Are you an ambitious makeup maven? Perhaps you can’t wait to get your career started and figure it’s now or never. Some aspiring MUAs start out by taking just one course at makeup school while others take multiple. It seems daunting to think about taking multiple courses, but we promise, it’s possible – and probably more manageable thank you think!

At makeup colleges, students are expected to take a semester-load of courses anyway. This way, you’ll graduate within a year or two (if you’re full-time) with all the skills you need to break into the industry. But what if brick-and-mortar schools aren’t an option? Don’t let distance or finances stand in the way of your dream! Makeup artists are turning to online makeup schools for their education. Online makeup courses are more flexible than traditional schools; so many students take multiple courses. Continue reading to find out exactly how they do it!

Your personal traits:

Unfortunately, not everyone is suited for online learning. If you’re thinking about enrolling in multiple courses, you need to work hard! It’s important to make sure you’re getting everything you can out of your courses. So what can you do? Your first step is to examine your own personality traits. Do you feel you excel in the following traits?

Motivation

Let’s be honest: staying motivated is tough. You’ll encounter the initial high of enrolling and receiving your materials. But soon you’ll be reading and completing assignments. Of course, you’ll look forward most to the assignments where you apply makeup, but you may not find the theory assignments to be hands-on or relevant until you start applying makeup.

We’re not saying that you need to construct a vision board—you could use that time for your readings anyway! But keeping your eye on the target certainly helps motivate yourself to keep on trucking. What is your ultimate goal? Do you want to start raking in the money? Well, you can’t get there without the proper training! All course content is there for a reason. You’ll thank us later once you work with your first professional client. Your confidence and knowledge will make your session a breeze!

Independence

When you’re an independent learner, you set personal goals for yourself and you pick yourself up when you fall! You love challenges and go the extra mile to make sure you understand something before moving on. That being said, you’re not afraid to ask for help.

It’s a common misconception that you’re totally alone when completing online education. You may be doing your assignments at home alone, but you’re not truly by yourself! A key trait of a strong learner? Asking for help when they need it! Depending on the school, you’ll have access to a tutor or student support team who will help you complete your assignments. And since the makeup community is social, your school may have a student-moderated forum. You’ll be able to ask and answer questions, give and receive support, and learn from others who are in the same situation as you!

Discipline

Self-paced courses require self-discipline. You won’t have someone constantly asking for your homework, so how can you make sure that you don’t abandon your studies?

You need to determine your priorities. Where do your studies rank? Sometimes your work will be more important, other times it’s your family. Depending on your motivation, your priorities can change—and that’s okay. If you set a goal of completing your courses within a few months, you need to decide how many hours a week you need to devote to your studies to reach your goal. The hours will change depending on how many courses you juggle. Make sure you clearly outline these time blocks on your calendar. Seeing your day laid out in front of you will make it easier to stay on schedule!

What to look for in a school:

When you’re researching the makeup school for you, do they meet certain criteria? Check to see if they’re an accredited institution. They should also state who their tutors are and if you’ll receive a certification upon graduation. You don’t want to waste your time and money! But besides these criteria, what else should a school offer to help you balance multiple courses?

Course bundling discounts

Some distance-education schools offer seriously amazing promotions. From BOGO-style promos to steep discounts on additional courses, there’s something for everyone. If two completely different makeup courses catch your attention, you won’t have to sacrifice one for the other. Building a great makeup career means expanding your skills. You don’t have to choose one or the other if you don’t want to. This is definitely one of the biggest perks of online education!

Unlike retailers where their biggest sales happen on major shopping holidays (Black Friday… anytime before Christmas!), online schools offer promotions more often. Honestly, we’d rather this! You can’t control when you want to embark on a new journey. So why would you wait months until you can afford the education you deserve?

Self-paced nature

One of the biggest worries students have about taking multiple courses is meeting deadlines. Especially if they’re complete beginners, learning makeup techniques shouldn’t be rushed! If you’re considering taking multiple courses online, choose a school that offers self-paced programs.

Self-paced courses often mean that you have extra time to complete your courses. Just because you enrolled in two or three courses at once doesn’t mean you have to complete them simultaneously! The beauty of self-paced courses is that you can pick up and put down the course whenever it suits you. You’ll also have additional practice time for your makeup assignments. That winged eyeliner got you down? Take as long as you need to perfect it!

Payment Plans

Tuition isn’t cheap. Your tuition bill can quickly rise depending on the courses you take and how many you choose. Traditional colleges are the hardest on your wallet. Thankfully, you have more options for makeup education than brick-and-mortar institutions!

When you enroll in an online makeup academy, tuition is cheaper. You won’t have to pay for any ancillary or campus maintenance fees. Besides lower tuition fees, you’ll have more payment options. Some students wish to pay up-front when enrolling, but not everyone can afford to do so.

Payment options make makeup education available for everyone – bringing students closer to their dreams! You’ll be able to maintain access to your courses even if you opt for making smaller, regular payments.

Structured courses

While flexibility is often necessary for some students, that doesn’t mean that they should sacrifice structure! How a course is taught is very important. A makeup artistry course should start you off with the basics. As you move along, you’ll learn new techniques and incorporate them with your basic knowledge. An unstructured course can leave you confused. And if you’re confused now? You probably won’t be ready to take on clients upon graduation!

Ready to take on your makeup artistry training? Let us know which courses you’re interested in!

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Celina Feng

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