Monday, February 20, 2012

New Artist's tools. Paw Palette, Brush City and more.

I have this image of my dad outside in the back yard by our pond with his easel set up, paint brush in hand, his artist's palette full of vibrant colors intently painting the scene in front of him. As you got closer the bitter sweet smell of pipe tobacco would permeate your senses. I loved watching him draw or paint. 
My dad, Dick Greene's, self portrait made at age 17
Many of the tools of my trade as a makeup artist remind me of him and those days as a kid growing up. Today I use brushes, cases, colors, spatulas and palettes just like he did but my canvas is a person's face or body instead of paper. 
Ask any makeup artist and they will tell you how important their tools are. We get nostalgic about our favorite brushes or cases and excited when we find a new tool we've never used before. 
I've come across a couple new one's I want to share with you. I'll put the links for the following products at the bottom of the post.
Traditionally, palettes sit on your counter or station. They are made of metal or sheets of paper, acrylic or even porcelain. 
artist palette options
Crystal Powder, a makeup artist, came up with a great idea. It's called the Paw Palette. It attaches to your "paw" or hand if your human, with an adjustable strap. Crystal says you can attach it to your ankle too but I'm not that limber! Anyway, they come in different shapes and colors. I've used mine a number of times now and I absolutely love it. It's right there on the back of your hand. Saves time and it's sanitary. Mine is white in the shape of a heart but I really want some of the other colors and shapes. I'm thinking one for my f/x kit, one for my beauty kit, one for my bathroom... 
Paw Palette by Crystal Powder
This next one is called "Brush City" and is designed and personally welded by Kay Wooldridge.
I have one set up on my station and one at home for my personal brushes. Kay is a wonderful artist and you should check out her work. Her pieces are beautiful and functional. Her "Brush Cities" come in many sizes and price ranges. Each one is unique. 
"Brush City" by Kay Wooldridge

Another great tool I just came across is The Eye Makeup Fallout Protector. I am always looking for a good solution to "makeup fallout". There's nothing more annoying than doing a beautiful clean foundation just to have it ruined by particles of eyeshadow falling all over it. There are other techniques that I use but I'm liking this one a lot. It's a reusable silicone shield with a stainless steel handle. It comes with a larger shield too that fits on the same handle. 
The Eye Makeup Fallout Protector
 As I find more useful and interesting tools I'll keep you posted. For now, give these a try. Maybe your kid or a blossoming young artist will be watching you and become inspired. 
  • Paw Palette:
  • Brush city:
Eye Makeup Fallout Protector:


  1. I have to get that fallout protector! I'm all about gadgets

  2. Brought back many memories. Amazing how many good products out

  3. Hey Kim! I'd love to send you some Shadow Shields ( to try out for fallout.. They're hands free making your job so much easier! If interested, let me know and we'll get some over to you! :) Thanks! Michelle Villanueva

    1. Someone else just mentioned Shadow Shields to me after I posted this. I will try them! Are they yours?

  4. These are all so amazingly useful!! I really ought to invest in some of these pieces. Especially that paw palette.

    P.S. - I was watching Face/Off this week and saw you do the mini judging! So cool, great job.

    P.P.S. - Your dad's portrait is beautiful

    1. Thanks Meredith! So nice of you to say so many lovely things. :)