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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A Night at Fashion District

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Hi Lovelies

Happy Easter, hope you’re all having a lovely weekend. On Thursday night myself and Lisa D hit the road again on another little adventure. This time our destination was Fashion District Pop-Up Shopping Outlet in Mullingar’s Bloomfield House Hotel. We were kindly invited to the event by the lovely Elaine Bradley-Ryan. Elaine is a total fashionista and a stylist for our fave jewellery Stella & Dot (check out her Facebook page “Elaine Bradley-Ryan, Stella & Dot Stylist”). When we heard what was involved for the night we were all over it and super excited to go…fashion, jewellery, vintage, hair & makeup demos, free bubbly!!!

The event ran from 7-11pm and when we got there shortly after 7 it was in full swing. We didn’t waste any time and started to browse the fashion rails straight away. There was some gorgeous pieces for sale from some fab boutiques, Cocoon, Nells Closet, BeYoux and Deja Vu to name a few. The bargains were unbelievable, one dress that caught our eye was reduced from €218 to just €50!! A boutique we particularly liked the look of was Deja Vu (Deja Vu Ranelagh on Facebook). They had the prettiest Louboutins for sale, second hand but in perfect condition. We also spotted some Louis Vuitton and Jimmy Choo while we were there.

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Being the magpies that we are we were totally besotted with all the Stella & Dot jewellery on show. I’m a big fan of Stella & Dot and hosted a trunk show last year. A stylist came to my house and all my friends came around and we could try on all the pieces and order anything we wanted to purchase. At the time I bought a gold charm bracelet with 4 charms and a delicate gold arrow necklace. I’ve worn both constantly since then and they’re still perfect. Our faves on display last night were these gorgeous stacking rings and the multiway earrings. Is it too early to start our 2016 Santy list??

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After we had our fill of shopping we took our seats for the part we always enjoy most…the makeup demo. The makeup artist in action last night was Angela Greene of Monroe.ie. We were delighted to see some of our favourite products ready for the demo, we spied the Penneys brush holder and brush and the Cocoa Brown Golden Goddess oil. Angela seemed to be a makeup artist after our own hearts!! The demo was a quick and easy everyday makeup look achievable for busy mammys. Her finished look was beautiful and fresh and she showed us then how to make a few tweeks to turn it into a glam night-time look using Ken Boylan products. When Angela was finished we seen Vaida from First Floor Hair & Beauty create some easy-peasy hair looks to complement the makeup. We were busy taking notes and we can’t wait to try them out for ourselves.

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The style on show rivalled any wedding or day at the races we’ve ever been to and it was no wonder with a prize for Best Dressed Lady up for grabs. Lisa McGowan from Lisas Lust List was judging the best dressed and her pick was gorgeous. The best dressed lady wore a beige ankle length jumpsuit with an Obi belt and tan boots, we had spotted her earlier and commented on how fab her outfit was!! To finish off the night we were treated to a style masterclass from stylist Julie Cobbe from Stylefish.ie. Julie talked us through how to detox our wardrobes….if you haven’t worn it in a year get rid, if it doesn’t fit you and hasn’t fitted you for a long time…get rid!! She also gave us great advice on dressing for our body shape and how to identify our body shape….as much as I would like to think I’m hourglass I’m afraid I’m more of an apple!! It was an eye opener and we came away with lots of new tips and learned lots.

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We had a great night and we’re so looking forward to the next Fashion District but we might need a bus next time to bring all the girls (and our shopping!!) with us….

 

Until next time

Live Pretty,

Lisa M xx

Makeup & Hair Bridal Master Class with Amber Dean & Katrina Kelly from K2hair

Good Morning Ladies!

Happy Monday to you all! So yesterday myself and Lisa Moore took to the road and had a well deserved girls day out!  We both attended the fab Bridal Makeup & Hair master class hosted by Katrina Kelly for K2Har / Push Makeup and Amber Dean from facesbyamberdean.  Both of these ladies are among some of our favourite talented ladies that we both follow so when this masterclass was announced we were all over it!

As makeup artists already its great to always keep up-to-date with trends, this is why we love to attend such classes like these.  Even though we know an extreme amount about makeup etc… there is always something that you might pick up on whether it be a new technique or a new product.  No matter what you do or know there is always something else for you to learn.

Amber Dean is one of the best makeup artists out there and for me she has such a distinctive look to her makeup, I suppose its like a trade mark, you know when someone has been ‘Amberfied’!!  She is such a sweet lady and I was really inspired by her and motivated to really bring out my creative side.  What I like most about Amber is how down to earth she was and so approachable.  This class would be especially perfect for someone starting out in the makeup field as she runs through all her products, kit essentials and must-haves definitely keep any eye out for further classes as this is one not to be missed. Amber is also on snapchat @itsambermdean for those that want to see what she gets up to (bascically stalk)!!

When we entered K2Hair we were greeted by the gorgeous Katrina and Amber who both looked amazing might I add.  We have been following Katrina and Amber on snapchat forever @katrinaK2hair so to meet her in person was great as we felt like we have known her for so long through her tell all snaps which are lol!  She is a wonderful character to be around, very talented and extremely knowledgeable in her field.

Katrina is the owner of K2hair which is based in Cabra and Glasnavin she is also the creator of Push-Makeup which I have been adding to my makeup kit collection as some of you may have seen on my snap chat recently.  And I can honestly say that I am mad about, but anyway that’s another post.

We had a fab goody bag or OSCAR bag as Katrina calls them and my were we spoilt with some fab products inside!

  
The first of five demos to take place started with Katrina who showed us the very popular and most requested hair do ‘Vintage Waves’.  Katrina used Amber as her model and showed us step by step how to create this look using the Tondeo Cerion Curve to perfect the vintage waves.  This can be purchased for €120 and can be ordered by contacting K2hair directly!  Katrina swears by this hair tool for smooth curls without that dreaded pulling on the head when been used!  


We then moved onto Amber Deans first bridal demo. The look Amber wanted was a bronzed beachy bridal look and that she did!  The look was flawless due to the great skin prep that I always harp on about.  Skin prep is so important to a flawless makeup application and Amber really spoke so well about this and key products on how to perfect the skin.



I loved this look it was so simple but yet captured the exact bridal look that Amber wanted to achieve.  With Katrina adding her beachy wave hair style to complete the look!  To create this type of beachy wave you simply curl in different directions this way the curls will not marry into each other to form one big curl!  Using the Joico Hair Shake to give a little texture to the look .  I have this product and adore it, its exactly as Katrina said, “its kinda in between a styling product and a dry shampoo but not as white as a dry shampoo, it will expand the hair” which basically gives texture to the hair.

The next look came from Amber which was another bridal look with a bit more of a dramatic twist.  This look would be for more the funky bride that wants something a little edgier for her big day.  The dark smokey eye with the inner v liner and flick topped with a beautiful pigment from Inglot, this look was amazing and really pulled out Amber’s makeup artists talent.  The technique Amber uses in her makeup is definitely something that I will learn from and hope to practice with my own clients.  Like I said at the beginning you can always keep learning!

 

The fifth and final demo of the night was by Katrina who created this badass hair updo using padding to create this funky bun style with a twist.  At first we were like what the hell is going on but again Katrina pulled off a beautiful creative style in probably 5 minutes!

So that’s what we got up to yesterday.  It’s so nice to attend classes like these, you get to meet new people and discuss topics such as makeup, hair and more with girls that have the same passion as you.

I would highly recommend any future classes that these duo hold.  A very down to earth chilled out evening with Katrina Kelly and Amber Dean is a must for all you hair and makeup enthusiasts out there.

  
This will more then likely not be the last that we will be seen these two ladies!

Thanks for reading and hope you felt like you were part of this class to!

Until next time xx

Live pretty

 

Lisa D xx