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Staying in the pocket of makeup clients even when you cannot travel with them

Z Palette on Set - Back stage at the Golden Globes
Z Palette on Set - Back stage at the Golden GlobesCourtesy of zpalette.com

Makeup artists sometimes have the pleasure and good fortune of working with the same client on a regular basis, even traveling with them when the need requires. However, budgets and schedules sometimes keep artists and clients apart. In these instances, the makeup artist may decide to go the extra mile and design a travel kit for their client.

A customized makeup kit may be as simple as a Z Palette loaded with shadows, blush and powder, or as complex as a small case filled with products, disposables and an album with step-by-step images of the completed look.

The Z Palette is a magnetic compact into which artists place shadows, blushes and other cosmetics which have been removed from their individual packaging. Available in a variety of sizes, these palettes were designed to help artists organize their products and lighten the weight of their kits. A small palette holds four standard product rounds. A medium palette is perfect for three shadow rounds, a blush and a large powder or bronzer. Including a short instruction sheet for using the colors selected will go a long way to boosting a client's confidence.

For a more complex kit, a small aluminum case from a discount retailer such as Harbor Freight works well. A larger kit may contain several Z Palettes, a couple of foundations, a translucent powder, a small brush kit and a step-by-step guide with photos of how to use the products and tools in the kit. Keeping in mind TSA regulations, the contents of the makeup kits should be non-toxic and present no safety concerns for your client or fellow travelers.

Other options for makeup travel kits include a vinyl zipper bag, mesh pouches or hard cases.

Customizing a makeup kit for their client is an ingenious way for an artist to stay in the hip pocket of their client, even when they aren't able to be together on the same project. While the makeup artist may miss the opportunity to apply the products, they are giving their client the confidence to apply products and colors selected specifically for them by the artist they trust.