5 Tips to becoming a ‘Makeup Artist’

Hey Ladies,

Two weeks ago I did a snap chat chat about how I became a Makeup Artist, this was due to questions previously asked so thought I might as well talk about it on the social media platform.  But as ye do I got more into the how and why and before ye know it 1/2 hour goes by and I’m still talking about it.  To be honest it was just meant to be what courses I did etc… but that never happend, I went onto explain alot more personal reasons behind my decisions, and never really got into how to start.  So this is what this blog post is, just 5 simple tips on how to start and how to promote yourself.

Tip 1:  Find the right course

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My first photoshoot with the Zoe Clark Makeup School

Make sure you choose your course wisely, do some reasearch and background checks on the course you are thinking of attending.  What do they offer, what content do they cover and what qualification do you get out of it.  Currently in Ireland the make up industry is not regulated meaning you don’t have to carry a licence to be a makeup artist, but that is not to say you don’t need to have a qualification to work in the industry.    Most brands require a qualification in makeup artistry should you wish to work with them i.e. ITEC Certified etc… but getting this certificate is not a nescessity for freelance work, it’s a definite bonus to have but not essential to work freelance.

Many courses offer full-time and part-time classes so it can be very flexible for people expecially if your a mum that wants to change your career path.  This is what I did, at 33 I decided this is what I wanted and attended the Zoe Clark Makeup School and enjoyed every single bit of it.  So its never to late ladies, I had 3 children at this stage and managed to do something that made me happy.

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Tip 2:  Now your a ‘Makeup Artist what next?

So you have done the course, you have your kit and ready to start, but how or where do I go from here.  Experience ladies, getting experience is absolutely essential as a makeup artist.  Every client you do has a different skin type, colouring, shape you learn something  new from each client that sits in front of you.  I used my friends as guinea pigs when I started out just to put into practice what I learned.  Sometimes it’s a case of working for free, email photographers especially ones that are only starting out themselves, and say you are willing to work for free in exchange for credit, this is a great way of building your portfolio.

Tip 3:  Start your Social Media campaign

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The majority of makeup artists work hard on there social media platforms in order to gain work.  The power of social media is astonishing, it can really help to build your name and career.  Work hard in this area and the results will be rather satisfying.  Open up a facebook makeup page, use this platform to post your client pics, makeup offers, competitions/giveaways  (great way of getting your name out).  Facebook will be your bff (although it can be your enemy on bad days) when starting a business.  You need to post regularly, be interactive, post good quality pictures.  When I started I had a friend of mine who was a photographer do a photoshoot in my home with 8 of my friends, these were the pictures that I used to post on my page first, professionally done and they looked amazing.  Mobile phone’s nowadays can take perfect pictures just make sure you have good natural light when snapping your client.  Try not to filter the life out of your photos as this does not show your true work.

 

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Some Behind the Scenes of that home photoshoot

Don’t be shy or afraid to ask to take client pictures, majority of ladies don’t mind, this is your work and a way of advertising yourself, put yourself out there and it will all come together.  Make sure to add your watermark/name to your picutues eg. your name across the picture, this will make sure knowone can claim this as there work.

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Tip 4:  Be Professional

Always be professional.  Keep your diary up to date, allocate the appropriate time for each client, always stick to the dedicated time you have slotted for each client.  Present yourself well and never let a client down for silly reasons e.g hangover from a night out, this won’t make that client return.  Keep your kit professional and hygenically clean at all times.  Do the best you can do, your clients are the ones that will get you the work.  If you do a good job and be professional they will recommend to friends and family, word of mouth is like gold, its the best form of advertising.

Tip 5:  Be Confident

index  My insecurities got completely in the way of my work at the start.  I always second guessed everything I did, always looked for a flaw or something I could of done better, even when people were saying ‘you did a great job’ I always doubted it! I suppose I never believed in myself which is pretty sad to say but that’s how it was and that’s how I felt.

So please take my advice, do not doubt your capabilities, if there is an area that you feel you just can’t crasp, ask another makeup artist or go to masterclasses held by other makeup artists that you admire, this is a perfect way to pick up on new techniques.  I regularly attend these classes just to keep up to date with trends and products.

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That’s it ladies/gents my thoughts on how to become a makeup artist and how to promote yourself in 5 steps.  These are just some of the suggestions that I give to people as this is what I wish I had known back in the day when I started.  I hope it helps a little bit towards your new career choice.  Been a makeup artist is the best decision I every made, it’s not easy and as glamours as it sounds.  The hours can be long, achey feet, back pain, shoulder pain ye get my drift lols!, but ladies/gents if you are 100% sure this is for you well then it’s worth it, it’s not everyday you hear ‘I love my job’.  So don’t be afraid if this is something you are interested in just do it, you have nothing to lose only regrets!

Thanks for reading this far lovelies much appreciated.

 

Until next time

 

Lisa D xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Budget Beauty – Top 5 under €5

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Hi Lovelies,

Happy Saturday, hope you’re all having a nice weekend and are getting into the swing of Spring. Today we wanna talk about budget beauty. Now I know we talk about our high end products on here and recommend our Mac, Estee Lauder, Charlotte Tilbury……but girls we do love a good budget beauty buy. More often than not it’s the Penneys and pharmacy brands that have us going gaga. And we know you lot love yourselves a beauty bargain too. So with that in mind we’ve put together a few products we’ve been loving recently, all under €5.

 

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Essence Make Me Brow €3.10

This product arrived in a little hamper I was sent before Christmas from Ryans Pharmacy. I never used it before but was curious to see how it worked. It’s a gel product with little fibres that adhere to your brows instantly plumping them out a bit and adding definition. After using it on myself for a while I was really impressed and now it’s a  staple in my pro kit. It’s so easy to use all my students are hooked too.

 
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Catrice Camouflage Cream €3.50

I seen this concealer first on Lucy Bradleys snapchat (@lbmakeup) when she used it during a demo and I was blown away by how well it seemed to work. It’s a high coverage cream concealer perfect for covering blemishes or doing a little defining work. I gave these a whirl on my bridal trials and they were amazing, even covering a shoulder tattoo for a bride to be!! They’ve been compared to Mac Studio Finish Concealer and so far I’m loving them.

 

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Essence XXXL Longlasting Lipstick Velvet Matte €2.90

This is another recent purchase I am loving. With all the hype for liquid lipsticks and matte lip tints I thought I’d pick this up and see how it fares against some of the more expensive brands. The matte finish is so on-trend and the colour I chose is a warm browny peachy nudey (LOL) shade and it’s perfect for everyday.  This doesn’t dry out the lips which can be a problem with some other matte lip products. I’ll definitely be picking up the rest of the colours.

 
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Catrice Blush Artist €4.95

This is a palette with 3 shades of blush and can be used to shape and highlight the face, using the darker shades on the apples of the cheeks and the lighter shades on the cheekbone to highlight. Although the packaging says Shader I don’t think there’s a shade dark enough to really use as a shader or contour in this one. But the colours are so gorgeous and they sit lovely on the skin. 3 blushes for under a fiver….yes please!!!

 

 

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Essence All Eyes On Me Waterproof Mascara €2.50

Waterproof mascara is an absolute must in my kit. Working on so many brides I can’t run the risk of using a mascara that could end up half down the face during the day. I’ve tried and tested a few and this is one of my favourites. It’s a nice intense black and won’t move once applied. Perfect for anyone that suffers from watery or irritated eyes.  Yesterday the fabulous Kate McCormack Makeup also featured this mascara on her Facebook so it seems to be proving popular with all the pro’s.

 

So there you have it, 5 fantastic affordable beauty buys that rival any of the higher end products in our makeup bags. You could pick up all these for under €17…FAB!!!! So Happy Shopping ladies, if you try any of these products be sure to let us know what you think.

 

Essence and Catrice are available from Penneys nationwide and Ryans Pharmacy in Edenderry.

 

Until next time,

Live Pretty,

Lisa M xx

Bridal Beauty – Our Essential Products

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Hi Lovelies

As makeup artists the arrival of Spring means one thing……WEDDING SEASON!! We’re busy prepping our kits for the busiest time of the year. We’ve been working as bridal makeup artists for a long time now and inevitably we have found some favourite products along the way. As you probably know by now, we are the ultimate makeup junkies and when new products come on the market we are always first in the queue. No matter how many newbies we try though, there are old reliable’s that we always come back to. It’s the most important day of the brides life and probably the most important makeup of her life too….working on a bride the morning of her wedding is not the time to be trying a new product for the first time to see how it fares. We’ll always go back to the tried and tested products that never fail and we thought you guys might like to know what we swear by….

 

Estee Lauder DoubleWear Light Foundation

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It really is all about that base and when it comes to bridal makeup and this foundation never lets me down. It has all the coverage that the original DoubleWear has but with a much lighter formula that looks flawless on the skin. I find it works lovely on all skin types and only needs to be powdered if the skin is very oily. Without powder it has a nice fresh finish that stays put all day. It’s available in shades 0.5 (lightest) to 6 (darkest) and I find I use shades 2 and 3 the most. At around €38 it’s not cheap, but it sure is worth it for our beautiful brides.

 
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Mac Paintpot
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One of the things we get asked most is how we get the makeup to last so long. We’ve had reports of perfect makeup well into the early hours and even the next day (not that we would ever recommend going to bed with your makeup on!!) And part of the answer is using long-lasting products as a base for every step. With eyemakeup this comes in the form of Macs ProLongwear Paintpots. These are cream eyeshadows with serious staying power. Buffed on to the eyelid and into the crease they create the perfect base for any eye look just apply your powder eyeshadows on top, although they can also be worn alone. They come in lots of colours but the most used for bridal makeup would probably be Painterly (beige matte), Bare Study (cream pearl),  Rubenesque (light gold pearl) or Groundwork (light brown matte). Again not the cheapest at €21 each but definitely worth every penny.

 
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Inglot AMC Gel Eyeliner
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Now I’m fairly sure we’ve mentioned this eyeliner on here before because it really is the best gel liner out there. On the brides big day she’s going to want peace of mind that her makeup is not going anywhere….even if there’s a few happy tears. So waterproof liner and mascara are an absolute must. This liner is the only one I’ve found to be truly waterproof, this stuff does not budge unless cleansed off with an oil-based makeup remover. I use shade 77 and it’s the blackest black and not that wishywashy greyish black you can get with other gel liners. Strong eyeliner is not everyone’s choice for their wedding day but this liner also works lovely blended softly into the lash line to create a more subtle definition. This is a bit of a bargain at €15 and even if it was double the price, I’d still buy it!!

This list could go on and on, we didn’t even mention skincare or fixing sprays, brow products or lippies but maybe we’ll leave them for another blog post. Next weekend we are off to a Bridal Makeup Masterclass with the AMAZING Amber Dean (look her up if you haven’t already!!) so no doubt we’ll come home with a list of new products we’ll be adding to the bridal kit.

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If you have any bridal makeup queries you can contact either of us through Facebook and we’ll be happy to help, we can be booked individually or together for larger groups 🙂

 

Until next time,

Live Pretty,

Lisa M xx