Not all makeup artists use contracts for their makeup jobs. If you have a home studio and book clients for small events, odds are you don’t need a contract. But for larger makeup jobs, where you’re going to travel to meet your client or commit an entire day of work to a single client or event, a good makeup artistry contract will help protect you and your business.
Read on to find out more about how to write a makeup artist contract.
What to Include in your Contract
A few years ago we wrote a full article about exactly what you should include in your contract. Below is a summary of those points, but you can find the full outline here.
- Information on your client including contact information and any allergies/conditions they may have that will affect the products you can use
- A clear outline of your services including the location, times you will be working, the scope of the job, etc.
- Your payment terms, including the final price and any payment arrangements. For example, if a deposit is due in advance, etc.
- Cancellation clauses including a clause that protects you in case of unforeseen circumstances
- Indemnity clauses that protect you and your business against being sued for negligence
Best Practices for Writing Your Makeup Contracts
Contracts can easily be overdone or completely useless. If you want a simple makeup artistry contract that actually does its job, follow these important points:
- It’s a good idea to use a basic template, and to have a lawyer scan it over to identify any potential legal problems ahead of time. After all, a contract is there to protect you and your makeup business.
- Use simple, straight-forward language. Don’t try to be fancy with your contract. Use “you” when referring to your clients and “I” when referring to yourself.
- Be specific and avoid words that are open to interpretation. For example, instead of saying “afternoon”, say “from Noon to 5pm”. This avoids having clients argue with you about semantics.
- Some clients will ask you to revise some elements of your contract. This in itself isn’t outrageous. Most clients might ask for a slightly different payment structure/deadlines or ask you to clarify terms, etc. However don’t let a client browbeat you into removing your cancellation policy or make other changes you’re not comfortable with.
How to Use Your Makeup Contract
Using makeup contracts properly will help protect you and your makeup business. Here’s a quick rundown.
- You should use a contract with every client if possible. You can use shorter contracts for quick same-day appointments.
- Read through the contract with your client and explain it to them in plain language. Make sure they understand what they’re signing.
- Send your client an electronic copy of your contract in a format that is not easily editable, like a protected PDF document.
- If a client doesn’t sign the contract in front of you or if they printed your contract themselves, be sure to re-read the contract to ensure it hasn’t been altered in any way.
Makeup artistry contracts can be a pain to set up initially, but trust me, if anything happens, you’ll be glad to have it!
Have you ever written a makeup contract? Let us know if you encountered any unexpected problems in the comments below!
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Are you in a stable career but looking for a change? Maybe you’re looking to follow your passion in life, or maybe you’re close to retirement and thinking about how you’re going to fill your days moving forward?
If you’re passionate about makeup and love working with people, then odds are that a career as a makeup artist is a great choice for you!
But changing careers can be a tricky situation, especially if you’re currently in a stable full-time job. The key is to plan ahead and make the change gradually. And you’re in luck! Since makeup artistry is such a flexible profession, you can take your time and ease into the career without taking too many risks. You’ll want to follow these basic steps:
Don’t quit your job (yet!)
Quit your job and start your new career!
Let’s break it down.
1. Don’t quit your job (yet)
It can be so tempting to follow your dream, and quit your current job to become a full-time makeup artist. If you do, odds are that you’ll regret your impulsiveness when you have trouble finding clients and your bills start piling up.
Remember, it takes time to start a new career, and you’re very lucky to be able to keep your current job (ahem, and your current income) while you’re setting up your new career.
If you’re currently unemployed and don’t have many savings, it’s worth considering taking on a job temporarily while you’re starting your makeup artistry career. Working jobs that are customer service or retail oriented are actually excellent practice for some of those “soft skills” that will come in handy as a professional makeup artist.
2. Enroll in makeup training courses
Despite popular belief, professional makeup artists aren’t made on Instagram. If you want the best shot at being a successful professional makeup artist, that means taking the time to learn the fundamentals properly from a makeup school.
Lucky for you, now you can easily do an online makeup program like QC’s Master Makeup Artistry Course that will get you on the right track from the very beginning. These programs are totally flexible so you can get educated and start honing your skills while still keeping that precious day job.
Depending on your time commitment, makeup artistry training can take anywhere from 3 months to 2 years. For reference, the average student in the QC’s Master Makeup Artistry course takes about 3 to 6 months to get certified.
3. Freelance part-time
The flexibility of makeup artistry means you can start taking on a few makeup clients during your “off hours”. If your current day job is a regular 9-5 job, that makes it even easier since most makeup clients will want you available on evenings or weekends anyway!
You’ll probably find that it’s slow going at first. You might get a few clients per week. But as you build your business and your brand, and as word-of-mouth starts to get around, more clients will trickle in. The business training portion of your makeup artistry course will also give you some great tips on how to build up your freelance makeup business.
Once you get to the point where you’re having to turn clients away as a part-time MUA, it’s time to do what you’ve been dreaming about!
4. Quit your job and be a professional makeup artist!
If you follow these steps, by the time you quit your day job, you’ll already have a thriving makeup artistry career that produces decent income and makes you happy. Now it’s time to reap the benefits of all your hard work with a long and fruitful makeup artistry career!
Do you have more tips on how to start a second career as a makeup artist? Let us know in the comments below!
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