How to Become a Professional Makeup Artist – Dos and Don’ts

  • It takes grit, perseverance, hard work, tough skin, and confidence, the reason being that there is so much competition.
  • Be prepared to work hard for no payment for the next 6 months or so to give you enough time to build your portfolio up.
  • When you receive a booking from a client it is good practice to reply to your booking in writing, detailing the terms of the engagement.

Doing someone’s makeup is an intimate experience. Make the experience all about them. Ask them questions. Clients are people and people love to talk about themselves. They want to have an experience. Having your makeup done is a luxury service. Even the most elite who have their makeup done regularly, still expect a certain kind of relaxing pampering experience, this is all the more important when the client hasn’t had their makeup done regularly or at all.

It is a makeup artist’s job to make people look and feel great.

When you are in person with a client, occasionally it will be the first time you’ve seen them, you always start with a warm greeting, always sanitize hands in front of them, and also ask if they have any skin allergies. It’s quite rare that anybody does, but it’s an important thing to ask and if so, to check the product ingredients before the start.

You need to have the list ready for Do’s & Don’ts while working as a professional Makeup Artist. Let’s Discuss First:

Do’s

If you aren’t sure about your goals yet, it may help to take some time exploring different areas of makeup artistry first, e.g. studying a makeup course or working on a beauty counter. This can help you to discover where your strengths and weaknesses lie. Getting real-world experience, completing a practical course in Make-up

It is a makeup artist‘s job to make people look and feel great. It is an interesting and varied job when there’s work, but much of the time will need to be spent networking and there is a long road to travel if you want to gain regular work as a makeup artist. It’s much more than just qualifying. It takes grit, perseverance, hard work, tough skin, and confidence, the reason being that there is so much competition. Thousands of other make-up artists want the same jobs as you, so how are you going to make sure it’s you that gets the job?

Artistry is just the beginning. So, you’ve trained, and you’ve bought your kit which contains a good selection of make-up products suitable for different skin tones and types. You’ve got good quality brushes and you’ve learned health, safety, and hygiene procedures to be a good make-up artist. You’re qualified, and you’ve got the tools to do the work, The Employability Skills for Make-up Artists course will help you to gain insight into the business as a makeup artist, working as a make-up artist is such a rewarding career, after all

Be prepared to work hard for no payment for the next 6 months or so to give you enough time to build your portfolio up. In addition to these websites, look up fashion, beauty, and lifestyle photographers online and email them letting them know that you are looking to collaborate with them on a TFP basis to build up your portfolio. Tell them what your skills are and the positive attributes you can bring to the shoot.

When you receive a booking from a client it is good practice to reply to your booking in writing, detailing the terms of the engagement. Dependent on how in advance you received the booking, it is also important to reconfirm the booking the day before the job, this is very important because if there has been any change to the booking, but they have forgotten to tell you, then this will be a reminder for them to update you. It also gives complete clarification of the client you booked and your fee along with the expected services will be on the day.

You must sharpen your skills in other areas such as hair styling, face painting, and special effects make up. Often a client will ask if you have any of these extra skills and if you say no you will lose bookings. Especially hair styling when it comes to freelance media make-up work, as you are often expected to be able to do basic hair styling when working as a make-up artist, it is recommended that you do at least a basic hair styling course to ensure you can at the very least straighten, curl and pin-up hair to a good standard so you don’t lose out on bookings. Face painting can be a great way to earn extra money when you are not working on other make-up projects. Children’s parties, fetes, and corporate events are just some of the bookings you may get as a face painter.

Practice, Practice & Practice 

Practice with your friends. Practice on yourself. Practice taking photos of your work and even record yourself, to see how it looks on video. (You might be surprised how different makeup looks on camera.) Taking pictures and recording your makeup will help give you a feeling for the adjustments you have to do when someone is going to be filmed or shot in natural light. You can also buy face charts on the Internet and use them to practice. Skin is very different than paper, but face charts are something to keep you in the creative frame of mind. Face charts are a great way to create different looks

Practice with your friends.

Don’ts

Although while doing makeup you may be feeling nervous in front of the Client don’t let negative words creep into your emails. Stay positive, and sell yourself. Focus on what you can do and not what you can’t do, you should be honest, but think positively and it will come across to the people you want to work with.

Never stop practicing applying make-up and trying out new products on the market, make it your business to read as many beauty magazines and blogs as possible. Having a thorough and up to date knowledge of new make-up products and new application techniques, it will ensure that you stay one step ahead of your competition, ensure that your reputation is the best that it can be, and keep your confidence levels high. Practice on friends where possible to renew your skills and keep up your confidence levels.

Lastly, focus on your professional reputation as this is what will carry you forward amongst the competition, and there is lots of competition out there.

Work Hard and never give up. You will face rejection, and other MUA’s will get booked over you, but it is your determination and perseverance which will see you succeed as a working make-up artist and bring longevity to your career. Good luck.

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Neeti Saini

Neeti is a well known bridal makeup artist in Delhi. She has more than 10 years of experience in the makeup industry. Makeup is her passion and she I enjoying it. Apart from makeup she loves to reads books and going outdoor trips. Neeti has done more than 1K makeup of brides all over Delhi and counting. 
https://www.studiobridal.in/

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