Welcome to another post in my Becoming a Makeup Artist series. If you haven’t read any of the other posts, then I will link them for you down below. Today’s post is about how to build your portfolio as a makeup artist. And if you want some great tips on how to do just that, then just keep on reading. 

Work for free – really?

You might think “working for free is not really for me. I need the money”. And I know how you feel. Working for free isn’t the best feeling. But, and yes I have a big but for you. It can help you get a lot of jobs – paid jobs. If you do one shoot for free that will get you some amazing pictures to really show off your work as an artist. Those pictures will get you hired for many paid and amazing jobs. So in the beginning it’s really just about putting yourself out there and working as much as possible. You need to get your name out there and you need to get as many pictures as possible for your portfolio.

Get help from your friends and family

If you don’t have the possibility to do free work, then it could mean that you aren’t networking the way that you should be doing. Maybe you’re shy and want to start out small. That’s okay. I get you. I’m an introvert and I have social anxiety, so I know how it feels. Then you can talk to your friends and family. Find some people who won’t mind being on camera. Do their makeup a few times. Do natural and creative looks. Take a lot of pictures. It doesn’t have to be super professional pictures. The most important thing is to have good lighting, because that really shows off the makeup.

Start your online portfolio

I have mentioned this before, and I will say it many times more. Social media platforms can really help your portfolio a lot. It can be a website where you share all of the pictures that you have been taking. Showing your skills as an artist. Maybe someone will see it and book you as a makeup artist for a shoot one day. Start an Instagram to show off your work to many people in the same business as you. Hashtags will get you noticed far more than a post on a website will. You never know what will happen if the right person sees your work.

My main advise is to work your ass off, take pictures of new looks every chance you get and show all of your work to people who are interested in the beauty industry. This will get you so far. If you have any questions about becoming a makeup artist, then please don’t hesitate to contact me!

Here are the links to the other posts my Becoming a Makeup Artist series:

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