Make-up Artist Kit Essentials │ 彩妝箱必備美妝品

30 Oct


As a professional make-up artist who already has a good knowledge in Color Theory in Make-up Artistry, you are probably always searching and shopping for more and more products to add into your kit. Yes it is true that there are always new products out there in the market that you want to add into your kit, but do you really need them all, or are they just gimmicks?

This blog post is going show you some of my top-picked essentials for beauty make-up artist kit, and I will provide Tommy’s Make-up Artist Tips as helpful knowledge for you to use on some of the products that I am familiar with.

In my opinion, the ideal beauty make-up kit essentials should be classified into three categories of products:

  1. Simple & Generic (簡單、大眾化產品)
  2. Palettes (顏彩盤收納)
  3. Multiple-use (多用途產品)

They are products that you can use for almost everyone in every occasions. Now, let’s have a look:


高以翔 Godfrey Gao for SKII Men Skincare

1. Simple & Generic (簡單、大眾化產品)

This refers to products or tools that are OK to use for all skin types with simple formula that will not cause irritation to skin. You want to choose skincare, foundation, or cleanser that are formulated with basic, gentle ingredients that is suitable for everyone to use, yet work effectively.

In most cases, if you see a well-known brand skincare that is labeled for “all skin types” or for “sensitive skin” with no harsh perfume or alcohol in formulation, it should fit the criteria.

You want to have a facial hydrating moisturizer, eye cream, primer, cleanser to prep the client’s skin in order to create that beautiful skin canvas for you to work on. You want to make the skin looking plumped and feeling comfortable with moisturizer and primer. As I have mentioned in my previous blog post Creating Perfect Skin, every good make-up application starts with good skin preparation; if the skin job is not done properly, everything else that you work on the face will not fall into places.

Here are some popular products for make-up artists to have in their kits under the category of “simple & generic“. You absolutely don’t need every item as shown below, but it’s definitely useful to see what are the popular items other make-up artists are using, and choose according to your need.


M·A·C – Wipes

M·A·C - Wipes

M·A·C – Wipes │ M·A·C 清爽潔膚膜

CONVENIENT, CONDITIONING, REFRESHING. Swipes away makeup, smudges, dirt and grime. It’s saturated with special M·A·C cleanser (sugar-based emulsifier) infused with protective vitamin E. Hydrates and nourishes highly efficiently. Extremely refreshing.

M·A·C 清爽潔膚膜


Bobbi Brown – Soothing Cleansing Oil

Bobbi Brown - Soothing Cleansing Oil

Bobbi Brown – Soothing Cleansing Oil │ 芭比波朗/茉莉沁透淨妝油

Bobbi’s Soothing Cleansing Oil is a quick yet luxurious way to cleanse skin. Made with soothing jasmine flower extract (sourced directly from France), moisturizing kukui nut oil, and a blend of Italian olive, organic sunflower and jojoba oils to dissolve surface impurities and makeup without leaving skin feeling tight or dry.

芭比波朗 / 茉莉沁透淨妝油
BOBBI BROWN將卸妝產品全新升級,希望在保持有效的卸妝力下,加入精油成分,將讓肌膚使用後感覺更潤澤保濕、鎮靜又舒適。「茉莉沁透淨妝油」有奢華的質地,同時又有溫和但徹底的清潔能力。研發團隊遠赴法國取得非常珍貴的茉莉花萃取物,可以鎮定肌膚,有助於減少肌膚發紅、發炎的現象。油脂成分則選用不會阻塞毛孔的油脂,可以乳化完全,避免因油脂堆積造成的閉鎖性粉刺現象,適合所有膚質使用。它能輕鬆溶解不易清除的臉部、眼部和唇部彩妝,絲滑保濕的質地能輕易以溫水沖淨,對於敏感脆弱的眼周肌膚也十分安全。


Bioderma – Sensibio Cleansing Water

Bioderma - Sensibio Cleansing Water

Bioderma – Sensibio Cleansing Water │ 法國貝德瑪 / 舒妍高效潔膚液

This is a MUST HAVE product as it cleanses, removes make-up, and it soothes skin as a toner.  Sensibio H20 gently cleanses and removes makeup from face and eyes. The micelles contained in its formula effectively micro-emulsify impurities while maintaining the cutaneous balance. Soothing active ingredients prevent the skin feeling irritated. Excellent cutaneous (skin) and ocular (eye) tolerance. Non-detergent, non-foaming, neutral pH. NON-RINSE, and FRAGRANCE-FREE.

法國貝德瑪 / 舒妍高效潔膚液


MAKE UP FOR EVER Sens’Eyes – Waterproof Sensitive Eye Cleanser

MAKE UP FOR EVER Sens'Eyes - Waterproof Sensitive Eye Cleanser │眼唇卸妝凝乳

MAKE UP FOR EVER Sens’Eyes – Waterproof Sensitive Eye Cleanser │眼唇卸妝凝乳

A mineral oil-free, gel makeup remover for eyes and lips.Instantly removes impurities and even waterproof makeup on the most sensitive eyes, and works well for contact lens wearers. Moisturizes and soothes eyelids. Extremely effective and incredibly gentle, this lightweight cleanser won’t leave the eyelids feeling greasy. HOW TO: Place cotton wool soaked in the product on the eyelids and let it soak on the eyelashes, without rubbing. On fragile eyelids, apply gel with fingers and smooth gently over the make-up. Rub it off with cotton wool moistened with Cool Lotion. Finally, use a paper tissue to dry, or Cool Lotion to freshen.

此款卸妝凝乳不含礦物油,極致溫和,卸妝效果卓越,使用後眼瞼不感黏膩。能迅速卸除髒污及防水性彩妝,即使是眼部極度過敏或是戴隱形眼鏡者都可放心使用。特別適合擁有敏感雙眼或眼周肌膚乾燥、有細紋產生, 需要溫和卸妝產品的女性。


Avène – Skin Recovery Cream

Avène - Skin Recovery Cream

Avène – Skin Recovery Cream │ 雅漾/修護保濕精華乳

This gentle Skin Recovery Cream is specifically designed for naturally sensitive skin (fair, thin, prone to redness), and even helps repair skin after a chemical peel, laser treatment, or exposure to harsh weather. It helps to restore the lipid layer, meaning it heals chapped skin over time. It’s lightweight and feels immediately calming. Free from paraben, fragrance and coloring agents.

雅漾 / 修護保濕精華乳


M·A·C – Fast Response Eye Cream

M·A·C - Fast Response Eye Cream

M·A·C – Fast Response Eye Cream │ M·A·C 專業眼霜

FIRMING, DE-PUFFING, REDUCES DARK CIRCLES. The super-charged, caffeinated cream with instant effects. De-puffs, erases the look of dark circles, firms, soothes and softens skin around the eye. Special optics act like magic to fade away fine lines. I have been using Fast Response Eye Cream for years!

M·A·C 專業眼霜


Smashbox – Photo Finish Foundation Primer

Smashbox - Photo Finish Foundation Primer

Smashbox – Photo Finish Foundation Primer │ Smashbox 妝前光采凝露

Create a perfect canvas for foundation application with this silky, lightweight blend of Vitamins A & E, grape seed extract and green tea. Worn alone or under foundation, this oil-free primer helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and pores for flawless skin with a velvety-smooth finish.

Smashbox 妝前光采凝露
瞬間撫平毛孔細紋,水感肌上妝服貼特殊絲柔成分形成智慧防護網,瞬間修飾撫平毛孔細紋上妝時間-30%,粉底用量-50%,美肌效果+200% 用對一瓶,強過層層蓋還凹凸不平!獨家植物矽化物技術,填補肌膚凹洞不阻塞;高感度光線折射原理,巧妙隱形毛孔細紋;紅花籽油+葡萄籽萃取物+綠茶油,多重天然保濕成分為肌膚瞬間補水、持續鎖水,使肌膚維持在最佳狀態!棕櫚酸維他命A讓角質層的新陳代謝正常化,使肌膚柔軟有彈性。


M·A·C – Lightful C Vibrancy Eye Cream

MAC Lightful C Vibrancy Eye Cream

M·A·C – Lightful C Vibrancy Eye Cream │ M·A·C 亮白C眼周去黑精華

BRIGHTENING, DE-PUFFING, PRIMES EYES. Instant eye prep! Lightful C Vibrancy Eye Cream is a quick-fix eye cream that reduces puffiness and under-eye shadows while imparting a bright natural radiance to your entire eye area. A potent addition of vitamin C gives skin its brightened effects. It even perfectly primes your eyes for makeup and with regular use its instant benefits become permanent.

  • Tommy’s Make-up Artist Tips:  This product is extremely effective to brighten up the under eye darkness. Use it before you apply concealer, and think about color theory when applying concealer to cancel out the darkness.

M·A·C 亮白C眼周去黑精華


2. Palettes (顏彩盤收納)

Japonesque Palette

It’s all about organization! As mentioned in one of my previous blog posts, the idea of a make-up artist palette is to condense as many “color” products into one single palette as possible, so when the artist is working, he or she can just open up the palette and do all the mixing and blending effortlessly. There is no need to carry lots of different products. It takes too much time to look through colors, to open up separate packaging – it’s not very make-up artist user friendly in that way. Also, by having them in palette form, it’s much easier for product transportation as well.



if you like to custom-make your own DIY pallets of foundation, concealer, blush, eye shadow, or lip colors, please refer to my previous  Make-up Artist Palette blog post for some tips and videos on How-To’s. Do keep in mind it’s very time consuming to organize all products at the beginning, and make them into palette form with labels of the shades. However, the result of all that palette organizing work will save you so much time and energy later on as a professional make-up artist.

M·A·C PRO Palettes

M·A·C PRO Palettes

PICK YOUR PALETTE, CHOOSE YOUR SHADES, CUSTOMIZABLE, PORTABLE. Designed to take 15 Eye Shadows of your choice. A backstage or on-location essential for artists and those who want to personalize their shade palette. Fits perfectly into the Duo or Single Pro Palette Large.

You can go to M·A·C Cosmetics website or any freestanding M·A·C stores to build your custom-make pallet in ease, by choosing preferred colors in: eye shadow, blush, sculpt & shape powders, or color correctors. They have already made in a palette-size form that fit directly into M·A·C clear top palette containers. However, if you prefer the convenience of pre-made pallets produced for professional use, there are also tons of selections on products to choose from various cosmetics brands. Some of the ones that I like are as follows:


Eve Pearl – HD Pro Palette

Eve Pearl - HD Pro Palette

Eve Pearl – HD Pro Palette

This high quality professional face palette from 5-time Grammy Award Best Make-up Artist winner Eve Pearl includes: 12 shades of HD Dual Foundation, all 6 shades of Salmon Concealer Treatment, all 3 shades of HD Foundation Cream Blush, three universal enhancers: a Mattifier/Eye Primer, an Illuminator and a Lip Treatment. There are 6 empty wells in the palette for custom blending shades to meet all your clients’ needs. Please check out my previous post on Eve Pearl Pro Artist HD Face Palette + TV Makeover for this product’s review.


M·A·C – Conceal and Correct Palette

M·A·C - Conceal and Correct Palette

M·A·C – Conceal and Correct Palette

8-HOUR WEAR, NON-CREASING, STAY-TRUE COLOR. Developed with the professional artist’s need in mind, M·A·C Pro Conceal and Correct Palette features four Studio Finish Concealers SPF35 and two Studio Finish Corrector shades organized into four palettes: Light, MediumMedium Deep and Dark. Featuring formulas enriched with antioxidants and suited for all skin types, they can be used individually or combined to perfectly match any skin tone.

The creamy concealer provides opaque coverage. It can be used as a concealer or a full-coverage foundation. It’s water-resistant, fragrance-free and non-acnegenic. This emollient-based concealer can effectively covers dark circles, blemishes, moles, tattoos and birthmarks.

M·A·C Conceal and Correct Palette/Light

M·A·C Conceal and Correct Palette/Light

M·A·C Conceal and Correct Palette/Medium

M·A·C Conceal and Correct Palette/Medium

M·A·C Conceal and Correct Palette/Medium Deep

M·A·C Conceal and Correct Palette/Medium Deep

M·A·C Conceal and Correct Palette/Dark

M·A·C Conceal and Correct Palette/Dark

  • Tommy’s Make-up Artist Tips:  This concealer is heavier in formulation as it provides maximum opaque coverage. You can always sheer the formula by mixing with a moisturizer or facial oil (essential oil), and use it as a foundation.
  • Tommy’s Make-up Artist Tips:  In concealing an under-eye dark circle for people who have lots of dark blue under-eye color (which is often found in darker, brownish skintones), it is best to use an orange color corrector (or a mix of orange & ocher colors) first to neutralize the dark blue under-eye, then use a concealer on top to match the person’s natural skintone. It works the magic every time!


VIDEO: Contouring & Highlighting for Different Skin Tones

“You want to see the effect, not the makeup.” Senior Artists Fatima Thomas and Michelle Lee Collins sculpt, shape and shadow the natural structure of the face with Studio formulas and brushes.


M·A·C – PRO Lip Palettes 

M·A·C Pro Lip Palettes

M·A·C Pro Lip Palettes │ M·A·C 專業彩妝系列6色唇彩盤

BACKSTAGE-READY, PROFESSIONAL, PORTABLE. M·A·C’s top lipstick shades organized by color in five pro lip palettes with six stylist variations of tint and finish–even more when you blend. Customize within the same shade family, or cross-pollinate between palettes. The five palettes of shades are: Select Plum, Modern Browns, Preferred Pinks, Editorial Reds, and Editorial Oranges.

  • Make-up artist Tip: a lipstick can instantly turn into a cream blush – all you need to do is to dab a bit of the lip color on the cheek, blend it with your finger (as it provides a bit of warmth), and there is your cream color blush with a sheen!


Urban Decay – Naked Eye Shadow Palettes

Urban Decay - Naked & Naked 2 Eye Shadow Palettes

Urban Decay – Naked & Naked 2 Eye Shadow Palettes

Urban Decay - Naked & Naked 2 Eye Shadow Palettes

Urban Decay – Naked & Naked 2 Eye Shadow Palettes

Urban Decay - Naked Eye Shadow Palettes

Urban Decay – Naked Eye Shadow Palettes

Urban Decay - Naked 3 Eye Shadow Palettes

Urban Decay – Naked 3 Eye Shadow Palettes │ U.D.大地色12色煙燻眼影盤

From a make-up artist’s point of view, it makes life a lot easier when the mostly-used eye shadow colors are put together in a palette for you to create the most natural eye make-up looks to smokey eye looks, and everything else in between, so you don’t have to go through and open each eye shadow packaging to mix and blend.

These Naked eye shadow palettes include monochromatic colors that work for pretty much everyone as they can be used as eye shadows, eye brow colors, or eye liners. I have seen these palettes in a lot of freelance make-up artists’ kits because they are awesome in color selection, great in value, size, and color pigment are good (easy to blend and work with)!


M·A·C – Neutral Color Eye Shadow Palettes

Neutral Color Eye Shadow Palette by M·A·C Cosmetics

M·A·C Eye Shadow x 15 Neutral Palette │ M·A·C 專業彩妝系列15色眼影盤

15 WARM-TONED SHADES, MULTIPLE LOOKS, VERSATILE. Two M·A·C Pro palettes of 15 exquisite shades of long-wearing, highly pigmented powdered eyeshadow applies evenly, blends and builds beautifully—so you’ll be gorgeous in any hue. They come in Warm neutral and Cool neutral tones. In addition, you can also get a ‘Nordstrom’s Finest’ Eyeshadow Palette (Nordstrom Department Store Exclusive in the US). It’s a well edited, well priced and well worth it, Nordstrom’s Finest features an exclusive selection of 15 on-trend neutral M·A·C eyeshadows.


MAKE UP FOR EVER – 12 Flash Color Cases

MAKE UP FOR EVER - 12 Flash Color Case

MAKE UP FOR EVER – 12 Flash Color Case | MUFE 12色油彩


MAKE UP FOR EVER – 12 Flash Color Case | MUFE 12色油彩

This 12 Flash Color Cases are found in the kits of many well-known makeup artists. You can create an array of looks with this palette and it’s great for traveling. It can be used on the face, eyes, cheeks, lips, or for special effects coloring.

  • Tommy’s Make-up Artist Tips:  Think of color theory (in a color wheel) when working with these colors. For example, by adding white, you can create a lighter color in tint; by adding black, you will create a darker color in shade. Mixing two colors on the opposite side of the color wheel will produce a neutral gray. For an full blog post on color theory, please link to read Makeup 101: Colour Theory & Make-up Artistry.



3. Multiple-use (多用途產品)


You want to use a product that can do more than just one job: maybe two, or even three! As a make-up artist, it is essential to exercise your brain to find creative ways of using your products.

For example, it’s a smart idea to have a foundation in your kit that serves multiple purposes.  A few shades of HD (high definition) foundation will be great for everyday beauty make-up application, but the foundation is made ready for photography and HD media (TV or film) use. This way, you don’t have to carry 2 different sets of foundation in your kit for different needs.

In this section, we will explore some of the versatile & multiple-use products that’s worth having in your make-up kit as essentials.


Pointed Q-Tips (Cotton Swabs)

Pointed Q-Tips (Cotton Swabs)

Pointed Q-Tips (Cotton Swabs) │ 尖頭/圓頭棉花棒

This is a MUST-HAVE as they are so handy! Pointed cotton swabs are specially designed for makeup touch-ups. I use this so much in each make-up application. The ideal cotton swab is to have one pointed tip and round at the other. I don’t know if a make-up artist can ever do make-ups without them!

  • Tommy’s Make-up Artist Tips:  you can use the pointed tip to erase any smudges that require a clean edge (eye liner, lip liner), touch-up on the false lash glue, clean up tears coming out from the eye, make-up blending on face chart, or dip the Q-tip in make-up remover to erase a specific area of the make-up on the face.


M·A·C – Fix +

M·A·C Prep + Prime Fix+ | M·A·C 活力水噴霧

M·A·C Prep + Prime Fix+ | M·A·C 活力水噴霧

HYDRATING, REFRESHING, FINISHES MAKEUP. M·A·C Prep + Prime Fix+ Finishing Mist is a lightweight, mineral-rich formula that refreshes the skin and finishes makeup while helping to create an even surface for smooth makeup application.

It’s a vitamin mist to hydrate the skin with ingredients such as cucumber,  green tea,  chamomile and glycerin. It’s a drink for skin that can be used before and after make-up. It instantly adds hydration to the skin as a light moisturizer. As a make-up finisher, it adds radiance and takes away the “powdery” look after the makeup application. Fix+ also comes in a little travel size which fits perfectly into your make-up bag for traveling.

M·A·C 活力水噴霧
補水產品,散發清新自然舒爽的日本柳杉香氛。為妝容增添光采並定妝。能立即為乾渴肌膚解渴!後台專業小訣竅:讓妝效薄透清新的小秘訣, 使用潤膚產品後噴上活力水噴霧,再塗上粉妝;可於撲粉後噴上以便均勻定妝。


Urban Decay – All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray

Urban Decay - All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray

Urban Decay – All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray | 定妝水噴霧

All Nighter keeps your makeup looking gorgeously just-applied for up to 16 hours – without melting, cracking, fading or settling into fine lines. Developed in an exclusive partnership with SKINDINÄVIA, the product is suitable for all skin types and features patented Temperature Control Technology. It lowers the temperature of your makeup to keep foundation, eyeshadow, blush and concealer in place – even in hot and humid or cold and windy conditions. The result? Smoother-looking skin and vibrant makeup that lasts all day (or all night).


M·A·C – Prep + Prime Lip

MAC Prep Prime Lip

M·A·C Prep + Prime Lip │M·A·C/妝前唇霜

HYDRATING, PREVENTS FEATHERING, RETEXTURIZING. A color-free base to wear under lipstick. Adds light moisture, smoothes and refines the lips. Improves the appearance of applied lip products.

  • Tommy’s Make-up Artist Tips: apply a thine layer of this product just right outside of your traced lip-line, this color-free product helps to lock the lip stick color stay inside the lip-line instead of feathering out.

M·A·C 妝前唇霜


MAKE UP FOR EVER – HD Invisible Cover Foundation

MAKE UP FOR EVER - HD Invisible Cover Foundation

MAKE UP FOR EVER – HD Invisible Cover Foundation │ HD無瑕粉底液

Make Up For Ever HD Foundation Shades

Make Up For Ever HD Foundation Shades

An oil-free medium-to-full-coverage liquid foundation that covers skin imperfections flawlessly while remaining invisible on-screen and in real life. This  foundation comes in 26 shades to suit all skintones. You don’t need to get all shades but do pick: light, light-medium, medium, medium-dark, and dark shades for your kit – you will be able to mix all other foundation shades in between.

HD 無瑕粉底液
打造粉霧無暇肌,面對鏡頭美麗自信自然呈現,為滿足數位高解析攝影畫面而設計。同時呈現自然均勻的膚色以及完美的粉霧肌膚質感,絕不會卡粉而加深細紋。富含眾多保溼因子並內含超微細之珠光微粒,帶給肌膚柔細與光澤感。輕鬆遮蓋臉部細微瑕疵(泛紅、斑點、疤痕等)。【設計訴求】: 需要具遮瑕力及粉霧自然膚質粉底液的使用者,需要長時間上妝者,配合新數位影像高畫質需求(妝效薄透且具高遮瑕力)的演員、歌手及專業化妝師。


M·A·C – Prep + Prime 24-Hour Extend Eye Base

M·A·C Prep + Prime 24-Hour Extend Eye Base │ M·A·C 24小時眼影底霜

M·A·C Prep + Prime 24-Hour Extend Eye Base │ M·A·C 24小時眼影底霜

LONG-WEARING, CREASE-PROOF, FADE-PROOF. M·A·C Prep + Prime 24-Hour Eye Base is an innovative new primer that keeps your eye makeup looking fresh and vibrant all day long. The humidity- and sweat-resistant formula prevents shadows from creasing and fading while allowing the hues to stay color true for up to a full day. Comfortable and lightweight, the primer is infused with the rich antioxidants of vitamin E and is ideal for all skin tones and types.

M·A·C 24小時眼影底霜


Homeoplasmine Cream

Homeoplasmine Cream

Homeoplasmine Cream │ 軟膏

A true multi-purpose product and a make-up artist’s secret weapon, the cult Boiron Homeoplasmine ointment heals and protects dry and chapped skin. Antiseptic, decongestant and repairing, Homeoplasmine cares for damaged skin, working to alleviate irritation and restore calm. Its rich texture is particularly good for soothing nasal irritations and sore, cracked lips, as it rapidly smoothes and heals without heaviness. The homeopathic blend of plant extracts and active ingredients is great for all sorts of minor irritations, including cuts, grazes and abrasions. Well-loved by make-up artists and models, Homeoplasmine smoothes and intensely hydrates the skin and dries to a matte and satin-soft finish.



M·A·C – Matte

M·A·C Matte Texture │ M.A.C 視覺效果調整凝膠

M·A·C Matte Texture │ M.A.C 視覺效果調整凝膠

A matte-ifying cream that acts like a powder, M·A·C Matte adds a sheer, no-shine matte texture in one smooth layer. This silicon-based mattifying product may be used on bare or made-up skin. Apply over the entire face or in the T-zone to reduce the appearance of shine. Apply M·A·C Matte after moisturizer, but before foundation to prime the skin for makeup.

  • Tommy’s Make-up Artist Tips:  If you make a little boo boo’s with a mascara or eyeliner, and you wanted to clean it up without ruining the rest of the make-up, try to use M·A·C Matte Texture. Just wait for the mascara or eyeliner to dry first, then take a pointed Q-tip with a tiny amount of Matte Texture, it will erase it right away.

M·A·C 視覺效果調整凝膠


Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On Pencil “Perversion”

URBAN DECAY 247 Glide-On Eye Pencil Perversion

URBAN DECAY – 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil “Perversion”

Creamy, forever-lasting, award-winning and waterproof, 24/7 pencils delight you with lush tropical hues, deep metallics, and unusually vibrant neutrals. The best Eye Pencil ever, ever, ever! Never before has a pencil this creamy and brilliant been waterproof, too. Velvety-soft, this never-before-seen formula stays soft and creamy for blending (about 30 seconds), then dries down to a long-lasting finish that WILL NOT budge. Created with 50% moisturizing ingredients suspended in a sophisticated waterproof formula, 24/7 Eye Pencils offer long-lasting color and a dreamy, creamy feel when applied. With Jojoba Oil, Vitamin E and Cottonseed Oil.

  • Tommy’s Make-up Artist Tips:  A black eye pencil pretty much goes with everyone. If you are skilled enough, you can do a black smokey with just this creamy pencil with a good blending brush. Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On Pencil “Perversion” is a serious deep black pencil that is very creamy, easy to apply & blend, and also waterproof. It slides on smoothly and stays soft and creamy for blending (about 30 seconds), then dries to a long-lasting finish that won’t budge. It’s waterproof which means it’s great for swimming, sports, or for bridal make-ups (tear-proof).


M·A·C – Mineralize Skinfinish “Soft and Gentle”

M·A·C Mineralize Skinfinish Soft and Gentle │ M·A·C 柔礦迷光金屬光炫彩餅 Soft and Gentle

M·A·C Mineralize Skinfinish Soft and Gentle │ M·A·C 柔礦迷光金屬光炫彩餅 Soft and Gentle

A luxurious velvet-soft powder with high-frost metallic finish. It adds buffed-up highlights to cheeks and brows, or an overall ultra-deluxe polish to the face.

  • Tommy’s Make-up Artist Tips:  Buff this nude/champagne color product onto the skin with a Kabuki brush in a circular motion, it will give you an illuminated shimmering appearanceinstant glow on the skin! Spritz the brush with M·A·C Fix+ mineral water, and apply the product on the skin, you will achieve a hyper-real, plastic-looking skin!

M·A·C柔礦迷光金屬光炫彩餅 #Soft and Gentle



M·A·C – Lipglass (Clear)

M·A·C Lipglass (Clear) │  M·A·C 透明唇蜜

M·A·C Lipglass (Clear) │ M·A·C 透明唇蜜

MIRROR-LIKE SHINE, CONDITIONING, ICONIC. A unique lip gloss that can create a high gloss, glass-like finish or a subtle sheen. Designed to be worn on its own, over Lip Pencil or Lipstick, Clear Lipglass is the perfect product for creating shine that lasts. It contains Jojoba Oil to help soften and condition the lips and a tiny bead of this highly concentrated product is all that’s needed to cover the lip area. Packaged in a convenient squeeze tube, Clear Lipglass is easy to apply using a lip brush. Clear Lipglass can be mixed with other products, like Pigments, and can be applied anywhere on the body except for the eye area to create interesting effects.

M·A·C 透明唇蜜
一款像玻璃般高度晶亮的透明唇蜜,給予唇部高度的光澤,柔軟雙唇,可單獨使用,特別適合在唇膏之後做提亮,呈現完美的閃亮光澤維他命E衍生物,抗氧化,滋養雙唇;苛苛芭油,柔軟雙唇;提供清新的香草味, 呈現完美的閃亮光澤, 令妝效持久;擠壓式軟管包裝,可以隨意控制用量。


YSL – TOUCHE ECLAT Radiant Touch Luminizing Highlighter

YSL TOUCHE ECLAT Radiant Touch Luminizing Highlighter│YSL聖羅蘭/超模聚焦明采筆

YSL TOUCHE ECLAT Radiant Touch Luminizing Highlighter │ YSL聖羅蘭/超模聚焦明采筆

Touche Eclat is a cult favorite among top makeup artists, models, celebrities and women everywhere. Not just a concealer, Touche Eclat is the original face highlighter that launched a new generation of makeup. It emphasizes radiance over coverage and does not mask the skin for a more natural, luminous complexion. You won’t see Touche Eclat makeup, you’ll see the light. Apply Touche Eclat to erase fatigue, highlight features and lighten dark spots and circles. The evanescent texture blends seamlessly on bare skin or over makeup. Touche Eclat is 8 hours of beauty sleep in a click.



M·A·C – Strobe Cream

M·A·C Strobe Cream │ M·A·C 晶亮潤膚乳液

M·A·C Strobe Cream │ M·A·C 晶亮潤膚乳液

Strobe Cream is the ultimate quick fix for the skin. Super-powered with potent botanicals; de-snoozes, de-stresses, moistens, freshens and boosts the look of dull, flat or tired-looking skin with a fully loaded vitamin zap and a mega dose of green tea. Brightens and clarifies with iridescent particles and antioxidants. Enhances the effects of light on all skin and in all lighting conditions from sunlight to spotlight.

M·A·C 晶亮潤膚乳液


Shu Uemura – Slant Tweezers

Shu Uemura - Slant Tweezers

Shu Uemura – Slant Tweezers │ 植村秀/眉夾

Professional tweezers with a precision slant tip for accuracy in hair removal.  It’s also useful for handling of false eye lashes application.



M·A·C – Safety Scissors

M·A·C - Safety Scissor

M·A·C – Safety Scissor

STAINLESS STEEL, ERGONOMIC, CONVENIENT. Crafted from stainless steel. Ergonomically designed for comfort and control. Rounded ends. Convenient size for easy handling, storage and transport.

Having a pair of safety scissor with the rounded ends sure comes handy (the reason why it’s called safety scissor is because the ends aren’t sharp which could be harmful). At the recent fashion show that I was involved in, out of 10 make-up artists at backstage, I was the only one who had a pair of scissors in my brush toolbelt. It sure was the most highly requested item to be borrowed – trimming of false lashes / hair / brows, cutting off clothing tags / paper… it’s really one of the must haves.


M·A·C Brush Cleanser

MAC Brush Cleanser

M·A·C Brush Cleanser │ 專業洗刷水

CLEANSING, DISINFECTING, CONDITIONS BRUSHES. A product to clean, disinfect and condition brush fibers so that brushes last longer. Remove excess makeup and residue while disinfecting and conditioning your brush bristles. The Brush Cleanser is convenient to use and specifically designed to extend the life of high-quality brushes while leaving them smelling fresh and clean. It also helps shorten drying time. How to use: Apply the cleanser directly to the brush or on a towel. Run the brush along a towel until it no longer distributes any makeup remnants.


M·A·C Brush Canister

M·A·C Brush Canister

M·A·C Brush Canister │ M·A·C 刷具筆筒

HOLDS 25 BRUSHES, COMPARTMENTALIZED, CONVENIENT. A large M·A·C brush canister that holds up to 25 brushes with compartmentalized sections. Any artist will appreciate the convenience of compartmentalized sections that allow for distinguishing between used and unused tools. Stores up to 25 brushes. A small size canister that holds up to 16 brushes is also available.


Clear Make-up Bags

Monda Studio - Clear Make-up Bag

Monda Studio – Clear Make-up Bag

Monda Studio - Clear Pencil Case

Monda Studio – Clear Pencil Case

Clear Make-up Bags

Clear make-up bags work to your benefit because you can see what’s inside without even touching anything (way better than digging around inside a cluttered case). Made of transparent plastic, makeup smudges and spills are not an issue. A makeup remover wipe or a damp cloth removes stains, unlike fabric bags where this is basically impossible to fix! Monda Studio carries varieties of make-up bags for your to choose from. It’s a great idea to buy them in different shapes and forms to compartmentalize your make-up kit:

Monda Studio – Clear Cosmetics Bag

Whether it’s being stored away on a shelf, or traveling from one location to another, keep your products, palettes and tools tidy, organized and ready to go when you are. Great for storing all your travel sized products as well as organizing any small items.

Monda Studio – Clear Pencil Case

It is the perfect choice for storing all your eye-liner/lip-liner pencils, brushes, scissors, mascaras, etc. It’s an ideal choice for professional and personal use.


If you are looking for a detailed make-up artist kit essentials with LOTS of product recommendations, I came across an article What The Pros Carry | 42 Makeup Must-Haves in Celena Hancock’s Basic Essential Kit by Maegan Tintari that you may be interested in taking a look. It’s always nice to see what other professionals like to include in their kit, right? I hope you enjoyed this blog post!


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16 Responses to “Make-up Artist Kit Essentials │ 彩妝箱必備美妝品”

  1. AnnaBella February 25, 2014 at 10:34 AM #

    this is nice Information, thanks for sharing. Hope we will read many other good things from you in future also. Regards

  2. Barbara - Buy Makeup Online February 26, 2014 at 10:27 AM #

    Agree with AnnaBella, This is really useful, looking forward to more like this in the future,

  3. Evelyn March 25, 2014 at 5:21 PM #

    Am inspired by your write up, i want to train as a professional makeup artist under you. How do i go about it? I am in lagos Nigeria.

  4. Jane April 9, 2014 at 9:55 PM #

    Wow! Great list of products. I am a budding MUA so this info is very valuable to me. Already in love with the MAC range of products but hadn’t seen the wipes yet…they look fab. Do you know where I could get them online pls?

  5. The Beauty Queen August 4, 2014 at 2:04 AM #

    This is so on point !! You can you took your time to really put this together !

  6. Ailsa Fey September 26, 2014 at 7:18 AM #

    Exactly, you give a full mark to this blog post. I can remember when I had bought my first make up box from Yofi Cosmetics website by online. I am unable to choose what is necessary for a makeup box, hah! You have provided all information here for a complete make up kit box.

  7. Tonisofia November 4, 2014 at 10:58 PM #

    Reblogged this on antoinetteokaikoi and commented:
    what a great list

  8. Brenda Nelson December 29, 2014 at 4:36 PM #

    Awesome information

  9. Esther January 12, 2015 at 1:59 PM #

    Thanks Tom,your blog has been really insightful.I enjoyed it

  10. Destiny Ruiz April 9, 2015 at 11:11 PM #

    This was definitely super helpful! Thanks for sharing your secrets!

  11. Pearlgold July 14, 2015 at 4:09 PM #

    This is so sweet all thanks to mac cosmetics

  12. Erica Jones July 28, 2015 at 3:12 PM #

    Thanks for the info, I really needed this extra help.

  13. gottliebkremsk1 August 18, 2015 at 10:52 AM #

    As a professional make-up artist, you are probably always searching and shopping for more and more products to add into your kit. Yes it is true …

  14. Maho Quinn February 3, 2016 at 7:52 AM #

    Your blog on color 101 was the best I’ve seen so far. Thank you for all of your information.


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