What is in your “On Set Bag”?

Written by NZINGHA for TheGlamSquadFiles

You know, I was just having this conversation about what you actually carry in your On-Set Bag/ “Set Bag”, with another colleague who is a hairstylist. 

Over the years I have always made it a project to condense my On-Set Makeup Bag. It’s like you’re a walking junkyard carrying this, carrying that and mostly carrying everything you know you don’t need, or actually use and every bottle is half empty and you don’t even know it?!?! UGHHHHH! I hate that!!! So I’ve come up with a system that pretty much works for me.

Organization is a big deal for me, always has been. 

Every so often I change the way I set up my makeup station. I just get bored sometimes looking at the same thing, the same way. So, I change the color scheme, the actual set up, my Set Bag and my Pro Makeup Kit. I also spend a lot of time depoting product (I will talk about that in another post) and condensing them for my convenience. 

For years I’d gone through several changes in what’s in my Pro kit, On-Set Bag. I also change what brands I’m featuring. What I realize about the way products are made today is that they’re made to make life simpler and easier. So, with that said makeup is formulated differently to have long wear and portability and in more creative packaging. 

With so many new and innovative products constantly coming out on the market, your favourite things can get old fast! But, what remains consistent is the staples a Pro carries in their kits for on set touch ups.


  1. Kleenex
  2. Loose Powder
  3. Blotting Powder
  4. Blotting Papers
  5. Powder Puffs
  6. Anti-Shine/Pore Perfector
  7. Wet Wipes/Cleansing Wipes
  8. Lotion/Moisturiser/Lotion Wipes
  9. Makeup Brushes
  10. Lipstick Palettes
  11. Foundation
  12. Blood
  13. Pros-Aide/Spirit Gum/Telesis
  14. Bond-Off
  15. Eyelash Glue
  16. Disposable Lip Wands, Mascara Wands
  17. Makeup Sponges 
  18. Q-tips
  19. Hand Sanitizer
  20. Sharpie
  21. Bottle alchocol
  22. Roma palatttes
  23. Ben Nye Powder Palettes (pressed powders)
  24. Illustrator Palettes 
  25. Kett No Color Powder
  26. Candies (chocolates, mints, gum, etc. Usually from the craft service table)
  27. Individual Eyedrops (Renew)
  28. Aquafor (ointment)

Now, when I talk to Hairstylists they have a whole other set of items that they always walk with in their On-Set Bags.

And the things they carry are things they really need and use on set. Everything should have a place and purpose in your set bag. It’s like that big ol purse you have that is full of junk, pure junk that you don’t use.

Set bags are a product that has yet to find innovation in product design. Most set bags are made of the plastic with fabric borders, various compartments and convenient zippers.  They come in 3 different sizes…small, medium and large (I have them all). Do you find it melts in the summer and gets hard and crackly in the winter? Hahaha…its crazy!

Here’s what some Hairstylists  I spoke with told me they use in their On-Set Bags:


  1. Comb
  2. Brush
  3. Hairstpray/Sheen/Gel
  4. Pomade
  5. Hairpins
  6. Spirit Gum
  7. Alcohol Pen
  8. Chargeable flat Irons/Curling Irons
  9. Portable Blow-Drer
  10. Brown and Black Mascara
  11. Makeup Palette (Illustrator, Creme and Powder colors)
  12. Spray Water Bottle
  13. Hair Elastics

So I still have yet to try out the MiyakePro Artist Set Bag. I’ve been eyeing it for quite a while and it looks amazing! It’s not made of plastic but like fabric and mesh and most of all my fave is that it’s black! It matches a pro look. It has the adjustable strap to go over your shoulder or around the body. The bag is sold at all of our favourite Pro supply stores Alcone, FRENDS, Naime’s and Manhattan Wardrobe Supply for retail price $80.

Here’s a photo of some Pros on set with their set bags ready for work!