A lot of my readers and people who loosely know me are always shocked to find out I’m a professional makeup artist, as well as a full time influencer. It’s something I fit in during my weekends – mainly doing bridal makeup – and I reeeeally really love it.
The main questions I get asked are ‘when did you find the time to train up?‘ and ‘How can I do this on the side too, without it taking years to become skilled?’.
I usually get these messages on Instagram and via email, and as much as I love helping out anyone who needs tips and advice, I feel a good old blog post rounding up my tips about working within the beauty y industry is going to come in really useful.
So, the question is: do you want to train up in beauty, be it makeup artistry, lashes, beauty therapy, massage, brows etc? Want to know the best ways to do it and fast-track your career? Obviously one of the main ways is via cosmetology school, which is always advised!
Here’s some of the quick fire ways I’d recommend getting on-board.
1. Get your qualifications
OK, first and foremost, it would be silly to put some tips together and not touch on getting your professional qualifications. Everyone needs proof that they trained up and were taught the skills to do the job, including extras like health and safety. It might be that you’re never asked to show proof of your training – I have to admit, I can only think of one or two times over the past 7 years I’ve been asked for mine.
If you don’t want to change your current work/studying pattern, then look at fitting in a course where you can train and learn one evening a week for 6 months perhaps. Or, why not take an intense masterclass training, where you learn everything over a 4 day course, which involves long days and hours, but after the course, you are ready to go!
Search for courses, classes and training in your area depending on the actual ‘skill’ you wish to pick up. You’ll be surprised at how many beauty schools there are out there offering what you need.
I personally took up a part time course where I studied one evening a week for six months. I then booked into a 4 hour intense one-to-one masterclass a couple of months after to refresh my skills, and I’m always seeing little workshops pop up too.
2. Consider Salon Work
A great way to get yourself built up once you have qualified is to look for salons who offer a rent a chair system. There are tons of salons now which work this way. They realise the benefit it brings them: they can have a freelancer come on board, without paying them wages. The freelance brings in their clients, who then might want to book into the salon for other services too. Its cheap, effective, and great for growing business.
If you’re a nail technician, makeup artist, facialist or hair stylist, renting a chair at a salon is a great way to get yourself in a professional workplace, without the pressure of building yourself up too quickly. You can offer to practice on models, offering lower prices. One thing to always bear in mind though is salon insurance, no matter what are you specialise in.
Having a good quality salon insurance covers you for so many things, and you can get some ideal quotes over at QuoteRadar.co.uk
3. Get active on social media
Did you know that most people turn to social media these days to search for makeup artists, facial therapists, nail technicians and brow experts? It’s true! People want to see real life photos of professionals work, and nothing does this better than a good old Instagram page or Facebook albums.
Make sure you brand yourself on Instagram and Facebook even before you are professionally trained – you could start to build up a keen following, and then when you are officially trained up, you can start promoting offers. You can even call out for models to practise on, and share your learning process via insta stories or instagram carousel posts.
Ladies love social media when it comes to looking at anything beauty related. Brand up your pages in a pretty, stylish way and get some top quality images, and the work/enquiries will start flowing in.
4. Invest in workshops
Have a look around your local area for beauty workshops. These can take place at a beauty salon, a beauty counter, department stores, or even special events put on by professionals. They are less ‘scary’ when you are starting out, as they usually hold space for around 20-30 people, all open to attend and watch live demonstrations.
At workshops and masterclasses, the professionals will usually share tips and advice as they carry out the treatments and services on real people, so it gives you a real insight. Sometimes, they don’t cost anything too, so have a real good look at whats out there. You’ll also get the opportunity to mingle with like-minded people too, and who knows what opportunities it may bring?
5. Get some work experience
Don’t be afraid to work for free – as long as you limit it and chose wisely. The more experience you have, or the more ‘real life’ work practice you have done, the better it looks. And remember how much competition there is out there – you need to stand out as much as possible.
If you’re just starting out, I advise working for free when necessary just to get your name out there. Sometimes you can intern at a magazine editorial for a name credit. However, I don’t encourage doing it too long because you don’t want to cheapen what you have to offer. Remember, it’s just for a little hands-on experience. The wedding business is also a good way to get in.
Overall, I advise taking workshops, reading, and studying to find out which genre of beauty fits your lifestyle and skills. No matter what you decide to specialise in, learn as much as you can, brand yourself up, network, do work experience, get your qualifications and ROCK IT!