Kit Downsizing: MAC Pro Palettes

It’s been no secret that I have been on a downsizing rampage this last week. With the addition of the Z-Palette Z-Potter to my arsenal (video will be out next week) I am now able to depot pretty much anything I own.  I had a ton of empty MAC Pro Palettes sitting around and instead of purchasing brand new magnetic palettes for all of my recently depotted shadows, powders, and creams (that would have been costly), I figured I would repurpose those and make use of them. In this post I will go over which MAC Pro palettes I used, how I made them magnetic (heads up they aren’t), and why they are perfect for your depotting and downsizing needs.

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What To Buy From Smith Cosmetics, My Top 5 Brushes

At the end of September I was gifted a ton of brushes from Smith Cosmetics, I posted a very detailed review about what I liked and disliked about the brushes that you can watch on YouTube. To simplify things here are my top 5 brushes from Smith Cosmetics that I think are worth the investment and will work for any artist regardless of where you are in your career.

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Choosing The Right Bags For Your Makeup Kit

Finding the right bag to carry all of your makeup around in could be one of the most frustrating parts of the job. They can’t be too big or too heavy, you need to make sure none of your product gets damaged in transit, it has to fit all of your product, look somewhat professional, and of course make your set up and tear down a breeze. I’m inching closer and closer to my perfect combination of bags (I think), and wanted to make your journey in finding the right bags for your kit a little less painful.

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Set Terminology for MUAs

Take time to scroll through this list and get familiar with the terms below. I've tried my best to keep things simple, to the point, and include more commonly used terms you will hear - or that may apply to you as a MUA.  Things can get very overwhelming but this will give you a head start and get you familiarized with this side of the industry. 

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Bridal Touch Up Kits: What to include, where to buy, and how much you should spend.

Leaving your bridal clients with a touch up kit is a great add on to your wedding day makeup/hair service. It is my experience that most brides do not want to spend additional money on having you back later in the day for touch ups, so the touch-up kit provides them with some insurance that they will be able to maintain the look that you have created for them on their own. 

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Q&A | How do I make money when I am first starting out as a MUA?

Time for a reality check. You won’t be making a lot of money for a long long time. Hard pill to swallow, I know, but to believe you are going to be jet setting around, shopping at Sephora, opening shipments of free product from different brands that want to work with you -  this is a completely inaccurate depiction of how this life is, especially at the beginning. Before I tell you how to put yourself in a position to make it happen as a MUA, here’s a glimpse into what the first few years of working as a makeup artist are going to look like:

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