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How to Source Makeup Studio Supplies (Part 2)

Whether you’re planning a permanent makeup studio for your home or building a travel kit to set up anywhere, you’ll need a few key pieces of equipment. Besides your makeup brushes, you should have

Where you source your makeup studio supplies from depends on where you live. Browse online options and physical stores in your area to find supplies of a quality and price that works for you. You might be able to find this equipment at locations like

Evaluate your space and make a list of what you’ll need. Check out these supply suggestions!

1. Lighting

Natural lighting is best, but it’s not always available. You need a light that lets you see the details of your work without casting shadows or giving off a yellow glow. Poor lighting makes it more difficult to color match and blend properly. Choose a lamp with a warm white light, like an LED light, that can be clipped and adjusted.

2. Mirrors

Whether you’re doing makeup on yourself or your clients, a mirror is essential. Looking at the finished product in a mirror shows you a 2D image, so you know what it’ll look like in pictures and video as opposed to 3D life. If you’ve got good lighting then you might make do with any undamaged mirror, but many artists prefer lit makeup mirrors.

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3. Chairs

The ideal chair for your own makeup is high enough for you to comfortably see your mirror and reach your supplies. The best chair for a client is high enough that you don’t have to stoop down and they don’t have to look up. The chair should also have a back so your client stays comfortable.

4. Tables

At home, any table will do as long as you’re comfortable with the height and have enough room to organize. Most traveling artists forego including a table in their studio kit. They use what’s available when they get there. Some artists, however, carry small portable tables just in case.

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5. A travel case

We’ve already mentioned cases that double as tables. If that’s not for you, there are plenty other styles to choose from! Most makeup artists choose hard sided cases so their makeup doesn’t get damaged, but some soft cases have plastic compartments inside. Some cases are small and handheld, while others have detachable compartments stacked on wheels. Other makeup artists simply choose a suitcase or bag, keeping their makeup organized in baggies inside.

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6. Makeup organizers

In your home studio, you want your cosmetics accessible. Consider acrylic makeup organizers with compartments, drawers, and stacking levels to keep your makeup organized and your studio clean. Square shaped containers are easier to store.

7. Disposable tools

Every makeup studio, no matter where you put it, needs disposable tools. Spoolies and cotton swabs keep your products hygienic and paper towels or disinfecting wipes keep your workspace clean, so stock up! When it comes to things that you’ll use regularly in large quantity, sometimes it’s better to buy in bulk. Sourcing disposables from a wholesaler can save you money and stop you from having to buy more every week.

Shop around!

Check out different stores, suppliers, and wholesalers and remember to price shop! Makeup studios can be built affordably if you’re smart about what you purchase and where you source it from.

Do you know other great places for sourcing makeup studio supplies? Tell us about them in the comments section!

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One response to “How to Source Makeup Studio Supplies (Part 2)”

  1. Sabrina says:

    I am very proud of my Qc makeup academy Spot on!
    Very helpful tips.

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