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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

How I pack for makeup gigs! :)

Hey girls, since my life has revolved around make up recently, I'd like to share with you all how I pack my kit for make up gigs. :)

Leather black mallet is the train case with a lighted mirror while the regular one is the silver train case on the floor

I have 2 train cases and 1 prep bag. I don't bring both train cases because that would be impossible to carry hehe. I also don't need that much space. Depending on the gig, I switch between the one with the lighted mirror or the regular one. :)

Comprised of atomizers, cleansers, moisturizers and tools

To organize my prep bag, I placed a bag organizer inside. This bag organizer doubles as a retouch bag useful to place only the needed make up and brushes. Super useful when doing films, TVCs or TV shoots.

My brush kit also goes inside the prep bag. I really love this brush holder since it holds so much brushes. :) I always have bad dreams I forget my brush set when in shoots. QUE HORROR!

I love having different sizes of Stippling Brushes because they are so versatile, they can be used on liquid, creams and my favorite way of using them with powder or blush. :)

This is what the small train case looks like when opened. Since my next make up gig doesn't require a mirror, i decided to bring this one along.

The top 2 layers are where I store individual pans. On the left are powder foundations, cream wheels and cream blushes while on the right are blushes.

Powder Foundations


When open, i store the individual eye shadows that haven't been depotted, eye liners, lipstick palette, eye brow powders and random tools.

On the other side I keep the cream foundations, concealers, translucent powders transferred to small sifters, eye shadow palettes, random blushes and bronzers and tube products.

Here's the bottom part of the train case where I keep big palettes and make up stored in bags to lessen clutter.

MAC PRO Palettes
28 Neutral Palette
120 Palette
32 Lipstick Palette
Random NARS GWP items

I prefer keeping make up in tubes and pencils stored in little bags to prevent the products from spilling everywhere. I separated them into 3 bags. The first bag on top (pink) has all my pencils from eye liners and lip pencil. The bottom left bag has lip glosses and lip tubes while the botton right clear plastic has mascaras and MAC brow sets.

Inside the pencil bag, my Styli Style pencils are a staple and the Prestige Total Intensity eye liner. :)

On shoots where I know I will be needing a portable mirror, I bring along my lighted mallet. But it can be really heavy so I only bring it on certain gigs.

Here's what it looks like resting on its little table. It still has a couple of make up items that I didn't transfer to the smaller train case since I wouldn't be needing them. :)

I hope you guys enjoyed looking at how I pack for make up gigs. I really enjoy what I do and have invested a lot in my equipment. That's why I'm also OC with my stuff. And the train case is great way of auditing your things when at an event or at a shoot. I personally know when something is missing and is out of place. hehe It's hard to lose stuff and build a kit, so as much as possible I try to be very organized and really oc with my things. hehe :)

Toodles! :)


  1. wow, i loved looking at those photos & the way your organized everything. im OC too

  2. wow, you're super organized. parang ang hirap nga to bring that traincase with mirror, tinitingnan ko pa lang ang bigat na!

  3. @Maki Thank you :)

    @Lelila yes its really heavy, loading and unloading it from my car is a nightmare already haha

  4. this is an awesome post. you are so neat and organized :)

  5. Love how you pack your stuffs..OC alert!!!! I love it!!!

  6. ang ganda ng stuff mo! so organized :)

  7. @Becky Thank you I try to be hehe

    @Nikki Super hehe

  8. @Crystal thank you! Thanks for adopting some of my brushes too hehe

    @Shobe Hehe thanks

  9. So that's where my pink mesh pouch disappeared to! =P
    Your makeup is probably the only thing you've kept really organized, like EVER!!!! Hehehe!

  10. Great organizer, I don't know you've mention this in other post but where did you purchase the last train case. Was it in the USA?

  11. Your make up is so organized. :P And there are lotsa blushes!

  12. @Annings I know right, im so proud I finally have something organized hahaha

    @Kimmydiva I bought my black leather lighted mallet here in manila in Quiapo. :) The same traincase is available at www.suesh.com :)

    @Pammy Yess blushes there are! :)

  13. @Pammy But your blush collection is far more largerrrr hehehe

  14. omg you have such a nice blog!! xx

  15. i love that pink mesh bag too! great idea to store with..although im not a MUA, and if i ever will be one someday, i got to learn from u gal~

    xoxo elle

  16. Nice! you're so organized.
    I love posts like these. :)

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