Lately, I have read multiple blog posts regarding what a model should carry in her bag. Until now, my thinking has always been along the lines of simplicity in my daily life, which would seem realistic. However, my view has changed as I have began to realize that I need to make things easier for myself when I don’t have the extra time to spare. So obvious, right!?
On a usual day, I can wake up when I please, make any phone calls within normal business hours and send emails at any hour of the night, knowing they will be addressed the following business day. On a usual day, I may run to the store, go out to run errands, eat on the go or have a date with Brian. On these “usual days”, I have my own schedule where very few things such as appointments or meetings have a hard schedule, and I can take my time doing my makeup routine. Working days are another story.
On a day where I have a photo shoot, promotional appearance, rehearsal, show or a combination of these things, I am in a rush most of the day. When my day begins, I like to have all of my makeup in the drawer conveniently located under my bedroom mirror. When all of my makeup is there, my morning flows and I can easily complete my look for the day, utilizing the four-way lights and shelves that hold most of my products. After I do my makeup for a day of work, I struggle to recall all the products I will need for the day. After I have my favorite products gathered, I feel like I could recreate an appropriate look for the day if I would need to reapply anything, such as mascara ruined by the rain or lipstick smudged by a water bottle. I don’t always take the exact shade or the same brand that I applied in the morning, but something similar has always worked.
When reading about what models consider essential products to always keep in their bag, I changed my thinking. If I am keeping things in one spot for the convenience of when I have time to locate ‘various tools in different cases’, like my boyfriend says; I should relocate my items to make things easier for when I don’t have the time. From this day on I will have my go-see bag packed and ready to go. No more late nights spent frivolously packing, hoping to get it all the next morning. It is easier to spend two minutes on my days off picking my daily essentials out of the model bag next to my bedroom dresser to get ready, instead of throwing my products in a bag for a long day of work where my job is looking my best.
At home, I also try to give my skin and hair a break. As gross as it sounds, I try to only wash my hair a couple times a week in order to let the natural oils reach the ends of my hair. The products in my bag are coordinated with my routine of creating a natural look, which is always the best choice when making a first impression in the industry. Having my go-to bag finished is a good reminder for me to try using mostly those makeup products when I am at home, also. The products in my bag are as follows:
1. Clipboard: This particular clipboard opens to store writing utensils and paperwork inside. Tomorrow I will doing an Axe promotional event, which allows me to store all my necessary paperwork without creasing the edges of my time sheet or wrinkling my training manual on accident. Inside I have also stored a portable calendar for reference of my schedule on the job.
2. Makeup Bag: Inside I have included concealer (Maybelline), powder (Covergirl), a light liquid foundation (Almay), moisturizer (Gold Bond), lip balm in clear and soft pink (Nivea), water-proof mascara (Rimmel London), makeup remover (Maybelline), facial pads and Q-tips, liquid primer and bronzer (Hard Candy), compact (Estee Lauder), lipstick and a soft colored gloss with matching lip liner(Mary Kay). This seems like a lot, but I included products that are in smaller, flat bottles, or found in travel sizes. Everything is a basic makeup product, and I excluded tools such as an eyelash curler or brushes that would add too much extra.
3. Dial Lotion: Non scented, for sensitive skin. Used in travel bottle.
4. Secret Deodorant: Often times I leave the house for fittings not wearing deodorant because clients do not want to see marks on their clothing. It makes it easier to quickly slip in and out of the clothing without ruining them. It is an essential item I always need to carry.
5. Sunscreen: I use Coppertone Sport High Performance so my skin has the ultimate protection. Try to find the best SPF possible. Your skin will thank you. Being burned is uncomfortable and it damages your skin, making the aging process much harsher, I hear.
6. Perfume: Sweet Pea from Bath and Body Works (travel size $5)
7. Sunglasses: Your choice!
8. Travel box: Includes Tums, Midol, cough drops, hair ties, bobby pins, nail file, contact case, elastic headband.
9. Kleenex: You never know..
10. Comb or brush: You’ll thank yourself later.
11: Anything else you need that is personal. Contact Solution(travel size)/Glasses/Case: At the end of the day, my eyes are dry from contacts and they need a rest. So many times I have left the house without cases and had to ‘deal with it’ for a multiple hour car ride home from an event. ESSENTIAL for contact users. I also just began bringing my inhaler because of my asthma. Bring things you would need to be comfortable on a daily basis. This would include an extra pair of walking shoes, because heels are not comfortable and you’ll wish you had something different to leave the venue in.