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Being the best artist you can be consists of:
If you are reading this because you want to become a make up artist, you are 1 of 1,000,000 other girls & boys who want to be an MUA too. The competition is higher than ever due to how much social media we have (facebook, instagram, twitter etc) people are always conscious of looking good.
You have to be determined to put the hard work in, never give up, and progress yourself if you want to stand out from the crowd.
Starting out as an MUA, there is no such thing as paid work. Be expected to work for free, do photo shoots for free, free makeovers and be practicing on yourself 24/7. This is where the real artists are made. The girls & boys who manage to survive the tough struggle at the start of their career will usually last for many years in the industry as they have proved they’re ready for any challenge.
You wont find many MUA’s who are willing to give you tips as lets face it, you could be their competition. So its down to you to learn the skills by yourself and make your own tricks and statement looks.
If you are a person who likes an easy life, I wouldn’t recommend make up as a career for you. If you are a person who likes change, has a huge work ethic and likes a fast pace life, you will love being a make up artist. You have to be prepared to work crazy hours (I once had to set my alarm for 2:30am to travel to a client and have them glammed up by 5am). Weekends also belong to your job. Weekends are your busiest period so do not expect to have a relaxing Saturday.
However, with hard work comes luxury. If you make it to being a self employed MUA, its all worth it. If you want to go on a holiday you don’t have to ask your boss for time off, you control your diary. You control your hours you want to work and you also can take full credit for all your happy customers. The feeling you get when you make a customer feel beautiful on her wedding day, nothing compares.
Before you start your career in make up, take a photo of your skills now then in 4 years time take another of the same look. You will be amazed at the difference in quality, the improved blending and even your colour choices would have improved. There will never be 2 faces which are identical so the more faces you work with the more knowledge you will have of skin types and tones etc.
Also in the world of make up there is something called ‘word of mouth’. This is when your past clients or friends you have put make up on will talk to their family & friends about you. They will tell them about their experience with you or people may ask “who did your make up? I love it!”. Word of mouth is the best form of advertisement because its free and future clientele have trust in you as they know their friends were happy with your service. The more experience & practice you have the better your artistry will be resulting in a positive ‘word of mouth’ for your company.
No one wants a boring make up artist who doesn’t talk for the whole hour they’re having their make up applied. You need to be unique and memorable. DO NOT BE FAKE, be yourself but just know your best attributes and use those to your advantage.
You may be humorous, make jokes with your clients.
You may be alternative, turn up to your jobs looking professional but edgy and memorable.
You may be super knowledgeable with artistry, tell your customers some tricks about make up for them to use on themselves.
I know that I get told daily I have a strong Bristolian accent. I also come out with silly jokes & sentences, I also have some pretty unique tattoos, these small things will separate you from the others.
However, one thing you all should be known for it your ‘amazing artistry’ – even if you are the funniest person in the world, they are still paying you to do their make up. Always ensure you are confident with your skills before accepting clients.
This explains very basic essentials to becoming a make up artist, if any of you have any questions or anything you would like me to write a blog post about please comment below.
Goodluck with your journey into the world of make up x