Want to know the essentials for a makeup course? If you recently enrolled into our beauty program for makeup and hairstyling, it’s time to prepare a fully-stocked beauty kit. Along with textbooks, you’ll want to invest in some professional items that will allow you to unlock boundless potential and keep you prepared for any project that gets assigned during your time with us. This kit will not only be your life-line throughout the program, but it will also help you in securing jobs after you graduate.
What should go inside a makeup and hairstyling tool kit? Here are the 7 essentials for a makeup course, every beauty professional should have on their pro-belt.
1. Aprons – Starting with the basics, you’ll want an apron or two. As a makeup and hairstyling student, you will constantly be exposed to products and chemicals, such as hair dye and makeup. To protect you and your wardrobe from stains or damage, invest in a waterproof polyurethane apron. Some extra protection never hurts, purchase a pack of disposable Nitrile gloves to protect your skin and perfectly manicured nails from punctures and chemicals.
2. Mannequin Heads – To practice a new hair technique or perfect an intensive makeup look, you will need models and there is only so many times your neighbourhood kids will be happy to be your training models.
You will find various mannequins with diverse hair textures, lengths, and weights, so you can learn to work with several different hair types. Always detangle your mannequin’s hair by brushing from the ends of the hair and working your way up.
For male mannequins, you can even choose to own one with a beard or nape. The caps on the mannequins are fully replaceable, so you can enhance your skills and try new cuts, colours, and finishes every day without fear.
3. Scissors, Shears and Razors – Potentially the most used item in your tool kit will be a set of professional shears. You don’t need to invest in one already. Take your time and feel what is comfortable before spending money on this.
Short shears, long shears, Thinning/blending shears (single or double-sided), Texturizing shears, Chunking/notching shears, with each pair of shears, you will want to make sure they fit comfortably with your hand, are nickel-free, ice-tempered, stainless steel, and most importantly, high-quality.
On top of shears and scissors, you will want to get a set of razors, razor blades, and a protective case. The most common razors you will need in your kit are hair-shaping razors and straight razors. Make your investment last by purchasing shear sets that come with a lifetime warranty and lifetime sharpening.
4. Spray Bottle and Clips – On top of your necessary hair-cutting tools, you’ll want a few invaluable accessories, such as spray bottles and clips. Spray bottles are used to keep hair wet when cutting and styling, while the clips are used to isolate and pin back sections of hair when cutting, colouring, or styling.
5. Makeup Tools – Every makeup and hairstyling artist needs a makeup bag in their tool kit. This bag should include essentials like: Hypoallergenic makeup brushes, Spoolie, cotton pads, and Q-tips, Makeup sponges, Blush, eyeshadow, contour, highlight, and lipstick palettes that range from neutral to vibrant. A range of foundation and powders. It’s essential to have different applicators, shades, and types of makeup (i.e., liquid and powder) for diverse skin tones and skin types.
Expert Tip: To keep your makeup brushes in tip-top shape, clean them once a week and use a brush cleaning spray in between to keep them sanitized.
6. Combs – Brushes and combs are essential tools when it comes to cutting and styling hair. Many brushes are created with a specific hair type in mind and are made from different materials like wood, plastic, and ceramic. In terms of combs, your kit will need to include: All-purpose comb, Barber comb, Wide-tooth comb, Fine-tooth comb, Pick comb, Pin-tail comb, Rat-tail comb and Teasing comb. To save money, purchase your combs as a set.
You’ll want to invest in a variety of brushes, including vent brushes, nylon bristle brushes, styling brushes, and thermal brushes that vary in diameter. Again, to save money, we recommend purchasing a brush kit that includes the various types.
7. Electric Appliances – If you want to be at the top of your class, purchase some electric appliances, including a professional blow dryer, curling irons that vary in barrel width, straightening/flat irons, and/or a diffuser. You will also need to invest in an electric razor with various guard attachments to shape up necklines and facial hair and execute several cuts.
If you have a passion for everything beauty, then it’s time to consider a career in the makeup and hairstyling industry. Now that you have learnt the basics, a professional makeup and hairstyling course might be your ticket to being a beauty expert yourself. Give us a call or walk-in and discuss your options.