Building Your Kit Part 17: Men’s Grooming Essentials


As men take more and more of an interest in how they look (think on the job, in online dating profiles), men’s grooming is becoming a huge growth market for professional makeup artists. But don’t worry—you don’t have to reinvent the wheel or spend money on special products to get on board. Below are some industry favorites that make the perfect additions to any kit, tailored to both female and male clients.

Evian Mineral Water Facial Spray: Whether you need water for a quick shaving touch-up or to take the skin to a pH-level that allows for product application, this spray is great for on-set spritzing. Shop it here.

Tend Skin: This little-known product is amazing at reducing irritation and redness, and alleviating razor bumps and burn. Use it on set to calm the skin, even out skin tone, or take care of a client whose face needs some TLC. It also acts as a fantastic deodorant for underarms and feet in a pinch.

Inglot Cosmetics AMC Corrective Illuminator: The sheer, lightweight formulation of this product allows you to cover and conceal dark circles or discoloration while maintaining a natural look. For men’s grooming, it keeps the complexion looking photo-ready without looking like “makeup,” so it still feels masculine.

Kiehl’s Facial Fuel No-Shine Moisturizing Lip Balm: The lightweight formula is shine-free and finishes matte, so it’s less dense as lip balms go. It gives all-day moisture and protection without making the lips look coated in product.

Anastasia Clear Brow Gel: Great for all hair colors, this translucent brow tamer keeps everything in place, conditioning and defining for a super natural look. Shop it here.

Nurturing Force Blotting Paper: Make shiny skin instantly matte with this makeup artist favorite. It’s soft and absorbent, and comes in aromatherapy scents, or unscented, to match your client’s preference. The best part is that it comes in a roll, so you tear off what you need—to get the perfect-sized sheet for any job.

Read the rest of James Vincent’s Building Your Kit series here!

As Director of Artistry for The Makeup Show, The Powder Group and On Makeup Magazine, makeup artist James Vincent has touched every facet of the industry with his talent. With specialties in film and theatre, television and celebrity work, editorial and runway work, James is foremast a passionate educator, training for brands such as MAC, Stila, CNN and Lancome. He continues to inspire the next wave of artists with his beauty expertise. Follow James on Twitter @JVincentmakeup.

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