How To Be Taken Seriously as a Young Makeup Artist

I’ve had my business card thrown out in front of me. I’ve had salon/ spa owners laugh at me making it clear that they were not taking anything I said seriously simply because I was young. It’s true, I was 19 and new to it all. It is hard going to an industry where you have to prove yourself and people have decades more experiences than you, but everyone has to start somewhere. I toughed it out and now that I’m a bit older and have been doing it for longer I want to give advice to those who are starting out as young or younger than I was.

1. Do not cheapen yourself or let someone else do it. People will try to convince you that you should take less money because you are young, but keep in mind that there is a difference between young and inexperienced. Sometimes they overlap, you can be both young and inexperienced, or you could be young but have a lot of experience and talent. While there is something to be said about the amount training and years into something you have the more you can charge, if you have come up with your price and you confident with it do not settle for less. If you charge something at one place or with someone know that that number may follow you. Makeup artistry is a lot of word of mouth and you can’t have people comparing vastly different numbers in a short amount of time. It’s a fast way to lose customers and clients. Another reason this is bad is because you’ll get in the habit of changing your prices because someone older than you told you to. If they are telling you that you are overcharging because of a legitimate reason, then it might be good to listen and do your own research, but keep in mind that if people sense you are young they may try to pull a fast one.

2. Get experience, but not always for free. I’ve done a lot of free gigs, but sprinkle them in with paid gigs. You will be taken more seriously when you get paid for your service, it’s just the way it is. Another way to look at this is to get experience through training, go to free classes and take any free advice you can get, but sometimes it is good to invest in a class and pay for a certificate or class.

3. Team up with someone else. It’s good to get together with someone else who is new and combine your skills. It’s also good if you can have someone take you on like an apprentice. This will most likely increase your chances of getting projects and clients. Don’t feel like you always have to find another makeup artist, team up with a hairstylist or a photographer.

4. Observe what others do. Do other people utilize social media? Do they carry around a pocket hand sanitzer while they work? Check out little details and see if any of them work for you. It will save you time from having to figure everything out yourself.

Show up on time, be as professional as you can be and know what you can bring to the table no matter how old you are.


Tips For Freelancing

Freelancing is like swimming in the ocean by yourself for the first time. There’s fear, constant waves and much bigger fish surrounding you. I can’t say that those things go away even after time passes, but you get your footing, you know your brand (yourself) and you gain confidence.

If you are considering going it on your own here’s a few things to think about:

Let’s start from the beginning, let’s say as of a few days ago you are officially up and running, what now?

  1. Get out there. Spread the news. Tell anyone and everyone. Neighbors, Facebook friends, nearby businesses. It can be uncomfortable because there’s no team or boss you will refer to as for the reason for your visit, but keep in mind most people can appreciate the excitement of the formation of something new. It’s not to push yourself on them, just inform them that “Hey I’m here and this is what I do now.” Exchange information if appropriate and they’ll call you if they need you.
  2. Go to Networking Events. These can be a little overwhelming as you’ll be meeting a lot of new people in a short amount of time, but you never know if you stick in someone’s head. If nothing comes of it nothing lost.
  3. Consider pairing up with another freelancer. This doesn’t make you a “tag-team” and if it does it may only be for a short time, experience is always good and sometimes people prefer hiring more people to get the job done.
  4. Know your product, then sell it. This is really important. What can you provide?What’s your style? How much will you charge? What makes you different? All important to establish. Once you know that sell it. Showcase the best of your work and who you are. Luckily these days you don’t need to pay someone to do that, social media is convenient and inexpensive if it costs anything. After all who knows you better than you?
  5. Keep yourself updated and current. Update your business with the times. You may not run it the same way you did last year or even last month.
  6. Strike up conversations anywhere and everywhere. Unless you’re walking around with a sign on no one will really know what you do. If you’re working out of your house or traveling all the time there’s no place established for people to walk in and know what you offer. You never know who you’re sitting next to or what they need. This is also a good way to learn more. It’s the little tips that you pick up along the way that can sometimes make a difference.
  7. It’s harder than most other jobs. This is more of an opinion, however from what I’ve seen it’s a popular one. Your success is in your hands. Positive as that may be, it can be overwhelming at times.


Interview Tips and Tricks

Does your stomach turn to knots when I say the word ? Interviews themselves are nothing to be scared of, it’s the weight getting the job that the interview is for. In this post I’ll go through the tips and tricks I use each time I am scheduled for an interview.

  • Look your best. Make things as easy as possible for yourself by making yourself presentable.It’s good advice to dress for the part you want, but remember that you have to be able to pull it off. If you look uncomfortable in something you think is what a company or person is looking  for it will show. I still go by the standard of less is more. Soft makeup and minimal jewelry-you should be the main focus. Some sources will tell you to mirror the interviewer’s body language, this can be hard to keep track of while answering questions and not to mention it’d be pretty weird if they caught on to what you were doing. Most important is to keep track of your own body language. No slouching and no crossing of the arms is good enough.
  • Connect the dots. Dig deep into what skills are required for the job and when you’ve used them. It doesn’t matter if you pull something from when you were 16 working in a department store, if it relates and you can connect it to the job at hand bring it up.
  • Give everything a positive spin. For the length of the interview act as if everything you’ve done has been a wonderful learning experience. Nothing in your work history was a “mistake” or a “I shouldn’t have.” You’re not stretching the truth, just looking at it from a different angle.
  • Asking questions won’t make you seem dumb. Sometimes by looking for a little extra clarifications through questions you can come off as sharper or more attentive. A common question is: “What are your goals?” I will usually ask if they want goals related to the job or not related to the job.
  • Don’t ignore what you want for a job. When you’re desperate to get hired you’ll say yes to almost anything. I’ve been there! What you can’t let happen is to ignore your own limits or what is important to you. If you’re really not able to do full time, or not getting paid the right amount, but it’s that or nothing so you agree, it may backfire in the end. You’ll get discouraged and won’t be able to keep up. Speak up there and then and they might be able to make arrangements based on your request.

***Special note for my fellow estheticians…when you’re hired as an esthetician, but then they introduce the idea of working at the front desk as a receptionist it’s a slippery slope. Take notice that you don’t go from 90% esthetician to 10% receptionist, to the other way around. It’s happened to me and from what I hear it’s not uncommon, just something to watch out for.

  • It’s not over ’til it’s over. For the most part the interview is broken down into three parts: the greeting, the questions, and the conclusion. Each are equally important. Even if you don’t make a good first impression or think you it isn’t going well you can still turn the interview around before you say goodbye.

What are your experiences/tips with interviews?







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.




What Is It Like To Be A Makeup Artist?

I don’t know what comes to the average person’s mind when they think of a makeup artist. Maybe someone with a stressed look on their face running backstage in all black with brushes at their belt at the ready. It could also be someone that wears a lot of makeup…but knows what they are doing, or someone on a TV show that gives advice to people on makeup.

Let’s talk about you. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a makeup artist?

Have you thought about what skills are necessary? If you would be”good”at it?

Like most things you grow into it, you improve and the most important thing is that you enjoy it. This video talks about the things I find essential to know in order to determine if this is for you as well as some interesting things you may not have known.


  • Fads change and trends come and go, being fresh and up to date with what’s the latest thing will give you a leg up. Keep reading, keep watching videos, keep learning. You can’t go wrong with that. (If you want to be a makeup artist or not)
  • There are different paths you can go down, go freelance if it suits you. Do something that fits your personality or in certain cases your schedule (if this is something you plan to do on the side)
  • If life won’t allow you to do this makeup-artist-thing right now, don’t give up. If it’s something you like keep going at it.