As we round the corner into a new year, you may be thinking about finally starting your professional career or even making a total career change. You’re ready for something new, and you’re ready for something fun.
Perhaps becoming a makeup artist is the answer!
But starting a new journey can be scary. What if you’re not cut out for the job? What if you hate it? To make sure you head down the path that is best for you, see if any of these top signs of whether you’re destined to become a makeup artist apply to you!
You love makeup
Okay, that’s pretty obvious. A makeup artist must love makeup. But a lot of people love makeup… Does that mean everyone is cut out to become a makeup artist?
Loving makeup is more than obsessing over shimmery eyeshadows and glossy lip colors. You have to love what makeup can say and what it can do. If you love that makeup can express how someone feels without them having to say a single word, or that it has the power to bring out the confidence and beauty in anyone, then you’re a step closer to fulfilling your destiny.
You’re a trendsetter
Are you always experimenting with makeup and coming up with unique looks? Do your friends always look to you for the latest trends? Maybe you’re supposed to be a makeup artist!
Makeup artists are constantly asked by clients to create something unique that will make them stand out, so being able to come up with new ideas and deliver what your clients want is essential. Or if your dream is to work with editorial makeup or high-fashion makeup for the runways, you’ll need to create something that’s never been done before. Knowing the hottest trends, but also being able to set new ones, is a must for MUAs!
You’re a people person
Makeup artists interact with people every day, either in person, on the phone, or online. And clients want someone who is outgoing, can make them feel comfortable, and is excited about working with them. If you tend to be shy or feel a little awkward about meeting new people, then you’ll want to break out of that shell before making any drastic decisions about your career.
Being able to work well with others, and actually enjoying it, is vital for a makeup artist’s career. If you’re an energetic, enthusiastic, and genuinely friendly person, you’ll make a great makeup artist!
You’re driven to succeed
If you’re thinking about becoming a freelance makeup artist and running your own business, working hard and wanting to do well should be of no stranger to you. You’ll be responsible for your own success, so you’ll need to be determined about your business duties and marketing strategies, like upkeeping a professional website, blogging, running your social media pages, constantly tweaking your portfolio, etc.
Makeup artists also tend to work some strange hours, like very early mornings, late nights, and often weekends. Self-discipline, driven by the will to succeed, is required!
You have a love for learning
If you’re obsessed with watching makeup tutorials online and have a passion for education, you could be a great makeup artist!
The makeup industry is constantly evolving, so being able to adapt and grow alongside it is essential to your career. Being open to learning new techniques and trends will keep your clients coming back and continue to open doors for you. Artists who aren’t willing to invest in their education won’t be given the same opportunities that adaptable, well-rounded artists are.
You can take constructive criticism
Being able to take constructive criticism, and even encouraging it, is crucial. Learning from your mistakes and getting feedback on your work is essential to your growth. Refusing to acknowledge that your work might not always be perfect and not considering someone’s advice does not a successful artist make!
Clients might not always love the first application you do and might have some concerns and suggestions. Maybe the eyeliner looks a little uneven or they’re not loving the lip color you chose? Being open to and even asking for feedback while being ready to make adjustments to satisfy your client will help you to go far as a makeup artist.
You’re a natural born leader
Did you always take the lead on group projects in school? Do you like to give direction but also know how to listen to others’ ideas?
Great makeup artists have the ability to read situations well, knowing when to take the lead and when to step back. You’ll encounter many different kinds of clients as a makeup artist, each with their own individual needs. Some clients may give hardly any direction for the makeup look they want, while others will be very particular. Being able to take control of the situation and making the big decisions, but also knowing when to let someone else take the reins, are excellent skills for a makeup artist to have!
So what do you say? Is a career in professional makeup artistry for you? If you’re ready to take the next step, QC Makeup Academy can help! We’ll work with you to take your love of makeup to the next level with our selection of online makeup courses.