Being a professional makeup artist is not an easy job. Whether you work with celebrities on movie or television sets or in a beauty salon for special occasions such as weddings, proms or birthdays the job of a true cosmetic artist is always filled with pressure, urgency and the need for precision and accuracy. When people request the services of a makeup artist it's usually for something pretty important, which puts a lot of pressure on you - the makeup artist. The last thing a beautician wants to be doing is trying to find the right shade or brush - or in a worst case scenario realize that she forgot to bring the right brush or color!
Because of pressure filled situations such as the one described above, every makeup artists understands the importance of being highly organized when it comes to cosmetics and other tools of the trade. A good cosmetic case can go a long way toward making you more organized, but you must be careful to choose one that is right for your needs otherwise you can end up with an extra headache.
First decide on the size of the case you will need because they come in many sizes and shapes. How much makeup, cosmetics and brushes do you need to take with you to your assignments or to your salon? If you do not work with a wide variety of pallets and brushes you may opt for a smaller size makeup case in order to make thing easier to find and quick to retrieve. If however your practice involves hundreds of shades and many different brushes, you will need a larger case that can accommodate all your tools.
Next you should consider the tray and storage compartments of the cosmetic case you need. Once again this should be decided by the variety of colors and tools that you most often use. An optimal case will have easier to reach trays on top for your every day needs and deeper, pull-out trays underneath for those makeup shades that are used rarely, but still come in handy.
Finally decide if you will need a soft or a hard makeup case. A hard cosmetic case that is used for traveling in airplanes is called a train case. When deciding on the outside finish of your case consider your working and travel conditions. If you plan on checking in your case often or traveling with it a lot then a hardtop, aluminum or plastic shell case is the way to go. However if you need something that will easily fit into your carry-on luggage or just something to keep at the shop then a soft, leather case will do.
To summarize, remember that choosing the right makeup case is very important for a cosmetic professional because it can mean the difference between being able to find the right beauty tool or shade at the needed, urgent time or not. In this profession we all know the pressure we are under so try to reduce the gray hairs by staying organized and professional.