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Build your First Professional Makeup Kit

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Putting together a professional makeup kit is so much more than picking out your favourite products – the focus should be on what the clients would want. Our in-house makeup expert and trainer Pooja Chudasma lists down all that you need in your shopping list to build your first professional makeup kit. 

Skincare – Stock up on a few products to prep your client’s face for makeup and make sure you have a couple of options to suit different skin types and concerns like acne, dryness etc. Include a face mist to hydrate and a primer to bring out the best in pre-makeup skincare.

Foundation – Make sure you have a variety in terms of skin tones and undertones. Also, take care to include different bases to suit different skin types. Creamy foundations might not be just right for all skin types, especially oily ones. You may also invest in colour correcting concealers to apply before foundation, in case of severe pigmentation or redness. 

Concealer – Even with a full-coverage foundation, some stubborn blemishes could put a spot on your perfect base. Pack in a stick concealer for these issues; also consider an undereye concealer for your professional makeup kit. Make sure these match the foundation shades you have. 

Contour – This is optional to some extent – but, a bit a contour won’t hurt a sharp jawline. Besides, you never know if a client would insist on a contoured look or not. Go for a stick or pencil contour product, and add in bronzer, illuminator or highlighter too.

Blush – Best to go for a three/four colour palette with the basic and most popular shades that go with common Indian skin tones – pinks, peaches, and maybe a rose gold too.

Eye Shadow – Stick to a basic palette, especially when you just starting out. Make sure to include a few earthy hues, smokey tones, mattes, and nudes that work well with a variety of looks. Slowly build your eye shadow palette as you progress in your profession. 

Lip Palette – As they say, there are a hundred shades of red – you can never have enough lipsticks. But to keep within a beginner’s budget, just include a few mattes and glossy shades in light and dark hues of commonly used colours like pinks, reds, and, nudes.

Brow pencil – A fine set of eyebrows can totally amp up any professional makeup look. Invest in just a couple of good quality brow pencils – dark grey and brown shades – for that perfect finish to your makeup art.

Mascara/Lashes – Make sure you have a voluminizing long-stay mascara in your makeup kit. Collecting a few basic fake eyelashes would be beneficial too, as you do more and more professional makeup – especially, bridal work. 

Tools – Picking out the best quality professional makeup set is a must for any makeup artist who wants to make sure their skills are well supported by the equipment they use. Also, have an eyelash curler, beauty blenders, spoolies and q-tips, wet wipes, cotton pads etc too.

Loose Powder/Setting Spray – Right after the foundation and concealer is put on, dabbing on some loose powder with a fluffy brush will keep everything in place as you move on to the lips and other parts of the makeup. Finally, to make sure you work last long, use a good setting spray that you have tested out well.

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