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18 Secrets to Makeup Photography Success

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Are you a professional makeup artist and want to improve your portfolio? Have you been hired to do editorial makeup and you want to make sure you deliver the best possible results? Or maybe you’re a makeup lover who simply wants to improve your makeup photography skills for your Instagram feed?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, we’ve got some great news for you! Makeup photography doesn’t have to be complicated. In this article, we’ll go over 18 secrets that will help you take your makeup photos from mediocre to magazine-worthy.

So, let’s get started!

The Importance of Makeup in Photography

Makeup plays an an important role in in photography, as it helps enhance your features and create a certain look. Furthermore, makeup also makes it easier for photographers to capture colors, tones, and textures in the images they take.

In the world of professional makeup artistry, makeup is especially important in editorial work. In a nutshell, editorial photoshoots are all about creating a specific look or atmosphere. Usually, the purpose is to sell some sort of product, tell a story, or portray a concept. Makeup is the key to helping achieve this vision!

You’ll also find that makeup photography is of major importance when it comes to building your professional portfolio. After all, as a makeup artist, your portfolio is essentially your resume! It’s what potential employers look at to determine if you have the skillset they’re looking for. As such, knowing how to apply makeup for the camera is a must.

Now, let’s say you’re not a professional MUA. Perhaps you simply want to take your social media content to the next level. Well, makeup is just as important here, too. It helps you look your best and creates a more polished image!

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18 Secrets to Makeup Photography Success

Okay, let’s not waste anymore time! Here are 18 tips to help you achieve the perfect makeup look for photography…

But WAIT! Before we reveal these 18 secrets, make sure you know HOW to build a professional makeup artistry portfolio first!

Secret #1: Prep the skin with moisturizer and primer!

Make sure your (or your client’s) skin is well-hydrated and prepped first before applying makeup. This will help ensure that the products you use stay put and look their best all day long!

Secret #2: Know how to color correct!

Color correcting is basically using a specific product to cancel out any unwanted tones in your skin. Make sure you have a good understanding of how to color correct before doing makeup for photography. Otherwise, you’ll end up with an uneven and inconsistent look.

Pro Tip: Become a color correcting master with the help of this educational webinar – hosted by QC Makeup Academy executive instructor and professional MUA, Nathan Johnson!

Secret #3: Use bold colors that’ll pop on camera!

When it comes to makeup photography, bold colors are always best! So, make sure you use products that’ll show up clearly and will stand out in photos.

Secret #4: Ditch the cakey foundation!

Cakey foundation looks unnatural and unflattering in photos. For this reason, it’s important to avoid this look! Instead, make sure you use a lightweight foundation that’ll provide a sheer and polished finish.

Secret #5: Focus on the eyes!

The eyes are the most important feature in makeup photography because they’re the “windows to the soul”. So, make sure you focus on creating a dramatic and beautiful eye look that’ll make an impact in photos. You can achieve this by:

  • Swiping on some colorful eyeshadow;
  • Applying a dramatic cat eye;
  • Doing a sharp, crisp wing;
  • Applying false lashes;
  • Choosing colors that enhance the eye color;
  • And more!

Pro Tip: Need help perfecting your smokey eye? This step-by-step video tutorial by QC Makeup Academy grad, Devyn Gregorio, will show you everything you need to know!

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Secret #6: Make sure the lips don’t go unnoticed!

Just because you’re focusing on the eyes doesn’t mean you should overlook the lips. Make sure to create a luscious and full-looking pout with the help of lip liner, lipstick, and/or gloss!

Secret #7: Go with matte products!

Shimmery and sparkly products can be distracting in photos. Furthermore, they can also cause unwanted shine. Instead, make sure you opt for matte or subtle sheen products instead.

By doing this, you’ll be able to create a more subtle and polished look!

Secret #8: Use powder so skin doesn’t look shiny!

While we’re on the subject, applying a translucent setting powder on the face is also essential for keeping skin from getting shiny or greasy. So, make sure you lightly dust this over your (or your client’s) face – either before or after taking photos.

Secret #9: The fashion should match the makeup (and vice versa)!

If you’re choosing your or your client’s wardrobe, make sure to choose an outfit that’ll match the makeup look. This means making sure the colors, styles, and textures don’t clash with each other! And if someone else has picked out the wardrobe, make sure to adjust the makeup accordingly.

Either way, creating a cohesive look is key for achieving the perfect makeup photography look!

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Secret #10: Choose colors that compliment the skin tone (and undertones)!

The colors you use in makeup photography can make or break the final look. Thus, we strongly recommend choosing colors that are flattering and will highlight the best features of the person you’re working with. Make sure to take their skin into consideration before you choose colors – as this will help create a more balanced and harmonious look.

For example, all people’s skin tones fall into any of these categories:

  • Cool (blue undertone)
  • Warm (yellow/golden undertone)
  • Neutral (a balance of cool and warm undertones)

Once you know the undertones, you can then choose colors that’ll enhance them!

Secret #11: Don’t be afraid of natural skin texture!

No amount of makeup in the world can completely erase skin texture – and that’s just a fact. Personally, when I see a model who has no pores, I immediately think “Photoshop”… And Photoshop doesn’t sell me on anything other than Photoshop.

So, when applying makeup for photography, as it’s important to keep some of the natural skin texture still visible. Of course, this doesn’t mean you should leave your or your client’s skin looking dull and dry. It simply means that you shouldn’t cake on the makeup.

Make sure to use the right products and techniques to create a glowing, healthy complexion without losing the skin’s natural texture. Remember: having texture on our skin is part of being human. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with it!

Secret #12: Make sure to use a setting spray!

Setting spray is essential for keeping your makeup in place and ensuring it still looks fresh after hours of shooting. We recommend using a product that’s specifically designed for photography (such as any of these), as this will give you the best results.

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Secret #13: Know how to do a variety of looks!

You’ve probably noticed that so far, we’ve put a lot of emphasis on the bolder, more dramatic side of makeup photography. That being said, you should also be aware of the importance of subtler looks as well. Not only does your professional portfolio need variety; if you’re limited to one or two styles, you won’t be able to book as many photoshoot jobs!

With that in mind, you should learn how to do a variety of looks, such as:

  • Everyday makeup;
  • Soft glam makeup;
  • Bridal/wedding makeup;
  • SFX makeup;
  • Makeup for men;
  • Makeup for mature skin;
  • Global beauty makeup, etc.

Pro Tip: QC Makeup Academy’s self-paced, online courses cover ALL of these styles of makeup (and SO much more)! Plus, you’ll earn a legitimate, globally-recognized certification AND learn how to start/run your own MUA business… All in as little as 12 short weeks!

Secret #14: Do touch-ups throughout the photoshoot!

No matter how perfect the makeup looks at first, it’s bound to need a few touch-ups here and there. When you forget to re-apply powder or blend eyeshadow, the makeup will begin to look patchy and cake-like. So, make sure you have a few key products on hand to help you out when needed.

How to Retouch Makeup for Photography

If you or your client/model needs their makeup retouched during the photoshoot, you’ll need to do two things:

  1. Make sure your makeup is still intact (i.e., powder, eyeshadow, blush, etc.);
  2. And make sure your skin is still matte and not shiny or greasy.

To do this, use a setting spray to re-set the makeup and blot any excess oil with a tissue or blotting paper.

Secret #15: Lighting is literally everything!

We can’t stress this one enough! Makeup photography is all about playing around with light and making sure it’s hitting the face in the most beautiful and flattering way possible. Make sure to experiment with different lighting techniques, as this will help you create a more dynamic look!

Makeup Photography Lighting

Here are the different types of lighting you can work with, and the pros and cons of each:

Natural Lighting

This is widely considered the most flattering type of light, as it comes from the sun and is softer on the skin. However, you’ll need to plan your photoshoots around certain times of day (which may be difficult to do!)

Studio Lighting

This is often used in professional photography studios, and provides a more direct/intense light. It’s trickier to work with, as you’ll have to experiment a lot until you find the right balance.

Moreover, the type of light bulbs used will also affect the final result. For example, “warm” bulbs are often used to create softer and more subtle lighting, while “cool” bulbs can be used to create a sharper look.

Ring Lighting

Used predominantly by social media influencers and beauty gurus, this is a diffused light that’s perfect for makeup photography. Why? Because it provides an even and soft illumination on the face.

While ring lighting isn’t common for professional shoots, it’s definitely recommend for those wanting to take pics of themselves for social media. If you’re interested in trying out ring lighting for your personal photos, make sure to play around with the strength of the light, too. This will help you create different effects.

Secret #16: Take multiple shots from different angles!

If you’re working with a professional photographer, we guarantee this is something they’ll do. But if you’re the one snapping the pics, you’ll need to remember to take multiple shots from different angles. This will ensure that you get the best results!

For starters, this will allow you to capture more detail (such as different eyeshadow colors). And secondly, it allows for better creativity, too, as you can choose the most flattering angles of your – or your client’s – face.

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Secret #17: NEVER take selfies!

This one’s important, whether you’re taking pics of makeup for your portfolio or simply adding content to your social media pages. Now, it’s first key to point out that when we say “selfie”, we don’t simply mean a photo you take of yourself. If done correctly, a self-portrait is absolutely fine!

What we’re referring to is when people take photos of themselves with their arms stretched out and the camera in an unflattering position. A better solution is to buy a tripod, position it at the correct angle, and place your phone or camera on it. This will provide much more professional-looking results.

Remember: makeup photography should be taken seriously. If you have trouble taking the perfect pic of yourself, try getting help from a professional photographer or even an assistant.

Secret #18: Know what makes for a high-quality shot!

Finally, it’s important to understand what makes for a high-quality makeup shot. If you’ve been hired for a professional gig, then you probably won’t have to worry about this. Chances are, the photographer hired will be able to deliver the best images.

Essentially, makeup photography should be crisp, clear, and detailed. It should NOT be blurry or grainy – no matter the type of camera you (or the photographer) are using!

How to Take Amazing Makeup Pictures

Here are some tips to help you achieve this, if you’re the one snapping the pics:

  • Make sure to adjust your white balance settings correctly, as this will help create a more even and accurate tone;
  • Set your camera to “Manual Mode”, so you can adjust the exposure, shutter speed and aperture;
  • Set your camera to the highest resolution available. This will ensure that no details are lost in translation;
  • If you’re using the camera on your phone, make sure to check your focus before taking a photo.
  • Furthermore, if you have an iPhone, you can also set your phone camera settings to “Portrait Mode”. This will greatly help you blur out the background – which is perfect for showcasing makeup looks!

If You’re Hiring a Photographer

Now, if you’re looking to hire a photographer to take the pics (say, for your professional portfolio or social media), the key is doing your research. The goal here is to hire somebody who has an eye for detail and knows how to capture the best shots.

Make sure to look through their portfolio and ask questions about their experience and process. Furthermore, don’t be afraid to ask them for any tips they have on taking great makeup pictures!

How to do Makeup for Photography: Black and White Photos

Now, we would be remiss if we didn’t mention black and white photography. After all, makeup looks can look amazing in black and white! However, as an MUA, you’ll have to pay extra attention to detail when doing makeup for this type of photography.

The key here is to think of the contrast. Make sure your makeup pops! This means going for a bold lip or an eyeshadow that will stand out against the darkness of the photo. Plus, you should also make sure you also focus on highlighting your or your client’s features, as this will help them stand out even more.

FAQs

Phew, that was a lot of info! Let’s wrap things up by answering some of the common questions people have about makeup and photography:

Q: What is makeup photography called?

A: Makeup photography is also known as beauty photography.

Q: What is the best makeup for photography?

A: Makeup for photography should be bold and full coverage, in order to make sure all the details show up in the pictures. Some brands that meet this criteria include (but certainly aren’t limited to):

  • Tarte Cosmetics
  • Rimmel London
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills
  • Hourglass
  • Urban Decay
  • Becca
  • Charlotte Tilbury
  • Jouer
  • Fenty Beauty
  • e.l.f. Cosmetics
  • Huda Beauty
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty
  • Patrick Ta

As an added bonus, all of these makeup brands are also cruelty-free! Win-win!

Q: What are the steps for flawless makeup on camera?

A: Here are the steps for flawless makeup on camera:

  1. Make sure your (or your client’s) skin is properly prepped and hydrated.
  2. Choose makeup products that are full-coverage and long-lasting.
  3. Make sure to pay extra attention to the lips, cheeks, and eyes.
  4. Keep your makeup natural and dewy-looking.
  5. Set the makeup using a setting spray or powder.
  6. Finally, adjust the white balance settings on your camera to ensure accurate colors.
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Q: What are the 7 tips for taking good photographs?

A: In the world of makeup photography, it’s important to keep these seven photo-taking tips in mind:

  1. Have a clear vision of what you want the end result to look like.
  2. Set up your lighting correctly.
  3. Choose the right lens and background.
  4. Stick to natural poses, as they tend to look better on camera.
  5. Pay attention to the makeup details and adjust accordingly.
  6. Use a setting spray or powder to set the makeup in place.
  7. Make sure the colors are accurate by adjusting the white balance on the camera.

Q: Why doesn’t my makeup look good in pictures?

A: Makeup doesn’t always look the same in pictures as it does in person – and there are lots of factors to consider.

Make sure your makeup is full coverage, long-lasting, and natural-looking. What’s more – make sure to focus on the details of the eyes, lips, and cheeks. Next, ensure that the lighting is good, and adjust the white balance on your camera. Lastly, use a setting spray or powder to make sure everything stays in place!

Q: Is makeup really necessary for photography?

A: Makeup is essential for photography – both for everyday pictures AND professional photoshoots! Makeup can enhance the features of whoever’s in the photo, as well as bring out the colors and help create contrast. Plus, it’s also a great way to experiment with different looks and create something unique!

Conclusion

Makeup is an essential part of photography, whether you’re a professional MUA or just someone taking pictures for personal use!

As such, make sure to pay attention to the details and use products that are full coverage and long-lasting. Your lighting should be good and the white balance should be adjusted on your camera for accurate colors. Lastly, set everything in place with a setting spray or powder.

With all of these tips in mind, you’ll be able to take stunning makeup photos every time! Make sure to also check out the recommended reading section for more information on makeup portfolios and how to showcase them.

Good luck, beauties, and happy snapping!

In as little as 2 months, learn how YOU can put together the ULTIMATE makeup portfolio for your career as an MUA. Enroll in QC Makeup Academy’s self-paced, online Portfolio Development Workshop and get started today!

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12 Reasons to Invest in Makeup Artist Insurance

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Are you an aspiring or professional makeup artist? If so, you’ve likely heard about the importance of getting makeup artist insurance. This type of insurance is essential for any MUA and can cover a variety of risks, from damage to your client’s property to libel and slander claims. If you’re still feeling unsure, we’re going to break down 12 business-savvy reasons to invest in makeup artist insurance!

So, let’s get to it!

What is Insurance?

Insurance is a type of financial product that can help protect you from unexpected losses. Moreover, it’s an agreement between you and an insurance company that provides coverage for specified risks, such as:

  • Property damage;
  • Personal injury;
  • Or liability claims.
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Most Common Types of Small Business Insurance

As a makeup artist, these are the types of insurance that would most apply to you and your business:

  • General liability insurance. This type of coverage can help protect against property damage and bodily injury claims related to your business operations.
  • Professional indemnity insurance. This type of policy is designed to protect you if a client incurs loss resulting from errors or omissions in your work.
  • Product liability insurance. If you sell products as part of your service, this type of coverage can provide protection if one of your products causes harm or damages to someone’s property.

Pro Tip: Dream of launching your very own makeup business? Here’s what the expectation vs. reality of this endeavor looks like!

Do You NEED Insurance as a Makeup Artist?

Okay, so here’s the thing: makeup artist insurance isn’t required by law. And it’s for this very reason that only a small percentage of working MUAs (think around 20-45%). After all, if it isn’t mandatory, why invest the money into it?

But the truth is, it’s VERY important to invest in this kind of coverage! Doing so can help protect your business and personal assets if you’re ever sued for negligence. Not to mention, it’ll also help protect you against other potential liabilities caused by your work…

12 Reasons to Invest in Insurance as a Makeup Artist

Reason #1. Makeup Artist Insurance Protects Your Business

With makeup artist insurance, you can cover specific risks related to your MUA services that could potentially threaten the well-being of your business. For example, if you accidentally spilled a product on your client’s clothing, this type of coverage can help you pay for the repairs or replacements.

Reason #2. It Protects You Financially

In addition to protecting your business, makeup artist insurance can also protect you financially if a customer files a claim against you for negligence. This type of policy will cover the legal costs associated with defending yourself in court and any potential settlement payout that may be awarded to your client.

Reason #3: Having Insurance for Makeup Artists Increases Your Professionalism and Credibility

When you invest in makeup artist insurance, you’re investing in your reputation as an MUA, too! Having this type of coverage shows that you’re serious about your business and willing to go the extra mile to protect yourself (and your clients).

Reason #4: It Can Help You Win More Clients

Makeup artists with insurance may be more attractive to potential clients than those without. After all, who wouldn’t want to feel 100% confident when it comes to their beauty service provider? Thus, investing in the right kind of insurance can help instill a sense of trust between you and future customers!

Reason 5: Makeup Artist Insurance Covers Damages Caused by Your Work

It’s no secret that makeup can be a tricky business. Although you may do your best to provide excellent services, accidents (like spilling foundation on the floor) can still happen. And in these cases, having insurance for makeup artists will help cover all damages caused by your work.

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Reason 6: It Can Help You Handle Liability Claims

If a customer ever files a liability claim against you (for example, if one of your products causes an allergic reaction), this type of policy can help protect you from financial loss and other legal repercussions.

Reason 7: Makeup Artist Insurance Covers Equipment Damage

As a makeup artist, you spend SO much money on your kit essentials – from brushes to foundations and more! But without the right kind of coverage, you’re basically on your own if anything happens to your equipment – like a broken mirror or spilled foundation.

On the other hand, if you do have the right insurance coverage, you can be rest assured knowing that your equipment is safe and secure!

Pro Tip: Save your money by avoiding these 8 items you DON’T actually need in your professional makeup kit!

Reason 8: It Can Help Cover Medical Expenses for Injuries

Imagine that a client accidentally gets injured while receiving makeup services from you. For instance, say your client slips and falls due to a spilled foundation on the floor. In this case, your insurance can help cover any medical expenses associated with their injuries (including ambulance rides, hospital visits, and more).

Furthermore, this type of insurance cover can apply to YOU and/or your staff as well!

Reason 9: Makeup Artist Insurance Covers Property Damage

It’s no secret that being an MUA means spending lots of time in different locations – like clients’ homes, wedding venues, professional sets, etc. But if you ever experience any property damage while working onsite, makeup artist insurance can help cover all costs associated with repairs or replacements.

For example, let’s say you’re a film MUA and some of your makeup products spill on the floor, causing damage to the set. With insurance coverage, you’re protected and won’t have to worry about footing the bill for any repairs!

Reason 10: It Can Help You Get Back to Work Quickly

We can’t discuss reasons to invest in makeup artist insurance without touching on this very important topic! Makeup artist insurance can help you get back to work quickly after experiencing a setback. For example, if you ever experience any theft, fire damage, or other mishaps, having this type of coverage can help you get back on your feet in no time!

Reason 11: It Can Help You Find New Opportunities

Having makeup artist insurance can open the door to more opportunities, such as working with larger companies and brands who may require this type of coverage!

Reason 12: The Best Makeup Artist Insurance Will Save You Money In The Long

Finally, investing in the best makeup artist insurance can save you money in the long run. By taking out a comprehensive policy, you’ll be able to cover the costs of any damages or injuries, without having to break the bank.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the BEST makeup artist insurance?

A: The best makeup artist insurance is one that provides comprehensive coverage, including protection against:

  • Fire damage;
  • Theft;
  • Liability claims;
  • Medical expenses;
  • Equipment damage;
  • And property damage.

Q: How much does makeup artist insurance cost?

A: The cost of makeup artist insurance varies from policy to policy. Factors like the amount of coverage, your location, and your industry experience can all affect the cost of a policy. However, typically, an annual policy costs around $400-$500. On average, a monthly policy costs less than $50 per month.

Q: Is makeup artist insurance worth the investment?

A: Yes! Investing in makeup artist insurance will help protect your equipment, your clients, and YOU in the event of any unexpected incidents. Plus, having this type of coverage can open you up to more opportunities (like working with larger companies and brands).

Q: Where can I find makeup artist insurance?

A: You can find makeup artist insurance through a variety of different providers. So, look around online and see what your option are! Just be sure to research the best options for your needs and budget – and always read the policy details carefully before signing up.

Q: How can I get liability insurance as a makeup artist?

A: You can get liability insurance as a makeup artist by taking out an independent policy. This type of policy is specifically designed to help protect against damages caused by you or your staff. So, if someone slips and falls while on set, you’ll have coverage to help cover the medical expenses.

On average, a liability insurance policy for makeup artists will cost around $300-$400 per year.

Q: How does a professional makeup artist get workers compensation insurance?

A: Workers compensation insurance refers to a type of policy that provides coverage for any injuries or illnesses that occur on the job. So, if you ever experience an injury or illness while working, this type of policy can help cover the costs of any medical bills or lost wages.

Most states require employers to have workers compensation insurance, so if you’re a professional makeup artist, make sure to check the laws in your state.

In terms of actually getting it for your business, you can contact a variety of different insurance providers to find the best policy for you!

Q: What insurance does a freelance makeup artist need?

A: A freelance makeup artist needs specific types of insurance to help protect against any damages or injuries that may occur while on the job. This type of coverage includes:

  • General Liability Insurance;
  • Professional Liability Insurance;
  • Workers Compensation Insurance;
  • And Property and Equipment Insurance.

It’s important to note that the cost of these policies will vary depending on the state you live in, your industry experience, and the coverage amounts you choose. So, make sure to research your options carefully before choosing the best policy for you.

Pro Tip: Learn how YOU can become a trained, certified, and working freelance MUA in as little as 2 short months!

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Conclusion

Investing in makeup artist insurance is a smart and necessary way to protect yourself, your clients, and your business. So, if you’re a professional or aspiring MUA, make sure to research the best policy for YOUR needs today!

Good luck, beauties, and thanks as always for reading!

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15 Bad Business Habits to Leave in 2022 as a Professional Makeup Artist

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Hey, makeup artists! Are you looking to start the new year off on the right foot? If so, then you’ll want to break some bad habits that’ve been holding you back professionally. Luckily, we’ve put together a list of 15 bad business habits to leave in 2022.

So, let’s take a look together and see what they are!

What are Some Bad Business Habits?

Before we reveal our list of 15 bad business habits to leave in 2022, let’s first take a more general look at what constitutes a “bad” business habit…

Essentially, any habit that prevents you from growing your business or achieving your goals is a bad one. This could mean:

  • Overspending on unnecessary items;
  • Not taking time to network and build relationships;
  • Or even procrastinating important tasks like bookkeeping.

In any case, these habits get in the way of success and should be left behind as soon as possible!

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15 Bad Business Habits to Leave in 2022 as a Professional MUA

In a nutshell, these are the 15 bad business habits that you should leave behind in 2022 as a professional makeup artist:

  1. Not keeping up with the latest trends;
  2. Not staying organized and timely;
  3. Relying solely on word-of-mouth marketing;
  4. Not setting goals and objectives;
  5. Not taking advantage of online resources and tools;
  6. Poor communication with clients and other MUAs;
  7. Not diversifying your makeup portfolio;
  8. Spending too much time on social media;
  9. Being overly competitive against other MUAs;
  10. Not delegating tasks to free up time for important work;
  11. Ignoring customer feedback, not listening to what they want, and being unreceptive to constructive criticism;
  12. Failing to take risks;
  13. Not asking for help when you need it;
  14. Letting negative thoughts derail your goals;
  15. Not investing in yourself and your business.

Let’s take a closer look at each one, shall we?

While we’re on the topic of bad habits to break, here are 5 bad makeup habits (not business-related) that ALL MUAs need to stop doing ASAP!

Bad Habit #1: Not keeping up with the latest trends.

The beauty industry is always changing and evolving. So, it’s important to stay up-to-date with the latest trends! In turn, this will help you create looks that are fresh and on-trend for your clients.

Consequently, if you choose not to keep up with the latest trends, your makeup looks can quickly become outdated.

FUN FACT: Here are 15 makeup trends that EVERY professional MUA needs to know!

What Things Should You Do in the New Year to Break this Habit?

In the New Year, make sure to allocate time each month (or even week) to research the latest trends.

Also, try reading beauty magazines for inspiration or industry-related books. Another excellent idea is to enroll in a makeup course (such as the self-paced, online programs offered at QC Makeup Academy) to learn the latest techniques – and add a reputable certification to your resume at the same time.

Finally, attending makeup workshops or conferences can also be a great way to stay informed on the latest looks and techniques!

Bad Habit #2: Not staying organized and timely.

When it comes to running a successful business, organization and timeliness are key. That is, if you don’t have a solid plan for how to run your business efficiently, then chaos can quickly ensue. For example, not responding to inquiries in a timely manner, not having a proper filing system for paperwork, or forgetting about important appointments are all mistakes that will cost you clients AND profits.

Furthermore, being organized and timely also extends to each and every makeup application, too. Meaning, you’ll need to be prepared in advance (having all the necessary tools on-hand), ensure your clients don’t have to wait too long for their service, and hone your makeup skills so that the application process is fast and efficient – without losing quality!

What Things Should You Do in the New Year to Break this Habit?

To break this habit in the New Year, start by creating detailed plans ahead of time. For example, prepare a list of all the supplies you’ll need for each client ahead of time, and try to arrive at least 10 minutes earlier than your appointment time.

Additionally, create a filing system to store all of your paperwork in one place. This way, it’s easy to find when needed. Moreover, make sure to set reminders on your phone or calendar app for any upcoming appointments.

Finally, invest in good quality makeup brushes and other tools that will make the application process smoother and faster. You can (and should) also work on improving your application time by challenging yourself to time trials in the New Year. If you’ve never heard of time trials, this is basically a process where you time yourself while doing a makeup look, and then try to beat your time in every time trial afterwards.

As a result, you can compare and measure your progress over time. And of course, the ultimate goal here is to be able to shorten the amount of time it takes for you to do makeup looks, without sacrificing any of its quality.

Bad Habit #3: Relying solely on word-of-mouth marketing.

Yes, word-of-mouth marketing can be a powerful tool for any MUA… However, it’s important to diversify your marketing methods! After all, relying solely on word-of-mouth will only get you so far – and it won’t help you reach clients outside of your current network.

Consequently, investing in other types of digital or traditional marketing (such as social media or print advertising) will help you reach a much larger pool of potential clients.

What Things Should You Do in the New Year to Break this Habit?

To break this habit in the New Year, start by creating an online presence for your business. This can include setting up a website, social media accounts, and even a blog. The more places potential customers can find you, the better!

Additionally, make sure to create quality content for your social media accounts. Think behind-the-scenes videos/photos of you doing makeup looks, helpful tips and tricks videos for beginners, or even reviews from happy clients. Doing so will not only help people get to know you better, but it can also act as free advertising for your business.

On top of that, consider investing in paid advertising campaigns on social media, as well as other methods to improve your SEO (search engine optimization). For this, just remember to set a budget before launching any ads and keep track of its progress over time. Also, don’t forget about traditional marketing methods such as print or radio ads! They can still be effective in reaching potential clients.

Finally, don’t forget to ask your satisfied customers for referrals. After all, word-of-mouth marketing is still a great way to attract new people to your business. And while it shouldn’t be your ONLY marketing strategy, it should still be ONE of them!

PRO TIP: Here are 15 of the BEST ways to successfully market your professional makeup business!

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Bad Habit #4: Not setting goals and objectives for your business.

It can be easy to get caught up in the day-to-day operations of your business and forget about taking time to set goals. But without them, it’s hard to measure success and growth. And as a result, it can be difficult to know what areas you should invest more time and energy in.

What Things Should You Do in the New Year to Break this Habit?

To break this bad habit and leave it behind in 2022, start by setting both short-term and long-term goals for your business.

Short-term goals are usually things that you’d like to accomplish within a year, such as increasing your client base or launching a new product. Meanwhile, long-term goals are those that you’d like to achieve over the next 5 years or more, such as opening your own brick-and-mortar makeup store.

Once you have your goals in place, create action steps for each of them so that you know how to get there. From there, make sure to create a timeline for each action step so that you can measure and track your progress throughout the year.

Finally, don’t forget that all of your business goals should be SMART goals. Meaning, goals that are:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Achievable
  • Relevant
  • And Time-Based.

Doing so will ensure that your goals are clear and achievable – which is essential for business success!

Bad Habit #5: Not taking advantage of online resources and tools.

With everything going digital these days, it can be easy to miss out on useful online resources and tools. For instance, there are countless programs out there that can help with invoicing, client management, marketing, and even social media scheduling.

By failing to maximize these resources to your benefit, you could be missing out on a LOT of opportunities for growth, marketing success, and more.

What Things Should You Do in the New Year to Break this Habit?

To break this habit in 2022, start by doing some research on the various online tools and resources that are available to you. From there, create a list of those that could potentially help your business – whether it’s an invoicing program or website hosting service.

Once you have this list in place, take the time to read reviews and do your own testing if necessary. Then, decide which online tools and resources you’d like to invest in for your makeup business.

Finally, make sure to set up a timeline for when you’d like to use these tools. Doing so will help ensure that you have the budget for them, that you’re making the most of them throughout the year, and that you’re getting the best possible results for your business!

Bad Habit #6: Poor communication with clients and other MUAs.

Poor communication can be a MAJOR issue for makeup artists. Whether it’s not responding to client inquiries in a timely manner or failing to follow through on commitments, bad communication can quickly lead to unhappy customers and lost business.

What Things Should You Do in the New Year to Break this Habit?

To make sure you’re communicating effectively with your clients and other MUAs in 2022, start by setting clear expectations from the very beginning. Make sure that you’re upfront about your scheduling and availability so that clients know what to expect when they book an appointment with you.

Also, make sure to set up a reliable system for responding to messages and inquiries – whether it’s via email or through a messaging app. Doing so will ensure that no messages slip through the cracks and that you’re always responding in a timely manner.

Finally, make sure to follow through on your commitments – no matter how big or small they may be. This could mean anything from turning up on time for an appointment to sending out invoices promptly after a job is completed. By following through, you’ll be able to build trust with your clients and other MUAs – which is essential for long-term success.

Bad Habit #7: Not diversifying your makeup portfolio.

It’s easy to get into a creative rut when you’re doing the same kind of makeup looks for every client. But if you want to stand out from the competition and attract new clients, it’s essential that you diversify your portfolio!

After all, if your makeup portfolio isn’t diverse enough, it could lead to:

  • Clients not wanting to book you because they’re not impressed with your range
  • You getting bored with the same types of makeup looks
  • More difficultly promoting yourself and your services, etc.

What Things Should You Do in the New Year to Break this Habit?

So, how can you leave this bad business habit in 2022 and make sure you have a diverse makeup portfolio in the New Year (and beyond)?

Start by setting aside some time each month to practice different styles of makeup – whether it’s bridal, glamor, special effects makeup, or something completely unique. Also, make sure to take high-quality pictures of your work and upload them to your portfolio on a regular basis. This will help potential clients get an idea of your range and could potentially lead to more bookings.

Finally, consider taking a makeup course or attending a makeup workshop so that you can refine your skills and learn new techniques. Furthermore, you can enroll in a course that’s specifically about building a solid makeup portfolio – such as QC Makeup Academy’s self-paced, online Portfolio Development Workshop!

Doing so will help ensure that you have all the tools you need to create unique and stunning makeup looks for every client!

PRO TIP: Never put together a professional makeup portfolio before? These 10 steps will walk you through the process from start to finish!

Bad Habit #8: Spending too much time on social media.

Spending too much time on social media can be a huge productivity killer. After all, if you’re not careful, it’s easy to get sucked into an endless cycle of scrolling and liking – which can lead to lost hours (and dollars) in the long run.

What’s more, if you’re not using social media strategically, it can also be a huge waste of time for you and your makeup business!

What Things Should You Do in the New Year to Break this Habit?

To make sure you’re using social media efficiently in 2023 and beyond, start by setting aside a specific amount of time each day to dedicate to your business’s presence on the various platforms. Make sure to stick to this allotted time and use it strategically. As in, think about what content you should be posting and how often.

Also, consider investing in tools and software that can help you further streamline and optimize your social media management. This could include anything from scheduling apps to analytics tools that give you insights into your performance, etc.

Finally, make sure to take regular breaks from social media! Too much time on the platforms can not only be bad for productivity but also for your mental health. So, be mindful of how much time you’re spending scrolling, and strive to find a healthy balance.

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Bad Habit #9: Being overly competitive against other MUAs.

Although it’s natural to be competitive in business, being overly competitive against other MUAs can really hurt your own success – and the makeup community as a whole.

Why?

Because it can lead to a negative environment and create unnecessary drama. Plus, it’s important to remember that everyone is at different stages in their career. Making comparisons won’t do you any good.

So, instead of competing with one another, you should focus on collaborating and supporting each other!

What Things Should You Do in the New Year to Break this Habit?

To break this bad business habit in 2022, start by taking the time to reach out to other MUAs and build relationships. You never know when someone may have a job opportunity that they need extra help with!

Also, don’t be afraid to ask for advice – especially if you’re just starting out in your career. Chances are, fellow MUAs will be more than happy to help you out. Finally, try to focus on your own business rather than worrying about what other MUAs are doing.

That way, you can strive for success without letting negative feelings of comparison get in the way!

PRO TIP: Learn more about why other professional makeup artists are your FRIENDS – not enemies!

Bad Habit #10: Not delegating tasks to free up time for more important work.

If you’re not delegating tasks, it can be really easy to become overworked and overwhelmed. After all, there’s only so many hours in the day – and if you’re trying to do everything yourself, your progress is likely to suffer. Not to mention, you’ll probably wind up burning yourself out… and forgetting why you love makeup in the first place!

What Things Should You Do in the New Year to Break this Habit?

To successfully break this habit, start by figuring out which tasks you should be delegating – and who you should delegate them to! Then, make sure to set up clear expectations and deadlines for each task that’s being delegated.

Also, set aside a specific amount of time each week for planning and strategizing. That way, you’ll have enough time to think about the tasks that need to get done – and how best to delegate them.

Finally, don’t be afraid to take things off your plate if they’re not essential! Learning when it’s okay to say no will help you to create more space for yourself and focus on the tasks that you actually enjoy doing.

Now, what if your makeup business is a one-person-operation and you don’t have anyone to delegate things to? In this case, you should look into outsourcing! Hiring freelancers or independent contractors can be a great way to help free up your time and delegate certain tasks.

Lastly, make sure to outsource the right tasks for you – such as administrative work or marketing – so that you can focus on the creative side of things. That way, you can still be productive without getting overwhelmed.

Bad Habit #11: Ignoring customer feedback, not listening to what they want, and being unreceptive to constructive criticism.

As a makeup artist, it’s essential to make sure that you’re listening to your customers and taking their feedback into consideration. After all, they’re the ones who are going to be using your services. So, it only makes sense to take their opinion into account.

Furthermore, the beauty industry is one where being able to take constructive criticism is VITAL for your success. If you’re not able to accept and learn from it, then you’ll never be able to grow and improve as an artist. Not to mention, you’ll likely gain a poor reputation for being unprofessional.

What Things Should You Do in the New Year to Break this Habit?

To break this bad business habit, start by creating a feedback system that allows customers to share their thoughts and opinions. Then, make sure to take the time to actually listen and respond to what they have to say. Even if it’s not necessarily something you agree with or want to hear, try your best to remain open-minded and be receptive.

Finally, be sure to thank customers for their feedback – even if it’s negative – and show that you’re taking it seriously. This will help to build trust and ensure they know their opinion matters.

PRO TIP: Check out this helpful article to learn the difference between constructive criticism vs. insults – as well as tips for receiving and giving constructive feedback!

Bad Habit #12: Failing to take risks.

When it comes to makeup artistry, being able to take risks and experiment can be incredibly helpful for your career. After all, stepping outside of your comfort zone can help you to grow and develop new skills that will set you apart from the competition. However, if you’re not taking any bold steps or trying something new – then chances are your work will remain stagnant and you’ll miss out on opportunities.

What Things Should You Do in the New Year to Break this Habit?

To break this bad habit, start by committing to taking at least one risk every month. This could be anything from trying out a new technique to taking on a daring project. Just make sure it’s something that pushes you out of your comfort zone!

Additionally, make an effort to stay up-to-date on the latest trends and news in the makeup industry. That way, you’ll be more informed about what types of risks might pay off. Finally, remember that taking risks doesn’t guarantee success – but it does give you a better chance of achieving something amazing.

So, stay positive and keep pushing yourself!

Bad Habit #13: Not asking for help when you need it.

One common downfall of an entrepreneur is the misconception that you need to be able to do it all – from marketing to accounting and everything in-between. However, it’s important to remember that you don’t have to be superhuman – and it’s totally okay to ask for help!

What Things Should You Do in the New Year to Break this Habit?

To kick this bad habit, start by reaching out to your network and letting people know that you’re looking for assistance. You’d be surprised how many people are willing to lend a helping hand! Additionally, think about hiring an assistant or virtual assistant to help with tasks like scheduling and customer service. That way, you can focus on the creative side of your business without getting overwhelmed.

Finally, don’t forget to take advantage of all the amazing online resources available, such as tutorials and online courses. In turn, you’ll be able to develop the skills you need – without needing anyone else’s help!

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Bad Habit #14: Letting negative thoughts derail your goals.

As an artist, it’s normal to experience a bit of self-doubt now and then. However, letting negative thoughts go unchecked can quickly lead to a spiral of despair that derails your progress and make it difficult to move forward.

What Things Should You Do in the New Year to Break this Habit?

The first step is being aware of your thoughts and the words you use when talking about yourself. Whenever you catch yourself in a negative thought cycle, take a step back and reframe it into something more positive and empowering.

Remind yourself of all the things you’ve accomplished so far, as well as any successes that have come from taking risks or stepping outside your comfort zone. Finally, don’t be afraid to ask for help from friends and mentors. Having a support system can make it much easier to stay focused on your goals and keep the negative thoughts at bay.

By breaking this bad habit in the New Year, you’ll be able to focus more of your energy on what’s important – creating amazing makeup looks!

Bad Habit #15: Not investing in yourself and your business.

Finally, our last bad business habit to leave in 2022 is not investing in yourself and your business. Whether it’s not taking the time to attend workshops and seminars or neglecting to upgrade your equipment, failing to invest in yourself can quickly lead to burnout and stagnation.

What Things Should You Do in the New Year to Break this Habit?

In the New Year, start by setting aside a budget (no matter how small) for investing in yourself and your business.

Put aside money for workshops, online courses, or even a new piece of equipment to help you uplevel your artistry. Additionally, consider volunteering or interning with other makeup artists. Not only will you learn valuable skills, but you’ll also be able to expand your network!

Finally, don’t forget to take care of yourself. Invest in self-care activities like getting a massage, going for a walk, or even just taking some time to relax and recharge.

By breaking this bad habit in the New Year, you’ll be able to stay motivated and work towards creating amazing looks with confidence!

Frequently Asked Questions

Before we wrap things up, let’s take a look at some frequently asked questions related to breaking bad business habits in the New Year.

Q: What 3 habits of an entrepreneur can most negatively impact entrepreneurial growth?

A: Three of the biggest habits that can most negatively impact entrepreneurial growth include:

  1. Procrastination;
  2. Spending too much time on unproductive tasks;
  3. And not investing in yourself and your business.

Q: What are the top 5 bad habits that will negatively affect your makeup career?

A: The top 5 bad habits that can negatively affect your makeup career include:

  1. Not setting clear and achievable goals;
  2. Failing to market yourself and promote your work;
  3. Staying stuck in the same style instead of trying new things;
  4. Letting negative thoughts derail you;
  5. And not investing in yourself and your business.

Q: How can you identify “bad” career habits?

A: To identify “bad” career habits, it’s important to take a step back and look at your current workflow. Ask yourself if any of the following applies to you:

  • Do you procrastinate or lack motivation?
  • Are you stuck in your comfort zone instead of taking risks?
  • Do you struggle with time management or setting clear goals?
  • Are you neglecting to invest in yourself and your work?

If the answer is yes to any of these questions, it’s likely that you have developed some bad career habits. Fortunately, by identifying them and taking steps to break them in the New Year, you can reignite your passion for makeup artistry!

Q: How can you track your progress so that you know if you’re actually improving your bad career habits?

A: One of the best ways to track your progress is to keep a journal and write down your thoughts, feelings, and successes. Additionally, you can create a vision board or set measurable goals for yourself that you can work toward each week.

Moreover, there are also ways that you can gather stats and data to measure your progress. For instance, you can track the number of followers you have on social media or analyze how many bookings you’re getting each month. By tracking these metrics, you can easily see where your bad business habits are hindering your success and adjust accordingly!

PRO TIP: Here are 12 business metrics that EVERY business owner should know and keep track of, courtesy of Scoro!

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So, What Would YOU Improve in 2023 and Beyond?

Now that you know how to break your bad habits, the only thing left is for you to start taking action! Set yourself up for success by investing in yourself and your business, expanding your network, and taking time for self-care. With these tips in mind, you’ll be able to create amazing artwork and reach new heights of success in no time.

Good luck and Happy New Year, beauties!

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When to Throw Away Your Old Makeup and Skincare Products

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With the New Year fast approaching, now is the perfect time to sort through all of your makeup and skincare products, and get rid of anything that’s old or expired. After all, there are definite expiration dates that you should be aware of… And not paying attention to them can have damaging effects on your skin. In this article, we’ll reveal when to throw away your makeup and skincare products so you can keep your skin its healthiest!

Let’s get started!

Makeup

We’re going to break this article into two sections:

  1. Makeup
  2. Skincare

So, let’s start with your makeup products…

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What Happens to Makeup as it Gets Old?

Makeup products don’t last forever. As soon as you open them, they begin to expire due to natural oxidation and the growth of bacteria. When makeup gets old, it can cause irritation, breakouts and other unwanted reactions on your skin.

Are YOUR makeup products bathing in bacteria? Here are 6 reasons why this may be the case – and what to do about it!

How to Tell When Makeup Products Have Expired

There are a few ways to tell when your makeup products have gone bad. The first is the smell test – if it smells rancid, then it’s probably time to toss it. You can also look for changes in texture or color, as this is another good indication that the product has expired. Finally, you may want to check the packaging for an expiration date.

What Happens When You Use Old/Expired Makeup?

Using old/expired makeup can lead to a variety of skin issues, such as:

  • Irritation
  • Rashes
  • Allergic reactions
  • Breakouts
  • Dryness, etc.

Not only that, but it can also make your skin look dull and aged due to the oxidation process. So if you want to keep your skin looking its best, be sure to throw away any old or expired makeup!

So, How Often Should You Get Rid Of Your Makeup?

Most experts suggest tossing out any makeup that you haven’t used in the last 3-6 months. Of course, the shelf life may vary, depending on the product. (We’ll delve more specifically into different products momentarily!)

In general, though, whenever you purchase any makeup products, be sure to find and note its expiration date. From there, you can make things easier for yourself by setting reminders or writing yourself little notes to remind you when it’s time to toss out your products.

And as we mentioned earlier, it’s also a good idea to regularly check your makeup products for any changes in smell, color or texture. After all, these can all be signs that it’s time to throw them away!

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When to Throw Away Makeup Products

Foundation

Average Shelf Life: 6 – 12 months

In terms of your foundation(s), you should be sure to replace it every 6-12 months. This is because these products contain water and oil, which can easily become breeding grounds for bacteria.

When to Get Rid of Foundation

Some signs that your foundation is going bad are:

  • Changes in color
  • A strange scent
  • Clumps of product forming

Concealer

Average Shelf Life: 1-2 years

Whereas powder and/or stick concealers can last up to two years, liquid concealers should be replaced after one. When it comes to using these products on your skin, you want to make sure that they’re as fresh and bacteria-free as possible. When it’s expired, the product may not blend as easily, and it can also cause irritation, breakouts or dryness.

When to Get Rid of Concealer

When your concealer has gone bad, you may notice changes in texture or colors. Similarly, there may be flakes forming or a strange scent.

Highlight and Contour

Average Shelf Life: 1-2 years

Similarly, highlighting and contouring products can last up to two years if they are powders. Meaning, you won’t have to worry about replacing them as often. If they are liquid products, however, then their shelf life will be closer to one year.

When to Get Rid of Highlight and Contour Products

When it comes to these products, you’ll want to pay attention for any changes in texture or color. If you notice that they’re starting to look cakey or discolored, it’s probably time to throw them out.

Blush

Average Shelf Life: 6 months-2 years

Just like with highlight and contour, powder blush products can last up to two years. If it’s cream-based, however, then it can last anywhere from 6 months to a year.

When to Get Rid of Blush

When your blush begins to look cakey or discolored, you’ll want to replace it. Furthermore, you’ll also want to make sure that your blush products are properly stored in a cool place away from direct sunlight. This can actually help extend their shelf life!

Mascara

Average Shelf Life: 3 months

In terms of mascara, you should be sure to replace it after three months. Mascara is especially prone to bacteria buildup, so it’s important to keep an eye on the expiration date and toss it out when needed. When you open a new tube, be sure to store it away from heat or humidity.

When to Get Rid of Mascara

If you’re unsure whether or not your mascara is starting to get old, look for any of the following indicators:

  • Clumping
  • A strange smell
  • Crumbly texture
  • Stiff/hard wand

Lipstick and Lip Gloss

Average Shelf Life: 6 months-2 years

Lipstick typically lasts between one to two years. Lip gloss, on the other hand, is usually good for six months to a year.

When to Throw Out Lipstick and/or Lip Gloss

When it comes to these products, you’ll want to pay attention to any changes in the texture or color. When it looks dry and cakey, it’s time to say goodbye!

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Eye Shadow

Average Shelf Life: 2 years

Most eye shadows can last up to two years, so long as they’re stored correctly. Meaning, you’ll want to make sure that they’re away from heat, humidity and direct sunlight. That said, you should still check for any signs of expiration before using them.

When to Throw Out Eyeshadow Palette

When your eye shadow starts to look too dry, too powdery, or discolored, it’s a sign that it’s time to replace it.

Eye Liner (Pencil)

Average Shelf Life: 1-2 years

Pencil eyeliners usually last between 12 months and two years. When using these products, remember to always sharpen them after each use.

When to Get Rid of Eye Liner Pencil

When the pencil tip becomes dull or dry, it’s time to replace it with a new one!

Eye Liner (Liquid)

Average Shelf Life: 3-6 months

On the other hand, liquid eyeliners should be replaced every three to six months. When purchasing liquid eyeliners, be sure to check the label for any expiration dates or other important information.

When to Get Rid of Liquid Eye Liner

If you notice that your liquid eyeliner has changed color, texture or consistency, it’s time to toss it out and get a new one. For instance, one telltale sign that liquid eyeliner is going bad is if it starts becoming more clumpy.

Fake Eyelashes

Average Shelf Life: 6 months

Granted that they’re properly taken care of, fake eyelashes have an average shelf life of six months. Fake eyelashes can easily collect bacteria, so it’s important to keep them as fresh as possible.

When to Throw Out Fake Eyelashes

When the lashes start to look worn, dry, or clumpy, it’s time to throw them away!

Makeup Brushes

Average Shelf Life: 3-5 years

Your brushes are probably your biggest long-term investment when it comes to your makeup products! If you care for them properly and clean them regularly, they should be able to last you anywhere from a year to a whole decade! That said, a good average is that you’ll probably need to replace most brushes every three to five years.

When to Throw Away Makeup Brushes

A good indicator is that when the bristles start to flake off or become dry, it’s time to get a new set. Remember that you should always be gentle and careful when cleaning your brushes – harsh cleaners can damage the bristles!

PRO TIP: You may be cleaning your brushes (and other makeup products) the wrong way. But don’t worry, we’ve put together a little guide to help you clean your products the RIGHT way!

Makeup Sponges/Beauty Blenders

Average Shelf Life: 3-6 months

Lastly, makeup sponges should be replaced every three to six months. We know, this may not sound like a whole lot of usage time… And if you’re on a budget, we totally understand that paying to replace them this frequently can be a challenge.

But, if you’re trying to keep your skin healthy and free from bacteria, it’s essential that you replace them regularly! After all, this is one product that’s especially susceptible to bacterial buildup.

When to Throw Out Makeup Sponges/Beauty Blenders

When your beauty blenders start to look dry or discolored, it’s time to say goodbye and invest in a new set!

How to Tell When Makeup Products Have Expired

Specifically, where should you be looking to find the actual expiration date on the product itself?

Well, most makeup products should have an expiration date printed somewhere on the packaging or label.

If you don’t see anything that explicitly says ‘expiration date’, then it’s a good idea to check for a ‘best by’ or ‘use by’ date. You should be able to find this by looking at either the bottom, side, or back of the product. This will tell you how long the product is good for and when it should be replaced.

Finally, it’s also important to keep in mind that your makeup products may expire sooner if they’ve been exposed to extreme temperatures or humidity. When in doubt, replace your products as soon as you can to make sure that your skin stays healthy and free from bacteria.

Do You Really Need to Throw Out Makeup?

Now, you may be wondering, “Can’t you simply clean old makeup?”

The short answer is no – you should not attempt to clean old makeup products. When it comes to eye shadow, eyeliner, and other products that come in a powder form, the bacteria buildup may be too deep into the product and simply can’t be removed.

For liquid makeup products such as foundation or concealer, they tend to expire much faster due to the bacteria that can form from being exposed to air. When it comes to makeup and skincare products, we always recommend replacing them as soon as they become expired or look like they have been used too much.

Bottom line? When in doubt, throw it out! Not only will this help you stay safe and healthy, but it will also help you stay looking fabulous!

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Skincare Products

Now let’s move onto the second section of our article – this time, all about skincare products.

What Happens to Skincare Products as They Get Old?

Most people don’t realize this, but using expired skincare products can actually be really damaging to your skin. When skincare products get old, the active ingredients start to break down and become ineffective… Meaning that they won’t give you the same benefits as when they were fresh!

Additionally, bacteria can start to form on the surface of the product, which can be really bad for your skin if you don’t clean it off regularly. When this happens, it’s important to throw away the product and invest in a new one.

What Happens When You Use Old/Expired Skincare Products?

Using expired skincare products can cause a number of issues, including:

  • Irritation
  • Breakouts
  • Dryness
  • Allergic reactions
  • Redness
  • Bacterial infections

Furthermore, as we mentioned above, using expired skincare products won’t actually be beneficial for your skin – or helping you achieve the goals you have for your skincare routine.

Basically, when it comes to skincare products, you should always check the expiration date and replace them as soon as they become expired. This will help keep your skin healthy, safe and looking/feeling its best!

What is the Shelf Life of Skincare Products?

In general, most skincare products (once opened) have a shelf life of 6-12 months. If left unopened and stored correctly, many skincare products can last up to three years.

However, the shelf life ultimately varies, depending on the type of product and how you store it.

For example, products that come in a pump or spray bottle often have shorter shelf lives than products that come in a jar or tube. Additionally, storing your skincare products in areas with excessive heat or humidity may cause them to expire sooner than expected.

As we suggested earlier, the best way to keep track of your skincare products’ expiration dates is to check the bottom, side or back of the product for a ‘best by’ or ‘use by’ date. Then, set yourself reminders to replace them as soon as they become expired.

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How to Tell When Skincare Products Have Expired

Next, let’s talk about how you can tell when your skincare products have expired. When it comes to liquids, the product may change in consistency or color – often becoming darker or runnier than usual.

For powders and creams, they may become lumpy or discolored. When this happens, they should be immediately thrown away.

Additionally, you may notice a foul odor or a change in the scent of your skincare product when it has expired – this is often an indication that bacteria has started to form on the surface of the product. When this happens, it’s best just to throw it away and invest in a new one.

What Happens if You Get an Infection?

Whether the root of the issue is your makeup products or your skincare products, what should you do if you use old products and it leads to an infection?

While you may be tempted to just wait it out and hope things clear up on their own, we don’t recommend this. If your skin has become inflamed, red, or irritated after using an expired product, then it’s important to see a doctor as soon as possible. Depending on the severity of the infection, they may prescribe antibiotics or other treatments to help clear it up.

Better to be safe than sorry, right?

After all, in some cases, infections caused by using old makeup and skincare products can be serious! For example, staph infections can lead to long-term skin damage and even scarring. So, it’s important to take the necessary steps towards healing as soon as possible.

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How to Make Your Makeup and Skincare Products Last

Finally, what can you do to make sure your makeup and skincare products last as long as possible? Well, it all boils down to properly taking care of your products!

Here are a few things you can do:

  • Keep them away from heat and direct sunlight
  • Check expiration dates regularly
  • Don’t share or swap old products with friends (as this can lead to bacteria and infections)
  • Store them in a cool, dry place
  • Clean brushes and beauty blenders regularly (with soap and warm water)
  • Throw away expired products immediately

By following these tips, you’ll be able to maximize the shelf life of your makeup and skincare products, as well as avoid any potential infections.

When to Throw Away Makeup and Skincare Products: In Conclusion…

And voila! Now you know when to throw away makeup and skincare products. When in doubt, always check the product labels for a ‘best by’ or ‘use by’ date – this way, you’ll be sure to stay on top of your beauty routine!

Importantly, don’t forget to see a doctor if you experience any signs of infection after using old products – it’s always better to err on the side of caution.

Finally, remember to take proper care of your products and store them in cool, dry places. This way, you’ll be able to make them last as long as possible!

Happy shopping (and throwing away)! 😊

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Running a Makeup Business: Expectation vs. Reality

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There’s no question that owning your own business is a dream for many professional makeup artists. But what is the reality of owning and running a makeup business? Is it all glitz and glamor – or are there some hidden truths that you need to know before taking the plunge? Today, we’ll explore the expectations vs. realities you may not have considered.

So, keep reading to learn everything about the reality of having your own makeup business!

What It’s Like To Run Your Own Makeup Artistry Business: Expectation vs. Reality

Alright, let’s dive right in! Here are 10 expectations vs. realities of running a makeup business that you need to know…

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Expectation #1: You’ll Make Bank Right Off The Bat

Many people expect that they’ll make a ton of money right away when they start their own makeup business. As in, they’ll be raking in cash hand-over-fist and living the high life within a few short months.

Where does this myth come from?

Probably from all of the social media “gurus” out there who make it look like they’re swimming in dough. Similarly, celebrity MUAs who work with A-listers probably charge – and earn – a pretty penny. In turn, this can mislead the everyday makeup artist into thinking that they, too, will be making a killing right out of the gate.

HOWEVER, that’s not to say that you can’t eventually make a wicked income! Learn more about the average yearly salary for a makeup artist to get a better idea of the kind of figures YOU can earn!

Reality #1: It Might Take A While To Build Up Your Makeup Business (and In Turn, Your Profits)

In the real world, it will likely take time to build up a clientele and establish yourself as a reputable makeup artist. This means that in the beginning, you might not be bringing in as much money as you’d like.

And that’s okay! Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day.

The same goes for building up a successful makeup business. It takes time, patience, and a whole lot of hard work. So, if you’re not making bank right away, don’t sweat it. Just keep hustling and eventually, the money will start rolling in.

Expectation #2: Starting a Makeup Business Can Be Done For Dirt Cheap

If you want to start your own makeup business, you might think that all you need is a few decent brushes, some good quality products, and voila – you’re in business! Understandably, this misconception is especially appealing to those who are just starting out and might not have a lot of disposable income.

Reality #2: Starting ANY Business Requires an Investment

While you might be able to get away with spending very little money when you first start out, it’s important to understand that starting ANY business requires some level of investment.

For example, in addition to brushes and products, you’ll also need things like:

  • A registered business name
  • A website
  • Business cards
  • Business insurance
  • Marketing materials, etc.

Plus, if you’re planning on working from a brick-and-mortar location, you’ll need to factor in the cost of rent, utilities, etc.

Furthermore, you’ll want to plan ahead to make sure your finances are covered for the first year of operation. This is especially important because it can take time to build up a clientele when starting any business… And that means your income might be a bit erratic in the beginning. Therefore, during the first year of business, there may be times where you’ll need to dip into your own pockets in order to stay afloat.

To give you a tangible number that you can work with, Small Biz Trends states that in the United States, the average startup + first-year costs for small businesses tends to range between $30,000 and $40,000 USD. Of course, it’s 100% possible to spend less (or more) than this – it all depends on the specific business being started and where it’s located.

What we’re basically saying is, while you might be able to get by with spending very little in the beginning, understand that there will be some costs associated with starting your own makeup business!

Expectation #3: You Can Work Anywhere, Anytime

As a makeup artist, you might think that you can work whenever, wherever, since you get to determine your schedule. After all, you’re your own boss, right? So, if you feel like working at 3 am on a Tuesday, who’s going to stop you?

Reality #3: Running a Makeup Business Means Making Certain Sacrifices

While it’s true that being your own boss has its perks, it’s important to understand that running a business also requires making certain sacrifices.

For example, as much as you might want to, you can’t always work whenever, wherever. Yes, having the ability to create your own schedule is amazing… But ultimately, you’ll need to be available when your clients are available. And that might mean working during weekends, evenings, and even holidays!

Furthermore, you’ll need to be willing to travel to wherever your clients are. So, if you’re not up for putting in the extra miles (literally), then being a makeup artist might not be the right career for you.

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Expectation #4: You Can Quit Your Day Job Immediately

This is a big one. A lot of people think that once they decide to start their own makeup business, they can immediately quit their day job and pursue their passion full-time.

Reality #4: You Should Probably Keep Your Day Job – At Least for a Little While

Look, we totally get it. Choosing to pursue your passion and start your very own business is a huge accomplishment – and it’s super exciting! So, it’s understandable that you might get caught up in all of the hype and want to quit your day job immediately in order to pursue your new career.

But here’s the thing: as much as we’d all love to be able to do that, it’s just not realistic for most people. In fact, unless you have a ton of savings that you can fall back on, quitting your day job without any sort of backup plan is actually a pretty big gamble. This is because, in reality, the average small business takes approximately 2-3 years to become profitable.

So, while we know it might be tempting, our best advice would be to keep your day job (at least in the beginning) and work on building up your makeup business on the side. This way, you’ll have a steady income to fall back on in case things don’t go as planned.

Expectation #5: Running a Makeup Business is All Fun and Games

Another common misconception about running a makeup business is that it’s all fun and games.

After all, what could be better than getting paid to do something that you love? Not to mention, the world of makeup artistry is not like, say, the world of finance. Rather, it’s creative, it’s fun, and it’s pretty darn glamorous.

So, understandably, this might lead you to believe that running a makeup business is all rainbows and butterflies…

Reality #5: Running a Makeup Business is a Lot of Hard Work

Make no mistake about it – running a successful makeup business IS creative, fun, and glamorous. But at the same time, it also takes a lot of hard work.

Yes, you’ll get to play with makeup all day long and make people look and feel their best… But you’ll also have to deal with the not-so-fun parts of running a business, like advertising, marketing, accounting, and (if you have employees) HR.

So, if you’re thinking about starting your own makeup business, just know that it’s not all fun and games. Running a successful business requires dedication, discipline, and a whole lot of hard work. But if you’re up for the challenge, then we say go for it!

Expectation #6: You Can Operate a Successful Business WITHOUT Proper Makeup Training

Interesting fact that you may not have known: in many places around the world, makeup artistry (unlike cosmetology and esthetics) is NOT actually a regulated field. Meaning, there are no formal education or training requirements in order to become a makeup artist.

So, obviously this means that you have the green light to launch a career – and makeup business – without first getting some professional training under your belt… Right?

WRONG.

Reality #6: Professional Training is a MUST If You Want Your Makeup Business to Succeed

Just because there are no formal education or training requirements in place for makeup artists, doesn’t mean that you can operate a successful business without proper makeup training. In fact, we would argue that the opposite is true.

If you want people to take your business seriously (and trust us, they will), then it’s important that you have some sort of professional makeup training. This could be anything from a certification program (such as the self-paced, online certification courses offered at QC Makeup Academy) to a full-blown degree from a cosmetology school.

Think of it this way: if YOU were the client, and you had to choose between an MUA without any formal training and an MUA with a professional certification or degree, who would you choose? We’re guessing the answer is pretty obvious.

So, if you’re serious about starting your own makeup business, then our best advice would be to get some proper training first. Trust us, it’ll be worth it in the long run!

Check out the full list of online makeup certification courses currently offered at QC Makeup Academy!

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Expectation #7: Running a Makeup Business is Expensive

This is another common misconception about running a makeup business – that it’s expensive. While we can’t pinpoint for sure where this myth stemmed from, our best guess is due to the fact that, in order to run a successful business, you need to make sure you have the proper tools and equipment.

And let’s face it, quality makeup products aren’t exactly cheap!

Reality #7: You Can Easily Operate Your Makeup Business On a Budget

While it’s true that you running a makeup business requires having the proper tools and equipment, this doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s expensive. In fact, depending on how you choose to operate your business, it can actually be quite inexpensive.

For example, if you decide to work freelance and visit your clients at their homes or chosen location, then you won’t need to worry about the costs associated with renting out a studio space.

Or, if you choose to specialize in a certain area of makeup (like weddings or special effects), then you can invest in the specific tools and products required for that area, rather than buying a bunch of expensive, general-use products.

So, as you can see, there are a number of ways to operate your makeup business on a budget. It’s all about being strategic with your finances and only investing in what you need.

Tips For Creating a Realistic Budget for Your Business

Now that we’ve busted this common myth about starting a makeup business, it’s time to give you some practical tips for creating a realistic budget for your own business. Here are a few of our best suggestions:

  • First and foremost, it’s important that you have a clear understanding of your financial situation. This means knowing how much money you have to work with and what your regular expenses are. Once you have a good handle on this, you can start to think about how much you can realistically afford to spend on your business.
  • Next, make a list of all the essential items you need for your business. This could include things like makeup products, brushes, a website, business cards, etc. Once you have your list, start to research the prices of these items so that you can get a better idea of what they will cost.
  • Finally, remember that your business budget is not set in stone. As your business grows and changes, so too will your budget. So, don’t be afraid to revisit it on a regular basis to make sure that it’s still accurate and realistic.

PRO TIP: Discover how you can better budget yourself as a makeup artist with the help of these 4 industry secrets!

Expectation #8: You’ll Need To Undercharge Your Makeup Services At First

This is another myth that we hear all the time from aspiring MUAs: that they’ll need to undercharge their services at first in order to get their business off the ground. Now, we can absolutely understand why this logic appears to make sense. After all, if you want to attract customers, then you need to offer them a good deal, right?

Furthermore, especially if no one knows who you are yet, you might think that it’s going to be hard to charge top dollar for your services.

Reality #8: You Should NEVER Undercharge Your Makeup Services

As a general rule, you should never undercharge your services in order to attract customers. In fact, if you do this, you could actually end up doing more harm than good.

Why? Well, first of all, it sends the wrong message to your potential clients. If you charge too little for your services, they might think that your work is also low quality. After all, why would someone pay top dollar for something that’s not worth it?

Secondly, undercharging for your services can also make it difficult to run a profitable business. After all, if you’re not making enough money to cover your costs, then how are you supposed to stay in business?

But thirdly, and arguably most importantly, undercharging your makeup services is doing YOU a major disservice! As a professional makeup artist, you have invested time, money, and energy into perfecting your craft (especially if you’ve gotten professionally trained and certified). So, why sell yourself short by not charging what you’re truly worth?

So, What’s The Solution?

The key is to find a happy medium between charging too little and too much for your services. Do some research on what other makeup artists in your area are charging and use that information to help you determine a fair price for your own services. And, of course, don’t forget to factor in your own unique experience and skills when setting your prices.

Need help figuring out what you should be charging clients for your makeup services? Here are 4 types of makeup artistry services and what you should be charging for them!

Expectation #9: You Can (and Should) Be Doing Everything Yourself

Running your own business can be a lot of work. But as a result, it’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that you have to do everything yourself in order to be successful. After all, it’s your makeup business. So, shouldn’t you be the one in charge of everything?

Reality #9: This Will Probably Lead To Burnout

One of the biggest mistakes that new makeup artists make is trying to do everything themselves. And while it’s admirable to want to be in control of every aspect of your business, the truth is that this is simply not realistic (or sustainable) in the long run.

Think about it this way: as a makeup artist, your time is better spent doing what you’re good at (i.e. doing makeup). So, why waste your time on tasks that someone else could easily do for you (like social media, marketing, bookkeeping, etc.)?

The key is to learn how to delegate and outsource the tasks that you’re not good at or that you don’t have time for. This way, you can focus your energy on growing your business and doing what you love!

But What If You Don’t Have The Budget For This?

If you’re just starting out, then it’s understandable if you don’t have the budget to hire someone to help you with your business.

In this case, the key is to be strategic about the tasks that you delegate. Start with the tasks that are taking up the most time or that are causing you the most stress. Then, once you have more money coming in, you can gradually start outsourcing more and more tasks.

Expectation #10: Getting Your Startup Running Will Take Up Most Of Your Time

Depending on how you view this particular myth, this may actually be a reason why you’re hesitant to start your own makeup business. After all, if it’s going to take over and dominate your entire life, then is this endeavor really worth it?

This can be an especially damaging misconception if you happen to have a full-time job, are a student, and/or are a busy parent.

Reality #10: This Depends On Your Definition Of “Most Of Your Time”

Yes, the truth is that starting your own makeup business will probably take up more of your time than you originally anticipated. But this doesn’t mean that it has to take over your whole life!

As we mentioned earlier, one of the best things about being your own boss is that you get to set your own hours. So, if you only have a limited amount of time to work on your business, then you can simply schedule your work around the other important things in your life.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that you won’t have to make some sacrifices in the beginning. But if you’re strategic about how you use your time, then you should be able to get your business up and running without completely sacrificing your personal life.

After all, keeping a healthy work-life balance is one of the most important things you can do for your business (and for yourself)!

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Final Thoughts

Starting your own makeup business can be a very rewarding experience. But it’s important to go into it with your eyes wide open. Be prepared for the challenges that you’ll face and don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.

If you can do these things, then you’ll be well on your way to success!

Got any questions or comments for us? We’d love to hear from you! Leave us a comment down below or send us an email at [email protected].

Thanks for reading! 💕

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15 Best Tips To Market Your Makeup Business

By Career Advice, Your Makeup Career 3 Comments

As a makeup artist, it is important to know how to market your business. If you don’t have a plan in place, your business will likely not make it very far. In this blog post, we will outline the top 15 tips to market your makeup business successfully.

By following these tips, you will be able to reach new customers and grow your business!

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10 Tips To Market Your Makeup Business Successfully

Starting a makeup business can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be! By following these simple tips, you’ll be on your way to marketing your makeup business like a pro in no time.

Tip #1: Build a professional, polished website for your makeup business!

Your website is often the first impression potential customers will have of your business. So, make sure it reflects your brand well and provides visitors with all the information they need to know about your business.

What specific info should your website have? Here are just some of the things to include:

  • Your business name, logo, and contact information
  • A brief description of your services
  • Some before and after photos or a portfolio of your work
  • Testimonials from satisfied customers
  • Links to your social media profiles
  • An option for online booking

If your website is hard to navigate or lacks key information, prospective clients will likely move on to another makeup artist.

Moreover, creating a professional, well-designed website doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming. There are plenty of easy-to-use website builders out there that can help you get started. Plus, there are all sorts of resources you can turn to, such as this article by Forbes.

Tip #2: Get on social media!

These days, it’s essential for businesses to have a strong social media presence. Platforms like Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, and YouTube are great ways to connect with potential (and current) customers. Not only that, but it’s also a powerful marketing tool, too.

When it comes to social media, consistency is key. Posting regularly (at least once or twice a week) will help you stay top of mind with your followers. And, when you do post, make sure your content is engaging, original, and visually appealing.

In addition to posting interesting content, make sure you’re interacting with your followers as well! Respond to comments and questions in a timely manner and like/share other users’ content that’s relevant to your business.

By building up a strong social media following, you’ll be able to reach more people with your marketing message. As a result, you may even get some new clients through word-of-mouth marketing!

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Tip #3: Prioritize SEO!

If you want your website to rank high in search engine results, you need to focus on SEO – a.k.a. search engine optimization. This simply means using the right keywords and phrases on your website so that people can find it easily when they’re searching for something related online.

For example, let’s say someone is searching for “makeup artists in Los Angeles.” If you include those keywords on your website (in the title, meta description, etc.), there’s a much higher chance that your site will show up in the search results. And, if it’s one of the first few results, even better!

Not sure how to get started with SEO? We recommend giving Moz’s Beginner’s Guide a read!

Tip #4: Have a killer makeup portfolio!

As a makeup artist, your portfolio is essential in both attracting new clients and keeping the ones you have. After all, it’s a representation of your work and what potential clients can expect from you.

So, make sure your portfolio is up-to-date with your best work! And, if you don’t have one already, now’s the perfect time to start putting one together. Oh, and don’t forget to showcase your portfolio on both your website and social media channels!

PRO TIP: Never put together a makeup portfolio before? Here’s everything you need to know about developing a a portfolio that’ll blow people’s minds!

Tip #5: Get as much real-world experience as possible!

There’s no better way to hone your skills as a makeup artist than by getting lots of real-world experience. So, if you’re just starting out, offer your services for free or at a discounted rate. Reach out to friends and family and gain experience by working on them for free. Also, another great idea is to do makeup for a stylized photoshoot.

Firstly, these strategies will help you build up your portfolio. But secondly, they’ll also give you the opportunity to try out different looks and techniques in a legitimate setting.

Plus, working with real clients (even if they are friends or family) can be great practice for dealing with the pressures of a real job. It’ll also give you a chance to get feedback from clients so that you can improve your work!

Tip #6: Get involved in your local community!

One great way to market your makeup business is by getting involved in your local community. This could mean anything from volunteering at events to partnering with other businesses in your area.

For example, let’s say you own a makeup studio. You could partner with a local hair salon and offer a discount to customers who book both services together. Or, you could volunteer your time to do makeup for a charity event.

There are many different ways to get involved in your community – it just takes some creativity! And, not only will this help you market your business, but it’ll also make you feel good knowing that you’re giving back.

Tip #7: Get creative with your marketing campaigns!

There are endless possibilities when it comes to marketing your makeup business. Get creative and think outside the box to come up with unique campaigns that will grab attention.

Some ideas include partnering with another local business for a joint promotion, holding a contest or giveaway, or creating social media challenges.

No matter what you do, make sure your campaigns are aligned with your brand identity and target audience. With a little creativity and effort, you’ll be able to reach new customers and grow your business!

Tip #8: Invest in paid advertising!

Paid advertising is a great way to reach new customers and grow your business. And, with the vast array of online advertising platforms available today, it’s easier than ever to get started!

Examples of paid advertising include (but aren’t limited to):

  • Google Ads
  • Facebook Ads
  • Instagram Ads
  • TikTok Ads
  • YouTube Ads

Paid advertising can be a great way to reach new customers while giving your business a more immediate boost. But, it’s important to remember that you’ll need to invest both time and money into creating and managing your campaigns.

So, be sure to do your research and create a campaign that’s right for your business!

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Tip #9: Focus on your USP (unique selling proposition)!

Your USP is what makes your business unique and sets you apart from your competition. When marketing your makeup business, be sure to focus on your USP!

Here are some questions to ask yourself:

  • What makes my business different?
  • What can I offer that my competition doesn’t?
  • How can I position my business in the market?

Answering these questions will help you identify your USP and figure out how to market it effectively. Remember, customers are always looking for something unique. So, make sure you’re highlighting what makes your business special!

Tip #10: Know who your target market is!

One of the most important things to do when marketing your makeup business is to know who your target market is. This means understanding who your ideal customer is and what they’re looking for.

To help you identify your target market, ask yourself these questions:

  • Who are my ideal customers?
  • What are their demographics (age, gender, location, etc.)?
  • What are their interests?
  • Which needs or problems do they have that I can solve?
  • How can I show them that I am the best makeup artist for their needs and/or problems?

By answering these questions, you’ll have a more comprehensive idea of who your target market is – and how to reach them. Remember: it’s important to focus on quality over quantity. Meaning, it’s better to have 100 ideal customers than 1000 uninterested ones!

Tip #11: Have a strong brand identity for your makeup business!

Your brand identity is what makes your business recognizable and sets you apart from your competition. So, it’s important to have a strong brand identity when marketing your makeup business!

Some things to consider when creating or refining your brand identity include your:

  • Mission statement
  • Values
  • Target market
  • USP (unique selling proposition)
  • Logo and other visuals (colors, fonts, etc.)
  • Tone of voice

By having a strong brand identity, you’ll be able to create consistent and cohesive marketing materials. In turn, this will help you attract new customers and grow your business!

PRO TIP: Learn the ins and outs of branding your makeup business properly!

Tip #12: Network literally ALL of the time!

Networking is a great way to meet new people, learn about new opportunities, collaborate, and grow your business. So, make sure you’re always networking!

Here are some invaluable ways you can network yourself and your makeup business:

  • Attend industry events and tradeshows
  • Join relevant online communities
  • Reach out to other businesses in your field
  • Connect with artists you admire through social media
  • Build relationships with influencers and thought leaders

Remember: it’s not all about meeting new people. It’s also about building strong relationships with the people you already know. So, don’t forget to stay in touch with your current contacts!

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Tip #13: Write a beauty blog and/or film a vlog!

Blogging and vlogging are great ways to show off your makeup skills, build your brand, grow your social media following, and attract new customers. Not to mention, they’re also a lot of fun!

Some things to keep in mind when starting a beauty blog or vlog:

  • Find your niche: what kind of makeup and/or beauty services do you want to focus on?
  • Be consistent: try to post new content regularly (at least once a week)
  • Promote your content: share your blog posts and videos on social media, in email campaigns, etc.
  • Engage with your audience: respond to comments and questions promptly

It’s also just as important to know what not to do as well. So, before getting started, make sure you know which steps to take – and which to avoid altogether.

Tip #14: Stock up on business cards for your makeup business!

Business cards are an essential marketing tool for any business – and your makeup business is no exception! After all, you never know when you’ll meet a potential new client or collaborator.

Here are some useful things to keep in mind when designing your business cards:

  • Include your name, title, contact information, website, and logo
  • Make sure the design is professional and aligned with your brand identity
  • Use high-quality materials (e.g. thick paper stock, raised printing, etc.)
  • Avoid using cheesy or gimmicky designs

Remember: less is more! So, make sure your business card design is simple and straightforward. Furthermore, make sure you always order extra business cards. This way, you always have them on hand!

Tip #15: Add a professional certification + designation to your makeup resume!

Investing in a professional certification or designation is a great way to show your commitment to your craft – and it can also help you attract new clients. Not to mention, getting properly trained by a reputable institution is the only sure-fire way to develop the skills you need to be a successful makeup artist.

So, if you’re serious about taking your makeup business to the next level, consider getting certified or designated by a professional organization, such as QC Makeup Academy.

Did you know that QC Makeup Academy offers a wide range of self-paced, online makeup and beauty-related courses? It’s true… And these programs can all be completed in as little as 8 short weeks!

How To Market a Makeup Business: Frequently Asked Questions

Now that we’ve gone over 15 of the best tips for marketing your makeup business, let’s answer some common questions about this topic…

“How Do I Get More Makeup Clients?”

The answer to this question may vary depending on your specific situation. However, some of the most effective ways to attract new clients include networking, creating a strong online presence, and marketing yourself through beauty blogging, vlogging, and paid advertisements.

“How Do Makeup Artists Get Noticed?”

There are a few things you can do to make sure you’re noticed by potential clients, collaborators, and industry professionals. First, it’s important to have a strong online presence. This means having an active social media account and/or website for your makeup business.

Second, you should also consider investing in some paid advertising, such as Google Ads or Facebook Ads. Finally, networking is always a great way to get noticed. Attend industry events, meetups, and workshops – and don’t forget to bring plenty of business cards!

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“How Do Makeup Artists Expand?”

There are a few things you can do to expand your makeup business…

First, you can offer new services, such as skincare consultations, bridal makeup, or special effects makeup. Second, you can also consider opening a second location or investing in mobile makeup services. Finally, expanding your team by hiring additional hair and makeup artists is also a great way to grow your business.

“What Are Some Makeup Artist Content Ideas?”

If you’re looking for some content ideas for your makeup business website or social media accounts, consider creating blog articles or videos on topics like:

  • Tips for applying makeup
  • Makeup trends
  • How to choose the right foundation shade
  • Tips for contouring
  • How to do a smoky eye
  • Tips for creating a natural makeup look
  • How to do your own wedding makeup
  • Tips for doing Halloween and/or SFX makeup
  • Tips for taking care of your skin
  • Get ready with me (GRWM) videos of you doing your own makeup
  • Various makeup tutorials
  • Behind the scenes videos of you working on client applications, photoshoots, etc.
  • Before vs. after comparisons
  • Tips for proper color correcting

“What Are Some Successful Makeup Artist Business Ideas?”

There are a few things you can do to set your makeup business up for success…

  1. First, make sure you have a strong online presence. This means having an active social media account and/or website for your makeup business.
  2. Then invest in some quality marketing materials, such as professional business cards, flyers, and postcards.
  3. Next, consider investing in a good CRM (customer relationship management) system to help you keep track of your clients, appointments, and payments.
  4. From there, create a price list for your services. Make sure to include any discounts or package deals you offer.
  5. Finally, always be willing to go the extra mile for your clients. This could mean providing complimentary touch-ups or offering to do their makeup for special events.

Marketing a Makeup Business: Final Thoughts

There you have it – 15 of the best tips for marketing your makeup business! Remember: it’s important to have a strong online presence, network with other industry professionals, and always be willing to go the extra mile for your clients.

Do YOU have any other questions about how to market a makeup business? Let us know in the comments below!

Happy marketing, beauties! 💕

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How To Boost Revenue For Your Makeup Business

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As a makeup artist, you know that your business is only as good as your last booking. So, how can you make sure that you are always booked solid and bringing in more revenue? In this article, we will discuss how to boost revenue for your makeup business.

In particular, we’ll cover the various ways that you can increase sales and bookings. From online marketing to client management, discover how you can start bringing in more money today!

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How Do Makeup Artists Get Noticed?

The first step in getting booked solid is to make sure that people know about your makeup artist business. How do you do that? By marketing yourself online and offline!

There are many ways to market your makeup artist business. You can start by creating a strong social media presence. Make sure to post high-quality photos of your work, as well as helpful tips and tutorials. Additionally, you can also create a website or blog to showcase your work.

On top of digital marketing, don’t forget about old-fashioned offline marketing methods like passing out business cards and Flyers. Attend local events and meetups related to the beauty industry. And, most importantly, always be friendly and professional when meeting potential clients!

How Do Makeup Artists Expand?

If you’re looking to take your makeup artist business to the next level, then it’s time to start expanding. One way to do that is by offering new services. For example, if you currently only offer makeup application, why not add on complementary services like hair styling and/or skincare consulting?

Another way to expand your business is by increasing your prices. Of course, you don’t want to price yourself too high. Otherwise, you could alienate potential customers. However, if you feel confident in your abilities and have built up a strong client base, then raising your prices in a realistic manner is a great way to boost revenue.

Finally, another way to expand your business is by adding more team members. This could include hiring additional makeup artists or bringing on support staff like receptionists or assistants. By expanding your team, you’ll be able to take on more bookings and generate more revenue.

Did you know that in addition to makeup certification courses, QC Makeup Academy also teaches skincare consulting, hair styling, and more? Check out our full list of self-paced, online programs here!

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How Do I Get More Makeup Clients?

Now let’s talk about client management. How can you get more clients and keep them coming back?

Client Management 101

The first step is to make sure that you have a solid client management system in place. This could include using appointment scheduling software, keeping track of client contact information, and sending out reminders for upcoming appointments.

(For our recommended list of software tools, give this blog article a read!)

By having a strong client management system, you’ll be able to stay organized and efficient. This will allow you to take on more clients without feeling overwhelmed. Additionally, your clients will appreciate the professionalism and they’ll be more likely to book future appointments with you.

It’s also important to build strong relationships with your clients. After all, they’re the ones who are helping to support your business! Therefore, be friendly and personable when meeting with them. Get to know them on a personal level so that you can provide them with the best possible service.

Finally, always go above and beyond for your clients. Whether it’s providing them with a complimentary makeup touch-up or giving them a discount on their next appointment, find ways to show your appreciation. By doing this, you’ll ensure that they have a positive experience with your business.

In turn, they’ll be more likely to recommend you to their friends!

How Can I Promote Myself as a Makeup Artist?: Where To Find Makeup Clients

So, now that we’ve gone over some tips for client management, where can you actually find new clients?

There are a few different ways to go about this…

First of all, as we mentioned earlier, you can attend local events and meetups related to the beauty industry. This is a great way to network with potential customers, as well as collaborators.

Speaking of collaborations, this is another excellent option at your disposal! Get your name out there by working with other businesses and/or professionals in the industry. For example, you could partner with a local salon or spa. They could promote your services to their clients and vice versa.

Another way you can collaborate is by working with other industry experts on a stylized photoshoot. Not only will this give you real-world experience and allow you to network… You’ll also get high-quality images that you can use in your portfolio, too!

Finally, you can also use online directories to find new clients. Make sure to list your business on popular platforms like Google My Business and Yelp. You can also create profiles on freelancer websites like Upwork and Fiverr.

Remember, these are just some of the ways you can generate more leads and book more appointments. There are many more opportunities out there for you, which we will touch on shortly. At the end of the day, though, the key is to be proactive and to put yourself out there!

How To Boost Revenue For Your Makeup Business: Marketing Suggestions

Alright, now let’s discuss how – and where – you should be marketing your makeup business.

1. Social Media Marketing

In today’s world, it’s more important than ever to have an active presence on social media. Why? Because that’s where your potential clients are hanging out!

Some of the benefits of social media marketing include:

  • It’s relatively affordable (or even free!)
  • You can reach a large audience with minimal effort
  • It’s a great way to build relationships with your clients
  • You can get instant feedback from your target market

So, make sure to create profiles on all of the major social media platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and YouTube. If you’re not sure where to start, here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • Use original, high-quality images and videos
  • Post regularly (but don’t spam your followers!)
  • Engage with other users (like, comment, and share their content)
  • Run paid social media ads
  • Link your business website in all of your social media bios
  • Use your social media accounts to network with other beauty experts you admire
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How Do Makeup Artists Get More Followers?

Here are some tips to quickly grow your social media following:

#1 Host a giveaway or contest

One of the best ways to get more eyes on your social media accounts is to host a giveaway or contest. This will not only increase your following but also help you to engage with your target market.

When hosting a giveaway, make sure to set some guidelines. For example, you could require participants to follow your account and share your posts in order to enter. Additionally, you could also ask them to tag their friends in the comments section.

Not only will this help you to get more followers, but it will also increase brand awareness and reach.

Not sure where to start? This article by Memberquest breaks down the process in 5 easy steps!

#2 Collaborate with other industry experts

As we mentioned earlier, collaborating with other businesses and professionals in the industry is a great way to get your name out there. The same applies to the world of social media!

When partnering with someone for a collaboration, make sure to promote it across all of your social media channels. Additionally, you could also try to cross-promote with the other person or business involved. For example, you could share their content on your channels and vice versa.

This is a great way to reach new audiences and grow your social media following organically.

#3 Use relevant, popular hashtags

Hashtags are a great way to get your content seen by more people, as they allow you to be discoverable on social media platforms. When using hashtags, make sure to use ones that are relevant to your industry and niche. Additionally, try to use popular and trending hashtags whenever possible.

Here are some examples of relevant hashtags for makeup artists:

  • #mua
  • #makeupartist
  • #makeupaddict
  • #makeuplover
  • #wakeupandmakeup
  • #bblogger
  • #beautyblogger

Check out more trending beauty hashtags here.

Basically, by using relevant and popular hashtags, you can reach new audiences and grow your social media following in no time!

#4 Post high-quality images and videos

When it comes to social media, content is king. That’s why it’s important to post high-quality images and videos that will capture the attention of your target market.

If you’re not sure where to start, here are some tips:

  • Use bright, vibrant colors in your images
  • Include before-and-after shots
  • Showcase your work with before-and-after photos or videos
  • Use close-ups and detail shots
  • Edit your images and videos professionally

By following these tips, you can be sure that your content will stand out from the rest!

#5 Engage with other users regularly

Lastly, as previously mentioned, it’s important to engage with other users on social media. This includes liking, commenting, and sharing their content. Additionally, you could also try to tag them in your posts or stories.

When engaging with others, make sure to be genuine and authentic. Additionally, try to add value to the conversation by leaving thoughtful comments. By doing so, you’ll not only build relationships but also grow your social media following organically.

By following these 5 key tips, you should see a significant increase in your social media reach and engagement in no time! And, of course, the more followers you have, the more people you’ll be able to market your business to.

How Can I Promote My Makeup on Instagram?

Now, let’s say that you want to focus a lot of your social media marketing efforts to Instagram. After all, it is one of the most popular platforms out there with over a billion monthly active users!

In addition to the tips we’ve already covered, here’s some bonus advice on how to promote your makeup business on Instagram specifically:

#1 Make use of Instagram Stories

With over 500 million daily active users, Instagram Stories is a great way to reach new audiences and promote your business. When using Stories, make sure to use relevant hashtags, post high-quality images and videos, and tag other users whenever possible.

Additionally, you could also try using Instagram Story Highlights. This feature allows you to save your Stories and display them on your profile permanently. This is a great way to showcase your work, highlight your services, and promote any special offers or discounts that you may be running.

To learn more about using Instagram Stories for business, check out this helpful guide by Hootsuite!

#2 Use hashtags strategically

As we’ve mentioned before, hashtags are a great way to get your content seen by more people. When using them on Instagram, make sure to use a mix of popular, relevant, and niche-specific hashtags. Additionally, try to use a variety of different hashtag types, such as branded hashtags, campaign hashtags, and location-based hashtags.

For more tips on using hashtags effectively, be sure to read this article.

#3 Run an Instagram marketing campaign

Another great way to promote your makeup business on Instagram is by running a marketing campaign. When running a campaign, you can use a variety of different strategies, such as influencer marketing, user-generated content (UGC), and giveaways.

To learn more about running an effective Instagram marketing campaign, check out this helpful guide by Wordstream.

PRO TIP: It’s worth it to note that, in general, paid marketing campaigns are worth running elsewhere, too. For instance, it could be a worthwhile investment to create marketing campaigns on Facebook, Google, and TikTok – just as a few examples.

#4 Partner with micro-influencers

Micro-influencers are social media users with a relatively small but engaged following. When working with micro-influencers, you can expect to see high levels of engagement and reach. Additionally, partnering with micro-influencers is often more affordable than working with larger influencers.

Now, you might be wondering, “Why micro-influencers and not macro-influencers?” Well, micro-influencers typically have a more engaged following than macro-influencers (a.k.a. celebrities). Additionally, their smaller followings tend to be more tight-knit and responsive to the content that they share.

To learn more about partnering with micro-influencers, check out this useful article by Forbes!

#5 Use relevant, high-quality visuals

Finally, when promoting your makeup business on Instagram, make sure to use relevant and high-quality visuals. This means posting images and videos that are visually appealing and on-brand. Additionally, try to use a mix of both static and moving content to keep things interesting.

For more tips on creating high-quality visuals, be sure to read this blog post.

As you can see, there are plenty of strategies that you can use to promote your makeup business on this popular platform!

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2. Email Marketing

Another great way to promote your makeup business is through email marketing. This involves sending out newsletters, special offers, and other marketing materials to your email list.

Email marketing can be an effective way to reach new customers and promote your business. However, it’s important to make sure that you’re sending high-quality content that is relevant to your audience. Additionally, you’ll want to avoid spamming people with too many emails.

To learn more about email marketing, check out this breakdown by Mailchimp!

PRO TIP: If you don’t have an email list yet, now is the time to start building one! You can do this by collecting emails at events, through sign-ups on your website or social media platforms, or even by offering a freebie in exchange for people’s contact information.

3. Build a Website For Your Makeup Business

Another great way to market your makeup business and boost revenue is by creating a website. This will give you a platform to showcase your work, as well as list your contact information and available services.

Creating a website is a great way to build your brand and attract new customers. It’s also relatively easy and affordable to do, especially if you use a platform like WordPress. In terms of boosting revenue, having a professional website is critical because it will help you appear more credible and trustworthy to potential clients.

Not to mention, if it offers an option for online booking (which we highly recommend), it can make it even easier for people to book your services!

If you’ve never put together a business website before, here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • Use high-quality images that accurately represent your brand
  • Keep your website design simple and easy to navigate
  • Provide links to your social media profiles
  • Include clear calls-to-action (e.g. “Book Now,” “Contact Us,” etc.)
  • Make sure your contact information is up-to-date and easy to find

You can also check out this article by Business News Daily for 12 handy tips on creating a successful business website.

Why SEO Will Boost Revenue For Your Makeup Business

SEO (a.k.a. Search Engine Optimization) is one of the most important aspects of online marketing, yet it’s often misunderstood or overlooked by small businesses. Simply put, SEO is the process of optimizing your website and content to rank higher in search engine results pages (SERPs).

So, why does this matter? Furthermore, how will it positively impact your makeup business’s revenue?

The answer is simple: when people are looking for makeup artists in their area, they’re likely to use a search engine like Google. And if you can get your website to appear on the first page of results, you’ll be much more likely to get bookings and boost revenue for your makeup business!

There are a number of different factors that go into SEO, but some of the most important ones include:

  • The quality of your website and content
  • How well your website is optimized for search engines
  • How many high-quality inbound links you have to your website
  • Your social media presence

In a nutshell, SEO is important because it can help you get more visibility for your makeup business online. And the more visible you are, the easier it will be to attract new clients and boost revenue.

To learn more about how SEO works and how you can use it to promote your business, check out this informative Beginner’s Guide from Moz. This article by Reliable Soft Digital Marketing Agency also provides a list of 10 free SEO courses (with certificates) that you can complete in just a few short hours!

4. Invest in Business Cards

Business cards may seem like a small thing, but they can be a powerful marketing tool for your makeup business. They’re an easy and affordable way to promote your brand and make it easier for people to remember your contact information.

Plus, if you get creative with your business card design, you can use them as mini-portfolios! This is a great way to showcase your work and convince potential clients to book your services.

To find out more about how to create an effective business card design, check out this helpful guide from 99designs. You can also search for “business card printing” on Google or another search engine to find reliable printing services in your area.

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How To Boost Makeup Revenue Through Service Pricing and Client Incentives

Setting Your Makeup Business Rates

If you want to boost revenue for your makeup business, it’s important to be strategic about pricing your services. Many makeup artists make the mistake of undercharging for their services, which can leave them feeling overworked and underpaid.

On the other hand, if you charge too much, you may price yourself out of the market or deter potential clients from booking your services.

To find a happy medium, start by considering your target market. How much are they willing to pay for makeup services? How much do your competitors charge? Use this information to come up with a pricing strategy that will attract clients without breaking the bank.

If you’re new to the professional beauty industry and aren’t sure how to confidently set your rates for the first time, keep the following in mind:

  • Your experience: How long have you been working as a makeup artist? Are you just starting out or do you have years of experience under your belt?
  • The type of services you offer: What kinds of makeup services do you provide? Are they simple or complex? How long do they take to complete?
  • The cost of your supplies: How much do you spend on makeup and other supplies? Make sure to factor in the cost of your time as well!
  • Your overhead costs: How much does it cost to maintain your business? This includes things like rent, utilities, insurance, etc.

Once you have a good understanding of your costs and the going rates in your area, you can start to set your own rates with confidence. If you’re still not sure where to start, consider using a pricing calculator like this one from Calculator Academy.

Fun Fact: QC Makeup Academy‘s online certification courses all come with an ENTIRE unit devoted to business training. And as part of this training, you’ll learn how to price your makeup services properly!

Discounts and Client Incentives

In addition to setting competitive rates, you can also offer discounts and incentives to attract new clients and boost revenue. For example, you could offer a discount for first-time clients or run a promotion for couples getting married. Just be sure not to devalue your services in the process!

Here are some more popular examples of effective incentives to offer:

  • Bulk discounts: Offer a discount when clients book multiple services at once.
  • Referral programs: Give clients a discount or free service for referring their friends.
  • Loyalty programs: Provide loyalty rewards, such as a free service after every ten appointments.

Remember: people love a good deal! If you can offer them something of value, they’ll be more likely to book your services – and come back for more in the future.

Increase Makeup Sales By Selling Cosmetic Products

In addition to selling your makeup services, you can also boost revenue by selling products. This could include anything from makeup brushes and eyeshadow palettes to skincare products and foundations.

The key is to find a balance between offering enough products to generate sales – but not so many that it becomes overwhelming for your clients. Start by surveying your target market to see what kinds of products they’re interested in. Then, create a product lineup that meets their needs and budget.

To learn more about how to sell makeup products, check out this helpful guide from Website Builder Expert.

Starting Your Own Makeup Line

Another great way to boost revenue for your makeup business is to start your own makeup line. This could include anything from lipstick and mascara to false eyelashes and foundations.

Not only will this give you a new stream of revenue; it’ll also help you build brand awareness and establish yourself as an expert in the industry.

If you’re interested in starting your own makeup line, there are a few things you’ll need to do first:

  • Research the market: What kinds of products are in demand? How much are people willing to pay?
  • Know which ingredients to use (and which to avoid): Not all ingredients are created equal. Some are better for the skin than others.
  • Create a business plan: This will help you map out your goals, budget, and marketing strategy.
  • Find a manufacturer: You’ll need to find a reputable cosmetics manufacturer who can produce high-quality products at a reasonable price.
  • Create packaging: Your packaging should be eye-catching and reflective of your brand.
  • Market your products: Once you have everything in place, you’ll need to start marketing your products to reach your target audience.

For more information on starting your own makeup line (and sell it online), check out this awesome guide from Shopify.

Just keep in mind that launching your own cosmetics line will require some sort of investment. So, be sure to do your research and create a solid business plan before you get started. That said, once your line is up and running, it has the potential to be a very profitable venture!

Becoming a Brand Ambassador

Another great way to boost revenue for your makeup business is to become a brand ambassador. This involves partnering with a cosmetic company and representing their products.

As a brand ambassador, you’ll typically receive free products (which you can use in your own work), as well as discounts and commission on sales. Plus, it’s a great way to build relationships with other industry professionals!

To learn more about becoming a brand ambassador, Keep Calm and Chiffon has a great article that breaks down everything you need to know to get started!

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Boost Revenue For Your Makeup Business By Getting Professionally Certified

If you’re not already certified, getting your professional makeup certification is one of the smartest ways to boost revenue for your makeup business. Firstly, this will give you the skills and knowledge you need to be a successful makeup artist in the first place. And secondly, it’ll also make you a LOT more attractive to potential clients.

Plus, being certified will help you stand out from the competition – which is always a good thing!

There are plenty of ways to get certified, but one of the most popular (and affordable) options is online courses. QC Makeup Academy, for example, offers an excellent Master Makeup Artistry Course that covers everything from basic techniques to advanced concepts.

Once you’ve completed this course, you’ll be mailed a physical copy of your globally-recognized Master International Makeup Professional (MIMP) certification. Plus, this title acts as your official designation, too! You can then use this to market yourself as a certified makeup artist – which will help you attract higher-paying clients.

So, if you’re serious about boosting revenue for your makeup business, getting certified is definitely the way to go!

View the full course page for QC’s Master Makeup Artistry certification program here – and discover how you can become a certified MUA in as little as 8 short weeks!

5 Extra Ways To Boost Revenue For Your Makeup Business

On top of everything we’ve already covered in this article, here are a few more tips to help you boost revenue for your makeup business…

Get involved with bridal shows!

Bridal shows are a great way to meet potential clients and get your name out there. Plus, they typically attract a high-end clientele – which means you can charge a bit more for your services.

To learn more about bridal shows (and why you need to attend them), check out this wonderful article from Here Comes The Guide.

Offer group discounts!

If you’re looking to attract more clients, offering group discounts can be a great way to do it. This could involve anything from giving a discount for booking multiple services at once to offering a lower rate for larger groups. Just remember that you’ll need to adjust your pricing accordingly so that you’re still making a profit!

Offer virtual makeup artistry services!

With the rise of technology, more and more people are opting for virtual makeup services. This is a great way to reach a wider audience – and it can be done from the comfort of your own home!

By providing virtual services, you can:

  • Expand your client reach on a global scale
  • Teach one-on-one and/or group makeup classes
  • Conduct contact-free client consultations
  • Offer makeup advice and tips
  • And so much more!

PRO TIP: Want to add virtual beauty services to your makeup business? Take QC Makeup Academy’s 1-unit Virtual Makeup Training mini course and learn everything you need to know in less than a month!

Get involved with charity work!

Charity work is a great way to give back – and it can also be a great marketing tool. By getting involved with local charities, you can not only help those in need but you can also attract attention to your business. Plus, it’s a great way to build relationships with other industry professionals!

There are plenty of ways to get involved with charity work, so there’s sure to be something that’s a perfect fit for your business.

Offer free (or discounted) makeup services to friend and family!

This one might seem a bit counterintuitive, but hear us out! Offering free or discounted makeup services to your friends and family can actually be a great way to attract new clients.

How so?

Well, first of all, it’s a great way to get real-world practice. Secondly, it’s a great way to build up your portfolio. As your friends and family see the amazing work you’re doing, they’re sure to spread the word – which can help you attract new clients and boost your revenue.

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Conclusion

As you can see, there are plenty of ways to boost revenue for your makeup business! So, if you’re looking to increase sales and get more bookings, be sure to implement some (or all) of the strategies we’ve covered in this article. Trust us – you won’t regret it!

What other tips do you have for boosting revenue for your makeup business? Let us know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading! 💕

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How to Choose The Best Online Makeup School

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When it comes to finding the right makeup school, there are a lot of things to consider. For example, what should the school criteria include? How can you tell if a makeup academy is reputable or not? In this article, we’ll show you how to choose the best online makeup school for YOU and your career goals!

Let’s get started, shall we?

Is professional makeup the right career for you? Here are the top pros and cons of this job, so you can decide once and for all!

How To Choose The Right Makeup School For You: In-Person Vs. Online

When it comes to choosing the best makeup school, you have 2 options: in-person or online. So, let’s begin by breaking down the pros and cons of each type of makeup program…

In-Person Makeup School

Pros

  • You can build a strong rapport with your classmates and instructor(s).
  • You’re able to get immediate feedback on your work/progress.
  • It can be easier to find models to work on during your classes.

Cons

  • It can be expensive to travel to/from the school – especially these days, with the current price of gas.
  • Typically, in-person schooling is a lot more expensive.
  • The class schedule might not be flexible enough to work around your work/life schedule.
  • You may not be able to find a makeup program that’s close to home.
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Online Makeup School

Pros

  • Generally, online schooling a lot more affordable (e.g., lower tuition, payment plan options, etc.).
  • You get the freedom to study on your own schedule and at your preferred pace.
  • There are a lot of online makeup programs to choose from, from foundation courses to advanced/specialty classes.

Cons

  • The wrong kind of online makeup school will make it more difficult to get helpful feedback on your progress.
  • Your interactions with classmates and instructors may be more limited.
  • It can be easy to get distracted while studying at home if you aren’t self-disciplined.

So, which type of learning environment is the right fit for you?

On the one hand, you might feel like you’d benefit from the structure of an in-person course, as well as want the chance to build relationships with classmates and tutors. If so, then this is probably the route for you.

On the other hand, however, you may be looking for a more affordable option that allows you to study at your own pace. If this is the case, then an online makeup school would be the better choice for your goals.

For the purpose of this article, let’s assume that moving forward, you want to learn more about picking the best online makeup school…

How To Choose The Best Online Makeup School: Must-Have Criteria

When you’re looking for an online makeup school, there are certain criteria that the school itself should meet. Some critical green flags include the following:

✅ The Online Makeup School Is Properly Accredited

These days, there are a LOT of scammers out there who want nothing more than to steal your hard-earned money. For this reason, when looking at online makeup schools, be sure to check and see that the institution is properly accredited. This means that it’s been evaluated by an outside agency and determined to meet certain educational standards.

QC Makeup Academy, for example, holds an A+ ranking from the Better Business Bureau. On top of that, we’re a faculty of QC Career School – a trustworthy pioneer of distance learning since 1984!

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✅ The School Has a Legit Website

When you’re looking at an online makeup school, take a look at the company’s website. Does it look legitimate? Is it user-friendly? Are the school’s policies, procedures, and course information easy to find?

An online school’s website will tell you a LOT about that school as a whole. If it’s poorly designed and/or lacks need-to-know info, that’s a pretty big red flag!

QC Makeup Academy’s website, for example, is designed with the student in mind. For starters, it’s incredibly easy to navigate. Plus, it’s got all the information you need – right at your fingertips!

✅ The Makeup Tutors Are Qualified

The best online makeup school will have qualified instructors who are the real deal. Not only will they possess the experience and expertise needed to be teaching your course; they’ll also be properly certified.

The tutors and expert instructors at QC Makeup Academy are all exceptionally qualified! They have years of experience in the professional beauty industry, as well as countless designations and qualifications to their names.

Take our lead instructor, Nathan Johnson, as an example. Nathan helped handcraft QC’s Master Makeup Artistry Course, in addition to many other QC programs. With over 20 years of experience as a celebrity MUA and makeup coach, Nathan has worked with such A-listers like Paula Abdul, Lea Michele, Kyra Sedgwick, Kevin Bacon, Paul McCartney, and more!

✅ They’re On Social Media

When choosing the best online makeup school, the next thing you’ll want to do is see if they’re active on social media. These days, any business that isn’t on social media in some way is pretty sus. After all, social media is a great way for an online school to showcase their culture, the kind of awesome community they have, etc.

QC Makeup Academy is VERY active on social media! This is because we love connecting with our students/alumni, as well as sharing tips, tricks, blog posts, and useful resources. Plus, we’re always looking for an excuse to post pictures and videos of our happy students/grads and the beautiful makeup looks they’ve done!

Interested in checking out QC’s social media?

Connect with us here:

✅ The School’s Support Team Is Actually Reachable

How annoying is it when you try to get a hold of a company’s support team, only to be met with radio silence? If an online makeup school’s Support Staff aren’t easy to get a hold of, are prone to ghosting, and/or have a terrible attitude, proceed with major caution!

Here’s yet another awesome perk of becoming a student at QC Makeup Academy: our Support Team is quite literally the BEST! 💕 They’re available 7 days a week by phone, email, and live chat – depending on your personal preference. Plus, they’re always quick to respond to any inquiries or issues you might have.

It also helps that they’re super friendly and more than happy to help you out, no matter what the concern might be!

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How To Find an Online Makeup School: Course Criteria

Okay, so we’ve gone over some things to look for in an online makeup school. Now let’s talk about the actual criteria the program itself should meet. When trying to choose the best online makeup school, make sure the course offers the following:

✅ A Solid Makeup Curriculum

When you’re looking at online makeup courses, make sure to check out the curriculum of the course itself.

Does it cover everything you’re hoping to learn? Has the program been designed by experienced beauty experts? Does it cater to beginner makeup artists, experienced MUAs, or both?

QC Makeup Academy offers a wide, comprehensive list of makeup and beauty certification programs that cover all of the following areas of the industry:

  • Makeup Artistry (for personal makeup)
  • Master Makeup Artistry (for professional makeup on clients)
  • Skincare Consulting
  • Pro Makeup (meant to be taken after the MMA Course)
  • Global Beauty
  • Portfolio Development
  • Airbrush Makeup
  • Hair Styling Essentials
  • Special FX Makeup
  • Fashion Styling
  • Virtual Makeup Training

Want to learn more about these courses? Check out the full curricula for QC’s self-paced, online certification programs here!

✅ Affordable Tuition

Of course, you want to make sure you’re getting your money’s worth when you sign up for an online makeup course. But this does NOT mean you have to break the bank in the process!

The truth is, there are plenty of affordable options out there, in terms of online makeup schools.

Take QC Makeup Academy, for instance! Our online programs are some of the most affordable you’ll find! For starters, we offer a low monthly payment plan option, thereby allowing you to spread out the cost of your course over time!

What’s more – the moment you enroll in one QC course, every other course is then available to you at a whopping 50% off!

Click here to learn more about the cost (and payment options) of QC Makeup Academy’s courses!

✅ Hands-On Experience

MYTH: You won’t be able to get any hands-on experience through an online makeup school.

FACT: The best online makeup school will guarantee that you get plenty of hands-on training on actual models!

This makes total sense… After all, what’s the point of taking a makeup course – yes, even online ones – if it won’t prepare you for the real world?

QC Makeup Academy’s online programs offer students countless opportunities to put their skills to the test via practical, hands-on assignments. You’ll be challenged to find and work on models of different ages, genders, etc. Furthermore, you’ll be required to complete assignments on models with different skin tones, skin types, etc.

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✅ Business Training

If your goal is to start your own makeup business, then it’s important to find a course that also offers business training as part of its curriculum. After all, there’s a lot more to being a successful MUA than just knowing how to apply makeup!

All of QC’s courses provide a full unit devoted entirely to business training. As a result, graduates walk away knowing exactly how to launch – and run – a successful company of their very own. From building a clientele to marketing your services, our certification programs cover it all!

Pro Tip: Join QC Makeup Academy alumnus and industry expert, Devyn Gregorio, as she breaks down why a business class is ESSENTIAL to your makeup training!

✅ A Legitimate Makeup Certification Upon Graduating

When graduating from an online makeup school, you should be proud of your accomplishment! And what better way to show off your new skills – and certification – than by displaying it for the whole world to see?

As we mentioned earlier, QC Makeup Academy is a well-respected and accredited institution. As such, when you graduate from any of our courses, you’ll receive either a certificate of completion or an internationally-recognized certification + designation!

The following QC courses will provide a globally-recognized certification:

The remainder of QC’s courses provide a globally-recognized certificate of completion!

Deciding On an Online Makeup Academy: Red Flags To Avoid

Now it’s time to move onto the red flags you’ll want to watch out for. After all, choosing the wrong school can be a very costly mistake – both in terms of your time and money.

When it comes shady online makeup schools, keep an eye out for the following warning signs…

🚩 The Online Makeup School Is Unaccredited

As we mentioned earlier, one of the many benefits of QC Makeup Academy is our accreditation. But there are many online makeup schools out there that are not accredited. While this doesn’t necessarily mean they’re a bad makeup school, it’s still something to be aware of.

Generally speaking, if an online school isn’t properly recognized, it could mean that:

  • They don’t adhere to certain quality standards
  • They’re not properly licensed
  • They might not have been around for very long
  • It’s not a legitimate online makeup school

Obviously, these are all totally valid concerns! As such, if you come across an online makeup school that’s unaccredited, make sure to do your due diligence before enrolling. Make sure they’re legit first.

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🚩 They Have a Bad Reputation

Another HUGE red flag is to watch out for is if the school has a bad reputation, both online or otherwise. For instance, do they have more negative reviews than positive ones? Are there countless complaints about them?

Of course, every makeup school – whether it be online or in-person – is going to have at least a few unhappy students. That’s just the way it is. But if the majority of what you see online is negative, then that’s a glaring red flag you shouldn’t ignore.

The best way to get an accurate idea of an online makeup school’s reputation is by reading reviews from multiple sources. This way, you can get the most accurate picture of what people are saying about them.

Curious about what people are saying about QC Makeup Academy? Take a look at our Facebook reviews!

🚩 You’re Promised “Quick and Easy” Results

In order to choose the best online makeup school, it’s important to avoid any place whose promises seem too good to be true. For instance, if a school claims that they can turn you (and your skill-set) into that of a professional MUA in less than a month, then that’s probably not realistic.

Now, we’re not saying that it’s impossible to become a certified makeup artist quickly. After all, some people pick things up faster than others and will be able to finish their makeup course in less time. But generally speaking, it’s going to take more than just a month to acquire all the skills needed for long-term success in the beauty industry.

So, if an online makeup school is making any grandiose promises, be at least a little wary. After all, we know that the LAST thing you want to do is waste your time and money on something that’s not actually going to work.

🚩 The Cost of The Makeup Course is Dirt Cheap

Now, this rule doesn’t necessary apply to all makeup courses. Some schools, for example, may offer short workshops or quick modules that you can purchase à la carte. In these cases, it makes sense that these may be offered at a very low price.

What we’re referring to are extensive, full-on certification courses offered at a ludicrously low cost.

Here’s a good rule-of-thumb to abide by: if a school’s tuition fees are suspiciously low, there’s a reason for that… And it’s not a good one! Good-quality makeup courses will typically cost a few hundred dollars, at the VERY least.

And most high-quality programs? Well, you’ll be looking at paying anywhere from approx. $500 to $1300. (Although, as we mentioned earlier, this is still relatively cheaper than in-person courses – and you’ll have more payment options at your disposal!)

Now, it obviously goes without saying that there are always exceptions to the rule. However, if an online makeup school is claiming that they can fully train you (from no experience to the level of a professional MUA) for less than $100, that’s a MAJOR red flag!

If the price seems too good to be true, that’s because it probably is. So, just keep that in mind.

🚩 Your Makeup Certification Costs Extra

Another red flag to watch out for is any online makeup school that tries to make you pay extra for your certification. This isn’t cool, no matter the circumstance!

The fee for your certification should be included within the cost of tuition. After all, you’ve earned it! If a school is trying to make you pay additional and/or hidden fees for it, you’re being scammed.

So, as we’ve suggested before (and will continue to suggest again), do your research before enrolling in any online makeup class. This way, you can make sure the certification provided is included in the cost of tuition before signing up with the school!

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🚩 You’re Only Given Textbook Learning

When choosing the best online makeup school, make sure they offer more than just textbook learning. While it’s important to have a foundation in theoretical makeup artistry knowledge, you also want to make sure you’re getting hands-on training, too.

Ideally, your online makeup course should offer both classroom-based learning AND practical assignments. Only this way will you then be able to graduate with the confidence needed to actually apply any style of makeup professionally – and not just understand the theory behind it.

How To Become a Makeup Artist

Now that you know how to choose the best online makeup school, it’s time to start your journey to becoming a certified MUA! So long as you remember to do your research, ask around for recommendations, and ensure that the program you choose is properly accredited, you’ll be well on your way!

We also STRONGLY encourage you to check out our Ultimate Step-By-Step Guide to Becoming a Makeup Artist! This informative article will break down all of the following information:

  • Whether or not being a makeup artist is truly a good career
  • Educational requirements
  • Cosmetology school vs. makeup school
  • The length of time it’ll take to become a certified makeup artist
  • Which field is best for makeup artists
  • How to become a certified MUA in 3 easy steps, even if you don’t have any experience
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Final Thoughts

We hope you enjoyed reading this article on how to choose the best online makeup school. With the right research, and so long as you know which criteria to look for, we guarantee you’ll find the course that best suits your needs!

Do YOU have any questions or comments about choosing the best online makeup school? Let us know in the comment section below! We love hearing from our readers!

Stay glam, beauties! 😘

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34 Of The Best Tools To Grow Your Makeup Business!

By Career Advice, Your Makeup Career 2 Comments

If you’re looking to grow your makeup business, you’re in luck! There are a number of great tools out there that can help you do just that. In this article, we’ll discuss 34 of the best tools to grow your makeup business and find success in this exciting industry.

In particular, we’ll look at software tools, business tools, and makeup products/supplies that can help you reach your goals. So, whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been in the business for a while, these tools will help you take your business to the next level!

Pro Tip: Is makeup artistry your DREAM job? Then make sure you check out our Ultimate Guide to becoming a makeup artist – even if you don’t have any experience!

The 34 Best Tools To Grow Your Makeup Business

Software To Grow Your Makeup Business

Okay, let’s say that your goal is to start your own cosmetics line. In this case, the best software to grow your makeup business is an eCommerce platform. If you want to sell products online, then you’ll need a platform that lets you do just that.

We recommend Shopify as the best eCommerce platform for makeup businesses that are selling actual cosmetics. With Shopify, you can create a beautiful online store, add products and descriptions, process payments, and more!

On the other hand, what if you don’t want to run your own cosmetics line, or be a Brand Ambassador for another company? What if you want to run a business that offers makeup application services? What software will work for you best in this case?

Well, here are some of our top recommendations:

1. Wish

A shopping app like Wish will be your best friend when it comes to stocking up your professional makeup kit and building your salon. The app offers a wide variety of cosmetics at incredibly low prices. As a result, you can get all the products you need – without breaking the bank!

Plus, with Wish, you can order in bulk and save even more money. This is perfect if you’re just starting out and need to build up your kit quickly.

Similarly, AliExpress is another great option for stocking up on affordable cosmetics. The website offers a wide variety of products, from makeup brushes to eyeshadow palettes, so you’re sure to find everything you need!

And like Wish, AliExpress also offers discounts when you order in bulk. Thus, if you’re looking to save some money, this is the website for you!

3. Sephora

If you’re looking for high-end makeup products, then Sephora is the place to go. The website offers a wide variety of cosmetics from top brands, so you’re sure to find what you’re looking for!

Plus, with Sephora’s loyalty program, you can earn points on every purchase that you make. These points can then be redeemed for discounts on future purchases, so you can save money in the long run!

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If you’re looking for a way to keep track of your work and progress, as well as play with ideas before testing them out on actual clients, then we recommend using MakeUp Sketchbook. With this software, you can create face charts, play with designs, and see how certain looks and products will combine with each other.

The most beneficial part of this type of software is that you can brainstorm new ideas and looks to try out. This is the perfect way to stay creative, expand your skill-set, and perfect the looks you’re going to be applying onto real customers.

5. Social Media Apps

When it comes to promoting your makeup business, social media is key! After all, what better way to reach potential customers than by using the platforms they already use every day?

Some of our favorite social media apps for makeup businesses are Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, Pinterest, and Twitter. With these apps, you can post photos and videos of your work, share special offers and discounts, network, and reach a wide audience of potential customers!

Pro Tip: Not sure how to get started with social media? Learn how to market your business properly on social media in this article!

Business Software To Invest In

This is a great software solution for makeup artists who want to manage their business on the go. PocketSuite lets you track client appointments, send invoices, process payments, and more – all from your phone!

Acuity Scheduling is another great option for makeup artists who want to manage their business on the go. With Acuity Scheduling, you can schedule appointments, send reminders, and accept payments – again, all from your phone!

3. Makeup Artist Directories

Getting yourself listed on some sort of online directory a great way to reach potential customers who are looking for makeup artists in their area. Some of our favorite directories to list your business on include (but aren’t limited to):

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4. Asana

Asana is a great project management tool that can be used by makeup artists to keep track of their to-do lists, tasks, and goals. With Asana, you can create projects, add tasks and subtasks, set deadlines, and assign team members to each task. This is a great way to stay organized and make sure that your makeup business is running smoothly!

This software is perfect for makeup artists who want to manage their business from one central location. Daysmart Salon Software lets you schedule clients with ease, track clients and appointments, handle payments, and more. Not only will this help you to keep your business organized; it’ll also help you to provide a better experience for your clients!

QuickBooks is a must-have for any business – and that includes makeup businesses! This software lets you track your income and expenses, send invoices, process payments, run reports, and so much more. QuickBooks is essential for keeping your finances in order, and in turn, keeping your business running seamlessly.

Mailchimp is a great tool for makeup artists who want to stay in touch with their clients and promote their business. With Mailchimp, you can create email newsletters, send out coupons and discounts, announce new products and services, and more. Plus, it’s easy to use and very affordable!

8. Wave

If your makeup business consists of only you, and does not house any employees, then a simpler payment solution like Wave may be better suited for your needs. With Wave, you can send simple invoices, receive payments, track your expenses, run reports, and more. Wave is a great option for makeup artists who want to keep their finances organized – without all the bells and whistles of a more complex software solution.

What Tools Do You Need To Be a Makeup Artist?: Other Business Essentials

1. Makeup Business Plan

Any good business starts with a solid plan. This will help you to define your goals, target market, and marketing strategy – all of which are essential for a successful business. Plus, if you want to get financial assistance from your bank, they’ll likely require a business plan as well.

You can find free templates and examples of business plans online, or you can hire a professional to help you write one. Either way, just make sure it contains the following information:

  • Executive Summary
  • Company Description
  • Products and Services
  • Market Analysis
  • Competition
  • Sales and Marketing Strategy
  • Financial Plan
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2. Operating Agreement (If You’re Starting an LLC)

If you’re starting a limited liability company (LLC), you’ll need to create an operating agreement. This document outlines the ownership and structure of your LLC, as well as the rules and regulations that you and your partners will need to follow.

You can find templates for operating agreements online, or you can hire an attorney to help you create one. Just make sure it covers the following topics:

  • Names and contact information of the LLC’s owners
  • Ownership percentage of each owner
  • The LLC’s management structure
  • Roles and responsibilities of each owner
  • Rules for voting on important decisions
  • Procedures for admitting new owners-
  • Dissolution procedures in the event that one of the owners wants to leave the LLC

Note: Operating agreements are not required in all states, but they’re a good idea regardless!

3. Business Insurance

Business insurance is essential for any business, and your makeup business is of no exception! Insurance will protect you financially in the event that something goes wrong, such as if someone gets injured at your salon or if you’re sued.

There are many different types of business insurance to choose from. So, make sure to do your research and find the policy that’s right for your business. Some common types of business insurance include:

4. A Registered Business Name

If you want to operate your business under a name that’s different from your own, you’ll need to register it with your state or province. This is also known as “doing business as” (a.k.a. DBA). Getting your business name registered stops anyone else from being able to operate under the same name for their company… And obviously, this is super important!

To register your business name, you’ll need to file the appropriate paperwork with your secretary of state and pay the required fees. The process varies from state to state, as well as province to province. So, make sure to check with your local governing regulations for specific instructions.

Importantly, after you’ve registered your business name, be sure to use it on all of your marketing materials – such as your website, business cards, and signage!

5. A Strong Brand Identity

Your brand identity is how your business is perceived by the public. It’s what sets you apart from your competitors and makes you recognizable to your target market. As such, it’s important to take some time to develop a strong brand identity for your makeup business!

There are many different aspects to consider when creating your brand identity, such as your logo, tagline, color scheme, etc. But perhaps the most important element is your mission statement. This is a brief summary of what your company does and why it exists – and it should be reflected in everything you do!

Need help developing a strong brand identity for your makeup business? Check out our blog post on How To Brand Your Makeup Business!

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6. Your Professional Makeup Portfolio

As a makeup artist, your portfolio is essential in both getting hired for jobs and landing new clients. It’s a collection of your best work that showcases your skills and style to potential employers and customers.

If you don’t already have a portfolio, now is the time to start putting one together! Start by gathering all of the photos you have of your previous work, as well as any testimonials or letters of recommendation you may have. Then, create a website or an online gallery to showcase your portfolio – and make sure it’s easily accessible to anyone who might be interested in seeing it!

Never put together a professional makeup portfolio before? Learn everything you need to know in QC Makeup Academy‘s self-paced, online Portfolio Development Workshop!

7. A Professional Business Website

In today’s day and age, it’s critical to have a professional website for your business – no matter what industry you’re in. Your website is often the first point of contact between you and your potential customers. Because of this, it’s important to make sure that it makes the BEST impression possible!

Your website should be informative, well-designed, and easy to navigate. It should also be mobile-friendly, as more and more people are now using their smartphones to access the internet. Plus, don’t forget to showcase your portfolio on your site, as well as link visitors to your social media channels.

And of course, don’t forget to include your contact information prominently on your site! Otherwise, how can you expect anyone to be able to get a hold of you?

Products, Supplies, and Tools To Start a Makeup Business

Now that we’ve gone over some of the business basics, let’s move on to the fun stuff – makeup products! Here are a few essential items you’ll need to get started…

1. A Good Quality Makeup Brush Set

As a makeup artist, your brushes are some of your most important tools. After all, they’re what you’ll use to apply all of the products in your kit. So, it’s important to make sure you have a good set! Look for a set that includes both natural and synthetic brushes, as well as a variety of different shapes and sizes.

Fun Fact: Did you know that as part of the FREE makeup kit you’ll get in QC’s Master Makeup Artistry Course, you’ll receive a whopping 16 makeup brushes? It’s true!

2. A Wide Variety of Foundation Shades

When it comes to foundation, it’s important to have a wide range of shades to choose from. This way, you can match any client’s skin tone – no matter how light or dark!

We recommend stocking your kit with foundations in both liquid and powder form, as well as a BB cream or two. And don’t forget about concealer! You’ll need that, too.

3. Eyeshadows in Different Colors and Finishes

In your eyeshadow kit, you’ll want to include a variety of colors and finishes. This way, you can create any look your client desires – from natural and subtle to bold and dramatic!

Some essential eyeshadow shades to include are:

  • Nudes
  • Shimmers
  • Metallics
  • Smoky shades
  • Bright colors

Remember, it’s also important to have a good quality eyeshadow primer in your kit. This will help the shadows stay in place all day (or night!) long.

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4. A Good Quality Eyeliner

A good eyeliner is essential for creating any type of eye makeup look. Whether your client wants a simple cat eye or something more dramatic, you’ll need a liner that goes on smoothly and evenly.

We recommend stocking your kit with both pencil and liquid liners, as well as some false lashes.

5. False Eyelashes

False lashes are a great way to take any eye makeup look from ordinary to extraordinary! They come in all different shapes, sizes, and styles – so you can find the perfect ones for each of your clients.

Just make sure you have a good quality lash adhesive in your kit, too. This will ensure that the lashes stay put all day!

6. Mascara

Of course, you can’t forget about mascara! This is another essential product for creating any type of eye makeup look. When choosing a mascara, look for one that doesn’t flake or smudge. You’ll also want to make sure it has a good brush – this will help you get an even application.

7. Lipstick, Lip Gloss, and/or Lip Tint in a Variety of Shades

For the lips, you’ll want to stock your kit with a variety of shades. This way, you can create any look – from a natural lip to a bold and dramatic one.

Some essential shades to include are:

  • Nudes
  • Pinks
  • Reds
  • Berries

Remember, it’s also important to have a lip liner in your kit. This will help you create a sharp, defined look.

8. Color Correctives

Color correctors are a great way to conceal any imperfections on the skin. They come in a variety of colors, each of which cancels out a different type of imperfection.

Some essential color correctors to include in your kit are:

  • Green – for redness
  • Pink – for dark circles
  • Purple – for sallowness
  • Orange – for darkness
  • Yellow – for brightening
  • Salmon – the “Holy Grail” of color correctives

Color correcting will often need to be done on your clients – and this is yet another reason to also have a high quality concealer in your kit. The right concealer will help you cover up any imperfections that the color correctors don’t quite manage to conceal.

Pro Tip: Watch this handy webinar by QC Makeup Academy executive instructor and celebrity MUA, Nathan Johnson, to become a master of color correcting!

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9. Disposable Applicators

Disposable applicators are essential for hygienic reasons. You’ll want to have a good supply of them on hand at all times, as you’ll use them for everything from applying foundation to blending eyeshadow.

Some essential disposable applicators to include in your kit are:

  • Sponges
  • Brushes
  • Q-tips
  • Cotton pads
  • Makeup wipes

Remember, it’s always better to err on the side of caution when it comes to hygiene. It’s better to use too many disposable applicators than not enough!

10. Sanitization Products

Speaking of hygiene, you’ll also need to have some sanitization products in your kit. This is important for both you and your clients’ safety! Not to mention, it’s downright disgusting how dirty makeup products can get if not properly kept clean.

Some essential sanitization products to include in your kit are:

  • Hand sanitizer
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Makeup brush cleaner
  • Spray disinfectant

As a rule of thumb, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. So, be sure to use these products regularly – especially if you’re working with multiple clients in one day. And don’t forget to clean your makeup products on a regular basis, regardless of whether you’re working on clients or not!

11. A Travel Makeup Bag/Kit

Another thing we strongly recommend having in your arsenal is a travel makeup bag or kit. This is essential for storing all of your makeup products and tools when you’re on the go!

There are many different types of travel makeup bags – from small cosmetic pouches to large rolling cases. The type you choose will depend on your needs and preferences.

No matter what type of travel makeup bag you choose, be sure to pack it carefully. You don’t want your products to get damaged while you’re on the road!

12. An Emergency Kit

Additionally, it’s a super smart idea to have an emergency kit on-hand. This is especially important if you’re working with clients on a regular basis. Your emergency kit should include all of the essentials – from band-aids to bobby pins.

Because the truth is, you never know when you or your client might need them!

Some essential items to include in your emergency kit are:

  • Band-aids
  • Bobby pins
  • Hair ties
  • Safety pins
  • Tissues
  • Mints
  • Aspirin
  • Female sanitary products

Again, it’s always better to be prepared for anything – you never know when an emergency might strike!

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13. A Business Planner/Organizer

Next, you’ll need a business planner or organizer. This is essential for keeping track of your appointments, clients, bookings, and more! There are many different types of planners/organizers on the market – from simple to-do lists to comprehensive appointment books.

The type you choose will depend on your needs and preferences. That said, no matter what type of planner/organizer you choose, be sure to use it regularly. This will help you stay on top of your business and ensure that you’re meeting your goals!

14. The Right Attitude

Last but not least, the most important thing you need in order to succeed as a makeup artist is the right attitude! This industry is competitive, and it takes a lot of hard work and dedication to make it to the top.

But if you’re passionate about makeup and willing to put in the time and effort, then there’s no reason why you can’t succeed! Just remember to stay positive, always keep learning, and be open to constructive feedback.

The more you know, the better your chances of success will be!

How To Start a Successful Makeup Business 101

Now that you know what the best tools are to grow your makeup business, it’s time to put them into action! But first, let’s go over 5 basic rules for starting a successful makeup business.

These days, starting a business is easier than ever before – but that doesn’t mean it’s easy! In order to be successful, you’ll need to put in the hard work and dedication. But with these 5 tips, you’ll be well on your way to building a thriving business:

Tip #1: Choose Your Niche

When starting any business, it’s important to choose a niche. The makeup industry is huge, so it’s important to narrow down your focus and find your target market. For instance, are you going to specialize in bridal makeup? Or are you going to focus on special effects makeup?

Knowing your niche will help you determine what products and services you’re going to offer. It will also help you target your marketing efforts, which we’ll discuss more in-depth shortly.

Tip #2: Do Your Research

Before starting any business, it’s important to do your research. This includes everything from studying the competition to learning about the latest trends in the industry. The more you know, the better equipped you’ll be to start and grow your business!

When it comes to research, there are a few key things you should look into:

  • The competition: Who are they? What do they offer? How can you differentiate yourself from them?
  • The industry: What are the latest trends? Which products and services are in demand? What’s the outlook for the future?
  • Your target market: Who are they? What do they want/need? How can you reach them?

By taking the time to research your industry, competition, and target market, you’ll be in a much better position to start and grow your makeup business. Trust us – it’s worth the effort!

Tip #3: Know Your Target Market

As we mentioned above, it’s important to know your target market. This includes everything from their age and gender to their location and interests. The more you know about your target market, the better equipped you’ll be to reach them with your marketing efforts.

Here are a few questions to ask yourself when trying to identify your target market:

  • Who are they?
  • What do they want/need?
  • How can you reach them?
  • What’s the best way to communicate with them?

By taking the time to answer these questions, you’ll be well on your way to identifying your target market. And once you’ve done that, you can start working on reaching them with your marketing efforts!

Tip #4: Come Up With a Marketing Strategy

Now that you know your target market, it’s time to start working on your marketing strategy. The goal of your marketing efforts should be to reach your target market and persuade them to use your products or services.

There are a number of ways to go about this, but some of the most effective include:

  • Social media: Use platforms like Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, and Instagram to reach your target market. Be sure to post engaging content that will capture their attention!
  • Email marketing: This is a great way to stay in touch with your customers and prospects. Be sure to send out regular newsletters with helpful information and exclusive offers.
  • Paid ads: Paid ads are a great way to reach a wider audience. You can use platforms like Google AdWords and Facebook Ads to reach your target market.
  • Word-of-mouth: Never underestimate the power of word of mouth! Make sure you’re providing quality products and services that will keep your customers coming back for more.

By taking the time to develop a strong marketing strategy, you’ll be in a much better position to reach your target market and grow your business.

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Tip #5: Stay Organized

Last but not least, it’s important to stay organized when running a business. This includes everything from keeping track of your finances to staying on top of your inventory. The more organized you are, the easier it will be to run your business smoothly and efficiently.

There are a number of ways to stay organized, but some of the most effective include:

  • Use software: As we looked at earlier, there are tons of great software programs out there designed specifically for businesses. By using one of these programs, you can keep track of your finances, inventory, customers, and more.
  • Hire an assistant: If you’re finding it difficult to keep up with everything, consider hiring an assistant. This can be a great way to take some of the pressure off yourself and free up your time to focus on other aspects of your business.
  • Stay on top of your schedule: Make sure you’re keeping track of your appointments, deadlines, and to-do lists. The more organized you are, the easier it will be to stay on top of everything.

By taking the time to stay organized, you’ll be in a much better position to run your business effectively. And believe us, your customers will appreciate it, too!

Conclusion

There you have it! These are just some the best tips for growing your makeup business. By following all of this invaluable advice, you’ll be well on your way to success.

So, what are you waiting for? Get started today! 💕

We hope you found this article helpful. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to share your thoughts down below. And as always, thanks again for reading!

Stay glam, beauties! 😘

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How to Brand Your Makeup Business

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Starting a makeup business can be an extremely rewarding experience! However, it’s important to take the time to brand your business in a way that will set you apart from the competition. Not sure how to brand your makeup business?

Don’t worry, we’re here to help!

In this article, we will discuss everything you need to know about successfully branding your makeup business from start to finish. We’ll cover topics such as creating a logo and tagline, developing a marketing strategy, and building a website that will help promote your brand.

With the right tools and knowledge, YOU can create a successful makeup artist brand that will attract new customers and help your business grow!

Dream of being a professional MUA? Then this Ultimate Guide to becoming a makeup artist (even with no prior experience) is a MUST-READ!

What Is a “Brand”?

A brand is much more than just a logo or name. It’s the overall look, feel, and personality of your business. When done correctly, branding can make your business appear more credible, trustworthy, and likeable. As you can imagine, these are all qualities that are essential for attracting new customers!

Why Branding Is Important for Makeup Artists

As an MUA, it’s important to stand out from the competition. After all, there are thousands of other makeup artists out there vying for the attention of potential clients. So, it’s important to create a brand that will make you memorable!

Branding can also help build trust with potential clients. When you have a strong brand identity, potential clients will be more likely to book you for their next event knowing that you’re a credible and trustworthy makeup artist.

Another reason why branding is essential to your makeup business has to do with marketing. A well-branded business will have an easier time promoting itself and attracting new customers. This is because people are more likely to remember and purchase products from businesses that they recognize!

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What Makes a Brand Successful?

There are a few key elements that all successful brands have in common…

First, all great brands have a strong visual identity. This means having a well-designed logo and cohesive branding colors that are used consistently across all marketing materials.

Second, another important element of successful brands is a clear and concise message. Your brand’s message should be easy to understand and should accurately reflect the overall feel of your business.

Finally, all successful brands have a target audience that they focus their marketing efforts on. By clearly defining who your target market is, you’ll be able to create branding and marketing materials that resonates with them and attract new customers!

How To Brand Your Business Name

Your business name is one of the first things that potential customers will see. So, it’s important to choose something that accurately reflects the feel of your brand!

If you’re having trouble coming up with a name for your business, try brainstorming a list of words that describe the overall look and feel of your brand. Once you have a list of keywords, try combining them to create unique and memorable names for your business!

Did you know that there are 5 KEY RULES to keep in mind when naming your makeup business? Discover what they are here!

How To Brand Your Makeup Business: What Are The 4 Steps of Branding?

Now that we’ve covered the importance of branding and what makes a brand successful, let’s discuss the steps you need to take to create a strong brand for your makeup business!

Step 1: Creating a Logo and Tagline

Once you’ve settled on a name for your business, the first real step in branding your makeup business is to create a logo and tagline that accurately represents your brand. Your logo should be simple and easy to remember, while your tagline should be reflective of the overall feel of your business.

For example, if you’re aiming to create a luxury brand, then your logo and tagline should reflect that. Think about using luxurious fonts and colors in your branding materials. Alternatively, if you’re going for a more natural look, then your branding should reflect that as well.

Designing Your Logo

As we’ve just mentioned, your logo is an important part of your visual identity and should be used consistently across all marketing materials. When designing a logo, keep in mind the overall look and feel of your brand. Try to use colors and fonts that reflect the personality of your business!

If you’re not a designer, don’t worry! There are plenty of logo design templates available online that you can use to create a professional-looking logo for your business.

Deciding On Your Tagline

In addition to a strong visual identity, all great brands have a clear and concise message that accurately reflects the overall feel of their business. This is where your tagline comes in!

Your tagline should be reflective of the type of makeup artist you are and the services you offer. For example, if you specialize in natural makeup looks, then your tagline could be something like: “The perfect blend of natural beauty and artistry.”

If you need some help coming up with the optimal tagline for your business, try out this free slogan generator on Shopify!

Step 2: Developing a Marketing Strategy

The next step in branding your makeup business is to develop a marketing strategy. This will involve creating marketing materials such as business cards, flyers, and social media posts that accurately represent your brand.

When developing your marketing strategy, it’s important to keep your target audience in mind. This will ensure that your marketing materials are focused on attracting the right type of customer!

Step 3: Creating a Brand Voice

The third step in branding your makeup business is to create a brand voice. This is the overall tone and personality of your business that should be reflected in all marketing materials.

For example, if you’re aiming for a luxury brand, then your brand voice should be sophisticated and upscale. Alternatively, if you’re going for a more natural look, then your brand voice should be earthy and down-to-earth.

Step 4: Consistency is Key

The final step in branding your makeup business is to be consistent! This means using the same logo, colors, fonts, and messaging across all marketing materials. By being consistent with your branding, you’ll make it easier for potential customers to remember and recognize your business.

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Creating a Makeup Artist Brand: Why Proper Training is Essential

Next, let’s discuss why proper training is essential for any successful MUA.

As a makeup artist, it’s important to have extensive knowledge of the products you’re using – as well as how to apply them correctly. This not only ensures that your clients are happy with their makeup; it also helps to build trust in your brand!

In addition, by receiving proper training, you’ll be able to develop your own unique style and voice as a makeup artist. In turn, it’ll then be easier for you to stand out from other artists in your field and attract new clients!

Receiving proper training is essential for any makeup artist who wants to build a successful career. Not only will it help you to provide excellent service to your clients… It will also allow you to develop your own unique style and voice.

Why You Should Train with QC Makeup Academy

If you’re ready to start training as a makeup artist, then your best bet is to enroll with QC Makeup Academy! QC Makeup Academy is a faculty of QC Career School – a pioneer of distance learning since 1984. We proudly hold an A+ ranking with the Better Business Bureau, and have over 200 raving reviews on Facebook alone.

The beauty of all of our courses is that they’re 100% self-paced and online. Thus, you get to complete your makeup certification training whenever and wherever YOU want! Starting from the date you first enroll, you’ll have a full 2 years to finish your program. However, many of our graduates have found that by devoting a mere 1-2 hours per week to their studies, they were able to graduate in as little as 2-6 months… Sometimes sooner!

QC Makeup Academy offers a 21-Day Money Back Guarantee, and all of the certifications provided through our school are internationally-recognized. Currently, we offer the following courses for makeup artists of all experience and skill levels:

Foundation Courses

  • Makeup Artistry
  • Master Makeup Artistry
  • Skincare

Advanced Courses

  • Pro Makeup
  • Global Beauty Workshop
  • Portfolio Development Workshop

Specialty Courses

  • Airbrush Makeup Workshop
  • Special FX Makeup
  • Fashion Styling
  • Hair Styling Essentials
  • Virtual Makeup Training

Interested in learning more about these online makeup courses? Check out all of our individual programs in FULL detail here!

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Branding a Makeup Artist Business Online: Your Website, Social Media, and Marketing Strategies

Now that you know all about branding your makeup business, let’s talk about how to put your brand online!

Your Business Website

One of the most important aspects of creating a successful makeup artist brand is having an excellent website. Your website should be beautiful, user-friendly, and informative. It should also be fully optimized for search engines so that potential clients can easily find you online!

Here are some examples of how you can use your website to reflect your brand:

  • Use your brand colors, fonts, and logo throughout your website design!
  • Write compelling content that accurately reflects your tone of voice and style as a makeup artist!
  • Include high-quality images (preferably professional photos) of your work!
  • Use social media widgets to link to your accounts on Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, etc.!
  • Make sure your contact information is prominently displayed and easy to find!

Pro Tip: Your professional makeup portfolio can also be used to help reflect your brand! If you don’t have a portfolio yet, make sure to check out our Portfolio Development Workshop!

Your Social Media Accounts

In addition to having a website, you should also make sure to create social media accounts for your business. These days, potential clients are often more likely to find you through Instagram, Facebook, or TikTok than they are through a Google search.

That’s why it’s so important to make sure that your social media accounts are active, well-curated, and informative!

Here are some tips for creating a strong social media presence:

  • Consistently post high-quality content that accurately reflects your brand!
  • Engage with other users regularly – like, comment, and share other people’s posts!
  • Use relevant hashtags to help potential clients find your content!
  • Run regular social media promotions and giveaways to help grow your following!

Furthermore, here are some BONUS tips to help properly incorporate your brand into your social media channels:

  • Use your brand colors, fonts, and logo in your social media profile images and bios!
  • Write compelling descriptions of your business that accurately reflect your brand!
  • When writing post descriptions, replying to comments, and responding to DMs, speak in a way that’s consistent with your brand voice!
  • Include links to your website and contact information in your social media bios!

Pro Tip: Not sure how to get started with branding your makeup business online? All of QC Makeup Academy’s certification courses come with a FULL unit devoted entirely to business training… And this is just one of the many topics that will be covered for you!

Your Marketing Strategies

Now that you have a website and social media accounts for your makeup business, it’s time to start marketing yourself online! There are many different ways to market your business online, but some of the most effective methods include search engine optimization (SEO), content marketing, ad marketing, and email marketing.

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Marketing

One of the best ways to market your makeup business online is through SEO marketing. Essentially, this involves optimizing your website and social media accounts so that they rank higher in search engine results pages (SERPs). As a result, this will help potential clients find you more easily online!

Here are some tips for improving your SEO:

  • Use relevant keywords throughout your website and social media content!
  • Make sure your website is fully optimized for search engines!
  • Link to your website and social media accounts from other websites and online directories!
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Content Marketing

Another great way to market your makeup business online is through content marketing. This involves creating high-quality blog posts, videos, infographics, etc. that are relevant to your business. Not only will this help improve your SEO, but it will also give potential clients a better idea of what you do and how you can help them!

Here are some tips for successful online marketing:

  • Make sure your website is fully optimized for search engines! This includes using relevant keywords throughout your website’s content, as well as in your titles, tags, and descriptions.
  • Use social media to drive traffic to your website! You can do this by sharing links to your website on your social media accounts, or by running social media ads that direct users to your site.
  • Create high-quality content that accurately reflects your brand! This could include blog posts, videos, infographics, etc. Once you’ve created this content, make sure to share it on your social media channels and through email newsletters.

Ad Marketing

Another effective way to market your makeup business online is through ad marketing. This involves creating and running online ads that promote your business. Ad marketing can be a great way to reach potential clients who might not otherwise find you online!

Here are some tips for successful ad campaigns:

  • Choose the right platforms for your ads! Make sure to research where your target audience is most active, and then place your ads accordingly.
  • Create compelling ad content that accurately reflects your brand! Your headlines and descriptions should be clear, concise, and attention-grabbing.
  • Include relevant keywords in your ad content! This will help improve your SEO and ensure that potential clients see your ad when they search for related terms online.

Email Marketing

Finally, email marketing is another great way to market your makeup business online. This involves sending newsletters, promotional offers, and other updates to your email list. Moreover, email marketing can be a great way to keep potential clients up-to-date on what you’re doing, as well as promote special offers and discounts!

Here are some tips for successful email marketing:

  • Build up your email list by offering something of value in exchange for sign-ups! This could be a free eBook, discount code, or access to exclusive content.
  • Segment your email list so that you can send targeted messages to specific groups of people! For example, you might segment your list by location, age group, or interests.
  • Make sure your emails are clear, concise, and attention-grabbing! Include compelling subject lines and eye-catching images to encourage people to open and read your messages.

Sending out regular email newsletters is a great way to keep potential clients up-to-date on what you’re doing, as well as promote special offers and discounts!

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3 Small Makeup Business Branding Examples That Do It Right

Now that we’ve gone over some general tips for branding your makeup business, let’s take a look at 3 small businesses whose branding game is on POINT!

(Fun Fact: All of the MUAs we’re about to spotlight are either QC Makeup Academy students or alumni!)

Everything about Savannah Rose’s makeup style screams, “GLAM!” And the aesthetic – as well as content shared – on both her website and Instagram pages reflect that! Notice how the choice of a soft, baby pink for her business’s primary color – as well as the fonts for her name itself – lend to the overall feel of her brand.

Furthermore, Savannah actually has TWO Instagram accounts for her business. The first focuses more on her makeup work, while the other is meant to showcase her own cosmetic line. Importantly, the branding remains consistent across both accounts.

A few other smart marketing moves that Savannah has made include:

  • Her makeup Instagram (@savannahrosemakeupstudio) links to her secondary Instagram account (@savannahrosecosmetics) right in her bio – making it one of the very first things you see when viewing her channel.
  • Moreover, Savannah’s makeup IG’s bio uses hashtags that are on-brand for her business, highlights her level of experience and most notable accomplishments, and provides a direct email address to contact her.
  • Her cosmetics Instagram account links to her business website in the bio, thus making it easy for followers to access it.
  • This business IG account also lists notable information about her services and accessibility in the bio as well.
  • Savannah’s official website maintains the colors and overall aesthetic of her brand, while also providing all of the must-know information in a visually appealing, easy-to-navigate way.

A Los Angeles/Orange County-based makeup artist, Caitlin specializes in celebrity makeup and editorial work. As such, her brand is very poised, polished, and refined. Every photo of her work is of remarkable quality – down to the selfies she occasionally posts, too!

The vibe we get straight away – both when viewing Caitlin’s Instagram and her website – is “professional, stylish, and high-end”. This is especially reflected on Caitlin’s website through her minimalist layout, as well as the information she chooses to highlight (notably, the “Work”, “Published”, and “Clients” sections).

Some of the smart business choices Caitlin has made on her Instagram account and website include:

  • In her Instagram bio, Caitlin immediately states her professional qualifications as an MUA, as well as where she’s based.
  • Furthermore, she includes where she has trained (QC Makeup Academy) and provides a direct link to her website.
  • Caitlin’s default page on her website is her portfolio. This is a smart move, as it means her impressive work will be the very first thing clients will see when checking out her site!
  • Her website also includes all of the essential info clients need to know, such as: contact info, background info about Caitlin, where her work has been published, etc.
  • Importantly, Caitlin’s website also ensures to link viewers back to her Instagram through a clickable icon located at both the top right and bottom center of her webpages.

International Skincare Consulting Professional (ISCP), Natalie Walcott, is a graduate of QC Makeup Academy’s Skincare Course. She’s also currently a student of QC’s Master Makeup Artistry Course and Special FX Makeup Course, too!

Now, Natalie actually runs TWO different businesses: Natalie Walcott Makeup and Natalie Walcott Skin. Both businesses have their own website, as well as their own individual Instagram accounts. In terms of makeup, Natalie specializes in the following areas:

  • TV, commercial, and film
  • Beauty and editorial
  • Special effects

With regard to her skincare business, Natalie offers skincare consulting, waxing, facials, microdermabrasion, and more. Brand-wise, her makeup business more strongly reflects a consistent image and aesthetic, so we’ll focus primarily on that as our example.

When viewing Natalie’s makeup Instagram page, the first thing we see is that all of her content gives us a crystal-clear understanding of the types of makeup Natalie excels at. Immediately, we know that if we’re in need of an editorial and/or SFX makeup artist, we’ve come to the right place!

Furthermore, this impression is further solidified when visiting Natalie’s website. The crisp black and white color contrast – as well as the chosen fonts – give off a professional, earnest energy. Even the layout of Natalie’s site adds to this vibe, with the overall feeling being that she is an MUA who takes her work seriously and holds herself to a high standard.

Important things to note about Natalie’s social media accounts and websites include:

  • All of her platforms link to one another! For example, her skincare website links to her makeup website (and makeup Instagram page) – whereas her makeup Instagram page links to her makeup website, as well as her skincare Instagram account, right in the bio.
  • Natalie also has industry-related blogs, which she links to on both of her respective websites.
  • On her makeup website, Natalie offers viewers 2 portfolios that can be viewed separately (“Beauty” and “Effects”). This is an excellent option for prospective clients who may want to see specific types of Natalie’s work!
  • Moreover, her makeup website also contains pertinent information that’s very easy to find – such as an About Me page, contact info, her resume, full portfolios from past client projects, and more!

How To Start Your Own Makeup Business

Now that we’ve taken a look at some examples of established makeup businesses, let’s discuss how YOU can start your own!

First and foremost, it’s important to have a clear understanding of what type of makeup artist you want to be. As we saw with Savannah, Caitlin, and Natalie, each one has their own unique specialty within the industry. So, ask yourself:

  • Which type(s) of makeup are you most passionate about?
  • Who is your target audience/clientele?
  • Do you want to have a niche and be known for specific styles of makeup?
  • Or, alternately, would you like to be seen as a Jack-of-all-trades?

Answering these questions will help give you a better idea of what direction to take your business in. From there, we strongly recommend giving these articles a read, as they will help further your understanding of launching (and running) a successful makeup business:

So, How Do You Turn Your Business Into a Brand?

As we’ve seen, there are a multitude of ways to successfully brand your makeup business. Some key things to remember are:

  • Be clear about what type of makeup artist you want to be, and make sure this is reflected in both your social media presence and website.
  • Think about the overall image/aesthetic you want your business to have, and be consistent with this across all platforms.
  • Make sure your website is informative and easy to navigate – especially if you’re targeting potential clients!
  • Offer potential clients something unique that they can’t find elsewhere.
  • And last but not least, don’t forget the power of SEO! Utilizing keywords throughout your website and social media accounts is essential for helping people discover your business.

We hope this article was helpful, and we wish you the best of luck as you start (or continue) your journey in the makeup industry!

Do you have any questions or suggestions? Let us know in the comments below! And be sure to stay tuned for future articles by Beauty Buzz for more tips and tricks on all things beauty-related!

Until next time – stay glam, beauties! 😘