haul with you other than your kit and then when you get there how exactly do you set it up? What's your rhyme and reason to put certain items in specific areas and how do you best maximize space and organization?

My setups vary according to what I'm doing and where I'm going. My main bag is the Zuca backpack, and if I'm doing a light commercial/grooming job I can often fit both hair and makeup stuff into it. I bring my airbrush in a separate bag, and sometimes stash hairstyling tools in there too. I tend to unpack and repack my kit frequently but there's a "core" that usually stays the same. I do have to unpack my bag when I arrive but I can work out of the smaller bags within, so set up is pretty fast. I'm pretty happy with the system so far!

I drive, so I keep a bunch of just-in-case equipment in the trunk of my car: a folding director's chair with side table and pockets (saves my back - I hate bending over to do makeup!), an extension cord, a folding camping table, and a lighting kit. (Driving to gigs means I have the luxury of overpacking... LOL!) I rarely need all of that, but occasionally I'm in a small dark space with no table space so I bring it in as needed.

Here's one example of everything in use, from a recent shoot in an unfurnished room (by the time I got around to taking the photo, we had sunlight coming in so I technically didn't need the lights anymore) - the hairstylist used half of the table for her stuff, so it worked out nicely:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v191/lizsybarite/Collection/equipment.jpg

Here's a close-up of a different setup; my backpack is full of clear vinyl zip bags (some are Zuca brand, some random other ones I've collected over the years). The brush roll is cheap faux leather but holds a ton; I found it on eBay:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v191/lizsybarite/Collection/openkit.jpg

Yeah, I have wayyyyy too many eyeshadows... don't follow my example, you certainly don't need a whole Z-Palette per color! I'm slightly addicted wink but I do love the Zs for storage, they fit loads of pans and I haven't had as much breakage as I used to. (When I travel, I scale this down and fill up a single Z with mainly Yaby pans.)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v191/lizsybarite/Collection/shadowpalettes.jpg

Glamcor light kit in use in a dark studio (useful when I have to do touch-ups during a shoot, when the overhead lights are off) - I had an unusual amount of table space that day, so my hairstyling stuff is spread out in the background:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v191/lizsybarite/Collection/glamcor.jpg

One set-up from NY Fashion Week; Youngblood was the sponsor so lots of their stuff is on display (always do this - your stations get photographed and the sponsors want to see their stuff!)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v191/lizsybarite/Collection/NYFW_Youngblood.jpg

Another NYFW setup, BeautiControl was the sponsor (face charts by key artist Viktorija Bowers):

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v191/lizsybarite/Collection/nyfw_beauticontrol.jpg

This was from a recent catalog shoot with three models; I kept the used brushes organized on labeled paper towels (I totally labeled them with eyeliner pencil, LOL). If you have less space, cups for the different brush sets work too:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v191/lizsybarite/Collection/usedbrushes.jpg

Minimalist touch up kit on the beach smile Didn't get a photo of my set-up, unfortunately - I was outside in a parking lot, so I used my table and chair and then threw everything but the touch up materials back in the trunk when I was through.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v191/lizsybarite/Collection/touchuponbeach.jpg

I hope that gives you some ideas!

Mar 12 12 07:07 am  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
Makeup by Aviva Leah
Posts: 113
Brooklyn, New York, US


Any suggestions for lights/lamps to use?
Mar 12 12 11:19 am  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
Michelle Heffner
Posts: 91
Columbia, Maryland, US


LizW_Makeup wrote:
My setups vary according to what I'm doing and where I'm going. My main bag is the Zuca backpack, and if I'm doing a light commercial/grooming job I can often fit both hair and makeup stuff into it. I bring my airbrush in a separate bag, and sometimes stash hairstyling tools in there too. I tend to unpack and repack my kit frequently but there's a "core" that usually stays the same. I do have to unpack my bag when I arrive but I can work out of the smaller bags within, so set up is pretty fast. I'm pretty happy with the system so far!

Thank you, Liz! Very informative. I love seeing how others are set up.

~Michelle

Mar 12 12 12:15 pm  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
CMaquillage
Posts: 487
New York, New York, US


here's some of mine

http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n278/krismilo/IMG00020-20090603-1349.jpg

http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n278/krismilo/10733_148423256002_504291002_325511.jpg

http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n278/krismilo/16759_178283586002_504291002_353027.jpg

http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n278/krismilo/188396_10150102797091003_504291002_7041471_3863737_n.jpg

http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n278/krismilo/180094_493956426002_504291002_6779805_3223079_n.jpg

http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n278/krismilo/67174_471049036002_504291002_6391826_7827364_n.jpg

http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n278/krismilo/5202_111818731002_504291002_2740154_7185013_n.jpg
Mar 12 12 03:29 pm  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
Heather J M
Posts: 718
London, England, United Kingdom


http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y278/malinky/makeupstation.jpg
Mar 12 12 06:29 pm  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
Makeup Hair by Dani B
Posts: 738
Seattle, Washington, US


Heather J M wrote:
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y278/malinky/makeupstation.jpg

Hey Heather,

Are your brushes in a brush roll just leaning against the mirror? Or in some kind of stand up thingie?

Right now I use several keg cups for brushes on gigs and it works okay, but I've been looking for something like a brush roll that can prop up vertically. I've seen some, but not any that hold the amount of brushes I have with me when I'm working.

Dani B

Mar 12 12 07:30 pm  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
Heather J M
Posts: 718
London, England, United Kingdom


Hey! Yes that is a brush roll propped against the mirror. To be honest it holds itself up pretty well due to being at the very edge of capacity. I'm looking for a new one myself - I love the brush easels but I need a bigger one than I can currently find?

http://artsuppliesdirect.com.au/images/be001.jpg
Mar 13 12 08:55 am  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
Makeup Hair by Dani B
Posts: 738
Seattle, Washington, US


Heather J M wrote:
Hey! Yes that is a brush roll propped against the mirror. To be honest it holds itself up pretty well due to being at the very edge of capacity. I'm looking for a new one myself - I love the brush easels but I need a bigger one than I can currently find?

http://artsuppliesdirect.com.au/images/be001.jpg

Darnit! Yes, I know, me too! That pic is exactly what I want and what I've looked at, but it needs to be bigger, as you said. Or at least able to hold a jillion brushes.smile Any crafty people out there? Ok, I'm done hijacking.wink

Mar 13 12 10:09 am  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
AEB MUA
Posts: 45
Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, US


Aviva Leah wrote:
Any suggestions for lights/lamps to use?

GLAMCOR!

Mar 13 12 05:56 pm  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
AEB MUA
Posts: 45
Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, US


CMaquillage wrote:
here's some of mine

http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n278/krismilo/IMG00020-20090603-1349.jpg

http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n278/krismilo/10733_148423256002_504291002_325511.jpg

http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n278/krismilo/16759_178283586002_504291002_353027.jpg

http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n278/krismilo/188396_10150102797091003_504291002_7041471_3863737_n.jpg

http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n278/krismilo/180094_493956426002_504291002_6779805_3223079_n.jpg

http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n278/krismilo/67174_471049036002_504291002_6391826_7827364_n.jpg

http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n278/krismilo/5202_111818731002_504291002_2740154_7185013_n.jpg

AMAZING - SO MANY PHOTOS SO MUCH INFO, NEW IDEAS FOR ME. Ummmm.... dumb question I am sure - what are those mats you have on the tables and where can I get them? Purpose? Thanks, sorry for not knowing, I use disposable mats but this looks like no slip grip!

Mar 13 12 05:57 pm  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
CMaquillage
Posts: 487
New York, New York, US


AEB MUA wrote:

AMAZING - SO MANY PHOTOS SO MUCH INFO, NEW IDEAS FOR ME. Ummmm.... dumb question I am sure - what are those mats you have on the tables and where can I get them? Purpose? Thanks, sorry for not knowing, I use disposable mats but this looks like no slip grip!

they are bamboo place matts from the dollar store. just a lil nicer then a towel or paper towel, i'm all about presentation.

Mar 13 12 06:53 pm  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
BrianaDanielle
Posts: 476
Los Angeles, California, US


CMaquillage wrote:

they are bamboo place matts from the dollar store. just a lil nicer then a towel or paper towel, i'm all about presentation.

I am LOVING that idea. smile

/ PS this thread = win.

Mar 13 12 08:50 pm  Link  Quote 
Body Painter
JZino
Posts: 266
Buffalo, New York, US


BrianaDanielle wrote:

I am LOVING that idea. smile

/ PS this thread = win.

+1,000!!! I love the bamboo mats idea and I luvs all the pictures!!! Definitely inspiring.

Mar 14 12 08:49 am  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
AEB MUA
Posts: 45
Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, US


JZino wrote:

+1,000!!! I love the bamboo mats idea and I luvs all the pictures!!! Definitely inspiring.

Bought some! Yay! MORE PHOTO UPLOADS PLEASE!

Mar 17 12 02:31 pm  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
SCHOLASTIC MAKEUP
Posts: 42
Atlanta, Georgia, US


CMaquillage wrote:
they are bamboo place matts from the dollar store. just a lil nicer then a towel or paper towel, i'm all about presentation.

I also have the bamboo mats. I LOVE them. And you are right, they present your products better and they are easier to clean.

Mar 17 12 07:34 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Tammy Cedar
Posts: 1
Old Bridge, New Jersey, US


what brand of brushes does everyone use, prefer?
Jan 09 13 04:20 pm  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
Pinch of Pretty MUA
Posts: 46
Deerfield Beach, Florida, US


I just bring my kit. I am not too focused on how I set up much. But I like to keep eyes with eyes, face with face, etc. I am looking to purchase a chair as well. Such as the first one in the above post. Something standard. Not too fancy, portable.  Here is how my setup usually looks.

https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/282309_285244834908592_1454333181_n.jpg

https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/408919_285244691575273_340139982_n.jpg

https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/582516_318234268276315_1854273198_n.jpg
Jan 09 13 07:20 pm  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
JochsBeauty
Posts: 1,459
Ann Arbor, Michigan, US


I only have 1 photo. I fail at taking set up photos. But this is from last year. Products, tools, etc have since changed.
http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n292/jessicca143/IMG_20120422_152933-1.jpg
Jan 09 13 09:35 pm  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
Kristin Pilsner
Posts: 4
San Marcos, Texas, US


Very nice set ups!!
This is a great thread idea. smile
Jan 09 13 11:38 pm  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
LC Makeup and Styling
Posts: 90
Perth, Western Australia, Australia


CMaquillage wrote:

they are bamboo place matts from the dollar store. just a lil nicer then a towel or paper towel, i'm all about presentation.

I lay these down over the top of my work surface. It's convenient if i need to take excess product off my brushes too, I can just wipe the brush or tap it over the sheet without fear of staining the table.

http://www.aliexpress.com/store/product … 94737.html

Jan 10 13 03:40 am  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
Jodie Acty
Posts: 44
Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom


Makeup by Dani B wrote:

Darnit! Yes, I know, me too! That pic is exactly what I want and what I've looked at, but it needs to be bigger, as you said. Or at least able to hold a jillion brushes.smile Any crafty people out there? Ok, I'm done hijacking.wink

Have you looked at EMJ Company?  They do large brush wraps (luxury), albeit not stand up ones.

http://www.theemjcompany.com/index.php/cPath/33

Jan 10 13 05:09 am  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
Rochelle OBrien
Posts: 64
Melton Mowbray, England, United Kingdom


Here's a few of my studio taken today, a little messy after doing a trial.  One of the bulbs in the mirror is missing as I'm trying to get daylight bulbs and the local lighting shop has it for reference.

http://pic20.picturetrail.com/VOL1377/5664917/24286425/405299254.jpg

http://pic20.picturetrail.com/VOL1377/5664917/24286425/405299255.jpg

http://pic20.picturetrail.com/VOL1377/5664917/24286425/405299258.jpg

http://pic20.picturetrail.com/VOL1377/5664917/24286425/405299261.jpg

http://pic20.picturetrail.com/VOL1377/5664917/24286425/405299262.jpg

http://pic20.picturetrail.com/VOL1377/5664917/24286425/405299264.jpg
Jan 14 13 11:06 am  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
Linda Chudomelova
Posts: 133
Prague, Prague, Czech Republic


http://sphotos-f.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/13083_147512772078540_663836152_n.jpg

Took the pic today to post on Facebook, so I thought what the hell, I'll post it here as well. big_smile

As far as my setup, I try to set it up always the same way, but given that I'm not always at the same table or have the same space, I find it next to impossible to do so.

The only thing I insist on is having a towel, because in that case if I spill something, the towel will absorb it. smile Otherwise I just wing it. big_smile

P.S. The kitchen is a studio setup/props, NOT an actual kitchen. big_smile
Feb 27 13 12:25 pm  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
JochsBeauty
Posts: 1,459
Ann Arbor, Michigan, US


I know I posted an older one a few comments up, but here is an updated one. Taken just a few days ago.

http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n292/jessicca143/524701_10152613102270584_1784666694_n_zps30fb6f7e.jpg
Feb 27 13 02:00 pm  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
Donna Cooper - MUA
Posts: 11
Allen, Texas, US


Love these!  Plus, I just like looking at everyones stuff wink
Feb 28 13 06:16 am  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
Dorota MUA
Posts: 82
Leeds, England, United Kingdom


My organisation of space strictly depend fro type of make-up, product I use and space that I have... but You can see few pictures from my last make-up competition - I won 3rd place at Warpaint Professional Beauty Make-up Competition at London.

I was my second time in make-up competition, and I have to admit that good organisation and planning, right storage boxes and sets plan is very important - as you have to organize and speed up work to get fit in short competition time, sometime incl. the hairdo(!) -1,5 up to 2 hrs forcing to learn it better and better!

PS. I hate brush belts, as it's take too much space to me and during wearing it - if I put back dirty used brush - I always gets mess and product transfer on my waist, and top...it's just too awkward to me...so I use only brush tubes - so I also can separate the used brushes from clean brushes...

https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/734419_489040217819708_528327882_n.jpg
https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/164448_489040174486379_305342076_n.jpg
https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/549964_489040141153049_1585229891_n.jpg
Feb 28 13 06:56 am  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
Makeupify
Posts: 6
Orlando, Florida, US


Here is a pic of my set-up for a recent wedding I did...I keep my pencils and mascaras in the square cup for easy access, and I usually just lay my brush belt out and grab from it. Once I use the brush, I transfer it to my Makeup Forever Dany's Pouch (not pictured) That way, I can just close the pouch up and take them home to wash, and they are separated from my other brushes.  All my disposables are in the plastic containers that I got in the craft section at Walmart.  To the right (not in the picture) are all my shadow, blush and powder palettes.  smile

http://distilleryimage9.s3.amazonaws.com/54100fb4329911e2935222000a1fb825_7.jpg
Mar 12 13 06:22 pm  Link  Quote 
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