People ask me for advice everyday so I thought it would make a great blog! If you are starting out or a working makeup artist trying to make it to the next level, there are some important things you need to consider.
1. Education: I’ve heard some artists say you don’t need education. Sure you can learn how to be a makeup artist over time and trial & error, but why would you take 20 years to learn what you can in a week from an industry pro? Education is very important. I’m not saying you have to go to a makeup school, but you need to take classes on a regular basis. Look for classes that give you business insight too. You can be a talented artist and have no clue how to make it in this industry. The right classes can take you to the next level and help you to double your income!
2. Advice: Don’t take advice from people who aren’t successful. If you ask makeup artists who are not successful and can’t support themselves as a full-time artist for advice, you’re going down a bad road. Only take advice from successful working makeup artists and remember everyone has different opinions. Some advice might come from a great source but might not be good advice.
3. Assisting: Look for successful artists in your area that you can assist. Everyone has different techniques and tips and you can learn from assisting. As and assistant, it is your job to make the head artist shine. In return you will learn and gain experience. Proving that you are reliable and have a good work ethic to a successful artist can lead to future paid jobs.
4. Be nice: Having a great attitude goes a long way! You’d be surprised how being polite and easy to work with can get you future work. Have manners and be on-time. A lot of makeup artists over the years didn’t get a call back from me because they were rude or late.
5. Don’t give up on your dreams: If you want to be a pro makeup artist and you are talented, nothing is stopping you! Get the education and experience you need. Subscribe to industry, beauty, and fashion magazines. They are a wealth of knowledge and inspiration. A good work ethic, positive thinking, and guidance will lead you on the way to success!
I am blessed to do what I love for a living and I don’t take that for granted. I started teaching makeup classes based on what wasn’t available to me as an aspiring artist. I wanted to give back to the industry that I love so much. I take my students with me to assist on movies, television, celebrity appearances, pageants, photo shoots, and fashion shows. I love teaching and I balance it well with my makeup career. I only teach a few classes per year and look forward to each one:)
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