How to Become a Makeup Artist!
Becoming a makeup artist isn’t something that you can do over night. There are so any different routes you can take, and so many different avenues you can end up in. The most important thing you need to have is passion and determination. But what then?
In October I did a post (which you can read here) about the plans I had made to become a Makeup Artist. Things have been progressing really well in the past 6 months, my journey is far from complete, but I wanted to share with you the tips I picked up along the way.
If you can, go to a full time course and get a makeup artist qualification. However I know that this is not realistic for everyone, and it isn’t for me. However, getting some form of professional training is really important. I have completed a 10 week Beauty Workshop with Samala Robinson Academy. I highly recommend a makeup course like this to anybody who doesn’t have the budget/availability to go a full time.
The course covered all the basics, from kit hygiene and colour theory, through to full face looks such as smokey eye and bridal. It was tutored by a pro makeup artist with many years experience in multiple areas of artistry. It was so valuable to learn from her. I really enjoyed the regular weekly sessions using my kit, practicing new skills and receiving constructive criticism to improve my techniques.
Leave me a comment if you’d like a more in depth review on this course and learn more about what it included.
Building a portfolio is key to selling yourself as an artist; I have been slowly building mine up (check it out here!). To start with I literally put a call out on my Facebook for friends willing to model for me. While my photography skills aren’t the best, this is a really easy way to show off your skills.
Another great way to build your portfolio is to take part in TFP shoots. TFP basically means Trade/Time for Print; so makeup artists, models, photographers, stylists etc can collaborate on a project together. Rather than charge a fee for your work, each collaborator receives a copy of the photos for their portfolio. You can join local forums and Facebook groups to find groups of people to collaborate with.
Business cards are a great tool when networking. Especially if you are taking part in TFP shoots, you can make sure to leave you contact details with those you work with. It can also be a great advert, if you leave you cards lying around, or clients pass your card to their friends.
Your website can be where people form their first impression of you. It looks professional and is a great place to display your portfolio. I love the way my blog looks, so I haven’t changed that at all. However my landing page SoBeautyStuff.com has had a make over. It now represents me as a Makeup Artist and Beauty Blogger.
Makeup Artist Kit
Of course to be an artist, you need a kit. I have a YouTube video looking through my freelance starter kit (watch it here!). People who are looking to become makeup artists have been giving me lots of positive feedback about the kit I put together, so I’m really excited it’s been helpful. Over the past six months I have been adding to, and updating my kit. So this week I am sharing a part two; what’s new in my kit.
Thank you to everyone who continues to support me on my venture.