5 Tips To Start Your Make-Up Career

Like in every profession, the more you work and the more information you absorb, the more experienced you are! Experience provides you with tips and tricks that will change your work completely to make your work faster and of better quality. The same is with makeup career.

1. Having your own professional makeup kit.

Using your professional makeup kit for personal use is a NO-NO. This is because makeup artist are far less likely to properly sanitize products they consistently use on themselves. Although that is no issue for you, it can be potentially harmful to your clients. Double-dipping is not acceptable. If you do it, that product can never be used in your professional makeup kit again!


On the other, problem with using your kit for personal use is that you’ll forget items. We have seen many makeup artists show up to work without their palettes or foundations. After using them at home, they bolt out the door, forgetting products left on the bathroom counter. As a professional makeup artist, your kit should be treated as a tool of the trade, not as your personal makeup bag.

Sample of Professional Makeup Kit

2. Learn about the skin

Skin is the canvas all makeup artists work on. Yet the majority of makeup artists do not know how to properly identify skin types, the difference between skin types and skin conditions. Knowing the difference between skin types and skin conditions will definitely helps you to define your client skin. By doing so, you can work on choosing products with ingredients that directly address your client’s skin needs. It’s the only way to control the makeup finish and longevity.

3. Use makeup primers

Using makeup primers is a MUST! Makeup primers even out the skin and prepare it for a smooth foundation application. Using primer also prevents your makeup application from melting off your client’s face and also prolongs the desired finish.

New makeup artists often think they can skip the primer. They don‘t see the need for it or want to spend their money on more “exciting” makeup products. This is a big mistake! Face and eye primers make makeup products look better on the skin while making them last longer. Using the correct primer on your client will create a stunning result and long-lasting makeup application.

4. Create Professional makeup portfolio

Many new artists are drawn to the allure of dramatic and heavy makeup applications. Of course, that should be a part of your repertoire—you should be up-to-date with all makeup techniques. But know that the majority of paid makeup jobs in the real world request soft and natural makeup looks. You’ll likely book a job here and there that calls for major drama and creativity. But most often, you’ll be hired for makeup jobs requiring a softer approach to makeup.


Take a look at the work of bridal photographers in your area. Their wedding portfolios will show off the types of bridal makeup applications popular with actual paying brides. You’ll see many soft and effortlessly glamorous looks. Fashion catalogs, TV shows, and commercials will also show you the type of makeup that is popular and in demand in the makeup industry.


If all your work is wild and bold, it’s less likely that you’ll be hired for your makeup services. Make sure that at least 60% of the work in your makeup portfolio or media feeds shows examples of what the people in your area are looking for.


5. Be an artist who creates, not copies.

Beginner makeup artists are often heavily influenced by social media beauty gurus. This translates to makeup that’s far more trend-based and dramatic than what’s favored in the professional makeup world. When you’re learning makeup through classic techniques, you’ll avoid the paint-by-numbers learning style that has people duplicating “looks” seen online. All too often, this approach turns people into copy artists who can only do versions of the looks they’ve memorized. Learn the classic techniques and be an artist who creates, not copies.


Sounds easy ? Why not try out our Intensive 3 Days Professional Bridal Make-up and Hair Styling Course for only RM199!!! We will share and guide you the right pathway to start your career as Professional Make-up Artist. 

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