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Getting Personal with Makeup Artist Brittany

By August 7, 2014November 9th, 2018Makeup by Brittany, Your Makeup Career

Hey guys!

Today I’m going to share with you my personal journey on the path to becoming a professional makeup artist. You can learn more about how to jumpstart your own makeup career with courses from QC by clicking on the button below.


The Beginning

I’ve loved everything to do with makeup for as long as I can remember. When I was in high school, I would do full applications for my friends for dances and proms. However, I felt as though my future was uncertain. I found that it was difficult to listen to my own dreams. After I graduated high school, I attended the University of Ottawa for a degree unrelated to makeup artistry. I began taking makeup even more seriously and started freelancing between classes. I had no professional training or certification and was charging below industry standard rates merely to gain experience and build my portfolio.


After completing two years of my three year program, I decided to switch my focus to Makeup Artistry and Cosmetology. My family wasn’t exactly thrilled about my decision, but supported me nonetheless. It was at this point that I began blogging, which played an integral part in my success. Many friends and family followed and read my blog, and they passed it along to their own friends and family and spread the word.

From there, I attended the Ottawa Academy. My makeup artistry teacher was amazing. She had worked for Stila cosmetics as a professional artist and had many other professional credentials. When she taught me, she was retired from full-time makeup artistry, pregnant, and teaching her passion to young hopefuls. I looked up to her and saw myself doing similar things. I was able to see the many opportunities the industry offers. I could see this career helping me achieve the goals I had for the future: success in both my professional and family life.

Work Experience

After graduating, I moved home to London where I was hired at Sephora as a Colour Cast member. Sephora gave me so much experience. I learned how different textures and finishes work, lighting and wearability techniques, application techniques, and so much more. I was constantly doing makeup applications. I soon became the Beauty Studio Captain and I, with a few other important artists, took over the majority of applications. As a makeup artist, the best way to improve your skills is to practice applications!

Starting my own business had always a goal of mine, but I wasn’t sure how to get started. I still continued to blog and freelance when I could. Eventually, I decided to look for a job with a little more flexibility to work in my freelance clients. I wasn’t ready to be fully self-employed, but I knew that I was getting close. After I left Sephora, I began to promote myself via my blog and social media platforms. Things quickly began to take off and I was getting requests for weddings and events well in advance. I then got a job at Cake Beauty (a Canadian product sold within Sephora) as their National Educator. I traveled across Canada training all the Sephora locations regarding the Cake product. Because I made my own schedule, I was able to accommodate more freelance clients.

After working for Cake from January to May (a slower time for makeup), my freelance work started to thrive. I could see that I no longer needed an additional income so I left my position with Cake. I started to book up into the following year during that same “slow period” and I could see that I was finally where I wanted to be.

Realizing My Goals

I left my job at Cake over a year and a half ago, and I have been self-employed ever since. I make my own hours, decide my own income, and design the life I want. This journey was by no means easy, but it taught me so much about myself and what I’m capable of. I learned so much about the industry I love so dearly and I can’t wait to continue on. I am now booking into 2016, blogging for multiple outlets, and running a successful social-media-present business and blog of my own.

In my opinion, being self-employed is where it’s at, especially in this industry. But that is not to say that there aren’t a ton of amazingly cool and fun positions available If you are a person who needs more structure and stability. If you love to travel and live out of a suitcase, keeping busy and being on the go—there are many job options out there. I prefer to make my own rules.

That being said, you need to do what is right for you and your personality, goals, ambitions and happiness! That’s what it’s all about.


Author Brittany Hall

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  • candice jackson says:

    I really enjoyed reading this blog about how she got started in the makeup industry. It’s kinda something you wake up and realize, hey this is what i want to do. I am currently an Admin Assistant in the Natural Gas Services business, been in this profession for 17 years and I’m also a part-time independent beauty consultant with Mary Kay. I’m a single mother so were always busy, on the go and looking for ways to make ends meet. I’ve been doing Mary Kay for 3 months now, as more of a hobby, but it has allowed me to really hone in on my natural passion, abilities and talent for being creative when it comes to beauty. I’ve always had a passion for art in any form of fashion and makeup is something i’ve always played with and enjoyed mixing colors. As a beauty consultant now, I am enjoying doing facials and makeovers on other people, seeing their reaction afterward and teaching proper skincare and makeup techniques. As i teach, I learn. It is now at 35 years of age, that I’ve decided a career change to become a professional makeup artist and I am considering enrolling in the makeup artistry program with QC.

    • Erin Siksay says:

      Hi Candice,

      I’m so glad you could relate to Brittany’s article and how she followed her passion to fulfill her dreams. It sounds like you are on the path to doing the same! Take a look at our courses and see if there’s one that catches your eye. You can also call the school anytime at 1-800-267-1829 to get more information.

      Best of luck following your dreams!

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