Modeling Kits: The Essentials

We covered this topic briefly in the blog entry “How to be a Model,” but we received a lot of feedback asking to delve more deeply into the topic. We’ll discuss the essentials you should bring with you to every shoot you work. These are things that you coul use in an emergency, things that could help you be more prepared, and things that you will probably wind up using. If you have more ideas for modeling kit essentials, please post them in the comment section below.

Essential Items
Clothing Items
Makeup Items
Hairstyling Items
Spare Time Items
Just In Case Items

Essential Items

These are items that should go without saying. You need to bring your portfolio and comp cards to every shoot. You should bring your cellphone and charger so that you are reachable at all times. If you don’t have a phone with GPS, you should bring a city map. You also need to bring personal identification (driver’s license, state ID, or passport).

Clothing Items

As a general rule, you should always bring extra wardrobe with you. Photographers and clients will generally ask you to bring specific items, but it’s generally a good idea to bring more than you think you’ll need.

It’s a good idea to bring a pair of skinny jeans and 3-5 various tanks/undershirts. Stick to simple, solid colors. You absolutely want to have a nude-colored strapless bra and thong. Plain black pumps are also a great thing to have on hand.

To any shoot, you should bring a thin robe to wear while getting your hair and makeup done to ensure you don’t get makeup on the clothes and that you don’t mess your hair up by having to pull anything over your head.

Some optional items to bring are a pair of Spanxx for tight or sheer clothing, panty hose, nude pumps, a strapless bra and thong in black and white, and comfortable shoes to wear between shoots.

Makeup Items

You want to bring anything you would need in a situation where you had to do your own makeup. Sometimes makeup artists have to cancel at the last minute. If that were to happen, you’d need to be prepared.

You would need, at the very least, foundation, powder, mascara, blush, assorted eyeshadow colors, lipstick, eyeliner and lipliner. It would also be a good idea to bring a highlighting powder and bronzer for contouring.

You can save yourself some trouble by purchasing a travel makeup kit. These kits often come with applicators and brushes that fit into the compact, so you don’t take up too much space. Below are some kits we love.

Hairstyling Items

It is possible that a hairstylist could have to cancel at the last minute also. It’s a good idea to be prepared for this by bringing your own hairstyling tools.

As a general rule, you want to make sure to have plenty of hair elastics and bobby pins. Bringing some styling products (hairspray, smoothing creme, curling mousse) and hairstyling tools (flatiron, curling iron, brush, hairdryer) is also recommended.

You might not be the best at styling your own hair, but in a pinch it’s better safe than sorry!

Spare Time Items

At most photoshoots, there is some down time between shoots. You want to make sure you bring something to keep you entertained if you’re going to be waiting around a while. Magazines, crosswords, a book or just a game on your cellphone are a good idea.

A notepad and pen are great to bring along. You never know who you might meet at a shoot; you want to be able to write down contact information, recommendations or notes.

Always bring a bottle of water and a healthy snack! Sometimes photoshoots can run long. You need to stay hydrated and bring a snack along in case you have to go a long time between meals. Dried fruit and nuts are generally great snacks to keep in your kit; they are healthy, don’t take up much space and won’t go bad.

Just In Case Items

A prepared model is a successful model. There are many things that can go wrong in a photoshoot. Your stockings can rip, you can get deoderant on a garment, you can lose the backs to your earrings or you can rip a garment.

To avoid these crises, it’s a great idea to have an emergency kit with items that will help you in a situation like this. There are kits designed for weddings that work great.

The main things you shoul have in this “just in case” kit are: a sewing kit, deoderant, tampons, lotion, a nail file, double-sided tape, clear nail polish, Dr. Scholl’s inserts, safety pins, wet wipes, makeup remover, tissues, advil, sunglasses, a pocket mirror, bandaids and a stain remover pen.

And there you have it! Your clients will take notice if you are prepared for anything. It’s a great way to make a good first impression. Having these items in your modeling kit will ensure that you are able to combat any unexpected emergency that comes up. If you have more ideas for what to put in a modeling kit, please comment below!

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