How To Get Rid Of Puffy Eyes

Puffy eyes are caused by temporary fluid retention, but this can be easily fixed. While often referred to as the same problem, baggy eyes are a different problem than puffy eyes and require different treatments. Puffy eyes can be caused by allergies, crying, stress or a lack of sleep. A diet that is high in salt or alcohol is also a cause of puffy eyes. By recognizing the causes of puffy eyes, you will not only be able to get rid of them, but prevent the problem as well.

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Boil water in a teakettle.

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Place two chamomile tea bags in a mug and pour the hot water over the tea mugs.

Let the tea bags sit in the water for two minutes so the tea leaves are fully soaked.

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Remove the tea bags from the water and let cool.

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Place a tea bag on each eye. The chamomile is soothing and will decrease the puffiness in your eyes.

Prevention
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Drink at least eight glasses of water a day. While water retention is a cause of puffy eyes, too little water allows sodium to also cause puffy eyes. Balance is important.

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Limit sodium and alcohol intake. Try using spices and herbs to flavor food instead of salt.

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Try to get eight hours of sleep a night. Getting too little sleep can be a factor in puffy eyes.

Puffy eyes occur when excess fluid builds up in the soft tissue around the eyes. This fluid retention is referred to as edema. Puffy eyes can cause us to look tired and run-down, even if we aren’t. Many times, we wake up with puffy eyes.

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Causes
The causes of puffy eyes are many, and some are quite serious, but the most common reasons include:

• Allergies
• Bacterial Infection
• Salty Diet
• Stye
• Alcohol
• Sinusitis
• Lack of sleep
• Conjunctivitis
• Blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelid)
• Crying
• Makeup
• High sodium intake

The following are serious causes of puffy eyes:

Anaphylaxis – a life-threatening allergic reaction
Orbital cellulitis (infection of soft tissue around the eye)

Remedies For Puffy Eyes
If you are experiencing puffy eyes, try the following remedies

Cut back on salt, as salt causes the body to retain water
Place cold cucumber slices over closed eyes for 10 to 15 minutes
Antihistamines can be helpful for puffy eyes caused by allergies.
Drink plenty of water. When you are dehydrated, your body will store more water and make eye puffiness worse.
Try using an eye cream that contains Vitamin E.
Cut back on alcohol consumption.
A small amount of Preparation H, rubbed underneath the eyes can reduce swelling. Avoid getting this product in your eyes.
Place cool wet teabags over the eyes. The caffeine helps to reduce swelling and puffiness and make eyes appear brighter and more alert.
Try using Robanda Triple Action Eye Gel, a product designed to reduce puffiness and dark circles and bring back elasticity to tired eyes. (Causes for Puffy Eyes: Make the Changes Now to Stop it, 2006)
Soak cotton balls in ice water and apply to eyes.
Put teaspoons in the refrigerator to chill; lay them over your closed eyelids. Chill extra spoons to replace the others when they become warm.
Chilled potato slices placed over closed eyes will help reduce inflammation.
Try using an air purifier if you suspect your eye puffiness is caused by allergies.
Avoid rubbing puffy eyes, as this makes the puffiness worse.
Splash the face with cold water.
Rest your eyes frequently when reading or working on the computer.
If your eye makeup is irritating the eyes and making them puffy, try switching brands to see if the problem resolves. Remember to throw away an eye makeup that’s old.
Get plenty of sleep.
Try propping your head up when you sleep to keep fluid from accumulating underneath the eyes.
Keep your eye cream in the refrigerator. Applying anything cold helps to reduce puffiness.

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Conclusion
If your eye puffiness is accompanied by more serious symptoms, such as pain, bleeding or blurred vision, is due to an allergic reaction, or if you suspect you may have conjunctivitis or a bacterial infection, consult your physician for advice. Otherwise, you can get rid of puffy eyes with a few of these simple home treatments.

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Foundation Brushes

When you are looking for the best of the best it takes time and money to find the perfect brush just for you. This post is a roundup of what I consider to be the best or most interesting foundation brushes available to us, I will show you a few pictures, share my own experience with them and also some guidelines in order to help you find the perfect foundation brush just for you.

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Foundation application is probably the most complex step of a makeup application, probably the most feared too ! If we go for it, better get it right, we cannot just simply copy someone else’s make up routine, we have to find our very own and as we go along feel what’s right or wrong and fine tune the process. You won’t necessarily need brushes for that, not all the foundations are meant to be applied with them like the Armani Fusion for example. But that’s another story. Don’t please don’t do this at home, you don’t need a hundred brushes to do your foundation, it is just a passion of mine to collect beautiful makeup brushes.

Some foundation brushes are more efficient than others but at the end it will be a matter of following your own preferences and taste. I will show you some of mine which include :

  • Stippling brushes
  • Mineral foundation brushes
  • Flat, semi-flat, round brushes

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My life does not depend on foundation application but I do love it, I think there is an intriguing and experimental process behind achieving a great application of foundation, it can be fun and it can sometimes be depressing ! My curiosity and my delicate dry skin motivated me to research for the best foundation brushes and the best way to apply it. You’ll see that it got a bit out of control (again), but I hope that at least my lack of control will benefit you, help you compare the options and guide you in your own research.

There aren’t that many foundation lovers around me, when I ask them why they hate foundation they say: “I don’t want to feel it” or “I don’t want to see it” or “foundation brushes are too rough”.

I am not saying that it’s necessary to go through this step, absolutely not, but if the reason why you don’t apply it is just because of those reasons be aware that today you can apply foundation and still look natural and fresh and for the tools, don’t worry, there is probably the right one just for you.

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I don’t often use mineral foundation and I don’t often go for more than medium coverage. My needs are those of a woman in her 40′s with extreme dry and sensitive skin who aims for a fresh glowy complexion. Depending on the days I can barely stand to apply make up at all so I need the most efficient tools : the best results possible, in the fewer strokes !

I have tried to pick different types of foundation brushes to guide you in your selection, each one with its own qualities and characteristics, they can really differ in shape, material and it will be up to you to find the one that fits your personal requirements. I don’t have an answer for every situation, if I did, I would not be working in IT !!! Believe me, I wouldn’t.

They can be made of natural bristles, a mix of synthetic and natural hair or only synthetic bristles, so many options are available today and many of them are very good. Do not consider my opinions as expert advice, I will simply share what I think about them and why I love them… or not.

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If You Are Starting

First you want to identify what your profile is (oily, dry, sensitive skin), then what coverage and finish you desire. If you already found a foundation product that is matching what your skin needs, now you can start looking for the right tools. You may think that brushes are very expensive and that the investment may not be worth it, I don’t know about you but I wasted a lot of money on foundation products that didn’t work for me just because I didn’t have the appropriate tools to apply them. I am not saying that brushes will solve all your problems but they definitely will make your life easier, the application more pleasant and they may even save you money in the end.

Targeting A Brush Adapted To Your Profile

Many brush companies will not recommend you goat brushes if your skin is dry and sensitive, they will direct you towards synthetic or stippling brushes. They are right but I still found many full goat brushes that are soft enough for me to use on my very dry skin and I have absolute no problem at all. Basically if your skin is sensitive, it shouldn’t be moving around when applying foundation with your brush, it should not feel “molested”, on the other hand using a too soft brush will require many more strokes to blend and you may want to avoid that too since it may also irritate your skin at the end. The right balance would be a brush that is soft enough but still has efficient blending power. I have got some here.

Below, a synthetic brush vs a goat brush, if you want my honest opinion, this synthetic fun brush looks great and has thickness to it, which should be a good thing. It’s not a terrible brush but these two are a world apart.

  • This synthetic brush MUFE 108 has interesting fibers, at first they look nice, feel nice, but after you used it once, you don’t want to use it again without washing it before. Reminds me of a dirty kitchen cloth (sorry), absorbing quite a lot of product and getting some sorf of film around the bristles that you don’t necessarily like against your skin. I also find it does move my skin around too much (the bristles have a grip), in normal conditions it’s acceptable but I am prone to migranes and even if I don’t put too much pressure on it, despite the fact the bristles are very soft and don’t poke it still is unpleasant on my sensitive skin.
  • The goat brush here is the new Chikuhodo GSN-05, at first it does not look attractive, it’s not white hair, looks a bit yellow-coppery, not the most attractive aspect for some but don’t be afraid of that, this brush is amazing in all aspects, what I want to point out is that this goat brush despite it has darker goat hair, it’is much more pleasant to use than the synthetic for me, more efficient, does not suck product in the bristles and does not feel like a dirty cloth on my face at all, even if I don’t wash it every day, still the same blending power. It does not molest my skin, I don’t need to put a lot of pressure to blend and it doesn’t poke.
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  • Bottom line : Natural or synthetic it will depend on the brush, again it’s a matter of preference and also skin tolerance, some cannot use natural hair at all and some cannot use synthetic.

    Targeting Liquid Or Powder Foundation

    If you have very dry skin you are less likely to use powder foundation and less likely to go for heavy coverage, in most situtations it will end patchy and not comfortable. Even with the right tools it’s difficult to go against these laws. When I apply a heavy coat of mineral powder foundation on my very dry skin, despite the quality of the powder foundation and the perfect brush, after just a little time my skin starts to beg for help, my wrinkles are maximized and dry patches appear all over, it ages me dramatically. Nice brushes will help but just to a certain point.  Choosing the right skincare and foundation product for your skin profile is even more important, then you can try some foundations at the counters see how they evolve on your skin throughout the day until you find the perfect one for you.

    Targeting The Coverage You Desire

    The foundation product you’ll use will really help deliver the coverage and finish you are looking for. In terms of brushes, the denser and flatter the brush, the more coverage it delivers. The fluffier and rounder the brush, the more flexibility you’ll get allowing you to start from sheer and to build up to medium.

Using The Right Makeup Brushes

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Makeup brushes are one of the most highly prized possessions of professional makeup artists.  Using the right brush can allow you to place the color on correctly in just seconds. It picks up the color, holds it and then deposits just the right amount to the face area you’re working on.  When you find the right one you’ll see what a difference precision application makes.  Use these makeup tips to find your favorites.

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Professional Makeup Brushes

makeup brushesThe difference between an everyday makeup look and one that captures the attention is often just a matter of using the right makeup brush.

Professional makeup brushes are different than those you might find at the drugstore, although there are cheap makeup brushes that work.  Professional tools are shaped correctly for easy cosmetic application to the face or body.

Each tool is designed specifically for one main area of the face. Knowing which one to choose will allow you to create maximum impact with a minimum of work.

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“Pro makeup brushes give amazing results.”

Best Makeup Brushes To Start With

Foundation Brushes

    • – You can use these with all types of makeup foundation bases, from creme to liquid.

Kabuki Brush – Short and round. A favorite for applying mineral makeup with.  It can also be used with regular powder cosmetics.

Concealer Brush – It gets in those hard to reach areas like the eyelids.  You can also use it to cover dark circles and spots with.

Contouring Brush – It’s fluffy with a slanted angle to the bristles.  That makes it perfect for the cheek area, but you can also use it under your chin or anywhere you want to apply powder.

Blush Brush – Hitting the apples of your cheeks and appearing like you have a flush of color is easy by using this. It should only take one swipe.

Bronzer Brush – Flatter, wider and fluffier than a blush brush.  Whisk on the look of a healthy tan in just seconds.

Powder Brush – Usually the largest one of your collection.  It’s used for applying translucent powder to set your makeup with.

Eyeshadow Brush – Everyone needs one that’s a standard size and flat.  It can do everything from applying eyeshadow all the way up the eye, highlighting and even work in the crease.

Slanted Eyeshadow Brush – The angle makes it perfect for getting in that crease area, but it can be used for one color eyeshadow application, too.

Crease Brush – A terrific solution for keeping the eyeshadow colors concentrated in the crease area.

Liner Brush – Either a pointed tip or flat slant works.  You might find the flat slant is easier to “walk” your eyeliner across.  This versatile instrument can also be used apply eyeshadow under the eyes with.

Smudge Brush – Going for smokey eye makeup looks?  It’s perfect for smudging everything from pencil eyeliner to eyeshadow. Look for a tiny tip.

Spoolie – This is a like a large clean mascara brush.  It’s sometimes referred to as a brow groomer. You can use it on your eyebrows or eyelashes.  Works wonders.

Lip Brush – You’ll be surprised at what a difference precision application can make on your total lip makeup look.

Those are the basic brushes, and then every makeup artist has their own special ones.  Often they trim old ones to make a specific shape for something they want to try.  You can do that yourself – It’s fun!

4 Important Makeup Tips

1.Start your collection by buying a slanted eyeshadow brush and see what a difference it makes in your look.

2. Keep your brushes separate from your cosmetics.  Use a brush holder or a makeup bag, or brush roll designed specifically for your brushes.

3. Cleaning makeup brushes should be done on a regular basis. Make sure to condition them afterward.

4. Toss out the brush if you find the bristles are coming loose because it can ruin the application.

Amazing makeovers are a combination of professional makeup methods, beautiful cosmetics colors and using the right makeup brushes for placement.

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Masquerade & Zulu Palette By Juvia’s

Such beautiful and bold eye color palette made to be creative on the eye area for any event. The packaging is just too cute with an African Queen on the cover, not to mention most of the products are vegan. I purchased ( ZULU & MASQUERADE) Monday, and it arrived Thursday. This eyeshadow have occurred with amazing reviews and YouTube tutorials on how well this eye pigment works.

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Juvia’s Place took the beauty world by storm, swatched by every big YouTuber and used in dozens of vibrant, colorful tutorials. It sold out quickly, as fans went crazy for the highly pigmented, 9-shade palette. Now, the brand surprised us all by launching two new eye-shadow palettes that look just as amazing as the Zulu.

The palettes just showed up online. The Zulu Eye Shadow Palette (above, left) has nine bold shades, including a burnt orange, navy blue, yellow, and wine hue. There are six matte shades and three metallic shimmers.  There are both warm and cool tones to play around with. I honestly can’t get over how pretty these are. There are an infinite number of epic looks you can create with these colors, especially when you know how pigmented these shadows really are. Plus, the packaging is as beautiful as always.

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A 16-colour eyeshadow palette.

With a selection of cool and warm toned shades, The Masquerade Palette is inspired by festivities usually filled with beautiful and striking color. 16 richly pigmented colors, created and formulated to beautifully elevate your gorgeous qualities.  The highly-pigmented shades can be applied wet or dry and worn throughout day and night to create beautifully intense looks.

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Kat Von D Foundation

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A high-pigment, full-coverage foundation with a matte finish and 24-hour wear—now with a new look in a total of 30 shades. Featuring 30 full-coverage, matte shades—renamed to include undertones for easier shade selection—Kat Von D’s bestselling foundation collection

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What it is:
A high-pigment, full-coverage foundation with a matte finish and 24-hour wear—now with a new look in a total of 30 shades.

What it does:
Featuring 30 full-coverage, matte shades—renamed to include undertones for easier shade selection—Kat Von D’s bestselling foundation collection has a shade to cover virtually all skin tones. From the fairest of the fair to deep, rich tones, this shade range has you covered with the same, 24-hour wear and high-pigment formula, beautifully packaged in a sleek new design.

With just one light layer, the creamy formula corrects discoloration, stops shine, and hides blemishes. Formulated with 21 percent pigment, this powerful foundation is loaded with proprietary pigments, and an exclusive high-tech blend of silicone elastomers and silicone esters to bind the formula so you get total matte coverage that stays waterproof, fade-proof, and transfer-resistant all day long.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Phthalates

What else you need to know:
Lock-It Foundation’s innovative airless chamber prevents contamination to protect and maintain the creamy consistency so that every pump delivers a precisely measured, fresh dose to flawlessly cover your entire face.

Prep skin with Lock-It Hydrating Primer for more comfortable wear and better application of Lock-It Foundation.

Kat Von D used an antique wax seal as the inspiration for the new Lock-It Collection design.

#VeganAlert! Lock-It Foundation is completely free of animal-derived ingredients.

“I am proud to say that Kat Von D Beauty products are never tested on animals—and never will be.”—Kat Von D

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Top 30 Makeup Career Questions

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Pro Artist answers the digging questions on how to get a dream job

Thousands have emailed me over the years asking how to be me–how do you have the time of your life putting makeup on people, and get someone to pay you on the way out the door? I’m sharing with you the top questions they’ve been asking and my answers to help kick-start the dream of being a pro makeup artist.
  1. What is it that a makeup artist actually does?
  2. What kind of education do I need to be a professional makeup artist?
  3. What kind of skills do I need to do makeup on someone?
  4. What kind of daily routine is there for makeup artist?
  5. Where is makeup usually done? Is it in a regular business environment?
  6. Do you work alone or with others?
  7. Is makeup a self-employment job or will someone hire you to work for them?
  8. As a makeup artist, do you have a boss or do you work mostly on your own?
  9. What kind of starting salary will a makeup artist get?
  10. Is income affected by seasons, amount of work, layoffs?
  11. Is salary set or is it negotiated and how hard is it to get what you think you are worth?
  12. Is a makeup career a growth market or is it a job that is declining on opportunities.
  13. How do I search for work as an artist?
  14. How is a makeup career affected by where you live?
  15. What is the most challenging experience you’ve had as a makeup artist?
  16. Do you use one big kit of makeup or do you have several, and what products in general do we need in a makeup artist’s kit?
  17. Is it hard to get started as a fashion makeup artist?
  18. What kind of pace do you need to work at as an artist?
  19. Is it easy to get into film, TV and theater work or do you need connections?
  20. What’s your best advice for a student looking at going out into the makeup world?
  21. What do you find most rewarding about a makeup career?
  22. What is expected in a makeup artist’s portfolio?
  23. Do you have any favorite websites that inspire your makeup styles?
  24. Do you think there is a lot of competition with other artists? And how do you make sure you stand out from them and the competition doesn’t kill you?
  25. Is a makeup career one that suits family life?
  26. What’s your advice in starting out as a makeup artist; how do I promote myself?
  27. What are the drawbacks of a makeup career?
  28. What are the rewards of a makeup career?
  29. Why should I go to makeup school?
  30. Can I make it if I don’t go to makeup school?

 

Dangerously Beautiful – Makeup Class

Makeup artistry is a very marketable skill and it is one that you can take with you anywhere you go. It doesn’t matter whether you travel the world or whether you are simply looking for somewhere you can startup your own makeup business, you can feel confident and satisfied knowing that you are doing everything you need to do while still having time for yourself. You could be earning the salary of a professional makeup artist and the job possibilities really are endless.

With Dangerously Beautiful, you won’t need to travel away from home, you won’t need to spend time away from your family and you won’t need to break the bank over tuition fees. So what is stopping you from taking control of your life and doing what you want to do?

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Register

for Makeup class!

  • Completing fun and practical hands-on assignments
  • Sharing your work online
  • Receiving evaluations and feedback on your work
    • Pimple coverages. Black spots.
    • Cool eyeshadow technique
      • Life saving tricks for makeup artists
      • How to be a successful makeup artist
      • How to get Makeup Pro Cards and Discounts

INTRODUCTION TO MAKEUP ARTISTRY & FOUNDATIONS

  • Makeup kit overview
  • Makeup brushes guide
  • Makeup artist appearance
  • Understanding the clients needs
  • Base matching
  • Color correction
  • Concealer

DOING WHAT YOU LOVE

They say that once you’re doing what you love, you never work a day in your life. If you truly love being creative and have a passion for makeup, this is a field that will always satisfy your true desires. This is more than a job, it’s a true career.

CONVENIENT & FLEXIBLE LEARNING

Until you’re ready to do this full time, you need the flexibility to learn at your own pace. That’s why you’ll have the ability to watch videos and practice as much as you want, long before you submit your work to be critiques by Mariana. Practice, practice, practice!

Lashundra Cosmetics – Lip Paint

Lashundra Cosmetics helps you look radiant while helping protect your skin from the signs of aging. With a diverse selection of products and shade availability, its a fun, pretty, exciting brand and users are loyal and happy to use our product!

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SWEET PEA

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Lip Paint

How To Use

– Apply the lip brush to the center of your lips and work your way out.

– Mix any colors you like to create your own shade.

Lip Stacks

What is a Lip Paint?

It’s  lipstick.

It’s Lip Gloss.

Its’s Lip Stain all Mixed up in a 5g Pot of Beautiful Color!

That is what a Lip Paint is!

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MUFE PRO FINISH MULTI USE POWDER FOUNDATION REVIEW

I can’t recall the last time I used a powder foundation, when I first started to get acne I wanted a fuller coverage and it’s only recently now I am left with just a few scars I have been reaching for some lighter bases and so when I was given the chance to test out the Makeup Forever Pro Finish Multi Use Powder Foundation* I was excited to say the least but what you are probably wondering is, is it any good?
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My Thoughts On MUFE PRO FINISH Multi Use Powder Foundation:

Now this powder is marketed as a product that you as the user can control the amount of coverage you want, as this foundation powder can be used either wet or dry the finish and coverage is different on both. The wet version gives you a more sheer coverage with a lovely dewy finish and the dry version gives you a fuller coverage with a matte finish. However in terms of coverage this powder is on the light side,  it covers what it needs to and that’s that. If you are one who likes to cover all blemishes etc this isn’t for you and for someone like me it won’t cover your acne scaring that well but that being said I love this powder.

The first reason I really like this product is the texture. This powder has an almost creamy like texture and when it goes on the skin it just leaves it silky smooth. I have uneven skin tone and this powder seems to just smooth all that out effortlessly. Another reason is the ease of use, like I mentioned I haven’t used a powder foundation in a long time and just being able to sweep this over the skin and getting it to cover the bare minimal and making my face acceptable to face the public is so impressive.

Pros & Cons of Being a Makeup Artist

I am always receiving emails from aspiring make-up artists and even professional make-up artists on how they can get into this industry – On my tips and more! It’s very hard to get back to everyone and explain about this industry and what direction they can go into. So it got me thinking to do a blog post on some of my tips and pros and cons of being a make-up artist which I hope it can help many of you!

New student makeup artist dream! Is it successful social and professional life? If it is so, then what a makeup artist should do to achieve professional success? The answer is easy: to choose a profession that you are interested in and have a massive passion for. However, among this profession it can be tough and require a lot of efforts. Here are some of my pros and cons of becoming a professional makeup artist from my experience.

A professional makeup artist is highly demanded and is becoming more and more popular career choice, I do think a lot of this is due to how easy the job can look! Well don’t be fooled by this. Makeup artists may work for some organization such as myself for Make-up Academy or take on freelance work. It’s very similar to profession of an artist as it is very creative and interesting and something different and new every day. However, there are a lot of cons and pros that new make-up artists don’t realize until they try to pursue the career.

Advantages

  • It is very easy to take on this career.  It only takes one to two years to study to be able to work or even take short courses; Of course, my top tip is you should never stop learning!! As you need to keep your make-up trends fresh and there are always new skills and techniques to learn
  • You have the most exciting thing as a make-up artist which allows you to express your creativity and to put any crazy idea into practice which I love doing the most!
  • You get to meet new people, visiting new places and what is more exciting, working with celebrities and travelling abroad. I would of never said I would be travelling with my career and the last year I have visited some amazing places whilst doing what I love
  • We get to see the results of our work immediately which in my eyes brings a satisfaction to see happy clients face and the best part from a photo shoot/music video is when you get the makeup images in your email box this is then a chance to show of your skills to the world(which is a real important thing as a makeup artist)

Disadvantages:

  • The competition between makeup artists is so high at the moment, so my tip is to be really assertive and creative and get yourself noticed and be on top of these two areas
  • There is no working schedule, so a makeup artist may be asked to work even at night and very long hours and if you start to moan to clients about this, you maybe not been seen as professional and in some cases never be hired again.
  • There may be problems with regular work so keep on the go and always network. Never have a day of doing nothing! I have nothing going on I will either be blogging, emailing and even playing with new make-up techniques on myself. I have been seen to show this a lot to my followers and I ensure you it pays off.

My final thoughts and tips on how to become a successful makeup artist:

I always tell other aspiring make-up artists to assist local makeup artists & get as much work experience as you can! You see the good, bad and everything that way then.

The beauty of working with Make-up is, it’s constantly changing with trends, products, seasons and having skills like myself within teaching, fashion, photography, media & theater you can choose any career path at any time which will keep your skills and techniques fresh with the on-going changes of makeup. Keep your options open and learn everything aspect of make-up you can. I would say the best advice for you now is working for free, which has given me experience working as a freelance make-up artist.

Meeting some amazing creative people and finally to build a portfolio which I am now happy to show clients. I ensure you this has open up a lot of doors to my makeup world and I have learned so much… your contacts grow and grow. I choose to work for free to build my experience within the make-up industry and to gain a strong portfolio. I do believe that all trainee makeup artists should only work for free if it benefits their portfolio/experiences and they gain something out of it. Unpaid work comes from particular photographers that I feel their work is outstanding and knowing with my skills we could produce some strong images for both our portfolios. So therefore we are returning favors in both parts. So I have now had a handful of collaborations with different photographers, and my work really has grown as a result. I was able to be comfortable with them and try new things, and saw results. Each photographer I worked with on tests moved my work in a different direction and I am grateful to all of them. I would say my confidence, skills and knowledge within this industry is at a very high level now and I would say that is all thanks to working UN paid and meeting some amazing inspirational people along the way who believed in my abilities. After all if I didn’t do this I wouldn’t be where I am today, getting paid jobs.

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