As some of my regular readers will know, aside from being a Beauty Editor, Blogger and Boutique Owner, I’m also a make-up artist, specialising in bridal. Many people ask me how I got into it, and what are my personal pros and cons, which prompted me to write this post. So here goes…
The first thing that I will say is that makeup artistry is an art. It’s not something that you can instantly pick up, as training up properly takes time and a lot of practice. The more faces you ‘make up’, the better. However, if you’re serious about wanting to become a makeup artist, and you are willing to put in the time and effort to hone your skills and gain the experience that you need, it’s a great career to be successful in.
A lot of people dream of becoming a makeup artist simply because they love makeup. However, what it’s important to understand is that there’s a lot more to makeup artistry than meets the eye. A love of products merely isn’t enough. Although makeup artistry can offer an incredible career, it has to be a good fit for you as a person. It’s no 9-5 job, and there’s a lot of things to take into consideration…
Training will be expensive
Training to become a makeup artist is expensive, or at least, it can be. If you’re serious about following your dream of working with makeup, then it’s probably best to take some time researching all of the best qualifications to get an idea of how much they cost to complete. Once you know how much you will need to pay, then you can start saving up. I took a 6 month course which allowed me to train 1 evening every Wednesday night, taking a final exam which also included a Health and Safety Qualification too.
Luckily, I was given the option to pay in installments, and it cost around £1,500 in total. Another route into makeup artistry is to get a job working for a high-end makeup brand such as MAC, Benefit, Lancome, or Clinique, and then as you progress up the ranks, you will be offered the chance to train in makeup artistry. This is a longer route, but if you can’t afford to pay for a course yourself, it’s probably the best option.
Owning a Professional Kit
It’s important to realise that part of working as a makeup artist is building up your kit. Clients have all different skin tones and colourings, and they also love to see you arrive on a job with professional brands. Offering your clients high-end makeup products will be an expense to you especially at the beginning, but the more you earn money for your service, you’ll soon be able to invest back into your kit. Remember you’ll need different bases, foundations, lipstick colours, along with skincare products too – like moisturisers.
As well as building up your day-to-day makeup kit, like your bridal one, you’ll also need to build up your more dramatic, evening makeup kit. Although you can choose to only work in one area of makeup artistry, being able to work in all areas will up your chances of success in the industry. It’s worth adding a selection of Kryolan makeup to your kit, so that should you get asked to work in stage makeup or special effects, you can do this also (like working for theaters, where heavier makeup is needed).
Being a certain type of person
Working in makeup artistry is hard work, and it’s important to understand that before you train. The hours can be incredibly long, as well as anti-social, which means that it can impact your private life. Don’t forget it involves being on your feet all day, mostly bending over slightly. The majority of jobs involve traveling, which I do regularly for my bridal clients.
Personality wise, if you’re going to be a successful makeup artist you need to be a people person, as a big part of the job is talking to your clients and ensuring that they’re happy. If you can be thick skinned and not take criticism personally, that’s also a plus point.
Get social media savvy
Working in makeup artistry can be an amazing career path, but as with most great things, it comes with a lot of time and dedication. I work on a freelance basis of squeezing in jobs over weekends, but to do this role day in day out would be a dream. If you’re thinking of doing it, try and go into it full swing. Build up your practice, work on as many faces as possible, and promote via social media as much as you can.
It’s hard to come across any girls out there who aren’t impressed with those gorgeous make-up looks you come across on Instagram, Pinterest and Snapchat. Keep sharing your work every time you practice or do a little job, posting before and after pics so people can see the ‘wow’ effect of how it looks. Make sure you utilise these channels as much as you can to get your work – and your name! – out there.
Makeup is a huge element to peoples lives, meaning it’s a career that’s going to be around for a long long time, with endless opportunities. I hope my tips have helped a little, and if you want to know a little more about my story or any extra advice, just comment below or drop me an email!