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Top 7 Articles for Starting Your Makeup Business

So here’s the deal: you’ve spent countless hours practising your makeup skills on your friends and family for free, and now you’re ready to turn it into a profitable makeup business! You’ve got the skills and the passion, now you just need some quick tips to get the cash flowing.

Being your own boss has some great perks. But there’s a lot you need to know about starting your makeup business before really diving in. Keep reading for the best tips for your makeup business!

1. What You Need to Know About a Makeup Artist License

First things first, you need to check if you need to be a licensed makeup artist! To ensure you’re running a proper business, you need to know if a board exam is required. Don’t know what a makeup license is? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. In this article, we explain the differences between a certification and a license – and whether you need one to work on clients!

2. Makeup Business Names and Logos

Building your brand may be your biggest challenge when starting your makeup business. But there are some simple rules you should stick to when building your brand. From plagiarism to font choices, you’ll learn how to distinguish yourself from your competition, and give yourself a brand as memorable as your work. And of course, start getting clients and earn money ASAP!

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3. Pricing Your Makeup Services as an Emerging Artist

Pricing can be a daunting task, especially when you’re new to the professional makeup industry. Thankfully, QC Makeup Academy graduate, Whitney Conn, provides you with some advice on how to price your services. Figure out what your skills are worth and get yourself out there!

Pro tip from Whitney: Once you decide on a price, stand your ground!

4. Finding Makeup Artistry Clients

Now that you’ve got your branding and pricing figured out, let’s find you some clients! In this article, Whitney walks you through on how she got her first few clients. Finding new clients, facing challenges, and growing your network, are going to be key to running a successful makeup business.

5. Clients Every Freelance Makeup Artist Will Meet

Not sure what to expect from your clients? We’ve explored five types of clients that you will (probably) run into and how to deal with them. Everyone you work with will be different, and not just in skin tone or style preferences, so why not be prepared by giving this article a quick read?

If you’re nervous about dealing with self-conscious clients, QC tutor, Nathan Johnson teaches you how you can make even the most self-conscious clients feel beautiful inside and out.
Networking for makeup artists

6. Networking for Makeup Artists

On the topic of your makeup clients, you’ll also need to network with these clients and other professionals in order to grow your business. This article gives you some great tips on how you can meet other artists, grow your reputation, and gain more experience.

7. What to Include in a Makeup Artistry Contract

So now that you’ve learnt everything from branding to meeting professionals, how do you make working with a client official? It’s important that you draw up a contract for your clients to sign – no matter who your client is. In this article, you’ll find information on everything you need to have in a makeup artistry contract!

Hopefully these tips and tricks will give you the tools you need to run a great makeup business. Have you already started a business and have some other tips to share? Let us know!

Still not sure if your makeup business should be a full-time gig? Find out if being a full-time MUA is for you.

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