As with any artist or craftsmen of their trade, “an artist is no better than the tools or implements that he or she utilizes”. In makeup artistry we always discuss the cosmetic aspect of it all, the foundation, the concealers, blush etc. However, have we given much thought as to how these products are applied and what tools & implements help aid in this artistic process?
Well, in this article, I will address the various tools, implements and equipment used various makeup artists whether professional or recreational. As an artist, the artist needs the right brush to assist with the application of proper coverage, textures and lines to its canvas. In makeup artistry it is an art and an expression of “bringing out the inner beauty”.
Let’s get started! Let’s compare and contrast, did you know that the same brushes that you can purchase from a brush factory, you can get from your local art supply store. There have been three (3) popular art supply stores in Chicago where you can purchase great brushes that can also be used for makeup artistry! The links are listed in this article.
Locations to Purchase
- Blick Art Materials
- Utrecht Art Supplies
- Pearl , The World’s Largest Discount Art Supplier
You will be surprised by the similarities, the brushes are marketed for art and painting, where as with makeup art, the brushes are marketed to use with cosmetics & the skin…the concept is one of the same that’s why they can be interchanged to create the same art work on the canvas (for makeup) the canvas is the skin.
The Tools of the Trade
Air Brush Compressors-These items are used in air brushing for makeup, eyebrows, eye shadow, lips and blush application
Brushes-Select brushes are used for the eye brows, eyeliner application, eye shadow, eye lashes, blush, foundation and the lips. Various professional supply store sell these products and also drugstore sell limited items to the consumer.
Cotton Balls-They are used for the application of astringents and skin toners.
Disposable Supplies-Indicated in detail below under disposable supplies, these items are very sanitary and provides assurance to clients
Eye Lash Curlers-There are various brands of eye lash curlers. This amazing tool is very helpful to the professional and recreation makeup artists. It provides a more open/alert eye, it is used prior to the application of mascara.
Powder Puffs-the best selection for powder puffs are usually fluffy with a soft texture. Invest in high-quality puff, so that they can be laundered and reused.
Sponges-When selecting sponges, be sure that they are made of high- quality foam rubber this allows the sponge to glide smoothly over the skin.
- Sephora Collection Eyebrow Trimmer at $18.00
- Maybelline New York Brush N’ Comb @ ($4.50 at mass retailers)
- Tweezerman Slant Tweezer at $20.00
As a professional makeup artist, sanitation and cleanliness is very important especially when you are working on many different clients. The uses of disposable tools are common place. Here are some of the popular disposable tools to choose from:
- Foam Tip applicators for eye shadow
- Lip Brush
- Mascara Spoolie
- Double sided foam tip applicator
- Spatula (double sided)
As you can see we take our profession seriously, the next time you see a professional MUA (Makeup Artist), check out their tools, you will see why makeup artistry is considered an art. Happy Reading!