Makeup : Self Taught vs Schooled

If you’ve got talent, you’ve got talent. No one or no thing could take that away from you. The question that usually arises is if you’ve got that talent is it worth going to a school? 

Personally I went from school from the start. I mean I feel that I could have not gone to school and still known quite a bit about makeup through all the resources available, but there are certainly a few things to consider.

practicing body painting

Contacts- You’ll be able to meet a variety of people from all walks of life. You’re all coming to do the same thing. In other words, you all have something in common instantly. It gives you a terrific point of view. You can see where you are in terms of others, you can keep in touch well after school and you might even end up doing projects or gigs afterwards together. The teachers or guest teachers that come in are walking sources of information and will likely always have a place for you in their heart for taking their class.

Exposure- Exposure to products is a big one. It’s not often you’ll be able to use products without using them, sure there are samples, but it takes a lot of points at Sephora to amount to the amount of products you’ll be working with over the course of how ever long your class is. That was something I loved, I was able to see which brands I liked and which I’d like to work with when building my kit.

Exposure to different looks. It may take you a while before you get to men’s makeup or runway makeup, in school they’ll cover everything so that if it comes up you’ve done it before or are at least familiar with it.

1920s & creative makeup

The “Why”- It’s important to know why certain things look good, or why you use highlighter in this places as opposed to that place on the face. If you can do a full face of flawless makeup, but at the same time not know exactly what you’re doing, getting the background on makeup is essential. It will put the pieces of everything you already know together and believe it or not people do ask those things! They’ll ask where trends come from or if you where you should put bronzer. It’s good to be informed.

Experience- In class you’ll pick up on things it would take you a long time to learn on your own. You’ll hear the mistakes of teachers or pros so that they don’t have to be your own mistakes. Speaking of mistakes…make them! Make them in class. This is the time and place to experiment and make mistakes. You’ll also get a taste of what it would be like to work as a makeup artist before you actually do it.

shopping field trip with the class

Name Recognition- This one’s kind of silly, but people like to see education.They want to see something on a piece of paper that shows you have dedication. This one is on the list, but consider it the least because it’s not about what other people think.

So. Is it worth it? Yes. I couldn’t be happier with my decision on going to school for both makeup and aesthetics. I can say that I would not be in the position I am if I hadn’t gone to school. I’ll be the first to say it wasn’t cheap, but it’s an investment.





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