DIY Basic Makeup Artist Kit

After all the stress and run around involved with putting together this kit I am so happy the bulk of it is over. Putting together a basic makeup artists kit is a lot more work than I initially thought it was. While I was doing my research I had to go to several different resources to find what I was needing! I wish it would have all just been in one place. This blog post is going to be a bit longer for this very reason so grab a snack and continue reading!

My Makeup Kit!

Shout out to my lovely grandma who helped me put this kit together :) I couldnt have done it without you grams!

Eventually I will upgrade to a big professional case but for now this will do. I currently owned the silver box case and to be honest I dont really like these kinds of makeup cases. This one I own is smaller and has worked great but once they get to a certain size they fall apart easily. I have owned a few big ones and they have all broken :( Another thing to consider is that the boxes scratch and get scratched easily overtime this may look unprofessional.

Wanting to stay away from the box ones and not having the budget for a fancy case I bought two floral cases from Sonia Kashuk which I absolutely LOVE!

For my gore makeup I used just a basic makeup bag. This bag wont be coming with me everywhere just on special occasions.


The first Sonia Kashuk bag has two sides to it. The first side has two plastic detachable pockets. I love these because it means its easy to clean and there great bags for on the go in the case of shooting on location.

This side has lip gloss, lip liner, and lipstick in one pocket. The other pocket has eyebrow pencils, eyeliner, mascara, and liquid eye gel.

When it comes to any lip products in a kit you want variety! Some matte, glossy, and some with some sparkle.

I got the 4 little Sephora ones for free for spending a certain amount ;) You definitely want to take advantage of places like Sephora and Ulta that give you free products!

NYX has some inexpensive liners and if you get them at Ulta they almost always have a buy one get one free or 50% off deal :)

I love Ben Nye eyebrow pencils/eyeliners because you can use them for both eyes and brows! Yay! There big too which means they last longer! For liner I have a few different neutral colors and then a fun gold liquid liner.

For Mascara I went with a basic one nothing fancy and a volume plumping one both by Maybelline.

The other side has a big plastic pocket and a variety of pockets to place different items. I put all my eye shadows in the big plastic pocket. I purchased the Lorac Pro 2 because I LOVE the Lorac Pro 1 and the Pro 2 had more of a variety of colors where the Pro 1 was more of a neutral pallet. I also have a variety of Revlon eye shadows, a fun blue eyeshadow by Maybelline, a few Ben Nye Matte coral colors and some freebies! Definitely a good variety starting out! Some might say the Lorac is an expensive pallet for starting out and I definitely would agree however its my favorite and I am to in love to use anything else at this point haha.

In my case I have all face products minus some wet eye shadows by Ben Nye that I felt fit better in here.

I moved my contour pallet into my makeup kit because it offers so much variety and I recently got a new bronzer in my recent ipsy bag!

For foundation I have multiple Ben Nye colors that are super thick! These offer great coverage but can look a little cakey. I went with the NYX foundation and picked every other color they had because I want to try mixing them to get the in between colors before buying 3 or 4 more. This saves me money in the long run if it works out! If not I will be going back and purchasing the rest of there foundation.

I also have some color correctors and some basic blushes!

I talked about the Lorac primer in my latest video which you can view > HERE < I definitely wanted the full size face primer in my kit as well as the eye primer that comes with the Lorac pallet. I have NYX concealers and a basic matte powder from mac.

Here are the wet eyeshadow pallets by Ben Nye. Variety!

This case is reserved for tools!

I have some containers from Target that I can fill with whatever! I am thinking the spray bottle will probably have alcohol for sanitation. And the other two containers will be for whatever comes up! Baby shampoo is great for cleaning brushes so I got a baby sized baby shampoo (haha) for like .60 cents! then I have some tweezers, scissors, eyelash curler, brow brush, wedges, towel, and a makeup brush cleaner!

I went back and forth with brushes! Dear god this was the worst part! Brushes are tricky. At Ulta they have a bunch with great deals but the majority of kits they had were tiny travel sized ones and getting each brush individually would have cost me $60+ and I would have gotten 4 or 5 brushes! I went to Target and found this Sonia Kashuk set for $30 or $40 I cant remember I was so excited haha but its a set of 15. One is missing because I took it for my personal stash because there were two in here that looked like bronzing brushes and I didnt have one.

Not only was it a steal of a deal but how cute are these! I love the gold and the purple!

My gore kit really isnt fancy just a bunch of messy stuff haha!

Advice and things...

Do Your Research!

Even though this post will have a little bit of everything still shop around for info. Everyone uses different products and everyone has there way of doing things. Looking at multiple references can help you get a grasp on what YOU want and what YOUR style is going to be.

You also want to price check websites that sell actual kits. They typically range anywhere from $500-$1500 depending on where your looking. One thing to chew on when thinking of purchasing a kit from someone is that you don't have control over what products/brands your buying. For me I have staple brands that I cant steer away from (Lorac being an example).

Set A Budget And Stick To It!

Sometimes this can be frustrating and if your like me the second you get in the store you have died and gone to heaven. Keeping this in mind I went shopping with a few things...



-List of what I needed

-List of what I wanted

Going in with a clear understanding of what your budget is and what you want/need is important! I went down my list of needs first and as I picked up the item wrote down the price next to it in my note pad before putting it in my shopping bag. After I had gone through all of my needs I totaled my shit up and had a new budget for things I wanted. Did the same thing for that and managed to do a bomb job at staying in my budget.

Keep Your Receipts!

I spent the weekend at Ulta & Target. Keeping my receipts I was able to keep track of what I spent. So when I went to target and saw the Sonia Kashuk brushes that I LOVED and saw I would be saving at least $20 going with that brand than the ones I got at Ulta AND I would be getting more brushes I went and returned the Ulta ones and now had $20 to spend!

Even after your sure your keeping your products save your receipts for tax purposes later. If you end up making above a certain amount of money you can use these come tax time as business expenses!

Makeup Is Great, But TOOLS Are Important!

Starting out you dont want the most expensive brushes because during the learning curve is when your going to make the bulk of your mistakes BUT without good tools you cant do your best. This would be like a hairstylist using dull scissors!

Get some good eyelash curlers with interchangeable rubber parts. The last thing you want is to cut someones eyelashes off!

You want brushes that are decent. Do your research there!

Brush cleaner is important and a must have! If you want to be a professional makeup artist you need to act like a professional.

I didnt go with the fancy beauty blenders because there expensive. Starting out I went with some wedges that I can throw away after each use.

I also spent $40 of my budget on some makeup books. I really like Bobbi Browns book, its an easy read with gorgeous pictures! Written really well! Lauren Conrads books are also great reads as there easy, simple, and straight to the point. Just like any profession you need to educate yourself!

Misc Tips...

NYX has some cheap products that are awesome for photo shoots! You could basically build your kit off of that entire brand!

Keep in mind that you will be upgrading and your kit will forever be evolving and growing. Dont be to upset if you cant afford to get certain things. Prioritize what you want and try to find the products that are multi functional.

Go through your makeup stash and find products you have but dont use all the time. I have so much makeup in my drawer that I havent used much of. Why not clean these items and add them to your makeup kit? Start crossing off items you no longer need and save some money!

Pinterest! Make a board to organize your thoughts! I find having it all in one place laid out where I can see it all makes me feel less stressed.

Take advantage of stores like Ulta & Sephora that give free products and track your points. I racked up so many points at Ulta that I used towards my kit getting me free products. If your spending the money why not track points to save you money? Both of these places give out free testers and makeup for spending money! Use these! Dont throw away testers just cause there small, use them! Test them! Learn!

Look into becoming a Mac Pro member. Most schools offer a Mac Pro member card. This can be super helpful when purchasing products specifically for your makeup kit.

What Products Are Typically In A Basic Makeup Kit?




Pallet of concealers

Pallet of eye shadows (some wet)

Pallet of brush, bronzer, & highlighter

Makeup setter

Foundation and foundation powder

Liquid eye gels

Lip products (gloss, stick, pencil)

Eye pencils

Brow pencils

Liquid eyeliner




Brushes (variety of lip, eye, face)

Pallet to mix on

Pallet knife


Mascara Spooly







False Eyelashes

Eye glue


Makeup Remover


Hair clips & ties

Hand sanitizer


Brush cleaner


I hope this post was helpful! I will be blogging about what I am learning as I go! This helps me alot because this is how I learn and if it helps some of you than that is even better! We can all learn together!

Much Love!

-Magnolia Rose