Here’s How To Build A Pro MUA Kit

Building a makeup kit that can take you from a bedroom mirror makeup newbie to a fully fledged pro MUA is no small feat. Seasoned makeup artists spend years in the business honing their craft, developing their skills, making mistakes, and learning from them.

But we know you want the inside deets – what are the secrets of their kits? BEAUTY BAY’s BFF MUAs have spilled the tea and let us know how they have curated their kit, their tricks to a really good stash and what you should actually be buying if you want to make it as a pro.

@hartyy

What are the top products you couldn’t live without in your kit and why?

The products I could live without in my kit are:

An old, dry mascara for the brows! Even black works super well, so don’t go throwing them away!

I love cream bronzers. They look gorgeous on bare skin for a no makeup look, and great under a powder bronzer for a fuller look. 

Liquid shadows are great for buffing over the lid into the crease – they are super easy and look so finished! 

Doll Beauty Lashes are essential! The fluffier the better, but these lashes suit all eye shapes; Gillys look insane on smaller or hooded eyes. 

A good makeup kit bag is also an essential. It needs to look professional!

What are your top tips for building your kit?

Take it slow. Don’t get giddy and buy everything that comes out as you’ll always be broke! Utilise what you have and invest in multi-use products.

Try to think outside the box; blushers work really well on the eyes and eye shadows work equally well work on the cheeks as blusher.

What are your top tips for organising your kit?

Use small plastic bottles and condense everything down into them; you’ll save so much space. It will also make you realise just how much product you get for your money!

Lip palettes are my fave as lipsticks take up so much room. Invest in a label maker – I challenge you to not label everything!

How many shades do you buy? 

I usually buy every other shade, so if there’s 40 shades of foundation I buy 20.

@umberghauri

What are the top products you couldn’t live without in your kit and why?

Milani 2 in 1 Foundation, The Ordinary Natural Moisturising Factors, Suva Beauty Hydra Liners, Revolution Pro Brushes, Z Palettes Double Sided Palette and Revolution Colour Corrector in peach, orange and yellow. 

Revolution patches are great to mix to cover stubble and dark circles. I work with a lot of trans and queer clients, and clients with deep skin so these are a staple. House of Lashes Glue – the best lash glue! Also amazing for sticking on gems and other accessories.

What are your top tips for building your kit? 

Take advantage of multi-use products. Your contour powder is also an eyeshadow, your hair gel is also brow gel, and some colour products like pigment pomade can be used all over the face so you can use a pink as lipstick, blush, eyeshadow, etc. 

You don’t need more products to be a good makeup artist. Stay creative and inventive with how you use products.

What are your top tips for organising your kit? 

Make a list of all the product categories like moisturiser, primer, corrector, etc, and pack them in the order you apply them.

Be disciplined about unpacking your kit and putting everything in its place between jobs.

What are your top tips for organising your kit? 

Make a list of all the product categories like moisturiser, primer, corrector, etc, and pack them in the order you apply them.

Be disciplined about unpacking your kit and putting everything in its place between jobs.

@makeupbylalka

What are the top products you couldn’t live without in your kit and why?

Definitely the BEAUTY BAY EYN Brights Matte Colour Palette – it’s my most reached for colour palette. I also love my Anastasia Beverly Hills lipsticks and Milani foundations.

You also need things like spoolies for sanitation reasons, plenty of brushes, a palette for mixing product on, and My Cinema Secrets Brush Cleaner to clean brushes in between clients.

What are your top tips for building your kit?

Choose your products wisely! There’s no need to purchase each shade, I feel like choosing six shades of a foundation is good to start with – you can just mix them together. Also, another way to not break the budget is by buying from more affordable brands at first.

What are your top tips for organising your kit?

I organise my kit into small makeup bags and luggage bags. I have so many products now, so I personally organise with a bag for foundations, a bag for concealers, a bag for lip products, etc.

How many product shades do you buy?

I buy six shades of each foundation, a translucent powder, a banana powder, and a few shades of each colour lipsticks so they will work on different skin tones (pink, nudes, reds).

@wendysworld_xox

What are the top products you couldn’t live without in your kit and why?

Embryolise Lait Creme Concentre Nourishing Moisturiser is amazing it works on all skin types and is so hydrating. Makeup Revolution Baking Oil creates the most even and silly base for all skin types. It’s also really good to use on other areas on the body like the cuticles of the nails. 

What are your top tips for building your kit?

Start small, don’t feel the need to buy really expensive products as you can get similar quality sometimes even better at a more affordable price.

What are your top tips for organising your kit?

Use see through makeup bags to organise your products into different sections e.g., face, skincare, lips etc. The bag being clear makes it so much easier to find products. 

How many product shades do you buy?

For a diverse shade range, I always buy the lightest, middle and the darkest shades in both neutral, warm and cool undertones. You can then use these colours and mix accordingly.

@makeupbyjessicajade_

What are the top products you couldn’t live without in your kit and why?

Oh, my goodness this is a hard question. If I had to choose it would be The Ordinary Full Coverage Foundation, and Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation – both give a blur effect to the skin. I also love Milani Baked Bronzer in Dolce and any clear lip balm!

What are your top tips for building your kit?

This takes time. Start with the basics: three foundations so you can mix, three concealers, a bronzer that you can build and a setting spray. Invest in a really good palette. The BEAUTY BAY ones are amazing and such a good price. Also setting powder is a must.

A few glosses, lip liners and some pigments. When clients start to pay for you doing their makeup, put half the money aside and slowly start to build it. You can use the money to invest in some more expensive products. I tend to go more expensive on skin products and cheaper on eyes and lips as you can get really good quality ones.

What are your top tips for organising your kit?

Story of my life! Keep it clean and invest in different bags for different products i.e. face products, eye products and lip products. Another bag for all your skin prep and a case for your brushes. You can buy all sorts to help keep it organised.

Some people think once you’ve done the makeup you can go but you have to clean all your brushes and keep it as organised as you can. I clean my products using surgical spirit and do a deep clean once a week.

How many product shades do you buy?

I have six foundation shades, seven to ten concealer shades, including contouring colours. I’ve slowly built up my eye pallets and pigments so now I have over six pallets and over 30 pigments.

@scarlettfeathersmakeup

What are the top products you couldn’t live without in your kit and why?

My top products in my kit are Inglot Cosmetics HD Perfect Cover Up Foundation – because there’s nothing like it! I also love Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso for adding some colour and healthy-looking skin!

What are your top tips for building your kit?

My top tip on building a kit is always start off with your base and the BASICS! There is hardly anyone who comes to you wanting more than a brown smoky eye!

What are your top tips for organising your kit?

My top tip for organising is definitely using the MyKitCo organisers! I live for those!

@paintedbypaigee

What are the top products you couldn’t live without in your kit and why?

My top must-have products are the bPerfect x mmmmitchell Sub Zero Palette. It’s so convenient which is KEY and has a perfect highlighter shade for every skin tone! I’ve used this palette in every Bree Runway music video. I recently worked on Bree Runway – All Night music video and we were working with blue lighting, so I used the shade ‘MMMM’ and sis, was GLOWING FOR THE GODS!

Another one of my ride or die products is the Makeup Revolution Duo Brow Pencil and I absolutely love, love, love the Precise Brow Pencil – it works better than a lot of high end brow pencils and for more than half the price!

What are your top tips for building your kit?

When building your kit, don’t feel like you need to go out and buy everything all at once. Even now I’m still building my kit. When I started building it, I used to carry out my own research on products by watching reviews and testing out products e.g. setting sprays, brow products and concealer on myself before adding to my kit so I could see how it performed. Also, most importantly you have products for EVERY SKIN TONE. 

What are your top tips for organising your kit?

Invest in PVC pouches/bags that are easy to clean – they are the key to an organised kit! I love the MyKitCo pouches and bags. I group my products and keep them in separate bags it makes life 100 times easier. When it comes to my individual eyeshadows, I keep them all on my Z Palette

How many product shades do you buy?

When I started building my kit, I had ten foundations. I made sure I had the darkest and fairest foundation shade (Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation) I could get my hands on. I had three light, three tan and four deep/dark shades with different under tones because you can always mix your foundation to create the perfect shades. 

A tip when trying to figure out what shades to buy is asking the store you’re buying from what their most popular shades are. It really helped me when I started building my kit.