The makeup hooks are a necessary add on. The items you want to attach to Your Personal Palette must first be equipt with a makeup hook. With each intial purchase a set of hooks is included of course. Just in case you need more, a set is available for purchase. In the set we include 10 small dots, 10 medium dots, 2 Duragrip strong hold large dots, a 4" strip that can be cut to customized sizes and setup instructions.