What Products Do You Need to Become a Makeup Artist?

If you want to become a makeup artist, you’re going to need a wide variety of makeup to use on your clients. Here are all the products we recommend adding to your kit.


MUAs know the true value of makeup primer because it helps to create a smooth base for your makeup, and it also helps to extend your makeup wear time. Plus, you can also pick a formula to address common skin concerns like large pores, redness or excess oil.

Our Picks: L’Oréal Paris Prime Lab Up to 24H Pore Minimizer, L’Oréal Paris Prime Lab Up to 24H Dullness Reducer, L’Oréal Paris Prime Lab Up to 24H Redness Eraser, L’Oréal Paris Prime Lab Up to 24H Matte Setter


Foundation creates a base for the rest of your makeup, and therefore, it’s pretty essential. From matte finishes to lightweight, radiant formulas to a variety of shades, a makeup artist needs options because their clients are going to have varying skin types and skin tones.

Our Picks: L’Oréal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Foundation, L’Oréal Paris Infallible Up to 24H Fresh Wear Foundation in a Powder, L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 Hour Fresh Wear Foundation


Concealer is used to add more coverage to achieve an even base or to contour or brighten the skin. Like foundation, a makeup artist will need an array of different shades in their arsenal.

Our Pick: L’Oréal Paris Infallible Full Wear Concealer up to 24H Full Coverage


Bronzer is a must for adding dimension and warmth to the skin, so you’ll never see a makeup artist without it. A matte formula is universally flattering for all skin types (it doesn’t emphasize texture like a shimmery formula), and it can even be used as eyeshadow in a pinch.

Our Pick: L’Oréal Paris Infallible Up to 24H Fresh Wear Soft Matte Bronzer


Blush is one of the hottest makeup products at the moment so you won’t catch an MUA without a few different formulas stocked in their kit. Blush adds gorgeous color to the cheeks, and it always elevates your makeup look. Along with different finishes, a makeup artist will need a few different shades for their collection, like true pink, berry, coral and pinky-brown.

Our Pick: L’Oréal Paris Infallible Up to 24H Fresh Wear Soft Matte Blush


Blush adds color to liven your complexion, while highlighter adds a certain luminosity that gives your skin a radiant, healthy-looking appearance. It’s a must because a good MUA won’t ever let you leave their hands with dull-looking skin.

Our Pick: L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Glotion Natural Glow Enhancer


An MUA will always have mascara in their kit, regardless if they’re applying fake lashes or not. Not only does it open up your eyes and create definition, but it’s essential for blending falsies with your natural lashes.

Our Pick: L’Oréal Paris Telescopic Instant Lift Washable Mascara