Nude Model’s Survival Kit

I’ve compiled this list after working with many models. If you’re a model planning to do a lot of shoots, you may want acquire these items over time. If you’re a photographer, a list like this is a great thing to show models. A savvy photographer will stock many of these items in the studio. Certain cosmetic items like mascara shouldn’t be shared, so no sense stocking them unless it’s intended for a single use. Discuss specific cosmetic preferences well in advance (e.g. neutral vs. bright lip color, light vs. dramatic makeup.) Many models won’t be able to carry all these items due to space or cost considerations.

  • Bikini (for doing body makeup)
  • Lint brush
  • Loose fitting clothing for the way over to the shoot (no elastic lines)
  • Jewelry
  • Hiking or athletic shoes and socks (if needed for certain outdoor locations)
  • Sandals (if a beach location)
  • Hat for sun protection (outdoor shoots)
  • Accessories and props
  • Robe or cover-up garment
  • Warm-up outfit to shoot in


  • Clear brow gel
  • Concealer
  • Cotton swabs, balls
  • Eye drops
  • Eye shadow
  • Flushable wipes
  • Lip balm/petroleum jelly
  • Lip color
  • Lotion/moisturizer
  • Makeup remover
  • Makeup sponge
  • Mascara
  • Mirror (small)
  • Tissues
  • Translucent powder


  • Comb/brush
  • Disposable razor
  • Hair ties or pins that are attractive or hide easily in hair
  • Shaving cream
  • Smoothing serum or light gel
  • Tweezers
  • Nail file and buffer
  • Nail clippers
  • Nail polish for touch ups
  • A curling iron (if required)
  • Straightener (if required)


  • Aspirin, ibuprofen, etc.
  • Bag for kit items
  • Cell phone
  • Drinking water
  • Eye drops
  • Government-issued photo ID showing birth date
  • Second form of ID
  • GPS
  • Lip balm
  • Oil blotting papers
  • Snack that doesn’t stain teeth
  • Sweater, robe or other warm cover up
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste
  • Sunglasses (if outdoors)
  • Insect repellent (If outdoors. Test first to make sure it’s invisible)

Photographer Provided

  • Contact information
  • Directions
  • Shot list