My Photoshoot Survival Kit | 5 Must Haves for Models


photoshoot kit, photoshoot survival kit, model survival kit, pinup survival kit, handbag essentials, what to pack for a pinup event, modelling tips, how to protect your hair from rain, the bonnit,Every model needs a photo shoot survival kit. Heck every pin up needs an event survival kit! We’re talking the absolute essentials that save your butt time and time again. Yeah, you grab lippy and powder, but there’s a few must haves in my modelling kit you might not have thought of…

Velvet DeCollete’s Photoshoot Survival Kit

 Mini Hairspray

Obviously it holds those flyaways down, but spraying it inside your skirt prevents static cling and applying it to a run in your hosiery will help prevent further laddering! I don’t bother lugging a huge can around, these mini cans are far more convenient.

The Bonnit

Why didn’t I have one sooner?!
The Bonnit is a cute retro style rain hood that protects your ‘do from the elements. Travelling to and from shoots and between locations gets so much easier when wind and rain aren’t destroying your hairstyle!  The super organised Miss Charlotte Cake gave me mine and she always carries one herself.

Cotton Pads

This may seem a little odd, but cotton pads have approximately a million uses. Blotting shiny makeup, polishing fingermarks off jewellery, cleaning shoes, or my personal secret – stuffing them down the middle of your bra to stop that awkward boob sweat patch when you’re posing under the sweltering summer sun (I’m not even ashamed to admit it).

False Eyelash Applicator

I am absolutely useless at applying false eyelashes. Before I found this I was sentenced to a life of sad stubby lashes. Not only do I now get to shoots on time, but it makes getting ready on location far easier and is perfect for pressing wayward falsie ends back down without messing up your eyeliner. I’ve also used it as an emergency eyeliner guide ( it is designed to follow your eyelid shape after all ), apply diamantes to my face and to clip an oversized robe in at the back!


In a sipper bottle or with a straw to be specific. Staying hydrated without ruining your lipstick is a highly underrated ability. I usually use a Bobble bottle so I can fill it up anywhere without worrying about the chemical taste of mains water supply. Otherwise grabbing bottled water ( Please choose one in a recycled bottle! ) and a straw will do the trick!


Go grab those things and put them in your bag now. I’ll wait…
Comment below with your photoshoot necessities, let’s share tips and tricks!


With style and sass,




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