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?

 

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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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Fantasy Girl Contest

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Contest Information

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Email – makeupmafiainfo@gmail.com send me your name, number, address, and website.

Deadline: Dec 18, 2015

 Winner will be announced Dec 19, 2015 on all social media and advertised on “Makeup Mafia Memphis” website.

Prize: $100.00 worth of cosmetics mailed out to the address given in the email under your name.

Fantasy Girl Contest 

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Fantasy makeup offers an opportunity to use vivid and extreme colors and ideas. It’s creative design at its best. There are no limitations and you can draw inspiration from anywhere. The key ingredient for visual impact is to use bright colors that contrast and then add an unexpected element. Discover the fabulous looks you can create.

 

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Fantasy Makeup Designs

In this section of the Makeup Notebook you’ll find a number of techniques to push your design skills beyond limits.

The emphasis is on using cosmetics to create your designs.

With a few simple tricks you can alter your favorite colors and use them transform your look for photos and special events.

Then use wild colored contact lenses to enhance your look.

Take your vivid colors and your cosmetic brushes and get started today.

Go wild with eye makeup and colored contacts!

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Fantasy Makeup Looks

Fairy Makeup – For the little girl in all of us the new focus on fairy looks bring back memories of enchanted childhoods. Learn to create fairy designs with vivid eyeliners and eyeshadow colors.

Vampire Makeup – Vampires are back! The vampire craze is hot and you can go subtle or dramatic. It’s a look that will take your breath away. You can even combine it with Gothic style for a romantic version. The choice is yours.

Gothic Makeup Tips – This edgy style offers lots of creative opportunities. It’s daring and you can morph one design into a variety of looks. It takes smokey eyes to a whole new level. You can easily transform it into a vampire look in just seconds.

Face Painting Cheek Art – Yes, you can do face painting cheek art with makeup! You’ll learn simple face painting tips like what to use in place of glitter and how to make your body art last throughout the night.

Halloween Makeup – These are Halloween looks for adults. When you’re in a rush and have only a few minutes the best fantasy makeup tip is to focus on your eyes. Adapt your favorite designs for year round wear.

Fantasy Makeup Inspiration

Where do you draw inspiration when you want to create face art? Anywhere!

The best tip for creating stunning designs is to think vivid color. Color that makes people do a double take and glance twice. Look around you for incredible color combinations.

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Take clues from nature for colorful designs.

For instance, take the colors from a favorite butterfly photo and then adapt them to yourself. Yes, it’s bizarre and that’s why it looks so striking on the human face.

When the color is applied in a small free-form design it will naturally look more subtle. If you want drama use vivid or dark color and use more area for the design.

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Digital Cameras Capture The Fun

When you create looks you love remember to capture them with your iphone or digital camera. It makes it easier to refer back to. You can either recreate the same look or modify your designs. Plus, if you’re face painting with children then you are creating memories for a lifetime. Document your favorite designs with a digital camera for your own Makeup Notebook. Remember to note the colors you used, brushes, temporary tattoos and glitter eyeshadows. If you adapted an airbrush stencil then note which one worked the best.