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What Should Be In Your Modeling Makeup Kit for Your Next Shoot

A modeling makeup kit is an important tool for EVERY model.

Both male and female models need a well-stocked modeling makeup kit to ensure that they always look their best in front of the camera.

It doesn’t matter if you are modeling for fun or if you are modeling professionally through modeling agencies, it is not uncommon that you will be expected to do your own hair and makeup.

Tip: Even if you have been told that a makeup artist will be at your shoot, take your modeling makeup kit just in case the makeup artist is a last minute cancellation.  Your ability to do your own hair and makeup could save the day and your shoot.

Your modeling makeup kit should include:

  • Toner (Astringent for the oily skin and freshener for the normal to dry)
  • Moisturizer
  • Liquid Matting Foundation (Or powder-based foundation that can be applied dry or with a sponge)
  • Contouring and highlighting powders or cream sticks
  • Concealer (Natural tones)
  • Loose transparent face powder
  • Liquid eyeliner black or brown
  • Brown eye pencil
  • Eyebrow pencil
  • False eyelashes
  • Spare false eyelash glue (Because you will lose the tube of glue that comes with the eyelashes, plus – you can buy cheap eyelashes, but never use cheap glue if you want the eyelashes to stay on properly)
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Lip pencil (Nude or skin color)
  • Lipsticks and lip pencils (To match eye and cheek selections)
  • Eye shadows (Brown-beige palette – “Earthy Tones”)
  • Eye shimmer (Go with a pale beige – nothing crazy)A modeling makeup kit is a very important tool.
  • Mascara
  • Eyelash Curler
  • Blush
  • Brushes (2-3 for the face)
  • Eye Drops (Visine – Also helpful for zits because it does “get the red out”)
  • Eye Makeup Remover
  • Cotton swabs (Q-Tips) and cotton balls
  • Eye cream or gel (To reduce puffiness)
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste and dental floss

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For a detailed list of hair supplies and accessories you should take to every photo shoot, be sure to read:  Is your Modeling GO Bag packed for a successful shoot?

Practice makes perfect

Please don’t be the model that buys all this stuff and then waits until your first photo shoot to try and use it. YES – lots people do that unfortunately.

Applying makeup requires a certain amount of skill and a LOT of practice if you expect to do a good job at it.

If you are reading this and saying “OMG, I suck at doing my own makeup” — Stop whining! There is this website called YouTube. You should check it out. There are literally thousands of awesome video tutorials that will teach you how to do your makeup.

Bottom line – excellence – requires EFFORT! Your good looks are something that you can thank your parents for. If you want to be successful as a model it will require hard work.

So what are you waiting for?

Joe Edelman

Joe Edelman is an award winning Photographer, Author, and "No Bull" Photo Educator.  Follow this link to learn more about Joe or view his portfolio. Please be sure to connect on the social media platforms below.
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