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Published on: 07 Nov 2016 by kellywinston

How to become a professional makeup artist

If you love doing your own makeup, it’s easy to dream about turning it into a job. A professional makeup artist can have a very interesting career. You could end up working with models on high-profile fashion shoots, or working behind the scenes in Hollywood. You could even own your own salon. But how do you get there in the first place? Here’s how to start your journey towards being a professional makeup artist.

Take a course

The easiest way to get started is to take a makeup or beauty course that you can find on sites like CourseFinder. This will teach you all the basics, and also help you to avoid some of the obvious mistakes that beginners make. There are three benefits to taking a course. The first is getting expert guidance from someone who really knows what they are talking about. The second is starting your own makeup kit, as you will often find materials included in the course price. Even if they are not, you will get to purchase everything you need (usually at a discount) and build the base of your kit. You will also get advice on what you really need from the start. Finally, the third benefit is being able to practice on real people. Normally this wouldn’t be possible for everyone. With a course, you can practice much more easily.

Build a portfolio

The next thing that you need to do is build a portfolio. If you want to work in a salon, you don’t need to do much for this part – a few shots of your work from the course should be enough. For film and TV photo shoots, however, it’s time to get working. You need a portfolio that displays between 10 and 20 examples of your work at the best possible quality. Try to focus on the type of makeup that you want to do the most. If you prefer perfecting a daytime look, make sure that your portfolio reflects this. If you prefer artistic and wacky makeup styles, get creative with your shots. The portfolio is what will convince people to hire you, so make sure you work hard on it. You should be able to find opportunities to work for free while you are building it up.

Make contacts

Whatever you do, make sure that you are always making useful contacts. Save the details of everyone that you work with in case they want to collaborate with you again. You should also let friends and family know about your new career. If they need makeup, for example for a wedding, they will know to come to you. Spread the word as much as you can and set yourself up on social media too. You should get a website if you can afford to at this stage. Get as much exposure as you can manage to help you to find work in the early stages. As you move up in the industry, you can rely on your contacts more. Their word of mouth should help you to find more opportunities and become better known. Keep going in this direction and the sky is the limit. You will find your dream for sure!

No matter which field of makeup you are in, make sure that you also keep up to date with the latest trends and hottest products. This will show your clients that you are passionate about your job and you really know what you are doing. When you love what you do, you will never have to work a day in your life. Professional makeup could be that passion for you!


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