Even a quick beach shoot can be quite tricky
 A beach shoot always sounds incredibly glamorous and fabulous: like we're just going to hang out on an awesome beach and sip non-alcoholic cocktails while we work. Reality: it's often cold, and windy, and we have to schlep everything down a gazillion steps, and sand gets everywhere, EVERYWHERE, and did I mention the wind?? and a freezing model, who bravely smiles and looks sexy while I add more colour to her nearly deathly pale skin!?! A beach shoot can be tons of fun...when you know what to expect, and are as comfortably prepared for any discomfort.
Stocking up on consumables at Dis-Chem
Preparation for me, starts here: at Dis-Chem. I have both Dis-Chem and Clicks frequent buyer cards, but always enjoy shopping at Dis-Chem more; simply because they have better deals and a good variety, plus: the aisles suit my makeup artist's mind! They have a natural products aisle, they have beauty aisles, a hair aisle, and a medical aisle, which helps me find everything I need quickly, and if it's not in that aisle, then it's not in the shop, and I don't have to keep hunting. I love their organisation. And the travel packs are brilliant for makeup kit storage, and organisation.
My old standby kit bag has gone on to become my regular kit bag, because it was so convenient to work out of,,,but is now finally falling no longer looks quite as sturdy as this.
Much of my makeup kit staples are from Dis-Chem, and they do have the best deals on consumables like 90% alcohol, tissues and babywipes. And if I ever can't find anything, they are quick to source and check with their distributors, and by golly, the next time I'm in the store I am sure to see it!

Dis-Chem always has my back!
 Beach shoots also require a minimal kit. So I pack some of my favourite " beachy" palettes: geared towards a natural glow, and a barely there look that says, " I just woke up like this"!?!  I must admit, I have a gigantic fondness of The Balm cosmetics, but find them a little too pricey for some of their individual products. I do like their palettes, though, and even though they look small, they seem to last forever! I have yet to hit pan on my Autobalm palette and I've been using it on and off for nearly two years!?! It's still as pigmented, even with my continual cleaning spritzes with Beauty So Clean anti-bacterial spray. Keeping your product bacteria-free is the only way to make them last longer.
The Balm cosmetics can be found at Retail Box online, and I wouldn't mind some more of their palettes in my kit.
 Beach shoots inevitably require eyedrops: sand and wind and long gazes into reflectors can take its toll very quickly on the beach. And I have always carried an emergency kit in my bag. It's a tiny box of the smallest must-haves for any professional makeup artist:

  1. Kiehl's Eye Alert: this really works to decrease puffiness around the eye area. Miraculously!!
  2. Garnier Pure SOS pen: Swift healing and prevention of nasty pimples and festering pores...I just had to say festering... the things we do...#makeupartistslife.
  3. Everysun Lip Balm: SPF30 for lips ; do I even need to explain this?!?
  4. Kiehl's sunblock sample: just incase you had to leave your main sunblock, or it somehow has left you, a tiny sample that is always in your standby bag can save the day! I often just pat some on over makeup and the re-powder just to keep my model's face protected when we are not able to do a full touch-up, but are exposed to the sun for a long period. (Which is often.)
  5. Dis-Chem dental Floss: No need to explain this one...and often required for myself! I have been caught grinning at models with spinach speckled teeth!
  6. Dis-Chem alcohol cleansing pads: for cleaning tools, product, nicks, zits, hands, marks, cuts, grazes, and everything inbetween.
  7. Refresh eye drops: a very basic must-have
  8. latex glue: not used often, but these tiny tubes that come with fake lashes are no bother to keep in my emergency kit, and have come in handy now and again.

my standard emergency pack

There are quite a few other essentials for a beach shoot, but I shall introduce some of them in other posts. If you have found certain products to be invaluable to you on shoots, please leave a comment to let me know: I'll be keen to try them!

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