Hey lovelies! How are you all? As some of you may know that I’m an ‘aspiring’ MUA, I refrain from calling myself a pro because I feel we’re all constantly learning all the time and everyone is different and unique in their own way so there’s always a thing or two we can learn from each other 🙂
I have complied a few tips that I hope will be useful for my fellow bloggers and MUA’s looking to improve their craft. Hope you all find it useful!
1. Becoming a makeup artist can really take a toll on your pockets if you don’t already own a pro kit. Makeup is not cheap, especially professional makeup. But please do not stress about buying ALL the products recommended. There are ways around it. For example; brands like Graftobian, Cinema secrets and Kryolan have foundation palettes that cater to all skin tones! Invest in cream palettes than individual foundation bottles of different shades. It ends up being more cost effective and you learn how to colour match your clients too!
2. You don’t need ALL the eye and face brushes. I literally started out with 5 eye brushes and 5 face brushes. That’s it. Key is to gage on what you are comfortable with and what results you want while applying makeup. For example, I usually use the fluffy Mac 217 which is a popular eye shadow brush to apply eyeshadow on the lids which means I hardly reach out for my flat eye shadow brush unless I’m doing precision work. So observe which brushes you tend to reach out for most and what feels comfortable in your hand.
3. I cannot stress this one enough. Practice, practice, practice on colour correcting! The biggest challenge I faced when I started out was getting that even flawless finish. (Read concealing dark circles, hyper pigmentation, scars, etc) I truly struggled until I learnt the art of colour correcting. Once you nail this bit, you’re already half way to getting a flawless foundation base every single time! 🙂 So take your time learning this part and invest in a cream based colour correcting palette that has the oranges, peaches and greens to get you started. NYX does a really good one!
4. Improvise on your style. Everyone has their own unique style and taste in makeup. However, being a makeup artist means you should be able to deliver the type of look that your client wants but steadily build your own name by creating a niche of your own in your area. For example, some brides want a very soft sheer look while some want a heavy bold cakey look. It’s all down to preference but if you do not enjoy applying cakey makeup then slowly advertise yourself as someone who is great at delivering a softer look. This comes with time and word of mouth but eventually be ready to say no to clients if what they are asking for is not your style. If you are not passionate or happy with what you’re delivering then that will start reflecting on your work. In the beginning while you are still finding your place, observe what type of looks you love creating and what makes you happy.
5. There’s a new palette or primer or that perfect concealer that is launched every month! It can get very daunting if you are starting out and are faced with a decision about some new item that has just been launched! Popular Youtubers and beauty gurus are sent new makeup to review and if you follow them, it can get very annoying when you are trying to save up but instead you are being swayed to buy new makeup that will ‘totally change your makeup game’. Being a makeup lover I know how hard it is to resist myself from buying newly launched items from brands that I love but honestly speaking, if you can then spare yourself that sort of temptation because makeup is all about the application technique. You can get the same high end look by using similar drug store products!
6. This is the most important tip. Please do not feel upset and undervalued if you feel that you are not getting the attention and clientele that you deserve. If you are feeling that it’s not happening for you, I promise you that it will. If makeup and beauty is your passion then do not give up on it. It is not easy making a name in the beauty or makeup industry and I speak from experience because I have struggled a lot myself. But slowly and surely I started to get noticed and people started asking me for my availability. I am not super popular or anything but I’m grateful for where I am. It didn’t come easy but eventually it did. That is only because I kept going and never gave up even on my lowest days…So I’ll say this once again; DON’T give up! Your time WILL come 🙂