Kit Saviours – Hannah Wing

May 19th, 2021

May 19th, 2021

Since 2007, hair and makeup designer Hannah Wing has worked on numerous live and pre-recorded television programs both in the UK and abroad.  As well as designing for commercials, film and fashion brand campaigns she wrote The Vintage Beauty Parlor (first published in 2013 and again in 2019) and was the co-author of The Vintage Fashion Bible (published in 2015).

Her CV includes a long list of celebrities as well as familiar shows like C4’s Sunday Brunch Channel 5 News, Cable News Network (CNN), BBC’s The One Show, ITV’s Loose Women, The Jeremy Vine Show on C5 and C4’s Naked Beach.

As a keen artist, she has developed a broad skill set during her career – carrying out complex designs for hair and makeup, special effects, temporary tattoo design and coverage, making prosthetic pieces, barbering, face and body painting, fitting and maintaining wigs as well wardrobe styling and costume design.

We take a peek into her kit bag.


Art Toolkit palettes

Absolutely amazing as mini palettes for everything from lipsticks to a full range of dermacolors allowing you to streamline your kit and making it easy to take everything to set for touch ups.

From £24, from TILT Professional Makeup


Embryolisse Lait Crème Concentré


I’m all about the skin and find this a versatile moisturiser for both men and women.  From £13, available from Boots, Feel UniqueLook Fantastic and ASOS.


Mario Badescu Hyaluronic Eye Cream

A light moisturising eye cream that helps the eye area stay hydrated and allows for concealer and colour correctors to glide on.  From £16 available from Beauty Bay, Look Fantastic and Liberty.


Eye massager

Early starts, late nights, long days and dehydrated skin mean eyes can look seriously tired.  I like to prep my actors skin really well before applying makeup and using a cold eye massager to apply eye cream is ALWAYS a winner.  £10 from Temple Spa.



When my on-set touch up time is minimal, silicone based airbrushing guarantees a flawless finish and usually means little to no touch ups required.  I use Airbase and Temptu to give me a wide selection of colour.


Osca Brush Cleaner

I really love this brand and like the fact that the soap can be purchased as a replaceable round.  They come in a nice selection of scents but my favourite is the citronella.  £17.99, with refills from £6.80 available from osca, TILT Professional Makeup and PAM.


Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink Crayons

A lovely selection of colours, a great taste/smell and they do exactly what they say on the packet.  These long-stay lipsticks don’t crumble and go dry like a lot of other long wear options so I keep all 16 shades in my kit – and, they have a built-in sharpener in the bottom.  £9.99 from Boots, Superdrug and Look Fantastic.


Clear folio wallets and pockets

Decanting products has always been preferable, but has become essential since Covid-19 and having all my favourites organised into small, airless pump bottles, sprays or tubes has been a godsend.  It also means I can carry more options around with me without having to worry about weight and keeping them in a wallet means you can set up your work station in record speed as well as knowing where everything is – great for a busy crowd room or live TV.  From £9.98 on Amazon.


MAC Fluidline – Blacktrack

A kit staple – long-lasting eye liner that simply doesn’t budge.

£17.50 from M.A.C, ASOS and John Lewis.


Kiko Scrub and Peel Wipes

I don’t really use these for the face, but instead cut them into small rectangles and store in an airtight container to use as lips scrub sheets.  Absolutely genius; a lovely smell and a wonderful treatment for the lips ensuring lipsticks and glosses look amazing.

£5.99 from Kiko Cosmetics and Feel Unique.


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