7 must have items in my pro makeup kit

That just happen to be pink!

Today is the last day of February, the shortest month and the one that happened to be themed with all pretty pink things. While I could go on and on about all of the fun Kevin Murphy products that have pink packaging, I ran out of time! 

In the Kevin Murphy line, all of the thickening (plumping) products have pink packaging. One of my new favorites is the Powder Puff! When I first started with the line, I didn't understand how to use this one and after a few failed attempts at trying to figure it out, I gave up!

1. Powder.Puff Volumizing Powder

It wasn't until my sales rep told me about the awesome tool on their website where you answer a few questions about your hair and it gives you product recommendations with these super cool videos that I started learning how to use them. 

You can do the quiz here and watch the video on Powder Puff here. 

Needed an instant poof in a jar! A look that is a favourite for bedroom hair. To create a messy casual volume, gently tap a few shakes on the hair that you want body on, and the powder morphs into a product that holds.

How to use: Shake to create! Sprinkle onto damp or dry hair at the roots to create volume and texture.

Benefits: Creates Volume, Dry Matte Texture, Weightless, Metamorphosis Product, Apple, Plum, Cranberries and Citrus extracts, Setting lotion encapsulated in a sphere of powder

2. Blotting Papers 

I keep these in my set bag when I am working and I always have them in my handbag to retouch my own makeup. I love that you can knock down the shine and freshen up your complexion without packing more product onto the skin. You can find these anywhere from CVS to higher end department store brands.

3. Lint Roller

I have these everywhere! I keep these little ones in my car, at work and always in my set bag. I picked these up at H&M last week. Cute, right?

4. Tweezers

These are totally a must for every artist to keep in their kit but every regular Jane, especially of a certain age, will want to keep a pair in her purse and/or in the car. The natural sunlight is the best place to spot those stray hairs, especially when you are at a red light! Snatch that sucker out as soon as you see it!

5. Ink Pen

Bonus points if its pink and has a unicorn on it! I always find myself in a situation where either I need a pen or a client is asking me for one. Have a cute one so its harder for people to walk away with it. 

6. Single Use Nail Polish Remover Pads

You can see that these are inexpensive from CVS and total life savers when you are see a chipped nail and just need to get the polish off quickly before you can get in for a manicure. Models are usually good about having no polish or very nude polish, unless a darker shade is requested, but on occasion there will be a situation where you need a quick fix of polish remover. Stock these in your in case of emergency kit. 

7. Lip Well

This one is from Japonesque, it holds 35 colors! This saves sooooo much space and makes it easier to create custom blended shades in a less time, since you don't have to sift thru 10,000 tubes. You can also keep a drugstore shade next to a department store shade and you don't have to worry about label snobs judging your kit. 

All of the other items have a place in both the professional and the real girl's beauty bag. The lip well is the only one of these that may be in the pro only category. Unless you just LOVE lip color and that is perfectly ok too!

The same day I was on set and pulled the 7 products mentioned above for this post, I also posted a pic of my 4 favorite men's grooming items on Instagram. Mehron, Skindinavia and Makeup Forever are very high quality products that I use regularly and would recommend you stock in your pro kit. 

Tomorrow starts a new month, March! And a new color theme, can you guess what it is?

Keep your eyes on Instagram (@thereallifebeauty) to see the announcement! I have some fun things planned to share.  At least once per month, I am going to be sharing some things specifically for my fellow pro artist. If there is anything you want to know, please drop me a comment and I will be sure to cover it on the blog or social media.