One thing I find makes a huge difference in my job: organization. When my kit is clean and organized, it becomes so much easier to work even when I am beyond the point of exhaustion. An organized kit means that I don't have to think: I can set up almost automatically, and not waste time hunting for products and tools that I need in a hurry. Part of being organized is knowing exactly which products will be required, and which ones are best to use.
Whatever you see me use, works for me, my budget, and my needs. So if you come across something else that suits you better, then it's a no-brainer. I have seen too many makeup artists scurrying about and spending their last dollar to have the trendiest kit. Remember trendy is a fad: you want quality and reliability, which only comes from the very best being tried and tested. The same goes for every product you put into your kit. I have bought faddy products: trends are great if you can afford them. But at some point you come back to your original standard of premium, professional quality, and you begin to realise why some products are exclusively sold within a very small circles of professionals. The blogosphere has flipped the makeup and beauty industry on its head. And for better or for worse, it has made many a makeup artist feel like we're playing catch-up with all the latest hashtaggable trends. But, I can guarantee you that when it comes to professional makeup that is HD appropriate, you cannot come closer that professional brands. And when I say professional, I mean everything you can't get at a drugstore or a department store. It doesn't mean that you can't find a spectacular base at Dior...of course you can...but you can find an entire palette at Kryolan. And for around the same price!?! So, for the professional makeup artist who needs a comprehensive kit that will work on any skin type and tone, it makes sense to go for the brands for are specifically designed for us. One thing is certain: finding our own style requires that we experiment, and grow within our own skills and talents; professional products help us do this more efficiently.