When it comes to organising my pro makeup artist kit, I’ll always be convinced there’s a better way, an easier system and finding the ultimate kit bag has sort of become my ultimate holy grail search. For some time I had worked out of Muji Vanity Cases with divider sections inside which worked really well, and I think that set up helped me realise I need to see my kit. If I can’t see my products, I won’t use them. I have to make it as easy as possible and I like a system that doesn’t overwhelm me. In order to keep things simple and uncluttered, you have to get strict with yourself about what you actually need and know you reach for every time you work.
On a recent scroll through Instagram I came across this bag (Samtour 3 Layer Multi Functional Professional Makeup Train Case) pictured and ordered it immediately from amazon. They come in various sizes but I wanted one large enough that in theory I could work straight out of easily and efficiently, put things back where I found them and have enough flexibility in the products stored to create a variety of looks, especially if I’m doing red carpet or advertising work. For editorial and music jobs these tend to be a lot more creative so thats when my kit quadruples in size. But I liked the idea of one core kit if you like, only containing products I actually use every time I work, and this bag feels like it has the potential to be just that.
There’s two main compartments, and the top one is where I hold a mixture of larger palettes, eyelashes and sheet masks. I like to use bubble wrap pockets to hold my palettes in for extra protection especially when I travel, oh and I’m a nerd! Currently my go to sheet masks are Charlotte Tilbury’s dry sheet masks, SKii and Lancome’s Genifique ones. I’m not hugely into strip eyelashes but I always carry a couple of natural looking sets from Ardell and I always have Ardell Individual Lashes as I much prefer using those to strip lashes for a more realistic lash look. For palettes I tend to carry a mix of brands namely Nars, Urban Decay and I’m really enjoying the Morphe ones at the moment and can’t believe how great they are for such an affordable price.
In the second compartment (the bottom tier) you have all the makings of organisation heaven. You have the flexibility to move the dividers to create the space you need and I just love that everything is so visual. Like I said, you have to be strict with yourself and really consider what you use time and time again. I also love this style of kit because it saves so much time packing away and it’s easier to find things the next time I work.
I’ve filled it with my lip palettes from Vueset which are amazing for decanting lip products, cream blushes and concealers. I have a couple of current favourite lipsticks from Charlotte Tilbury and the Hourglass Girl Stylos. You’ll see I have a couple of go to universally flattering eye shadow pots like Mac’s Groundwork, Tom Ford’s naked bronze and Mac’s Blackout. Concealers go in the middle, and while I don’t have foundation in this kit, I know I can just have one separate little bag of foundations, which of course I’ve also decanted to make them so much smaller and more portable, but there are times where I mix concealers into moisturiser to just give coverage where needed so I prioritise those over my foundation in terms of what makes it into the core bag.
In terms of skincare, I still carry a specialised skincare bag in my main suitcase, but for my core kit I decanted a few key items, Bioderma, waterproof eye makeup remover, a mix of Laura Mercier Primers, hand sanitiser, lip scrub and the Clarins instant light lip perfectors have been a go to for many years. Muji is amazing when it comes to every kind of bottle, pot and tube for creating the perfect travel size edit. I also love Muji tissues, cotton buds and cotton.
I carry a couple of key face colour products including Charlotte Tilbury powders and blushers and I like a few cream based products like the Ysl blur bronzers, RMS highlighters and my beloved Jillian Dempsey Lid Tint in Dew which I love for a super natural skin sheen.
Within the lower compartment theres a lift up flap to hold a mirror (that comes with this bag) which I don’t use and under this you’ll see the brush holder section. I use this for mascaras, eyeliners, eyebrow pencils and lip pencils that I use regularly, as well as a few tools like scissors and tweezers. I like to carry Charlotte Tilbury’s Supermodel Body which is great for legs and arms and I love the roller ball applicator.
Only time will tell if this proves to indeed be my holy grail kit bag. I do hope so! Before purchasing it I went a bit mad on youtube watching videos of other people with this bag and how they use it, and I must say I have high hopes for it. I like the fact if I had to travel with one client I could even put this one kit bag into my own suitcase along with my clothes and I could travel light. For me the goal is to be as organised as possible, in order to be as efficient as possible. Let me know if you think you’ve found the perfect kit bag.