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Becoming a Makeup Artist (tips & advice)

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Hello my beauties and welcome to another slightly different post from me.

One of my New Year’s Resolutions was to incorporate more lifestyle topics into my blog in order to try to help and inspire some of you, as I feel there is more to me than liquid lipsticks and would love to share my other interests with you 🙂

Another one of my resolutions was to stop procrastinating and to challenge myself by doing things that are outside of my comfort zone so that I can build up my self-confidence. One of the things on my to-do list was to go on a makeup course for beginners but I would always make excuses due to fear of change and self-doubt taking over.

I was having one of those ‘I can take on anything days’ last month, so I decided to book a two-day beginners makeup course at the London School of Makeup. I did some research on various schools and I decided to go with this one as It had positive reviews and found the courses to be more suited to what I wanted out of it.

I chose the 2 Day IMA Foundation Course, as I wanted to get an insight into what it’s like and to also brush up on my makeup application skills. I also liked the flexibility that this course provides, as once you complete the intensive two-day training you can complete a home study programme based on what you learnt and the notes you made. You are required to build up a portfolio, which includes various make-up looks completed on friends and family and also a practical and written assignment. There is no pressure to do this straight way and can get started 6-12 months after the course if you desire.

Once everything is completed and providing you pass the course, then you will receive an industry recognised qualification from the (International Make-up Association).

You’re probably wondering how I found the experience, right? Well, I can honestly say that I underestimated how intense a two-day course would be! There were a lot of subjects to cover over a short space of time. Some of the topics included how to cleanse, tone and moisturise correctly, identifying different undertones in the skin, learning various colour correcting techniques and that was only a fraction of the things that we covered.

I did find the course to be a little overwhelming due to the overload of information I had to take in. However, I enjoyed the practical side of it where we were able to practice various looks on our classmates and overall, I did discover new skills and techniques on makeup application so it was definitely worth the experience.

If you are a 100% certain that you want to become a professional makeup artist, then I would highly recommend that you opt for a longer course. A quick crash course will not cover all the subjects thoroughly, which may leave you feeling unsatisfied, and believe me there is a lot to learn!

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A few other tips I would recommend if you want to become a professional makeup artist:

  • Practice different looks on friends and family. Try to pick people that are of different ages and skin tones, so you get familiar with applying makeup on different faces.
  • Take before and after pictures of these looks and build a portfolio. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, you can just put them in a ring binder.
  • Try to get work experience at a studio or an establishment that contains makeup artists, so you can get an insight into the industry and what makeup artists do on a daily basis.
  • Network, network…network! We are privileged to have great social media platforms where you can connect with like-minded people and also get a chance to showcase your work. You never know where it may take you.
  • Watch professional makeup artist on YouTube to provide you with some tips and inspiration. My personal favourites are Pixiwoo, Lisa Eldrige and Tanya Burr.
  • Build yourself a kit containing versatile makeup that can be used on different skin types and tones. It doesn’t have to be expensive makeup. The drugstore have some great affordable options such a L.A Girl cosmetics – which has great correcting concealers, L’Oreal – has a great selection of foundations suited to skin tones and MUA – which is cheap as chips and contains fantastic eyeshadow palettes for as little as £4!
  • Do your research thoroughly before booking a course to ensure that it fits in with the direction you want to go in and also that the qualification is industry recognised.
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Taking selfies during the course:)

Just in case you were interested, the school I chose to do my course in is If you are on the fence about doing a makeup course then my general consensus is that you never know if it’s for you until you try! Being a makeup artist is not as easy as it looks and does require a creative eye and patience but can be a rewarded job as you make a difference to how people feel about themselves:)I hope you found this post to be useful and please ask if you have any questions as I will be more than happy to help:) xx

I hope you found this post to be useful and please ask if you have any questions as I will be more than happy to help:) xx




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  1. Jodie
    January 31, 2017 / 8:32 pm

    Beautiful ❤