As I’ve started working on more and more people and doing more and more research on opportunities…there are a few things I have learned that I was never warned about in school and I am sure many fellow makeup artists can cosign.
1. Makeup is damn expensive!!! Yes, I’ve been buying makeup for myself for years now, so it’s not a new thing for me. But what IS new, is the fact that you need and want so much! And you cant need and want crappy product…so you have to invest. Yes I said invest. A guy on the outside of this industry would laugh at me for saying that, but it’s a true statement. The worst part about this…for me…is that I live in Arizona. The closest pro-friendly stores are in LA! Ah, and half of them don’t ship. So, whats a girl to do? Either spend money traveling to LA to get the product she needs OR pay extra for a sister product that isn’t quite as desirable AND with no discount. sigh
2. There are a lot of people that consider themselves models. Be careful, but be confident. A few times I have felt like a deer in head lights — wide eyed wondering how I was even going to get started. But you know what? I just started creating and at the end, they have all turned out amazing. Models are models for a reason. It is because they are unique. They can be made to look many different ways. They photograph well. And they have hair and makeup artists and great photographers!! To the every day lady, please stop comparing yourself to girls in magazines!! Thats NOT what they look like!!
3. Everyone has a different definition of each look. What is dramatic smokey eye to you could be considered super glam by someone else. What is 1960’s housewife to them could be considered a creepy toy clown face to you. What is avant garde to you could be straight up face painting to them. Always have people specify what exactly they are going for. It will save you both time and confusion.
4. The only way you will get anywhere is work hard, work free, and network! Seriously. Free work at first is a must. Working hard is a must always, no matter where you work or what you do…at least in my opinion…always do your best and be the best you can be! Duh. NETWORK!!!!!!!!!! I can’t say it enough. I have a freakin degree in Marketing from W.P.Carey at ASU and I still can’t say it enough. Network. Network. Network. When I get better at doing this myself…I will post tips. Until then, I will be with everyone just throwing myself out there!