Hello and welcome to my series Becoming a Makeup Artist. In this series you will learn how is it to be a makeup artist, the ups and downs, how to become a makeup artist, what you need, if it’s really necessary to get certified, how to get a job, how to build your portfolio and kit and everything in between.
This is my story of becoming a makeup artist and I want to give you all the tips that I have learned over the years. The series will consist of 10 blogposts – one each Saturday. So I hope that you will enjoy it.
Being a makeup artist is something that I have always wanted to become. It has been on my bucket list since I was very young. In 2016 I got a job as a makeup artist and in 2017 I became a certified makeup artist. So yes, it is actually possible to get a job as a makeup artist without a certificate.
Today I wanted to start off by telling you why being a makeup artist is a giving job. Because it is, but it’s very different from the job that I thought I would have this time in my life. All my life I have always thought that I would go to university for many years, get my masters and get a job at an office somewhere. So basic, I know. I never even thought of becoming something creative until this point in my life. Now I know that it is possible to have a creative job and that it’s fine being on the more creative side.
Being a makeup artist is fun. You get to be creative, talk to different people and the best part of it all is that you get to make people happy. Last night I had a customer who didn’t have a lot of time and she just wanted a product for her brows. It took me 10 minutes to find the products, do her brows and she was mind blown. It was a brow gel with a tint and microfiber. Everything she has been looking for her entire life. She was so over the moon excited about it and that’s when you have a good day at work. I love making a small difference in people’s lives and the best part is making people happy.
The creative part actually speaks very much to me. I love being able to do makeup for a living. The days were I test foundation on 20 people. Not so much. But when I get that one customer who is just getting into makeup and want to explore and find new products. That’s when I love it. I get to find some amazing products that will look good on her skin. I get to apply them, I get to teach her about the products and my favorite techniques on how to apply them and then I get to see her happy with the result.
Of course there are also downsides to being a makeup artist. It’s a hard job, you have to stand up for many hours, people take you for granted, people are rude to you and the list goes on. I think the worst part is people being rude and getting angry. When people yell at me from the other side of the store whilst I’m with another customer because they think they are more important and they are in a hurry. When people get angry at me because I ask them questions about their skin and their likings to find the right foundation, because I should know that because it’s my job. *insert eye rolling emoji*
The good definitely outweighs the bad. For sure. But there will always be bad days because that’s life. The good days and the good customers just make everything worth while. When people come to me and ask for when I will be in the store, because they want to come whenever I’m there. That’s the best feeling. Just when people leave with a smile, thank me and say that they have really learnt something. That’s when I know that I have done my job.
I really hope you will like this series on my blog where I tell you everything you need to know about being a makeup artist, the ups and downs and how to become a makeup artist. If you have any questions about the job, my journey or anything else then please just ask. I will be more than happy to answer all your questions.