Recently I've been given the opportunity to work as stylist (hair AND makeup) for some professional shoots. The problem is that I've never had any actual cosmetology classes, so I feel kind of at a loss. I pulled some shoots off while maintaining an appearance of professionalism, getting off on natural talent alone, but I felt my supplies looked a tad...embarrassing. I bought a few new supplies for the shoot but ended up needing to use some materials from my personal collection (which, obviously, is unprofessional and less than sanitary.) Luckily, I knew the model well, and no one seemed to notice; but I realized that if I were to make any kind of career out of this, I would need to start accumulating the right tools. What are the stylist MUST-HAVE tools and other materials I need to have to feel confident when I walk into a professional shoot? What brushes, makeup and colors, and other tools can I not go without? I'm slowly learning, but quickly would be awesome. Thank you!
I'm going to suggest going to classes and get your license,no it isn't necessary to have a license to work but what you learn in beyond valuable. Also hair isn't an easy task, I started a cosmo course in a vo-tech school recently and it is much more difficult that I had imagined. This is not an easy and you need to be at your best all the time you don't know who knows who and where that could get you.
Get tons of combs of all different sorts, brushes and curling and flat irons, along with mannequin heads you can practice on.Perms are a big thing for my class right now(they are a pain) so make sure you have some rollers if you plan to do any. If you can find a school in your area go get your hair done or nails and talk to the student who is working on you.
Everything @tashalicious said and don't forget brush cleaner, paper towels, hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes, etc to keep everything clean. I don't know if it is necessary but a mixing palette and spatula can come in handy as well, especially when you find yourself having to mix foundation for a custom shade. Disposable spoolies are great too because they have so many uses.
Thats a great start! I have a 3 sets high definition cream foundations that are amazing, which I usually set with MUFE Foundation Powders. Some lip varieties, individual tester wands (mascara and lip) and some eyelashes would also be great additions to your kit Basically a duplicate set of your own collection, when you think about it!
Ohh man! There are so many great products to start you out with! I would spring for a few staple eye shadows (a color palette of some kind an an neutral palette, a brush set, maybe some foundations, and some highlighting/contouring products. We do have the new BlockBuster Palette, that might be a great starter I've invested almost $2000+ on my professional kit, but if you book a couple gigs, you can make that back in no time!
Best of luck on your new career!