Memphis Makeup By: Shun

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How To Become A Makeup Artist Without Schooling

Makeup artists are not created overnight but need time and opportunities to develop their skills. They are not required to go to school or be licensed to practice their trade in most states. However, enrolling in a cosmetology school with a makeup program can help the makeup artist gain basic skills and techniques. Perfecting makeup skills and building a clientele is up to the individual, and the ways to achieve that are as varied as the colors a makeup artist has at their disposal.

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Instructions

Learning Skills
1

Enroll in a cosmetology school that teaches makeup application. Look for schools with instructors working in the commercial makeup industry to obtain current knowledge about makeup technique and products. Adding a certification from a licensed cosmetology school to your resume could put you ahead of others without certification when vying for jobs.

2

Study the techniques of successful makeup artists. Staying informed about new trends in the world of celebrities and modeling can inform your own makeup skills. When you see an application you are inspired by, track down the makeup artist who applied it and follow their work to learn more.

3

Volunteer your services. Few makeup artists earn money for their services until they develop a reputation, and volunteering your services is a way to let others know you are skilled as a makeup artist. Many build a customer base by working for free or low wages for small film and television production companies, student films, budding photographers or local organizations putting on events such as fashion shows or theater performances.

4

Practice on friends and family. Practice new techniques and try new tools on your friends and family members before introducing new ideas to customers. Give your friends and family business cards so they can recommend you to others.

Ways to Advance
5

Specialize your skills. Take courses and classes about special makeup skills such as special effects, corrective or permanent makeup. Makeup artists with specialties broaden their earning potential. Look for classes from product manufacturers and professional makeup artists working in specialty fields.

6

Train with a makeup manufacturer. Becoming certified as a professional using a particular makeup brand can help build your clientele. Loyal customers to certain makeup brands provide a built-in customer base. Contact makeup manufacturers to learn about their training and certification programs.

7

Work as an assistant to a makeup designer. Makeup designers work for fashion designers, photographers and film and television production companies. Working under their direction can help you learn more about the many ways makeup is used to convey emotion, represent an era and support an actor. Makeup designers usually have assistants and senior makeup designers working for them.

What to Expect
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Obtain a cosmetology license from your state cosmetology board. Although makeup artists do not need licenses, having a general cosmetology license may be necessary to work in a spa or salon as the resident makeup professional. Licenses usually require an education in a state approved cosmetology school, passing a state cosmetology exam and paying a licensing fee.

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Work long hours. Because makeup is needed before a scene can be filmed, makeup artists working in television and film must show up for early calls to set and work late nights. At the beginning of your career, you may be working in cramped quarters and uncomfortable conditions for no pay. You will need to be innovative and flexible to earn a good reputation.

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Provide your own makeup and follow direction. Makeup artists typically provide their own makeup and tools. They are often told what look to create and what colors they can and cannot use when working in movies or television. Owning a portable, lighted mirror may be necessary.

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Work in other industries to make ends meet. Low or no pay does not mean you have to starve. Many makeup artists work other jobs while building their careers. Some in film and television also work as production or casting agent assistants. Jobs in the nightclub industry could put you in touch with people who need your makeup skills.

Do You Want Glowing Skin?

Nothing makes you feel as confident as having glowing, radiant skin. Great skin makes you look younger and feel healthier no matter what your age or physical condition. Plus, many ways of taking care of your skin give you the opportunity for some serious pampering. So go ahead–make your skin glow. You deserve to look and feel fabulous.

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Part 1 of 4: Daily Facial Care Routine

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Exfoliate your face gently. Exfoliation removes dead skin cells, impurities and excess oil while preparing your skin for cleansing and toning.

  • After scrubbing, use a cleanser on your skin. Gently massage your skin in circular motions for a few minutes to promote blood circulation, to remove makeup and to eliminate excess oil, or sebum.
  • Many cleansers contain exfoliating beads or other ingredients that allow you to accomplish both tasks at once. Just avoid cleansers that have drying ingredients like deodorants, colors or fragrances. Also, skip cleansers that have “antibacterial” on the label.
  • 2

    Pour some toner onto some cotton batting. Rub the toner over your face until no excess dirt remains.

    3

    Apply a good moisturizer with natural oils such as rosemary or almond.Massage the cream into your skin for hydration and a dewy look.

    • Use a moisturizer with at least SPF 15 to prevent premature aging from sun exposure.
    • Look for moisturizer containing humectants like glycerin, propylene glycol or urea. Humectants attract water when you apply them to your skin and improve its hydration.
    • Choose moisturizers with alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs). AHAs improve dead skin cell turnover, which results in decreased dryness, acne, wrinkles and age spots.
    • Switch moisturizers according to the season. In the summer, use a lighter product. In the winter, choose something thicker and heavier.
    • 4

      Use the same family of products. If you use 1 brand of cleanser, choose your toning and moisturizing products from the same brand. Taking a unified approach is often better for your skin, because mixed brands don’t always interact well with one another.

    • Part 2 of 4: Caring For the Skin On the Rest Of Your Body
    • 1

      Avoid taking long, hot showers. Sure, they feel great, but they also strip your skin of essential moisture. Especially in the winter, limit your showers to 10 minutes and keep the water lukewarm.

    • 2

      Use facial cleansing creams on your neck and chest. These areas are just as vulnerable to wrinkles, dryness and signs of aging as your face is. After cleansing these areas with a facial cream, rub in a facial moisturizer. You can also use a facial mask on these areas once per month.

    • 3

      Skip soaps with heavy deodorants. Instead, go with a soap that contains added fat, like Dove, Neutrogena or Oilatum. The added fat leaves a moisturizing layer on your skin after your shower is over.

    • 4

      Smear a thick moisturizing cream or balm over your hands and feet at night.Then, cover your hands with thin cloth gloves, and put some socks on your feet to allow the moisture to hydrate your hands and feet.

    • 5

      Always use a loofah when you wash your body. Loofahs get rid of dead skin cells and also prevent bumps from ingrown hairs. To make your skin even more smooth, you can sprinkle your loofah with some drops of a cleanser containing AHAs.

    • 6

      Spread powder on the areas of your body where skin meets skin. Under your breasts, under your arms and on your inner thighs are good places. The powder prevents chafing, bacterial growth and itching

    • Part 3 of 4: Dietary Changes and Supplements
    • 1

      Pour soy milk on your cereal or take soy isoflavones. If you choose the supplement, go for 160 milligrams per day. Soy proteins are essential to building collagen and protecting collagen from free radical damage.

    • 2

      Take rose hips. These supplements are rich in Vitamin C and will keep your skin looking youthful.

    • 3

      Have a good multivitamin daily. Look for vitamins containing 100 percent of your recommended daily allowance for Vitamin A, Vitamin C and the B vitamins. Also, choose foods that are rich in these vitamins:

      • Vitamin A: Carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach and fortified cereals
      • Vitamin C: Red and green peppers, oranges, broccoli, strawberries, kiwi
      • B vitamins: Lean meat, fish, enriched soy and whole grains
      • 4

        Eat garlic. Garlic has a number of potential benefits for your skin. Your skin cells last longer and look more youthful. Garlic may also prevent the growth of cancerous skin cells.

      • 5

        Add omega-3 fatty acids to your diet. Fatty fish like salmon and mackerel are great sources of omega-3s. You can also get omega-3s from walnuts and olive oil.

      • 6

        Drink tea. Tea is full of antioxidants that fight free radical damage to your skin. People who drink tea, according to studies, are also less likely to develop squamous cell skin cancer.

      • 7

        Have 8 8-ounce (235 ml) glasses of water each day. Water keeps your skin hydrated and flushes toxins out of your body.

      • Part 4 of 4: Unverified Home Remedies
      • 1

        Smear olive oil over dry skin patches including your face, the backs of your arms, your elbows and your knees.

      • 2

        Prepare your own homemade toner.

        • Use witch hazel, peppermint and sage as a toner for your face. In a small bottle or a jar, mix 4 ounces (120 ml) of witch hazel with 1 teaspoon each of chopped peppermint and sage leaves. Steep the mixture for 3 days and then apply it to your face after you use cleanser.
        • Boil 1 cup of water and add 1 tablespoon of peppermint, hyssop, yarrow or sage leaves. Steep the mixture for a half hour before straining out the leaves and applying it to your face.
        • 3

          Take a nourishing bath. Try some of these add-ins to help itchy, dry skin:

          • 1 cup powdered milk mixed with 1 tablespoon of grapeseed oil
          • Equal parts sesame oil, wheat germ and apple cider vinegar
          • 1 cup of uncooked oatmeal tied into a pair of nylons or a muslin bag
          • Some bags of your favorite tea
          • 2 cups of Epsom salts (soak in the salts and also rub them over rough areas of your skin)
          • 1 pound (455 g) baking soda and 1/2 pound (225 g) sea salt
          • 4

            Wrap ice in a towel and apply it to dry, itchy skin patches. The ice will draw blood to the area to improve circulation and deliver moisture. Just make sure that your skin doesn’t get cold or numb.

          • 5

            Use aloe vera on extra-dry skin. You can either purchase bottled aloe vera gel or cut the leaf off of an aloe vera plant and rub the gel on your skin.

          • 6

            Use grapefruit on rough elbows. Exfoliate your skin in the shower. Then, cut a grapefruit in half. Sink your elbows into each half and soak the area for 15 minutes. The acids will help to smooth your skin.

          • 7

            Make your own oatmeal scrub.

            • Grind rolled oats in your food processor or coffee grinder until you have enough ground oats to fill 1/2 cup.
            • Add 1/3 cup ground sunflower seeds, 1/2 teaspoon peppermint leaves and 4 tablespoons of almond meal. Mix everything thoroughly.
            • Combine 2 teaspoons of the oatmeal mixture with a small amount of heavy cream until the mixture has the consistency of a facial scrub. Scrub your face, neck and chest with the oatmeal scrub and rinse thoroughly.
            • 8

              Add 1 teaspoon of grapeseed oil to your bottle of toner.Grapeseed oil counteracts aging by helping your skin cells to repair themselves.

            • 9

              Spritz your skin with water and essential oils. In a small spray bottle, mix a few drops of bergamot, rose or sandalwood oil with some water. Close your eyes and spray the mixture onto your face whenever your skin feels dry.

            • 10

              Make your own face mask from ingredients that you may have in your kitchen. Try any of the following ideas:

              • Whisk 1 tablespoon of plain yogurt with a few drops of sesame oil. Apply the mixture to your face, throat and upper chest and leave it on for 15 minutes.
              • Mash a banana and mix in a little bit of honey. Apply the mixture to your skin for 15 minutes.
              • Combine 2 tablespoons mashed avocado, 1/4 cup whipping cream, 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil and 1 teaspoon of calendula petals. Leave the mixture on your face for 15 minutes before rinsing it off.
              • Peel a mango and mash the flesh. Apply the pulp to your face and leave it on for a few minutes to clean and tighten your pores. Then, rinse it off.
              • Bring water to a simmer in a saucepan. Drop an apple into the water and simmer it until it turns soft. Take the apple out, mash it and add 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and 1 teaspoon of peppermint leaves. Smear the mixture on your face and rinse it off after 5 minutes.
              • Scramble an egg. Don’t use your spatula to break the egg into pieces; leave it in 1 large piece. Place the egg on your face and keep it there until the egg starts to harden. If you have oily skin, use an egg white instead of the whole egg.
              • 11

                Use baby lotion every night. Put it on arms, legs and stomach. Put it on after every shower.

    Tips

    • Drink plenty of water. It helps hair grow healthy and gets rid of spots and produces glowing natural skin.
    • Get plenty of sleep. If you need to, then hang some darkening shades to block light from coming in through your windows. Your body restores your skin during sleep, so don’t neglect getting your Z’s.
    • Work up a sweat. Sweating during exercise will cleanse your skin of toxins, and the added circulation will give your skin a healthy glow. Use sunscreen if you’re exercising outdoors.
    • You should also try to drink lots of water by drinking water think that the water is taking all the excess oil instead of the oil going onto your skin and making your forehead shiny.
    • To check for dryness, use your fingernail to gently scratch your arm or leg. If the nail leaves a white scratch mark, then your skin is too dry.
    • Use Baby Lotion every night after you shower. Put it on your arms, legs, and stomach.
    • Use castor oil, it has a thicker molecular consistency so will make your skin glow and look more vibrant.
    • Leave a humidifier (not a vaporizer) running in your bedroom during the winter. You’ll be surprised how much a humidifier will do to keep your skin from getting extremely dry.
    • Use a facial twice a week.