Being A Makeup Artist Today
Becoming a make-up artist 8 years ago to me was exciting, uneasy and very challenging.
I believe the new generation of “Professional” make-up artists now have a strenuous and tiring time to grow and become the artist they wish to be. Is it because there is so much competition & easy for anyone to title themselves as a “Makeup Artist” with the access to social media platforms? This debate is becoming more & more of concern to those that have been working in this industry for years. What are your thoughts on this subject?
Even though it seems easy to label yourself as a “Makeup Artist”, it’s not as extremely glamorous as people believe, being a makeup artist can be anything but. I’ve been working as a makeup artist for nearly 8 years now, and I am here to fully confirm that there are several things that people never tell you about the job. The first being that working in the beauty industry isn’t all frills. There are extremely crazy shoot schedules, a plethora of personalities, and lots of curveballs to prepare for especially keeping your regular clients and keeping regular work coming in with so much competition about today.
I have come across many people that wish to be a makeup artist professionally. They ask me; where do you begin? So with everyone wearing the title, how can you really set yourself apart and cut your teeth on our side of the beauty industry? I’m not talking the Youtube side of things..I’m talking a strong body of work you can be proud of, TV, campaigns, editorials, magazines, movies etc and really earn a living from what you love to do!
“There are people who make things happen, there are people who watch things happen, and there are people who wonder what happened. To be successful, you need to be a person who makes things happen.”
Why would you want to be like that other make-up artist ON Instagram or YouTube? To become a true artist you must have your own unique style, own direction, goals and most of all to be YOU! Expect more from yourself.
For those wanting to become a makeup artist today here is a check list to help you get started:
- Work on building a professional portfolio of images, after all, this is your C.V.
- Manage time
- Learn the art of the business
- Learn to market yourself
- Be humble
- Learn to be a collaborative art director with your client
- Find your niche. Whether that be you becoming the best bridal makeup, editorial, TV or film artist.
- Assist other artists. Breaking into the industry may require you to work unpaid at first, by assisting established makeup artists. This is a fantastic way to pick up skills & build contacts.
- Real-life work experience is everything, so take advantage of opportunities that will add credibility to your CV.
- Know how to take direction from authority
- Know how to use social media & web development
- Know communication skills
- Networking is vital to building up contacts and discover new opportunities.
- Keep Learning: Study the real beauty experts, NOT YOUTUBE OR INSTAGRAM artists (I use these as inspiration)
- Read Makeup Books
- Keep practicing your make-up skills
- Be on trend. Every fashion week is a great opportunity to keep an eye on makeup trends & new product launches.
- Invest in a decent camera(images to be used on social media to market your work, people love behind the scene images!)
Today everything is here and now! And I guess you want to be a famous make-up artist right now? That’s because you see the generation of instafame, getting what you want and coddling. But guess what? It doesn’t work like that. Just remember that Charlotte Tilbury, Pat McGrath, and Lisa Eldridge didn’t make it overnight. They are the true beauty experts who started their careers back in the 90s!
“Overcome your barriers, intend the best, and be patient. You will enjoy more balance, more growth, more income, and more fun!”
I created this note on Facebook and had some fantastic feedback which encouraged me to post it on my blog. I hope this blog post can help you achieve your goals in becoming a Professional Makeup Artist today . The next generation of make-up artists excites me and if there is anything I can do to help those achieve their dream as a make-up artist that makes me happy, please do message me for any guidance you may need. In my eyes I’m new to this industry and believe this is the start of my career for me, however the experience I have had may help those along the way.