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Essentials For Your Professional Makeup Starter Kit – Part Two

Welcome to our September series for those of you just embarking on your journey to becoming professional makeup artists.

Over the years we have established a great rapport with some of the best selling makeup and special FX brands in the industry, and today we want to share with you part two of our essential must-have items for your professional makeup starter kit.


Kohl Pencils 

Every serious makeup artist isn’t equipped without a good kohl pencil. A simple product that can make a big impact, you want to find yourself a highly pigmented pencil that won’t smudge easily and can be applied with no faff. Whether you are creating dramatic winged eyeliner or using it to draw out a bold lip, kohl pencils are incredibly versatile.

Red Carpet FX Recommends:Every now and then we stumble across a budget product that performs in a luxury way; and Grimas makeup pencil is one such product! The Grimas kohl pencils are available in your typical eyeliner shades, and offer a creamy and smooth application every time. These can be used on both eyes and lips and make for a great staple in your makeup kit! 

The Grimas Makeup Pencils come in at just £3.49 – such a bargain. 

Other Great Brands:Stargazer also offers a fantastic budget eye pencil in a wider range of shades from your blacks and browns through to blue, and even purple! For just £2.99 you can get hold of these super soft formulation eye pencils.


Lip Pencils

Lip pencils are overlooked as a whole by many makeup lovers as something a little out-dated, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. A good lip liner will define the lips, make your lip colour pop and keeps everything in place for longer. Check out our favourites for your professional makeup kit!

Red Carpet FX Recommends:We recommend that you opt for a range of lip pencils to accommodate for a variety of looks. Keeping towards natural and popular shades such as nude brown, nude pink and red should see you in good stead. We love the Ben Nye Lip Colour Pencil for a luxury product with a pigmented creamy consistency that glides on and blends well.

Ben Nye offers a variety of lip pencil shades all for £12.99 each.

Other Great Brands:If you are watching the pennies and want to stock up on a few different colours, Stargazer offer a great range of colours and will only set you back £2.99 making it a little more affordable if you are bulk buying shades.


Eyebrow Palette 

Over recent years the brow game has become more important than most other aspects of a makeup look! With everyone striving for the perfect brow, no makeup artist is complete without a go-to brow palette that will help define those arches and bring definition to the face.

Red Carpet FX Recommends:The Sleek brow kit is a bit of a game changer for us, offering a miniature-sized solution to your brow woes these kits are a major bargain. Containing two shades a mini angles brush and flat brush with some good quality tweezers, you can get everything you need in one little package.

The Sleek Brow Kit is just £8.49, which is a great price for the quality you get!

Other Great Brands:Kryolan offers a top end eyebrow kit that doubles as an eyeshadow palette for a discounted price of £23.24, great if you are looking to splash the cash a little!


Eyeshadow Palette

Applying Eyeshadow is one of the most exciting aspects of creating any makeup look; every day can be a different creation! Whether it’s a sultry smokey eye or a pop of vibrant colour, having a variety of shades will get you off to a great start.                      

Red Carpet FX Recommends:Ben Nye is the king of decadent Eyeshadow palettes with their stunning Essential Pressed Colour Palette. This is definitely an investment item but is well worth the cost for the fantastic quality and it will really last you a long time.

This palette comes in at just under £50, but it is a product that you won’t regret and it will literally last you years!

Other Great Brands:Sleek are another great option if you want to start out on the lower end of the scale. The brand offers a range of colour palettes all containing 12 good quality shades for £8.99.



An obvious essential for any professional, makeup brushes are necessary for accuracy and high quality application. Whether its eyes, lips or face, a great brush can really step up your makeup game.

Red Carpet FX Recommends:Royal & Langnickel are personal favourites of ours, in particular their MODA range of brushes which are available for all areas and come in attractive packaging. Designed with specific bristle shapes these brushes are ideal for regular every day use and are super soft too!

The prices vary depending on the brushes, but as a rule the MODA range are fantastic quality and affordable.

Other Great Brands:Royal & Langnickel actually offer other ranges of makeup brushes, which are even more affordable if you are looking for a bargain purchase. Their Majestic range is great value for money especially.



To set a flawless base for your makeup, a good quality primer will smooth out the skin ready for easy foundation application. Worn under makeup or on its own, primer can create a dewy glow or a matte landscape and is an ideal first step in any makeup routine.

Red Carpet FX Recommends:We love the Sleek Hydrating Primer for a really nourishing feel for the skin. Makeup lovers will know that skin can become tired and irritated from regular makeup use, but this is a great way to inject a pop of dewy moisture back to the overall finish.

This lightweight primer is just £7.99.

Other Great Brands:Kryolan offer a specially formulated HD primer, which looks great on any skin type and provides a flawless base for makeup. This is a luxury option coming in at £26.10 but certainly packs a high quality effect.


Concealer Palette 

A favourite for hiding a multitude of sins, a good concealer will offer a discreet cover-up option for those days where the dark circles under your eyes are out on full force. Whether it’s a few blemishes or just one of those days where you want a full coverage look, concealer is a real must-have product.

Red Carpet FX Recommends:Ben Nye offers a fantastic Mediapro HD 12 Colour Concealer Palette that doesn’t come cheap but offers a selection of high-end and high pigmented shades that will go great with any skin tone. Super versatile, and ideal for any budding makeup artist.

This luxury palette will set you back £49.99, but if you ask us it’s totally worth it.

Other Great Brands:For other high-end options Kryolan have a wonderful set of concealer wheels offering six shades in a lightweight creamy consistency. For a more affordable option Stargazer do a 12-shade concealer pallete that has good coverage and is real value for money!


Corrector Wheel 

Everyone’s skin is different, and as a makeup artist you are likely to be exposed to all kinds of skin tones during your working life. Colour correcting wheels are a fantastic way to reduce redness or hide away yellow tones to create a great base for makeup.

Red Carpet FX Recommends:Ben Nye’s Mediapro HD Corrector wheels are mega-pigmented and offer a great solution to neutralising colours and creating a perfect finish for your base.

These vibrant wheels are £18.99 and last for a long time, definitely worth investing in.

Other Great Brands:Mehron do a brilliant compact Correct-IT Neutralizer Palette that boasts 6 multi-use creamy shades perfect for correcting any skin pigmentation. If you want something more along the budget line then Sleek offers a lovely little palette for just £7.99 that is great quality!



For the last time in this series we look to makeup extraudinaire Pamela Clare for her expert advise for those of you looking to branch out into the makeup industry. For more tips and tricks check out our past three blogs in our starter-kit series! 


  • Recommendations for young make up artists or anyone just starting out; "join groups on Facebook and social media there are groups of make up artists who will answer questions and they will advise (and maybe have tutorials) on the best way to do things. These are industry professionals like myself who have been in the industry a long time and who enjoy passing on knowledge, tips, etc and helping make up artists who are just starting out." 


We hope you have enjoyed our series, and look forward to hearing what your go-to products are. Let us know in the comments if you have found any gems from our list!