Monday, July 21, 2008

Traincase - How to pack it for a Wedding Gig

Hi Bellas,

Like I mentioned a few weeks ago, I worked on a wedding gig where I was responsible for doing the makeup of 7 bridesmaids. Luckily, I had an assistant to help carry the load, shout out to Jaimie!

When you're doing a wedding gig with a large number of clients, it's important to pack your traincase effectively. I decided to film a video showing how I have everything organized and what I packed. I figured that this would be helpful for all you makeup artists out there...whether you're building your kit, or whether you want to see what others have in their kits.

As you can see, I like to keep everything separated by category. I got a bunch of these clear pencil cases from office max for about a dollar. They're big and clear so you can quickly see what you're looking for. They're also more study than the regular ziplock bag. I also use my trusty label maker to label each bag. I keep my skincare items in a clear pencil box because it's more sturdy for the heavier liquids. The box was almost about $2 from office max.

I would love to see what you guys put in your kit as well! I'm always trying to learn something new.

Here are a few basics for packing for a wedding gig:
-waterproof everything - mascara, protect the makeup from the tears of joy
-multiple disposables - lip brushes, mascara wands, cut time on cleaning brushes
-neutral colors - creams, browns, peaches, pinks, golds--this is pretty much the wedding color palettes, for eyes, cheeks and lips
-91% alcohol in a spray bottle - this higher concentration dries quicker and it's important for quick sanitation between clients
-touch up kits for bridesmaids - i packed a mini ziplock bag with a disposable lip brush, nude lip gelee in a 5 gram jar, and an oil blotting sheet. that way they can touch up throughout the day after I'm long gone.
-bright smile, friendly attitude and calm disposition - with all the wedding chaos it's good to be able to go with the flow and be a calming force to your clients. there's always multiple things going wrong but you gotta be prepared for it.

Those are just a few things I've noticed work for me...please share any of your tips!

Here's a video showing you exactly what I pack:


xoxo Jaimie said...

Woooo! go me! Yall better listen to her. Noone is more organized with their traincase than ren! Loving the new Online portfolio, ren! Cant wait to do one.

Seymone said...

I am so glad u post this video.. Girl sometimes I end up with 2 traincases because I am like oohh I might need that. Then never really end up using it.. Thanks again

Product Junkie Diva said...

This is awesome thanks Ren. Even though I don't do gigs this is great info to have.
Product Junkie Diva

Vanessa said...

So helpful! I agree, it's good to have a touchup bag for your clients!

Sass said...

awww thank you for this. i swear im making a little mini-guide with all your advice!

Aleca said...

I have come across your blog a few times when looking up makeup stuff.. and that is such a great idea with the pencil bags, never would have thought of that. :) love all the info on here too!

slvrlips said...

Great Post!! I feel liek a chicken with my head cut off when doing a wedding. This will help me to be more organized. Thanks for sharing

ChyiX2 said...

Tag, you're it! :P

Askmewhats said...

this is so helpful! thanks so much!!!

mary said...

what brand of traincase is that..?

i love how it opens up and the middle section is like wide open..unlike the other ones( sephora traincase) where the middle is super crampped!

yummy411 said...

great post! thanks so much for sharing! you are an amazing artist!

Elizabeth said...

renren you are so helpful! I still haven't had the chance to do any wedding makeup yet though :(

MakeupByRenRen said...

jaimie: know how i'm OCD!

seymone: lol, i would probably bring 2 traincases but I only have the one.

productjunkiediva: yup u never know!

vanessa: yup i justtt starting doing that too

sass: yay i'm glad, let me know if you come up with anything I haven't thought of!

aleca: thanks chica! i try to think of the cheapest solutions possible, lol

slvrlips: post your tips too!

askmewhats: no prob girl!

mary: mmmm I'm not sure cuz i got it off of ebay, sorrry!

yummy: awww you are too honey!

elizabeth: dont worry girl, soon enough!

Bombchell said...

ok there's hope for me. My makeup is all over my room & bathroom.

I was thinking of getting those big boxes, but this might do the trick!!


a w said...

I looked at your Online Portfolio and your clients looked great. Your video is helpful too!

LadyJane said...

Thank you for this. I can definitely learn from your video :)

Naomi:) said...

Hey girl, Great video! What makeup line is the foundation and powder palettes you have? I like how they are nicely together. :)

May Nguyen said...

You have a lot of similar items like myself! Great taste in makeup.

Warrior aginst depression, anxiety, & fears said...

Ren Ren, Great video, thanks! What brand/size of train case do you have? It seems to hold a lot of stuff.

Jewells said...

This video was a big help! Thanks.