If your love of makeup has grown to the desire to become a makeup artist, in addition to training and practice, you will need a set of cosmetics and tools. What should be included?

The decision to become a makeup artist should not be impulsive. It is important to understand that training will take a lot of time and will require significant expenses - at least for cosmetics and tools. If you are confident in your choice, get down to business. Let's talk about what a starter case should include. It is necessary to collect it, having a good idea of what the make-up artist will need from cosmetics at first, or better, by making a list.

Principles of forming a beginner make-up artist kit

Beginners want to add everything to their working set. Still, in cosmetic stores, indeed, eyes run wide! Beautiful shades, pleasant texture, positive reviews - all this inspires confidence that sooner or later the funds will come in handy. In addition to shopping, the fear of missing out on something important spurs on.

Experienced craftsmen advise you to calm down and approach the matter wisely. You need to start with a minimum, and then replenish your case, based on practical experience.


Customers have different skin types, different skin tones and undertones. Do I need separate remedies for each individual case?

It is not at all necessary to immediately purchase bases for oily, problematic and dry skin, tonal products of all possible colors. All you need is a universal primer and two or three creams that you can mix to get the desired shade - lighter or darker.

Concealers and proofreaders can be bought in a palette - for example, Master Camo from Maybelline New York.


The number of products and their shades for eye makeup rolls over. But professional makeup artists assure that at the initial stage, multi-story palettes are not needed. As well as entire collections of eyeliners and pencils. Limit yourself to base colors and a few accent shades. This will be enough for a makeup artist starter kit.

Also consider whether they can be mixed and thus expand the available gamut.


When choosing lip makeup, also consider the possibility of mixing shades.

In this sense, it's easiest to work with creamy lipsticks that have a soft texture, like NYX Professional Makeup's Round Lipstick.

What our readers think about this tool, you can find out here.


"Extra" shades are also not needed - the classic trio (nude, pink, red) will be enough at first.


The tools you will definitely need are tweezers, a brush, an angled brush. But you can do without special cosmetics - the same brown shades that you buy for eye makeup are suitable for color correction. The only thing to remember in this regard is the color type. Some girls want warm shades with reddishness, while others need cold ones with ashy undertones.

More about how to make eyebrow makeup with shadows, we talked about in this video.

beginner makeup artist basic kit: basic tools


Professionals can afford a case with a full collection of foundations. Beginners, as a rule, require an economical option. It is enough to have a couple of dark and light shades in order to mix them in the right proportion to get the optimal tone.

Another idea is to use an adjuster. It is a creamy pigment for darkening or lightening foundations. There are only four of them in the NYX Professional Makeup Pro Foundation Mixer line, and this is enough to get any tone from porcelain to tan.

Reviews from readers who have already tried this tool can be found here.



Everything is easier with powders. In practice, a rich range of shades is not required for work. In fact, with the help of powder, we only matte the skin, and a colorless product like De-Slick from Urban Decay copes with this.

Concealers and correctors

These tools are needed for a thorough spot masking of imperfections. It's good that they are now released in palettes. Sets with different shades are convenient and practical. How to use them, we told here.

It is best to choose palettes that have both body concealers and color correctors. For NYX Professional Makeup, this is, for example, Color Correcting Palette.


The blush palette is another solution for beginner makeup artists. But you can get by with less if you buy one warm shade and one cold one.

The first one can be closer to brown in shade so that it can also be used as a sculptor. And the second is pink.

Shadow base

Unlike a face primer, an eyeshadow base is one of the essentials. No matter how masterly the makeup artist handles the shadows, without a base layer, they will surely roll up and clog into folds, depriving the makeup of freshness.

That's why you should have something like Urban Decay's Eyeshadow Primer Potion in your arsenal.


At first, a medium eyeshadow palette or a set of several basic and several accent shades will be enough for you.

Don't chase the variety of textures. A shimmering effect, if necessary, you can create with the help of loose pigment, which makes sense to purchase in two shades: gold and silver. You will find both in the Face & Body Glitter Collection by NYX Professional Makeup.

Eyeliner and pencil

For shadows - a couple of pencils, or better - gel eyeliners in black and brown. With a gel, you can draw clear lines and get a graphic eye makeup. And if this tool is softened with a quick shading, the result will be identical to the pencil.Check out Gel Intenza by L'Oréal Paris.


You can't do without it either. If mascara should be in the basic makeup bag of an ordinary beauty user, then in a makeup artist’s case, even more so. Choose the standard color - black.

Look for a volumizing product with a handy brush to separate lashes like Paradise Extatic by L'Oréal Paris.


If we talk about lip products, then a beginner makeup artist will need lipsticks and pencils in three main shades, that is, nude, pink and red.

By the way, to get new shades, you can not only mix base lipsticks with each other, but also add shadows to them, including shimmery ones.

Lip Gloss

With a glossy shine, a transparent lip gloss will help you.

It is used on its own or over a color coat if a lacquer effect is required. Filler Instinct Plumping Lip Polish in NYX Professional Makeup's Let's Glaze will also make your lips look bigger.

List of beginner makeup artist tools

Buying good professional brushes is another big expense for a beginner makeup artist. The consolation is that this is a long-term investment: you won't have to spend a lot of money replacing cheap brushes that fail.

Professionals again don't recommend large sets of brushes for beginners. Naturally, over time, their number will grow, but at the start, more than 10 pieces are definitely not needed.

Start by finding the right face brushes. The most needed ones are for tonal foundation (kabuki or duo-fiber), blush (volumizing and bevelled edge), concealer (small for spot application) and powder (large and fluffy).

Next, move on to the eye makeup brushes. You will need several of them: flat - for applying shadows, dense and voluminous - for shading, beveled - for eyeliner and color correction of eyebrows. For eyebrows, a brush can also come in handy, with which you can comb them. You can add a lipstick brush to them.

Pay attention to learning how the pile should be for cream and dry textures. And also carefully check the quality of the brushes: they must be elastic and at the same time soft (clients are unpleasant when they prick). Brushes should not “climb”, they should not have creases. It is important to check this at the stage of choosing tools in the store.


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Make-up base

Not all professionals use a primer and talk about it directly in their interviews.Therefore, the base is not such a must have. Of course, this does not mean that primers should be crossed off the makeup artist’s case shopping list once and for all. Find a couple of universal options that will definitely find a use. For example, a moisturizing base for girls with dry skin and a mattifying base for oily skin.

Or get a primer-filler that evens out the texture of the skin, and in cases where moisture is required, use care products.


Even beginner makeup artists often work on set. And in this case, a sculptor like NYX Professional Makeup's 3 Steps To Sculpt will come in handy.

It can be replaced with the usual bronzer or dark blush. At least for practicing contouring techniques, it will definitely come in handy.


A novice make-up artist will at least enjoy working with this tool. It allows you to complement your makeup with radiant accents and beautiful highlights. And also - expressively emphasize the cheekbones, using the techniques of the strobing technique.

Makeup setting spray

To prolong the life of your work, spritz with a setting spray like Urban Decay's All Nighter.

It creates a barely perceptible film on the surface of the skin that "holds" makeup, prolonging its durability.

Brush disinfectant

This is a must have. If before you didn’t have the habit of washing your brushes after each use, then as a makeup artist you will have to develop it. It is better to use not only detergents, but also a disinfectant spray, which will help ensure the cleanliness of the instruments. Learn more about how to clean brushes in this video.

What is the difference between beginner and professional make-up kits?

The main difference is, of course, the size of the sets. Professionals have large cases, sometimes even whole suitcases, where there are all possible shades of tonal foundations, bases for any skin type, dozens or even hundreds of different shadows - matte, satin, shimmer, lipsticks, glosses, lip lacquers, blush, sculptors, highlighters .They also have many times more brushes than beginners - the number can exceed fifty.

Besides, the professional's case contains only proven products; he is 100% confident in them and knows how they will behave in certain circumstances. Pros often use unusual tools at hand (for example, paper tape), which help out when creating some make-up options. Beginners are just getting acquainted with many products and often buy cosmetics that do not behave the way they would like on the skin. Only experience, patience and enthusiasm can help in this situation and eventually become a true professional.


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