I carry two types of cleanser in my kit; a misceller water to remove make-up quickly and clean up after application and a lovely balm to prep the skin properly before application and to give whoever is in the chair a bit of a pamper too.
My misceller water of choice is Bioderma Sensibo H20. In all my years of using this, from back in the day when you used to have to bulk it when in France, I've never found anyone who has had a bad reaction to this. It removes make-up really well and dries quickly making it the perfect thing for ensuring your flicks and lips are really precise and any drop-down from shadows or glitter is removed. If you don't have time to cleanse with a balm cleanser this will get every scrap of make-up off the face without you having to scrub - it's also great for waterproof mascara. Would I use this on myself everyday? No, although I do have some for tough make-up removal and a quick first cleanse but repeated use causes irritation on my skin (that's when I use it every day for years...)
The only balm cleanser I have in my kit is the Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing balm. Again it works on all skin types and I know that afterwards the skin will be completely clean, beautifully soft and ready for make-up (after I've used skin-specific moisturiser). The tub for this is pretty big and bulky so I decant it into a smaller pot to keep my kit as lightweight as possible. This is so soft and gentle it's a great way to start a make-up - you can gently massage it into the skin and it makes a huge difference to how healthy the skin looks and the application on the make-up. It's especially great for bridal clients who will no doubt need a bit of TLC on the day. Nearly every bride I've worked on has gone on to buy this and use it in their skincare regime.
If you are reading this in April 2016 you can enter my 10th Birthday Giveaway to win a tub of the Emma Hardie Amazing Face cleanser at the bottom of the post here.