Hey lovely people!
I hope you’re having a wonderful week! We’re smack in the middle of prom season and thank goodness it has been a very busy couple of weeks. Lots of hair and makeup work! Yay!
Makeup is truly an amazing field. It’s never boring! Every single day, every single client is a new adventure. I’m eternally grateful for the opportunity to dive into the world of makeup artistry through QC Makeup Academy. In my last articles I’ve talked about all the interesting and fun things I’ve been able to learn from QC’s Master Makeup Artistry course, and today I’d like to tell you guys about the things I’ve learned during the course that I didn’t expect to learn.
The Master Makeup Artistry course is a very complete course. When I started out, I expected to learn the basics of skin types, face shapes, and makeup application techniques, the normal stuff. I never thought I would receive in depth information about the business aspects of makeup artistry. No other course (that I know of) offers you the information you need to start your own business. Many units have optional business assignments that guide you on the right path to getting on your feet as a working makeup artist. One of the first assignments seems so simple: picking a name for your business. Most people would probably ignore that assignment but something so seemingly simple is extremely important. I’m glad I did my assignment and had Nathan give me his valuable feedback. As soon as I picked a name I quickly made a Facebook Fan Page. I later went on to make a website, like the course materials recommend. Little by little I’m being called for more freelance makeup jobs thanks to my site and social media pages.
Check it out! I’ve got a logo and everything!
Some of the most helpful business tools we’re given are the invoice and contract templates. I had to translate them into Spanish, since I live in a Spanish-speaking country, but they have been indispensable to starting my business. You’ll seem so much more professional handing a client an organized contract than just saying “Yeah, I’ll do your makeup on July 20th”.
Another thing I didn’t expect to learn was the history of makeup. It was super interesting to learn about the pioneers in the cosmetics industry and the changes in makeup tendencies throughout the years. Having all this knowledge will make you a well-rounded professional. Don’t be just another makeup artist. Make the difference! Read up, research, and never stop learning!