14, 01, 2016

How to become a makeup artist

With the ever growing beauty and fashion community, there will always be a place for new Makeup Artists to emerge onto the scene. I’ve been apart of the beauty industry for almost 10 years now and I’ve always seen why anyone would be interested to join. It’s easy to be drawn in by the art of transforming any face with just using the right colours, skills, and techniques. If you’re interesting in having a career in makeup or are just starting out here are a few things to help you through your journey.

Have Passion

This may seem like a no-brainer but when you are passionate for something it’s almost always an automatic gateway for staying motivated and working hard for the things you truly love doing. The way I see it is that there are many people out there with so much talent that’s similar to yours, but the people that stand out the most are the ones who show their drive and consistency to get what they want.

Having love for something should never be forced or expected. It should however feel almost or even be second nature to you – it’s something you know you should be doing to feel complete and fulfilled. Just remember, there’s always room for improvement so try and change things up if you hit a plateau. Personally I think it’s good to stay on your toes and find new ways where you can accelerate and get more out of the things you love.

Get Professional Training

Going to school for hair and makeup was one of the best things I’ve done to forward my knowledge and career in the beauty industry. I not only learned about how to apply makeup to different skin tones, face shapes, and overall different features, but learned a vast amount of useful tricks and techniques from experienced professionals. Some of the best memories I had while I was in beauty college were interacting with others who shared my passion, and as well being able to meet those who were already successful Makeup Artist in the industry.

Since I was the only one that I knew who wanted to get into makeup and hair I didn’t have the guidance that I wish I could have had back then. I had to figure out a lot of it on my own, so looking for the right school that fit exactly what I wanted in a program was a challenge. If you’re looking to get a serious career while having fun learning there are a lot of thorough programs out there waiting for you.

A reputable makeup school here in Toronto is CMU College of Makeup Art & Design which has a great selection of programs and certificate courses to choose from. They have an exciting Advanced Fashion Makeup Artist Program that focuses on fashion theory, photographic makeup, and advanced fashion and studio hairstyling. For those looking to take your artistry to a whole new level and learn all the tricks of the trade, they also have The Complete Makeup Artist Program available for those looking to gain a full retrospective on all forms of makeup and advance techniques. This program not only includes fashion aspects, but as well as theatrical makeup, film and television makeup, facial hair knotting, prosthetic makeup, and creature design.

To learn more about CMU’s programs go visit their website: http://www.cmucollege.com/.

Keep Practicing

There’s reasons why certain people rise up higher than others and it’s not because they’re smarter, more talented, or more beautiful than the other. It’s because they make it a constant effort to aim for their goals by working hard with little to no praise or high exceptions. You could be doing this now but another trait that’s good to have is patience. Many of us get discouraged and want to give up when instant results aren’t met. I say instead of constantly always hoping and wondering when things are going to happen for you, use that energy to keep perfecting your art.

Practice makes perfect – every bit of this is true. You not only increasing your skill level by continuously practicing but you develop new ideas and techniques along the way. As a new Makeup Artist you may tend to question what you’re capable of doing, but once you get used to working with a lot of different faces, skin tones, and even personalities those self-doubts begin to disappear. A lot of the times those who don’t practice are the ones who lack self-confidence and we all know that’s never a good thing to show to paying clients.

When I first started out I knew I wanted to practice on faces I didn’t normally get the chance to work with so I went looking online. If you really want to break out of your comfort zone I highly recommend going this route. Nowadays it’s easy to find models who will voluntary love to get their makeup done for free (or a trade off) on websites such as ModelMayhem.com or ModelManagement.com. If that isn’t convenient for you then practicing on friends, family, or even your own face will do. Just always keep practicing!

Build Your Portfolio & Gain Exposure

There are two ways to go about this: one – print high quality photos of your work into a binded portfolio; two – display your work online through your website. Although both are recommended I find that having an online portfolio has a lot more advantages. Not only can you customize the design of your portfolio and website to the T, but you have more access to a larger audience.

You want your personality and work ethic to shine so the presentation of your portfolio is key. When building your portfolio you do however want to try and stay away from too many flashy graphics or intense colours that can not only hurt eyes but distract attention away from your work. Also, when starting off don’t worry about not having a professional graphic designer. The free templates that are available on blog and website builders are perfectly fine to use.

Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there – let your talents be known and available for others to see! In a world of dog eat dog there is no room for being timid or shy about what you want. One of the things that can discourage a new Makeup Artist is not having enough experience. Don’t ever let that stop you from taking opportunities that can better yourself and talents. Whether it’s posting your work on social media accounts, advertising your services both online and offline, or handing out your business card to anyone you meet, getting yourself out there is already the biggest step you can take.

I hope any of this information and advice helps you out even if in the littlest of ways! xo.

7 responses to “How to become a makeup artist”

  1. Wonderful advice hun! Although I don’t really want to be a makeup artist, I think these tips can be transferable to anything that you want to do. Passion is extremely important! and sharing your work benefits you plenty!


    • Stacey says:

      That’s true! The main reason for anything you do shouldn’t just be about how much money you make but about what you want and love doing. We all need that reminded every now and then!

  2. Even though I don’t want to become a makeup artist (though never say never I guess!) I still found this post really interesting and motivating. I think you hit a few nails on the head. No matter what field you want to go into, you’re right that you need that drive and dedication!


    • Stacey says:

      I’m glad it was still motivational for you! A lot of these things not only apply to become a makeup artist but for anything else you decide to do 🙂 I’m getting to the point in my life where everyone is talking a lot about money and just the hunger for it. It makes me sad that’s all people want to talk about instead of the non materialistic things. It’s hard to explain but I’m sure you know what I mean!

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  4. POPPY ROWE says:

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