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Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray

Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray description

Our revolutionary ultra-fine primer mist creates a smooth, silicone-free canvas for flawless makeup application and long lasting makeup wear. This vitamin-based primer is clinically proven to reduce redness and diminish the appearance of fine lines. Recommended for all skin types.

skindinavia the primer

Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray


Water (Aqua), Alcohol Denat, Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Ethylhexyl Isononanoate, Isononyl Isononanoate, Sodium Cocamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Pyridoxine Cyclic Phosphate, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Xylitol Phosphate Esters, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Fructan, Propanediol, Xylitol, Menthyl Ethylamido Oxalate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Panthenol, Glycereth-5 Lactate, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hydroxide, Fragrance (Parfum), Methyl Diisopropyl Propionamide, Silica, Coconut Acid


My thoughts & review of the Skindinavia The Makeup Primer

As a professional makeup artist, prepping the skin before any makeup is applied is crucial. The first step towards prepping the skin is to of course make sure it’s clean. I have found the most effective and quickest way to achieve this is with a facial toner (& a cotton pad). I then proceed to apply a primer to ensure a smooth and even base for the rest of the makeup.

Most primers on the market contain silicone which helps to minimize the look of pores as well as fine lines. However, I find that silicone can cause the skin to look oily after a few hours of applying makeup, its also been known to cause breakouts in acne-prone people.

I have to be really picky about what goes on my clients face therefore, when it comes to choosing a primer I like to go with a silicone-free one. But before I use it on anyone, I always test it on myself to see if it good enough.

After doing some research, I discovered the Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray.  The first thing of course that caught my attention about this product is that its silcone-free. I really, really like that it comes in a spray form which allows me to easily apply it in a thin even layer – I find its really easy to over-do it with cream/gel-like primers if you don’t take the time to blend it in very well – with the Skindinavia The Makeup Spray Primer I didn’t have that issue.

After spraying the primer on I waited to see if my skin had any abnormal reactions and I’m happy to report that I didn’t.  The company claims that 94% of people agreed that their skin had a healthy natural looking glow to their skin. Although, I can’t say my skin looked like a glowing goddess, it didn’t look dry or tight either, just gave my skin a nice sheen.

I wanted to test how many hours the primer would keep my makeup looking fresh, so I applied it in the morning before putting on my normal foundation, concealer and a little powder. This was around 9 am. After about 3 hours I checked my makeup in natural light and it still looked great – no oiliness, shininess, or melted makeup. I waited another 3 hours to check again – wohoo! My makeup was still on and I didn’t even need to touch up. After another 3 hours, my face was only a little shiny but nothing a little touch-up couldn’t fix.

I gotta say this primer does deliver on its promises. It keep my makeup on for a total of 9 hours which is amazing considering I have oily skin and the day I wore it was hot and humid. Overall, I’m very satisfied with the Skindinavia Makeup Primer Spray – in fact I like it so much I’ll be keeping a bottle for myself and buy another one for my kit. I found out Skindanivia also makes a makeup finishing spray which I’m dying to try too!


skindinavia finishing spray

Skindinavia The Makeup Finishing Spray

If your a bride looking to keep your wedding makeup looking picture perfect all day, Skindinavia also makes a finishing spray specifically made for brides!

Bridal Finishing Spray

Skindinavia The Makeup Finishing Spray Bridal


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LORAC Pro Palette 1

LORAC Pro Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC Pro Palette & Primer

LORAC Pro Palette & Primer

A professional palette featuring 16 ultra-pigmented eye shadows infused with soothing botanicals and a mini Behind The Scenes Eye Primer for stay-true color that lasts. Created by celebrity makeup artist Carol Shaw, this PRO artistry palette is packed with eight shimmer and eight matte eye shadows in all the shades you need to create the hottest looks straight from the red carpet. LORAC’S velvety smooth shadows are infused with soothing botanicals and are ultra-pigmented to perform wet or dry so you can shade, shadow, line, and define your eyes, just like a pro. With 16 shadows to contour, line, define, and create any look you desire, you have everything you need for your eyes and brows in one sleek palette!

My review on the LORAC Pro Eyeshadow Palette

I’m essentially a bridal makeup artist, so I typically rely on a palette with “nude’ shades to add soft & natural definition to the eyes. Although I already have a  collection of nude colors in my kit (including the coveted Urban Decay Naked 1 and 2 palettes), I’m always on the hunt for a great palette with a variety of matte and shimmery textures that I can recommend (since the UD palettes can be elusive as bigfoot). After doing some research, I stumbled across the LORAC Pro Palette. I purchased it on Amazon for $42. At first, I was a bit put off by the price but having used LORAC products before, I knew these shadows would be super pigmented and would last me quite a long time. Not only that, it came with a free  ‘Behind the Scenes’ eye primer which was an added bonus!

I received the palettes just in time for a wedding I was doing makeup for. I was very pleased to see that the palette contained a versatile selection of matte & shimmery universally flattering shades. It even included 4 matte shades that could be used to shape and fill in brows! Here are the colors you will find in the LORAC Pro Palette:

Shimmer eyeshadow shades

  • White: a pure white eyeshadow with subtle glitter
  • Nude: a lovely white-gold
  • Champagne: a slightly darker, pinker
  • Gold: a rich copper
  • Lt. Bronze: similar to champagne, but slightly darker with less glitter
  • Pewter: a deep greyish-brown
  • Garnet: a rosey, dark brown
  • Deep Purple: an almost black shimmer with deep purple undertones
  • Slate: a deep bluish grey

Matte eyeshadow shades

  • Cream:  natural, skin-toned beige
  • Taupe: a light cool-toned brown
  • Lt. Pink: a pale, rose-toned pink
  • Mauve: a mauve taupe; brown with purple undertones
  • Sable: a richly saturated earth-toned brown
  • Espresso:  dark brown, almost indistinguishable from black except that it has brown undertones
  • Black: rich pigmented black, with grey undertones

I gotta say, all the eyeshadows in this palette exceeded my expectations. They are more pigmented, silky and true to color that I expected. Because they are so pigmented, a little goes a long way – you’ll need a light touch when picking up color with a brush. If you’re a MAC cosmetics fan, you’ll find these shadows to be comparable in pigmentation and application. Not only are they really easy to blend, they last a very long time without creasing (although I always pair it with an eye primer on brides for extra longevity). And I love the fact that it contains all my brow powders (Taupe, Sable, Espresso & Black) so I don’t have to keep going back into my kit for more products allowing me to work productively. In fact, this kit was such a time saver (and now money saver) because I was able to use Champagne as a cheek highlighter and Taupe as a face contour.

Another great benefit is that these shadows can be used wet or dry. I really liked being able to use the darker matte shades as eye liner (my favorite eyeliner brush is the Real Techniques fine liner brush which you can buy  in a set or separatley ). You can also create a glamorous “metallic” or “foil” effect by applying any of the shimmery shades with a really damp synthethic eye or concealer brush (I find that eye drops work better for the foiling technique than water).


Any cons?

I guess the only con is that the packaging is black and can easily get dirty with smudge marks. However, considering how these eyeshadow perform, the packaging is the least of my worries.

Final thoughts about the LORAC Pro Palette

I highly recommend this palette if your thinking of the Urban Decay Naked palette or just looking for a palette with a great range of shades and textures. Though the price tag is on the higher end of the scale, you definitely get your moneys worth as it works as an eyeshadow, brow, liner, face highlight and contour palette.

If your considering the LORAC Pro Palette you may be interested in the LORAC Pro Palette 2 which offers a beautiful range of deeper nudes but also has some gorgeous jewel tones in it.  I find the LORAC 2 palette would work fantastic for darker complexions. Since,  I love using jewel tones for smokey eyes to make eye color pop I might be picking up this one too!!

LORAC Pro Palette 2 & Primer

LORAC Pro Palette 2

Mehron Celebre Pro-HD Mineral Powder

Celebre Pro HD Loose Mineral Finishing Powder - Translucent

Celebre Pro HD Loose Mineral Finishing Powder – Translucent

What is it?

Celebre Pro-HD Mineral Powder is the perfect luxurious matte finishing powder that perfectly compliments both Celebre Pro-HD Cream and Powder foundations. Made of French delaminated talc that is transparent, offering no whitening, keeping your colors bright and true. It improves slip and adhesion and offers lubricity. This ultra-fine powder provides the finishing touch that perfects and sets makeup for a healthy, flawless coverage.

Amount of Powder: Net Wt .41 oz (12 grams)

How to apply

Use powder puff or powder brush to smooth Mehron Celebre Pro-HD Mineral Powder on skin. The lighter the application, the more delicate the finish.

My opinion

As a professional makeup artist, it’s important to be prepared with makeup that can suit any skin tone. Unfortunately, buying every shade of foundation/concealer can be expensive! And then on top of that you need powder to set it right? The good news is you don’t have to buy every single color face powder.

One of the best money saving products I have found is translucent powder. This one product allows me to set any skin tone shade under the sun. In addition to cutting shine and helping makeup last longer, professional powders like Mehron Celebre’ look amazing in high definition photographs and video.

Up until now, I have only found two powders that live up to their claims of being “100% translucent”. MAC’s Prep and Prime Transparent finishing powder and now Mehron Celebre’ Pro-HD Mineral Powder.  I wouldn’t recommend any budget/drugstore brands at all. Those that are labeled translucent usually aren’t and will leave you looking like a member of the Adam’s Family! Your best bet is stick to professional performance brands that are reliable and trustworthy.

As I mentioned, the only two pro brands I trust right now (when it comes to translucent power) is MAC and Mehron. MAC’s powder runs upwards of $21+. In comparison, Mehron’s is around $12 (plus a 10% off discount for readers). For the same results and half the price, Mehron’s is a heck of a good deal.

If you’d like more info or want to purchase Mehron Celebre Pro-HD Mineral Powder click here.

Any cons?

If applied too liberally, the skin will have a white cast with flash photography.  It’s important to apply very lightly and in thin layers to avoid a white cast. When applied correctly in this manner, the skin will look smooth, silky and flawless in any lighting, especially artificial.


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Nurturing Force Airbrush & Brush Cleaner

Nurturing Force Airbrush & Brush Cleanser

 Nurturing Force Airbrush & Brush Cleaner

Nurturing Force Airbrush & Brush Cleaner

This is a sponsored review for In exchange for the product, I agree to state my honest opinion.

What is it?

Nurturing Force is chemical-free alternative for cosmetic airbrush and brush cleaning.  It removes silicone, water and alcohol-based makeups. This formula includes food-grade ingredients that are non-toxic, biodegradable, hypoallergenic, and chemical free.

How to use directions

Put a few drops of NF Cleaner in airbrush, wait for liquid to penetrate cosmetic residue, add a few drops of water to dilute. Back bubble to facilitate Cleanser’s ability to access difficult to reach locations. Blow out cleanser with residue. Rinse airbrush well with plain water. Repeat as necessary.

My opinion

Did you know dirty makeup and application tools can easily spread harmful bacteria and diseases? It’s true. That is why makeup hygiene (aka safe beauty) should be top priority for professional makeup artists.  In order to effectively practice safe beauty, you’ll need 2 main products – one for makeup and another for your application tools (airbrush gun/brushes).

Makeup requires a “cosmetic sanitizer” or a strong isopropyl rubbing alcohol for disinfection. For application tools, you’ll need a cleanser that can dissolve all makeup residues without drying out or damaging your tools. I found Nurturing Force has those qualities. While I don’t own a airbrush machine, I did use the cleanser on my M.A.C. brushes.

The first thing I noticed washing my brushes was that it hardly took any effort. It was really easy to clean them in one washing, especially my foundation and concealer brush. Usually, when I use hair shampoo to clean brushes, its takes several washes to get rid of dried up thick makeup. After rinsing out the cleanser, the bristles felt conditioned and had a nice light peppermint scent.

I appreciate that Nurturing Force allows you to clean your application tools in a safe and healthy manner.  You don’t have to worry about toxic odors. And I like knowing that’s it hypoallergenic. I didn’t have any allergic reactions whatsoever to this product when I washed my brushes (and I have very sensitive skin).

Another great benefit of Nurturing Force is that it works for both airbrushes and brushes. If you’re a makeup artist (or enthusiast) that uses both, its so much more convenient to have 2-in-1 product – saves you space as well as money.

Any cons?

Nurturing force is sold in 1 and 2 oz bottles. If you plan to use this mainly for cleaning your airbrush, it can last you quite a while as you only need a few drops.

For brushes, I find that you need a little more than a few drops especially for large natural-haired powder brushes. However, you can definitely make it last longer by diluting it with water (similar to creating soapy water to wash dishes). I used about 10 drops for about 2 cups of water to wash 8 full size brushes.

Where to buy Nurturing Force Cleanser

You can purchase Nurturing Force on They are sold in 1 and 2 oz bottle sizes. readers can take advantage of 10% off by using Discount Code CM10.

Hope you found this review helpful, if you have any questions please feel free to contact me at  Thanks! ~Gina

Z Palette



Large Z-Palette in Hot Pink

What is a Z-Palette?

A Z-palette is an empty palette that stores all your individually packaged pressed makeup (eyeshadows, blushes & bronzer) in one place!  Your makeup stays securely inside the Z-palette with metal stickers.

The large palette comes in these fabulous colors and prints:


The hot pink palettes also comes in a small size.


Z Palette hot pink small

Small Z Palette in Hot Pink


How the Z Palette works

Step 1: Got makeup clutter?
Gather up your individually packaged pressed makeup.

Step 2: De-pot and downsize
Remove the makeup pan from its container and packaging. Watch how to video de-potting tutorials on or

Step 3: Store all your favorites in one place.
Z-palettes helps you organize your pressed eyeshadows, bronzers and blushes. Mix and match to suit you!

Why I love it!

As a makeup artist it’s crucial for me to stay organized so I can work efficiently. The Z-palette helps me do that by not only saving space but time. I really like being able to see the colors inside my palette without having to open it. It may not be a big deal if you only have one palette but a professional makeup artist usually has 4, 5 or more!

Another huge benefit of the Z palette is being able to eliminate all the packaging clutter that was eating up space in my kit. My kit looks a lot neater, organized and I can find what I need easily. It’s important for me to have a neat presentation for my clients and Z-palettes helps me do that in a chic and fun way. Also, by eliminating so much unnecessary clutter, my kit is now lighter and easier to lift (less back straining)!

Some palettes are made to fit the same size makeup pans. With the Z palette you don’t have to worry about the size, shape or even brand.  I have the large palette and as you can see, I was able to store 40 round, square, rectangular and even half-moon shaped eye shadow pans ( to make them stick to the palette I used the metal magnetic stickers that came with the palette). These pans are from various brands high-end and budget brands like Urban Decay, Elf, Lorac, Stila, Wet n’Wild and Korres.



Any cons for the Z Palette?

My least favorite part of transferring makeup to palettes is de-potting (removing it from its container) but if you know how to do it correctly its actually really easy. I can’t tell you how many eyeshadows I cracked removing them from the plastic packaging because I didn’t know how to do it right! However, with lots of practice (and patience) I found a method that works great for me and can work for you too.

What you need:

  • Glue gun with metal tip
  • Eyeshadow in packaging
  • Z-palette metal sticker

This is how I do it:

1. Heat up a hot glue gun (with no glue stick).

2. Remove the sticker or back label from the makeup packaging (if any).

3. Use the tip of the hot glue gun to melt a hole in the center bottom of the packaging. Continue melting the tip reaches the pan.

4. Continue gently pushing the pan until you see it release from its packaging. Be very gentle so you don’t accidentally bend the pan and crack the eyeshadow!

5. If the pan does not push up easily you may need to melt another hole (repeat steps 3 & 4).  Some of the rectangular shaped pans need 3 holes (one in the center and one on each side)

6. Once the pan is free from its packaging, clean any glue residue on the back of the pan with q-tip & rubbing alcohol.

7. Once it’s all cleaned, apply a metal sticker (either round or square).

Voila! Your depotted shadow is now ready for the Z-palette!

Of course this is not the only way to do it. You can find countless de-potting tutorials on Youtube as well as on

Please remember to be careful when de-potting pans. Heat is usually involved and you don’t want to burn yourself! Use heat safe gloves whenever possible to protect yourself.

An easy alternative to de-potting your eyeshadows

If don’t prefer the task of de-potting your eyeshadows using the method I shared with you above, you can actually purchase pressed eyeshadows pans that don’t have any packaging often referred to as “palette refills”. You can find “palette refill” eyeshadows by searching “eyeshadow palette refills” on Google or at:

M.A.C. (they also carry blush “palette refills” / Tarte / Makeup Mania / Camera Ready Cosmetics / Yaby Cosmetics / Iglot / Makeup For Ever / Shu Uemura / E.L.F. / Kryolan / Bitch Slap Cosmetics / Makeup Geek

A nice thing about buying palette refills is that they usually cost less that eyeshadows that come with packaging. One thing to be aware of: most palette refills already come with a magnetic sticker. Unless the sticker is a metal magnetic sticker it will not work with the Z-Palette. You’d have to replace the sticker with a Z Palette metal magnetic sticker.

Show off your style with chic Z Palettes colors & designs

The Z palette offers a variety of sizes in a variety of prints/colors to suit your needs and style! Take a look below to see some fun choices.

Z Palette Sunset Collection "Yellow" (e/s not included)

Z Palette Sunset Collection “Yellow” (e/s not included)

Z Palette Zebra Small

Z Palette Zebra Small

Z Palette Leopard Large

Z Palette Leopard Large

Z Palette Old School Collection "Sunglasses"

Z Palette Old School Collection “Sunglasses”

z p casette

Z Palette Old School Collection “Cassette”



Ready to start organizing your eyeshadows, blushes and more in your own Z palettes like a pro makeup artist?



Collage. Set of Women's Faces with Various Colorful Makeup

Build a Portfolio

What is a Makeup Artist Portfolio?

A portfolio is a tool that showcases a makeup artist’s range of talent/abilities.
Its important to understand that building a portfolio is a constant evolving process. As you get better at applying makeup,  your portfolio should be a reflection of that.

Collage. Set of Women's Faces with Various Colorful Makeup

There are essentially 2 types of portfolios; informal & formal. Lets discuss the differences between the two.

Informal Portfolio

An informal portfolio can be built without a professional photographer or photography setting. It is the quickest, easiest and often the cheapest portfolio to build.

It is more practical to build this kind of portfolio if you work in cosmetic retail sales (dept store counter/direct sales co. like Avon or Mary Kay) or when your just getting started in personal beauty service (salon based/freelance bridal). However, even makeup artists who works in some form of media production often utilize an informal portfolio in conjunction with a formal portfolio.

Here are examples of informal portfolios:

  • DIY before & after pics of friends & family
  • Paper makeup charts
  • Digital makeup charts
  • Portfolio website
  • Social Media Photo Albums
  • Directory Websites

DIY Before & After Pics

Friends & family are usually the easiest “models” to find. Start by planning the “look” or story you are telling.  Remember, a look isn’t just about the makeup but the entire presentation. Take into account hairstyle and wardrobe. Looking in magazines and the internet may help you get ideas/inspiration. There are also many  hairstyling tutorials/ fashion styling on Youtube that can be helpful.

Another important element of a DIY before and after shoot, is to take into account the quality of your image.

  • The right lighting can take an image from drab to fab.  Whenever possible, take pictures in natural daylight by a window with a sheer white curtain. The curtain helps to diffuse harsh sunlight that can overexpose your subject/model and create hard shadows.
  • Make sure your camera is on white balance setting to capture the true colors you see.  White balance is vital to ensure a picture doesn’t have a red, blue or yellow tint to it.
  • Think about the background. Clear away any clutter. Consider using a solid color background (use a wall or a solid color sheet with no wrinkles).
  • Be sure to take various shots of your model at different angles. You’d be surprised to find how certain angles can flatter a person’s face. Also be sure you take pictures at various distances (up close, shoulder up, waist up, etc…). Don’t forget to take a pic of your model (if they let you) before any makeup/styling is done (this helps gives your work a “wow” factor when people see a “transformation”).
  • Once you take your pictures you’ll need to take care of any minor issues with POST EDITING. This means enhancing the photo with photo editing software. The most basic editing tools your going to need to use are CROP, ROTATE, EXPOSURE. There are several photo editing tools on the market. Some are free & basic ( and others are more advanced in terms of price and capabilities  (Adobe Photoshop). Its important not to go overboard with editing software – changing a person’s natural appearance too much can look fake and be misleading.
  • When your done post editing your pictures, you can decide to either print them out (8.5″ x 11″ is a good size),  keep them in digital form or both. If you print them out, you can display them in a regular 3-ring binder (use with clear protective sleeves) or a custom portfolio binder (you can also find a variety of customizable binder options by searching MAKEUP ARTIST BINDERS on If you’d like to keep them in digital form, you can choose to use a digital face chart organizer app (, free portfolio website and/or social media photo album – keeping reading for more details about these options.

Paper Makeup Charts

Paper makeup charts are an excellent way to create a collection of looks at your convenience. You don’t have to worry about finding a model, taking and editing pictures, etc. All you need to create this kind of portfolio is a pad of makeup charts, a few brushes/makeup and a 3 ring binder to hold them in.

There are many videos on Youtube that can teach you how to apply makeup to paper (search PAPER MAKEUP CHART) . Click here to see a tutorial on how pro makeup artist/Youtube Guru Koren creates his.

You can find paper charts at these websites:
The Face Chart
Makeup Designory
Robert Jones Beauty
Paint and Powder Store

If you are in need of brushes and makeup to practice with and you don’t want to spend a lot of money, visit our store THE PRO MAKEUP SHOP for a budget-friendly selection.

If you are in need of a binder you can find really inexpensive ones at stores like Wal-Mart. For a more professional look consider a customized binder like these ones avaliable on

Digital Makeup Charts

The new alternative to a paper makeup charts are digital makeup charts. With an iPad app like you can easily create looks without needing real makeup. A great thing about this app is that you can customize a face by changing the skin-tone, style of eyelashes and of course makeup for eyes, lips and face. Then you can save each face for future reference.

Another popular digital makeup chart is by   This type of iPad app allows you to upload and organize images of makeup you’ve done.  You’ll be able to list the products, brushes, techniques used & more. The app also gives you the ability to keep track of clients by dates/events, customizable categories, email a chart and share of social media sites like Facebook & Twitter.

Free Portfolio Website

A portfolio website provides an opportunity to share your portfolio online 24/7. Using a template from a website builder like or, you can fairly easily create and publish your portfolio within a matter of minutes. The best part is you can do this all for free!

While a free website is a great way to get started, you should be aware that there are a few downsides. First of all, you can only choose a portion of your website address . So for example, say you wanted your website address to be ‘’, with a free website your web address would look something like ‘’ (notice the web builder’s name is included). Since a short yet memorable web address is important for a makeup artist to have (to use on business cards, flyers, brochures and other marketing material) you may find your free web address a little difficult to use for promotional purposes.

Another downside (that may or may not be a big deal to you) is the fact that ads appear without your consent. The ads aren’t usually in any way big or distracting but some people do find them to be bothersome and annoying. The last thing you want is for people to be focused on ads rather than the images of your portfolio.

If you prefer to have your very own web address, no ads and to take advantage of other benefits, and offer upgraded accounts for a monthly fee.

Social Media Photo Album

Social media sites like Facebook, are a very easy and fast way to create a photo-album (which you can label as your portfolio/look book). Its also a great way to network with people who work in your industry or who may be interested in your makeup services.

Other popular social media sites include Pinterest and Instagram. Social media sites that are targeted more towards makeup artists/beauty industry include:

Directory Websites

Directory websites are popular resources for people in search of makeup artists. Many are free to sign up for and allow you to create a profile and upload images of your work. There are some directories that charge some money in exchange for helping to promote you & expose you to a larger audience.

Many popular directory websites include:


Formal Portfolio

séance photo

Creating a formal portfolio typically involves working with a model and professional photographer. As previously mentioned, this type of portfolio is more suited for makeup artists who are  establishing themselves in the personal beauty service industry (salon/freelance bridal) or who work in some form of media production (videos, tv, movies, theater, fashion shows, commercial/editorial photo shoots, etc…).

To best resource to use to begin building a formal portfolio is On this site you can network and connect with local models and photographers. Although, you can pay for services, a great way to build your portfolio without spending alot of money is find models/photographers willing to do TFP or Time For Print. What this basically means that everyone involves exchanges their talent and time in exchange for images.  While the pictures you will get from the shoot are essentially free,everyone involved needs to contribute their own supplies – for example the makeup artist provides all the makeup, photographer provides camera, lighting/equipment (sometimes even studio space) and the model usually provides the fashion. Its important to consider

Once you have a shoot scheduled, its best to talk to communicate with the photographer/model about the concept of the pictures. Once you have an idea of what the “theme” or “concept” is, you can plan the makeup look(s) accordingly. Its important to consider the overall “look” which includes fashion, makeup and hairstyle. Whenever possible try to find a hair stylist to contribute to the shoot or if you can do hair, make sure you plan hairstyles that suit the concept and be sure to bring all the hair supplies.

To learn about setting up a TFP photo-shoot, working with models/photographers, pro photo-shoot etiquette, I recommend you read:
How to be a Professional Makeup Artist – A Comprehensive Guide for Beginners’ available on

Portfolio building tips

Show you range of makeup skills – you can easily do this my creating a range of makeup looks on the same person. For instance you may have one model and you can create a clean beauty look (aka the “no makeup” look), fashion makeup look ( for example wing liner and red lips) and a dramatic glamour look (example, dark smokey eye and nude lips).

Whenever you have a photo shoot, try to do as many makeup looks as time/photographer allows. If possible, begin with the most natural look so you can easily add on makeup for a variation of looks (its easier to add makeup rather than having to remove and start over).

Looking for more information about building a formal portfolio?

This article was aimed to provide you with an overview of the various types of pro makeup artists portfolio. If you would like more in depth knowledge about building a formal portfolio, I recommend you take a look at Crystal Wright’s 1 Day Packaging Your Portfolio DVD set.

Crystal Wright's 1-Day Packaging Your Portfolio Workshop

Crystal Wright’s 1-Day Packaging Your Portfolio Workshop


Practice Tools

One of the best tools to practice makeup application is using your own face or a friend’s. But there may be times when you don’t feel like putting makeup on or someone else isn’t available. A great & cost efficient alternative is to practice on  paper face charts, digital face charts or makeup mannequins.

Listed below are links to retailers where you can purchase these practice tools.

Paper Face Charts:

The Face Chart
Makeup Designory
Robert Jones Beauty
Paint and Powder Store

To learn how to apply makeup on paper, please click here for a instructional tutorial.

Digital Face Chart:

Makeup Mannequins









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