Do you love those makeup shots in glossy magazines? Do you have a flare for makeup, a passion to try out new styles? If you love cosmetics and are creative you should probably take the time and look into attending a makeup training course with the goal to become a professional makeup artist. If you have the time, Hair And Makeup Salon in East Rand the passion and the talent you can become a professional makeup artist after attending a makeup academy in a relatively short amount of time.
You’ve probably dabbled with makeup for years, copying what you see in magazines and buying as many *tools of the trade* that you can, so the best place to start is by contacting a makeup academy and finding out what courses they have available, Freelance Makeup Artist when they start and what course you think will suit you.
Of course while it is great to have the skills to apply makeup professionally you need to have all the right tools and unfortunately makeup and the right tools are not cheap, but it is an investment. You will be able to enjoy the rewards of using the best makeup, products and tools available. There are so many different brands out there, just keep trying them all until you find the ones you like best. Many of the top professionals don’t use one specific brand; I Need A Makeup Artist they use a foundation from this brand and mascara from another.
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Becoming a successful makeup artist requires the development of a number of key skills. They can all be developed over time with practice and persistence. Let's have a look at three of the key skills in more detail: flexibility, paying attention to detail and having a steady hand.FlexibilityAs a makeup artist you might be working in a number of situations: a fashion show, a tv studio, a hotel, a conference centre, a client's home, a ladies bathroom, and even a tiny area in the corner of a room somewhere. In addition, unless you are working in a salon or shop with set hours you're unlikely to have a fixed work schedule. A job may require being on set by 6 am in the morning or even earlier and may not end until late that night. The hours can be long and lot of time is spent waiting around, once the initial makeup is applied, to do touchups.Its a good idea to take photos and write detailed notes to remind yourself of what the outcome is supposed to be each time you recreate a look.A Steady HandI often think of makeup artistry as being like the work of an artist. The only difference being that you paint on a face rather than on a canvas. It's wonderful to have the opportunity to be expressive and creative in your line of work.To be successful at applying makeup its key to have a steady hand. Practice,practice practice until you get it right consistently. Practice leads to a Successful Outcome.
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As I've worked in the cosmetics industry I've had the opportunity to work with makeup artists, makeup schools and professional makeup companies; living in Hollywood, California for the last 10 years has increased my exposure to those various companies. Throughout that time I've also had the opportunity to learn how to apply the makeup that I've been creating for years and even learn some of the fun aspects of makeup artistry including working with latex and silicone FX makeup. I've been fortunate in that all the additional knowledge I've acquired has been a result of work that I've done with these companies. Many of the students I've met, haven't been as fortunate in that they've had to pay full price (sometimes upwards of $30,000) for the same knowledge. At the end of their studies they are generally given the opportunity to venture out and apply their new trade for free, maybe if they're lucky than can get a kit fee (usually around $45) for a day's worth of work. I've heard the term "paying their dues" applied to this over the years, of course the people saying this were the same ones charging the 30 thousand dollars. I for one have always felt like the new makeup artists are being taken advantage of, perhaps it has more to do with my inner capitalist screaming at the thought of a person giving away their time. The old adage "why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free" comes to mind: When you start down the path of giving your services or product away for free, it is incredibly difficult to ever break that cycle. Whereas it may take a little longer for you to be a makeup artist when you charge for your skills, I believe that when we earn payment for our work we carry our heads a little higher and the have more pride in our work in the end gain greater respect from our customers.As companies like By Jove Cosmetics continue to expand their custom blending kits to include Blush, Eye shadow and Lip colors, any color in the rainbow will be achievable by everyone who can see color.With free access to the internet being what it is, there is such a wealth of knowledge and networking access (via Facebook, Twitter and MySpace) that is available today that anyone who desires to be a professional makeup artist can do so from virtually anywhere in the world and you should not feel like you have to go to Hollywood or New York and spend tens of thousands of dollars to get your start.