Skin care is one of the most important things you'll have in your kit. So many different canvases are going to sit in your chair, many of them with years of skin neglect that you'll somehow have to remedy in very little time. You should invest in good products, as it will make your job so much easier and your work so much better.
But you're just beginning your MUA journey and you don't have a lot of bucks to spend! So what are you supposed to do?
When I was first starting out, I was broke, still in school, and taking unpaid gigs to build my port. To prepare for my first client, I went out and bought one of those $1 blue tins of Nivea Creme from Walgreens because honestly that's about all I could safely afford, and you know what? It worked. Was it a good purchase for my kit, and would it work on everyone? Nope. It's a body lotion first of all, and the main ingredients are pretty much just mineral oil (which can cause allergic reactions for some people), wax and petroleum jelly. But hey, I was new and I was learning, and it got me by until I could afford to invest in better skin care.
So I saved some cash, did my research, and decided my next purchase would be Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre, which is a basic staple in many pro makeup artists' kits, and it was affordable. I actually wrote a Product Spotlight post about it here. It is a good, basic moisturizer that I can use on anyone. If you're just starting out, I recommend skipping the $1 bullshit and grabbing this. If you want some variety, I also recommend their Hydra-Mat formula for your clients with oily skin. And don't forget some basic cleansing wipes to clean the skin of residue before application.
I used the Lait-Creme for a long, long time. I only recently updated my kit and picked up some new items. Now I have a plethora of skin care in my kit:
I use different ones for different clients, depending on their skin's needs. As I've stated a million times, it takes a lot of time and a lot of money to build up your kit, so invest what you can into the important items such as foundation and skin care, but don't get discouraged if you can't yet splurge for the luxury items you see in other artists' kits. It takes a lonnnnggg time, trust me! Just remember you'll want something to cleanse the skin, and then something to moisturize. Then you can add other stuff such as serums and exfoliators as well.
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