I get asked a lot by people in the makeup industry what tips would I give them or what would I sugest they should start off with in their starter MUA Kit’s, what products should they buy so they’re ready for beauty freelancing. So here’s a break down of my makeup kit. In this series I’ll go through the different sections of a good kit and some do’s and don’ts I live by and what I think you should include in your Makeup Kits. 

I’m gonna start from the beginning and talk you through my Prep and Base tips and tricks! This is probably the most loved part of my kit! I love a good primer!

Prepping and Priming:

  • Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentate £8.65
  • Pixie Beauty Glow Mist £16
  • Elf Poreless Putty Primer £8
  • Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r £24 

Prepping your clients face for a makeup is probably the most important step. Some makeup artists don’t believe in primer but I am not one of those!

I use my Embryolisse Lait-Creme Cocentate to moisturise. I find this works best for all skin types and provides optimal hydration to the skin. Once applied, I spray over the Pixie Beauty Glow Mist to give the skin a refreshing wakeup and glow. 

PRO TIP: Always ask your client their skin type before bookings and if they have any allergies to products. Cater to your client. Prep your kit ready to prep their face!


  • Nars Sheer Glow £33
  • Maybelline Fit Me £5.99

A good base makes a good face. Theres no point is overloading your kit with products and shades you don’t use. I would suggest starting with identifying your required shade range – I mostly had asian clients when I started out so I invested in 2 foundations in Light – Light Medium shades and focused more on medium to darker shades to to suit my clientele. I started with 6 foundations and have found them to be perfect. Grab a mixing palette off of eBay and get to work.

I apply the foundation with a flat foundation brush from the T Zone and then focus on blending it out with a damp beauty blender to create an air brushed effect. 

You also don’t have to break the bank with your foundation collection. Drugstore brands like Maybelline are affordable and have a good shade range for starting out and will see you through till the end. Also mix and match as mentioned above. Your client just might be the best of both worlds.  

PRO TIP: Have a foundation mixing palette or a flat surface to mix products on to help you achieve the best colour match. I’ve linked a cheap option above that I swear by but any flat surface you can mix on is fine!


  • Elf 16 Hr Camo Concealer £5

Conceal those bags honey but know your product! Concealer does not cake if you know how to use it. Learn your consistencies, your coverage and remember how to product works once applied and warmed up!

With the Elf Camo Concealer my pro steps are really simple. Small, light dotting of product on desired area, as a little goes a long way with this baby, and then blend out with a damp beauty blender. SNATCHED.

PRO TIP: Tap, tap, tap only! Never pull or drag the concealer as this will take longer to blend and give you streaky coverage. 

I hope this answered some questions for those looking for kit inspo! If you have any other questions you would like me to answer in part two or any topics you would like me to cover please let me know in the comments below.

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