Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Makeup Artist Corner

When I was starting out as a makeup artist, building my kit was not an easy task. I spent years figuring out what products work and what don't. Even now I'm still weeding out products but I have a much clearer picture of what products are essential for my line of work. A big mistake that most make artists make in the beginning is buying too much product and never using the majority of them (I got duped so many times!). Buy multi-use products or colours that can be blended for different skin tones - this way you won't have to lug around so much. There are different areas of makeup to go into and some require different products than others. For example, if you do mostly bridal work you probably won't need a Kryolan Face Palette used mostly for theater makeup. If you have the opportunity to assist a key makeup artist, this is the perfect chance to see what he/she carries in their kit for that particular job. Another great resource that I like to visit often is a website called Madenyc.com - In My Kit. If you're just starting out or in need of updating your kit, this site has a list of the top products that top makeup artists use. Also, stay tuned for On Makeup Magazine (The Powder Group) launching next month, which will have a section called Kit Focus!

If you live in the Miami area or will be heading out that way (lucky you!), don't forget to buy tickets to the first ever Makeup Show in Miami! Brought to you by The Powder Group, the makeup trade shows are THE event to be at and where all the hottest brands and artists in the industry come together. If you haven't been to any of the trade shows, it is a must - I guarantee you'll come away with some great products, meet some amazing people, and learn a thing or two to add to your list of skills! Here are the details:

When: February 24 and 25
Where: The Miami Convention Center
Time: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Tickets: Click here for info

If anyone is going I'd love to hear all about it! And if you have any tips on building your kit feel free to leave a comment and share!


yummy411 said...

hey joy, i haven't visited the links yet, but do you have suggestions for brushes a makeup kit?

Make-up Junkie in Canada said...

Hey Yummy411!
Check out Naimies Beauty Center online beauty store...they have a variety of makeup cases and wheeled cases and "on-set" accessories and bags. Check out MAC's pro site as well because they have makeup cases that aren't on the normal site - these are also sold at the pro stores. The MAC train case is actually really great and popular among artists - it actually holds quite a lot.

As for brushes I really like eyeshadow brushes from MAC but don't really like their powder face brushes because they tend to shed sometimes. However, I love their contour blush brush - awesome for buffing colour into the face and for contouring. I've heard rave reviews about Billy B's brushes and hopefully will get his set this year! I hope these suggestions help you out!

Make-up Junkie in Canada said...


Special K said...

I'd also check out Ebay...there's some serious bargoons to be found there if you know what and where to look for stuff.

I've been slowly rebuilding my kit from a mix of regular and Ebay purchases.

Daily Grind! said...

Thanks for the compliment! Your page is just as awesome!

Keep up the great work! Im so curious as to what you have in your kit... I'm such a addict for makeup..


yummy411 said...

thanks joy!!!

@ special k: do you recommend some reliable sellers?

Vanessa said...

Wow! That's a lot of makeup! Nice! I should just shop in your bag! :)