Any freelance makeup artist will tell you that you invariably check out Facebook pages or websites where potential clients go to look for makeup artists, these people can be photographers looking for a makeup artist to help out on a shoot, brides wanting to look their best on their special day or even high school girls looking for someone to teach them the basics of applying makeup. This can be an amazing resource for any makeup artist and, if you are new to the world of makeup artistry, I suggest looking for groups in your area to follow. However, something I see way too often is people saying that “makeup artist must use a MAC only kit” I hope I am not too bold as to admit that I roll my eyes at this.
First off, I will like to state that I LOVE MAC many of their products are wonderful and a great addition to any artist’s kit. Secondly, I would like to say that I do not blame people for asking for MAC products to be used, it is probably one of the most well-known makeup lines in the world, but it is by far not the only one that has come out with some brilliant products. The fact is that every line has their hero product or products and a good makeup artist is usually one who has experience with a multitude of product lines and has done enough research to know what works and what doesn’t i.e. knowing what to spend their hard earned money on.
Even van Gogh ordered paints from different companies1 and using his knowledge of the different paints he put them to great use producing works like Starry Night, not that I’m saying that I am akin to van Gogh (I still have both my ears), but I feel like my point has been sufficiently made.
To people looking for makeup artists aka the clients, I would like to say trust your makeup artist’s choice in product. They probably think long and hard about what products to put behind their work. If you want to know what calibre of work that artist can produce it is much better to ask to see their portfolio. . . because almost anyone can walk into MAC and buy a few eyeshadows.
To the hot off the press makeup artists, or OG makeup artist feeling pressured into putting away their favourite products, I would like to say do not fill your kit with products that you think clients would like to see. Use products you trust, feel comfortable with, and will help you do your best work. I personally like to decant my products into travel containers or magnetic palates to make it easier to tote around, so very few clients will even know what products I am using, but more on that in a different post.
What are your holy grail products? Let me know in the comment section down below.
Have a nice day. xx