This is a re-post of the post I did last weekend that somehow vanished when my site was down.
Today seems like a fitting day to recall what I had said in the original post. (Snow squalls!) I was feeling weary of the long winter we’ve been having here in Canada, and was trying to conjure up warmer weather by doing some home and makeup kit spring-cleaning! It was also inspired by two friends and fellow makeup artists, who complain of having back pain (like me) as a result of all the heavy gear and standing around in this biz. I can’t fake the original “spontaneity” the original post was written in, as I stuck to a self-imposed 30-minute timeline to get the job done. Here it is again:
I somehow kept this case for an iPod Nano that I got rid of a while ago, and it’s the perfect size for keeping cotton buds (or false lashes, cotton pads etc) in my kit. Very light-weight, too!
Lighter than my old case from Solutions, and easier to get at than a zip bag. Easy and reusable D.I.Y. case.
This VIP card case from a clothing store I don’t even shop at anymore, makes a great D.I.Y. makeup palette for MAC Pro inserts and other depotted makeup. Again, lightweight and easy. Just use a magnet pad or strips from a craft or dollar store!
This craft self-adhesive magnet strip $1.25 is what I used to stick my non MAC Pro inserts onto this tin case. You can also get magnet pads which can be cut to size, and is also available at Craft stores or Dollarama. You could also check out Yaby Cosmetics. They sell packs of “grippies” 13mm pack of 25, and 23mm pack of 15, for $8.25. They stick to the bottom of your depotted makeup so they can stick onto magnet pads or strips.
Magnet strips can easily be cut to the right size if you want individual pans to stick onto your metal palettes like this.
This is my MAC Pro eyeshadow palette with the eyeshadow well insert removed to make more room for other pans. Editing my palette is a good opportunity to give it an extra good cleaning. That’s eyeshadow mess, rather than dirt on my wipes (sprayed with Parian Spirit brush cleaner).
As you work more, you’ll get to know which shades are your go-to’s and must-haves. The bright yellows and greens that I put in the 4-palette MAC Pro cases are going away for now. They belong in my separate “Fun Kit” where my FX and glitters, pigments and creative makeup live, until a specific shoot or creative concept is called for. I usually do beauty and wedding gigs, so not much need for these in my kit for now. As things migrate or cross over from one kit to another during busy gig seasons, it’s a good idea to review and edit your kit regularly and get in there with a deeper sanitizing at the same time. Your makeup is your investment an tools. Keep them in good condition always and try to keep organized.
This old store VIP card case fits at least 20 eyeshadows at the bottom, and at least 10 on the lid (so it can still close properly) using magnet strips or a pad. I used the magnet on my Morphe eyeshadow pans, but didn’t need it on my MAV Pro palette eyeshadows because they’re already magnetic at the bottom. The 3 Brow makeup powders are from The Body Shop (former packaging) and depotted.
Shades Lt-Rt: 360, 260, 240, 110 Maybelline FitMe pressed powders. These are great for finishes touches if you want a natural, velvety finish. Affordable too, at just $6.99 each on promo at SDM.
In hindsight, I should have replaced my eyeshadows back in this MAC palette after cleaning it and used the DIY palette for these de-potted pressed powders. The square (rectangle) ones are Laura Mercier eyeshadows which I often use for contouring, the bronze one (3rd shade from the left) is great for adding glow and highlight to the skin. They were all in bulky compacts that I got rid of to save space and lift weight off my kit. It’s also easier to open up one palette and see all the shades you need all together. You save time that way, too!
This kit editing and spring cleaning savings = at least $30 (on a new palette and cotton bud case) and took at least 3lbs off my kit. Every little bit counts. Now I can bring that pocket book, magazine, or folding umbrella without adding more weight to my kit.
Amazing how clearer your mind feels too, after cleaning and organizing. I threw out 3 bags of trash by clearing out a drawer where the empty cases were found. We consume too many “stuff” and packaging builds up so easily, don’t you think? (How often do you need to empty out your recycling box?). Let’s be practical and try to lessen our carbon footprint. WE can do it – together!
Is it Spring YET?
D.I.Y. Makeup Palette - Editing your kit.,