A wedding hair & makeup stylist can only achieve success in creating gorgeous styles if they own a fantastic equipment and tools kit. Going on-site can be challenging if you aren’t well-prepared. Unline working in a salon, you’ll have no control over the conditions and environment you’ll be working in.
That’s why you’ll need to think of EVERYTHING before taking off to each bridal/special event jobs. You won’t have the luxury of being in arms reach of the tools and products of a well-equipped salon. So to ensure success, you’ve got to bring all the crucial hair tools and products, as well as a full assortment of makeup products. Also dont forget to correctly price your bridal hair and makeup services.
Many think that wedding hair & makeup stylists are in a much easier position than regular mobile professionals. After all, they have a trial before the actual job, so they already know what they will need and can get well-prepared. That may be true for the bride herself. However, most wedding stylists also do the hair & makeup of the bridesmaids and family members. This means that they still have to be prepared for whatever’s thrown at them.
Now that we’ve established that the key to doing a bridal hair & makeup style on-site is preparation, we shall move on to the actual wedding equipment and tools you’re going to need. We assembled this handy-dandy guide with the most important things to include in your kit. Let’s dive in!
Wedding Equipment and Tools – Hair & Makeup
EssentialsOkay, some of the following items are not closely related to hair or makeup, but they are crucial in providing a flawless customer experience. So don’t forget to bring your:
- Phone and Charger – in case you’re urgently needed somewhere in the venue or the wedding planner wants to reach you
- Power Strip or Extension Cord – in case your appliances need to enter a different area than where the socket is
- Self-Standing or Paddle Mirror
- Cape & Towels
Pro EquipmentUnfortunately, you can’t fit an entire hair & makeup salon into your back pocket. But it is wise to invest in a portable tool carrier bag or rolling tools trolly. Fortunately, you can do plenty to ensure that your client’s experience is every bit as exceptional as it would be in a salon. Bring the following in order to exceed any bride’s expectations:
- Foldable High Chair – It’s essential that both you and your client feel comfortable when creating a bridal look. If you have to stoop over a cricket-like chair, you might get tired, anxious, and impatient. This can be to the detriment of the quality of your work. To avoid that, bring a foldable high chair that’s the size you’re comfortable working with.
- Light Source – When arriving at a client’s location or wedding venue, you don’t know what kind of lighting situation you’ll have to face. You ideally want to work near a window with natural light, but there might be no sockets near that area. It is essential to learn to control everything a venue might throw at you. This could mean bringing an extension cord that we mentioned before so that your devices can reach an area with natural light, or purchasing a small stand up lamp.
- Handheld Vacuum – It might come handy to be able to clean up after yourself quickly. A cordless handheld vacuum is ideal for cleaning cut-off hair up from the floor and even from your client’s neck or clothes.
- Apron and Tool Belt – Look and feel comfortable wearing an apron and toolbelt. Your clothes won’t get messy, and you’ll have every small tool and accessory you need on hand.
- Tarp to Lay on the Floor – If you don’t have a handheld cleaning device, you can stock up on disposable sheets. They cost like $1 or so. Lay them on the floor before you start, collect them, and throw them out when you finish.
- Hot Towel Warmer – Okay, this may be a little extreme, but if you care about things like providing standard safety against microorganisms, bring your hot towel warmer.
- Photo of Cosmetology License – Show off your qualifications whenever you’re doing an on-site job! Who knows, someone from the guests might take a liking in your work. And displaying your license might be the ultimate thing to convince them you’re a real pro.
- Rolling Makeup Case – A rolling kit will meet all of your needs as what concerns the ease of mobility, storage, and lighting. You can get yours at Amazon in different sizes and colors.
Wedding Hair Products and Styling Tools
Now it’s time to get into a more detailed list of essentials that you’ll need for a bridal hairdo:
- Curling Iron or Flat Iron – Hot hairstyling tools can take up a lot of space. That’s why you need to decide which ones to bring, depending on the nature of the job implied.
- Hairbrushes and Combs
- Natural Bristle Hairbrush
- Synthetic Bristle Hairbrush
- Round Hairbrush
- Teasing Hairbrush
- Rattail Comb
- Wide-tooth Comb
- Favorite Styling Products – The brand of styling products you use is entirely up to you. You don’t necessarily have to use high-end products. Just make sure that they’re good products, and they’re suitable for your client’s hair and the desired look.
- Shine Spray
- Texture Spray for Hair
- Hair Detangler Spray
- Heat Protectant Spray
- Dry Shampoo
- Hair Mousse
- Hair Gel
- Hair Clips
- Hairpins, Bobby Pins
- Elastic Bands
- Tarp to Lay on the Floor
- Broom and Dustpan/Handheld Vacuum
Wedding Makeup Products and Tools
For a complete list of equipment and tools for wedding hair & makeup, here are the last items that you ought to include in your kit in order to ace any bridal jobs:
- Makeup & Prepping Products
- Skin Toner
- Makeup Primer
- Full Range of Concealer & Skin Foundation – It’s essential to bring a wide variety of shades when it comes to both concealer and foundation. As we implied before, you might not just have to create a makeup look for the bride, but other guests as well. So be prepared, ensure that you can match the best shade to all your clients’ skin tone.
- Eye Shadow Palettes
- Blush Palettes
- Mascara & Volumizing Lash Serum
- Eyeliner, in multiple shades
- Contouring Palettes
- Lip Balm
- Lipstick Swatches
- Lip Gloss Swatches
- Lip Liner, in various shades
- Eyebrow Pencil, in various shades
- Makeup Remover
- Facial Cleanser
- Facial Moisturizer
- Makeup Brushes
- Blush Brush
- Bronzer Blending Brush
- Fan Brush for Highlighter
- Powder Foundation Brush
- Concealer Brush
- Foundation Brush
- Makeup Sponge (Beauty Blender-type and silicone sponge)
- Contour Brush
- Brow Brush
- Eye Shadow Crease Brush
- Eye Shadow Blending Brush
- Eyeliner Brush
- Lip Brush
- Makeup Accessories
- Strip Lashes or Faux Lashes
- Mascara Wand
- Disposable Lip and Eye Shadow Wands
- Mirror Palette for Mixing Colors – Having one of these on hand helps you mix different shades to match your clients’ skin and lip color, and ensure proper coverage.
- Esthetic Wipes
- Makeup Brush Cleane
You can also bring a face chart to your makeup consultation with the bride, or if they opted for the extra perople for them too. Here is a great makeup face chart where you can also list the products that will be used on the clients.
Finally, your kit is complete with all the necessary wedding equipment and tools. You ‘ve given yourself ample time and focused on your client’s needs. You only need to add one more thing to the equation: YOU. To build trust and convey confidence, you’ll need three things:
- a professional hair & makeup kit;
- professional service & customer experience;
- a professional look.
Most clients expect a level of professionalism and excellence from their beauty experts that they wouldn’t be able to achieve themselves. Keep that in mind every time you take off to a wedding venue.
Wear black or other dark shades while working. Black is a particularly popular color in the salon industry because it looks professional, and it’s also forgiving to stains. We encourage you to find a signature move that invites your clients to leave a tip or spread the word about you. You may find all this a little overwhelming, but there’s no need to worry. Practice makes perfect.