As with everything in life, you can’t get the good stuff without the bad. While you’re studying for your makeup artistry certification, you’ll probably go through some highs—getting your free makeup kit in the mail and swatching it all over your arms—and lows—not achieving that A+ right out of the gate. Some things can get better with practice, like your makeup skills, but other things are real struggles that you can’t always remedy by putting in more time and effort.
Keep reading for our list of the struggles you’ll 100% encounter when attending a makeup school online.
When you have to balance your education with work
You’re likely taking makeup school online because you want to follow your passion while accommodating a busy schedule. It doesn’t matter if you’re taking your makeup classes online or off, you’ll still have to make time to read, study, do assignments, and practice. If you’re having trouble balancing this with work, make sure you have an agenda to schedule when you’ll need to do what. It makes it easy to track your progress and find free time to do work rather than storing everything in your head!
When you still have to buy your makeup
Much to our chagrin, not many things are free in this world! You still have to stock and replenish your makeup kit yourself. Luckily, students can get professional makeup discounts from many stores and brands that help alleviate the costs. These discounts can’t help us out all the time, though. We all know the incredible pain of having to fork over our rent check and budget for groceries just as another Naked palette is released.
When you don’t have any motivation
It’s not always easy to get up every morning energetic and motivated to do your course work. Somedays it’s easy to get started and others… well, we just want to curl up in bed with a bad movie and a nice cup of tea. Motivating yourself is difficult if you don’t love what you’re doing or if your school doesn’t provide you with enough support – but there are ways to bounce back from a slump!
Try rewarding yourself after accomplishing a unit or task, or sharing your progress with friends on social media to keep yourself accountable.
When your internet goes out
You have to be decently computer savvy to take a makeup course online, but some things you can’t fix. Maybe there’s a storm outside or perhaps last month’s internet bill got buried in your contour palettes…
The one real obstacle (besides yourself) when it comes to working online is that you may not always have the best internet connection. The one upside if you do lose your connection is that your makeup artistry course may be flexible and won’t have any due dates for their assignments. This means that you can just resume your work later on with no penalties!
When your friends are far, far away
You can absolutely make friends online who share your passion for makeup. But it sucks when you can’t grab an after-class coffee or go deal-hunting during Sephora’s VIB sale when your friend lives on the opposite side of the world! While it can be a huge bummer sometimes, it’s still awesome to be able to learn about burgeoning makeup trends around the world! It also makes meet-ups incredibly exciting when you’ve been following each other on social media for a while.
When you can’t blame the weather
If you didn’t meet a deadline for a class, you don’t really have anyone else to point the finger at but yourself. You can’t blame any late assignments on a snow-day or the fact that your dog ate your homework when you’re working online and at home. While some online courses do set due dates for readings and assignments, others don’t. If you’re feeling uninspired or you just couldn’t get around to finishing off that makeup for mature skin assignment, don’t worry! There’s no need for excuses, just get to it when you’re able to.
When you have to call tech support
You’re probably the tech support of your family and the first person your grandparents turn to when they finally want to learn “email”. Some issues are fairly simple fixes but not always. Imagine spending 6 hours crafting a look for the student showcase, and right after you take a photo and remove your makeup, your computer crashes and the photo disappears!
Don’t be caught by surprise. Make sure you always back-up your work on a hard drive or on cloud storage!
The #struggles don’t just stop after you graduate! Check out this article on the 11 struggles only freelance makeup artists will understand!