How to remove makeup and prep a model’s skin, for a makeup application, quickly and efficiently.


Often when you are working onset you have to apply multiple different makeup looks on one model, or you have to remove the makeup they are already wearing for a clean and fresh canvas. . .  if you will. Normally your allocated work space does not come with a handy little tap and basin and you have to make do with what you are lugging around in your kit. When I was in Collage studying to become a makeup artist they expected us to do a full cleansing routine complete with a bowl of water and a sponge and a whole sequence of steps and ugh. . . well it was definitely beneficial to teach us this I have found it ultimately unpractical and I can’t be bothered carrying around all that extra stuff really.  So today I am going to be discussing what products I like to carry to prep the models skin for a makeup application.

1: Makeup wipes – When the model is wearing makeup.


Makeup wipes are very handy to remove a full face of makeup off your model I can’t tell you through how many pack of these I have gone through it is usually very effective in removing even the toughest mascara in no time at all. It is worth mentioning that makeup wipes can be very harsh and can irritate the eyes and skin of the model, so it is best to use an unscented product that is as “clean” as possible. My current favourite is the Simple cleansing facial wipes.

2: Micellar water – Prior to any makeup application.


A micellar water is an extremely useful thing to carry around in your kit as it is wonderful for removing any oils or SPF (can cause a white kickback with flash photography) when on a cotton pad or even to clean up tiny smudges of eye makeup when on a Q-tip. I always do this as part of my makeup application, as the second step (after going in with a makeup wipe) when I had to remove makeup or as a first step when prepping the models skin. My current favourite is Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water.

3: Rose water/Hydrating toner– Prior to any makeup application.


After my micellar water I always do a refreshing wipe down with rose water or a hydrating toner (or plain water, it is always a good idea to keep on hand) on a cotton pad just to help refresh and hydrate the model’s skin and to remove any leftover products from the previous steps. My current favourite is Skin Hydrating Mist Toner.

4: Light weight moisturiser– Prior to any makeup application.

I always carry a very light weight moisturiser in my kit, to me it is very important that the product is suited for sensitive skin because any skin is prone to redness after it has been poked and prodded. Because I like to keep my kit as light weight as possible I only carry around one moisturiser as opposed to one for every skin type. How I make this work for every client is by also carrying around a mineral oil and adding it to the moisturiser depending on what the model’s skin needs (i.e. if their skin is dry add a drop or two of oil to your moisturiser and if their skin is oily just stick to the moisturiser). I use mineral oil because it is does not cause break outs or irritation and is good to have in your kit if you need to make the models skin look shiny or to give their hair a wet look. My current favourite Moisturiser is the Ultra Repair Face Moisturiser by First Aid Beauty. . .  If I can be completely honest I have no idea what brand the mineral oil is, they are all pretty much the same but I always opt for a scent free one.

Then you apply some primer and voilà you are ready to work your magic.

This after many years of trial and error is what I have found the fastest and most practical method to get the makeup ball rolling. I like to decant everything into little travel containers because, you only have one spine.

I hope this post was helpful for you, let me know in the comment section down below what you use t prep a model or clients skin.

Have a beautiful day.


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Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with a any of the products mentioned above, all opinions are my own.


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