Want to jumpstart your career as a makeup artist?

These days, we hear a lot of people complain about their jobs and how unhappy they are with what they are doing for a living. There’s a saying that goes: “If you love your job, you never have to work a single day in your life.” For individuals who want to chase after their dreams and pursue the careers they actually want for themselves, it is never too late. Now is the time to take action and go after that dream. Creative minds that are passionate about beauty, styling and helping others achieve their best looks can now study and train to become makeup artists.

There are plenty of short courses and even seminars on how to become a makeup artist. First, you have to decide whether you wish to work at a salon or start as a freelance makeup artist right away. Getting adequate experience is, of course, important in becoming a credible MUA. With all things considered, your next must-have is your own makeup kit. It needs to be complete with the basics such as a blush, eye shadow, foundation and lip palette (or a selection of lipsticks), brushes (with cleaner), face powder for all skin types (with sponges) and eye liners and mascara too. You can buy a makeup organizer for pros that you can tote around with you whenever you have a service appointment. It is important to offer a wide selection of colors and shades so that you can comfortably work with women who have different skin colors, tones and types.

Keeping your equipment clean and sanitized is very important. Once you start to practice, your tools will be used a lot. You need to make sure they are absolutely bacteria-free for your next subject/client. You will need all the practice you can get, and you want to make sure your models do not develop skin problems because of your dirty makeup brushes. Start each makeup session with a clean set of tools.

After practicing and working on refining your skills as a new makeup artist, it is time to create your portfolio. This will showcase your work and reach out to potential clients. The fastest, easiest and cheapest way to advertise your services is through the Internet. Upload those photos and show off what you can do. Make sure to include your contact details so that people can easily get in touch with you. The key is to advertise yourself and work your way towards a positive reputation in the industry.

Lastly, grab every opportunity you can get your hands on. No job is too small. Since you are a beginner, you want to build a network of your own and you can do that by taking on as many jobs and clients as you possibly can. A positive review from one person can go a long way in this business, so make sure you always make a good first impression and wow them with your skills. Ask for feedback too so you can identify any weak areas you might have and work on them.

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