Packing for a Beauty and Creative Photoshoot

I’m all packed and ready to get some beauty sleep for an exciting shoot, with Toronto based photographer, Emanuel Pires (@Piresphoto) tomorrow.

Can’t wait to share the behind-the-scenes photos with you, and to include the new images on my portfolio (currently under construction as photos are not categorized and in gallery form yet). It’s perfect timing, since Makeup By Merry, is still going through some tweaking. The team at Numero Uno Web Solutions and I, are working to give this site an even better look to make it easier for you all to get the info you need, and to contact me more easily. And, I thought I’d take this time to greet you all a Happy Easter and wish you all a safe and fun weekend before we all get too busy!

If you missed the post about your “Fun Kit Must-Haves” – a makeup kit full of brighter, wacky shades, fancy false lashes, nail polish, and pro mixing mediums that you don’t really need to carry around with you on every makeup gig, then this might be a fun read for you, too:

Every face or look I do, begins with a flawless face, so of course I’ve packed my basics: Primer, Foundations, Concealers, Contour and Highlight kit, Bronzer, Mascara, Blushes, Brow makeup, Eye and Lip Liners, Lip Palettes, Powders and my makeup tool essentials.

But for this shoot, I had to get crafty, bring some accessories and pack my hair kit (Zuca backpack), my fun kit, my regular makeup kit’s contents and my Glamcor lights! (If you see me on the Toronto Transit subway or bus tomorrow looking like a bag lady with a Samsonite luggage, light kit and Zuca bag – say hi!).

Here’s a sneak peek…

Still have to make a pair of crazy feather false lashes! (Photos to follow)

If you have any questions about how to pack, minimize or organize your makeup kit(s), don’t hesitate to give me a call/email me at and I’ll give you some pointers.

That’s all for now! Need to power-up for this all-day beauty meets creative collaboration.


UPDATE: I would have loved to share behind-the-scenes and sneak previews of this shoot with you, but our model [who shall not be named here – but if you want to update your list, you may contact me privately] was a no-show. No call/text/email and the photographer showed me their emails confirming the shoot date, time and venue. (She later said she had been sick and forgot). This is now in my, “How to get blacklisted” notes. An entire Saturday wasted, along with our valuable time. On a positive note: I totally enjoyed meeting Emanuel and seeing his own(!) creative hand-crafted jewellery and other fantastic props. And I don’t mean feather boas!

Looking forward to actually shooting with him soon, so stay tuned!

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