We recently had the pleasure of chatting with Christian, who was kind enough to answer a few of our questions and give us an up-close look at what's in her makeup kit.
The readers want to know: how did you get into the makeup profession?
I started doing makeup as a hobby for friends and family. I did a family member's makeup for their sweet sixteen after she went to a makeup counter and came back home crying that they put too much on. I never knew that it could be a job, let alone a career. Someone mentioned that I should look into it, which I did. I did tons of research, went to makeup school, and the rest is history.
I got to work for a TV show for a couple of months right after finishing school and then worked for a TV station where I was doing makeup for news and local shows for four years. I am now 100% freelance. I still work for networks such as Fox, CNN, & Telemundo. I also do e-comm and bridal work.
What are some of your greatest influences in art and life?
Nature and music. Nature is a great influence just looking outside my window. The lovely sunsets we get in LA are so beautiful and easy to get inspired by. The colors in nature can really inspire someone.
Music also influences me. With the right music, you get into a zone where you can create the most amazing things. Whether it's classical, hip hop, reggae, rock, or Spanish, it always puts me in a different mood. I take a Beats Pill with me and ask the clients if it's okay with them to put music on. Of course, I always ask what they would like to listen to. It puts them in a good mood automatically and it's much nicer to work in a good, upbeat environment. After all, makeup is artistic and anything that can put you in the mood to create or can inspire you is always good.
That's amazing! What are three tips that you would give an upcoming artist who wants a career like yours?
Network! You never know who you are going to meet. Attend as many makeup seminars, events, and shows as you can and introduce yourself. Always carry business cards. Be nice to everyone as you never know who they might be and sometimes first impressions are everything.
As a makeup artist, there will always be new trends, techniques and, of course, makeup. Stay up to date and knowledgeable of the latest stuff and NEVER stop learning. Always stay involved with the latest in social media. It’s one of the most powerful tools out there not only for tips and tricks but also to attract clients to grow your business.
Be professional. Clients will always appreciate someone who is professional. Whether on set or for your private clients, they will take notice of it. Etiquette goes a long way.
Thanks! Now let's get to what everyone has been waiting for. What's in your makeup kit?
I am a freelance makeup artist, so I have to carry everything and anything I will need but also have to pack smart and small in order to stay mobile.
I carry everything in my Zuca Pro bag. It comes in handy because of its sturdy frame which can be used as a chair as well. I’ve had it forever, and it has gone through so much and it’s still going. The zipper is starting to rip so I have to be careful that I don’t overpack (which always happens).
I store my things in sections: skincare, eyeshadows/blushes, foundations, glitters, disposables, and sanitation. I like to have things organized so when it’s time to pack, it's easy and everything has a place.
Things I think every makeup artist should have:
-Sanitation Products: Sanitation is KEY, so keep your kit clean and ready to go. I carry Cinema Secrets Brush Cleaner, Jao Hand Sanitizer, and 99% alcohol.
-Makeup Forever Flash Palette: This palette is so versatile. It can be used as foundation, lipstick, blush, eyeshadow or anything you need. If there is anytime you don’t have a color you can mix the colors on this palette and create it.
-Makeup Forever Aqua Seal: It literally makes everything waterproof. You can mix with foundation to make it last longer (especially if you have a bride in the middle of a summer day) or you can make eyeshadow into eyeliner with it. A little goes a long way and you can make something waterproof with just one drop of this.
-Glitter: I’ve learned to carry glitters in their own bag. You don’t want to open your kit one day and find it FULL OF turquoise glitter.
-Eyelashes: I carry a lot of lashes, just to be prepared, in different sizes and brands: Ardell, House of Lashes, Flutter Lashes, Blinking Beaute, and Velour. I love me some lashes but it’s also important to know when they are necessary and what size is appropriate.
-Chair: I also carry a makeup chair with me. Your back will thank you for it.
I’ve done a lot of condensing to my kit for easier packing, and not carrying around pounds of stuff. I’ve depotted lipsticks, cream foundations, eyeshadows, and decanted liquid foundations. You find what you use more often and I just made it my go to palettes. I still carry the other stuff for those occasions of “you just never know”, but usually I ask my clients so I can have an idea of what look they are trying to achieve and I can make sure that I have the appropriate things.
Well, that’s it. I hope you enjoyed this tour of my kit! ‘Till next time.
We want to extend our thanks to Christian for her words of wisdom. She’s revealed her essentials, and now we'd like to hear from you. What are your makeup kit must-haves? Share them with us in the comments below.