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8 Sins You Shouldn’t Commit During Makeup Jobs!

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Charlotte is the proud owner of her very own hair and makeup business, A Date With Charlotte. From bridal to editorial, to film and television, and everything in-between – Charlotte’s extensive makeup training allows her to provide a wide variety of services that cater to ALL types of clientele!

Her extensive resume includes working for Prada, L’Oreal, and even the cast of the hit show, Glee! A developer of educational programs, Charlotte has even been awarded Best Makeup Educator of the Year by the Australian Industry Makeup Awards.

Planning to book makeup jobs this year? Then you’ll want to AVOID making these 8 critical mistakes!

Etiquette During Makeup Jobs

Experience teaches all. As a professional makeup artist, there’s a certain etiquette you always need to follow. This etiquette will help you ensure that you always provide clients with a safe and professional service. Over the years, I’ve learned quite a few things that I definitely recommend not doing during makeup jobs. Though some of them might seem like little things, I promise you that they make a big difference… and not in a good way!

Whenever you take on makeup jobs with clients, it’s important to remember that how you present yourself is EVERYTHING! The right impression can turn a one-time client into a devoted customer for life. The wrong impression, on the other hand, can result in a negative review that hurts your reputation.

We all have our sins. Sometimes, we don’t realize that these ‘sins’ can bother other people. Thus, it’s important to be mindful and avoid these mistakes during your makeup jobs. This way, you’ll better your chances of getting booked by your clients again in the future.

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8 Sins You Shouldn’t Commit During Makeup Jobs

Sin #1: Having pointy nails

In my opinion, this is the number one thing to avoid when doing makeup jobs! Applying makeup with long, pointy nails can be dangerous. For instance, you could harm your client by accidentally poking or scratching their skin.

Often, you’ll be required to use your hands to apply makeup on the face or body. Even if you’re used to wearing long nails, they can be quite inconvenient in this kind of scenario. Wearing long nails can also be unsanitary. After all, there’s a better chance that product build-up and/or bacteria will get stuck underneath your nails.

For this reason, clean, rounded short nails are the recommended shape to wear during makeup jobs.

Sin #2: Improper wardrobe

By this, I specifically mean:

  • High heels;
  • Uncomfortable clothing;
  • And/or colorful clothes.

During most makeup jobs, you’ll be standing on your feet for hours. If you happen to be working on set, you could be on your feet for most of the day. Sometimes, you’ll need to literally run on set. Therefore, wearing comfortable clothes and shoes is a MOST! Ideally, you should be able to move easily. This way, you can be ready whenever you’re called for emergency touch-ups.

Closed-toe shoes and a convenient outfit are what you need to wear at work. Now technically, there’s no ‘mandatory’ uniform for makeup artists. That being said, there’s an industry understanding that makeup artists working in a studio tend to usually wear all black. There are several reasons for this.

Firstly, if you’re on set, you can be in the eye line of the actor. Bright colors can distract the eyes, which is the last thing you want to have happened. These days, cameras are so advanced that you could even be caught by the lens if you were standing by in the corner of the room.

Secondly, when working with makeup products, you can quickly get dirty. If your bright, colorful clothes look smudged, they won’t come off as overly professional. Black clothing, however, will naturally mask a lot of the flyaway debris.

Lastly, bright colors can also reflect on the complexion of your clients and mislead you when choosing your colors for makeup jobs.

Woman wearing natural-looking makeup

Sin #3: Wearing full glam makeup

Unless you’re sporting your very own signature style, or your private clients come to get this specific look, I would recommend wearing a clean and fresh application while doing makeup jobs. You never know what your client is looking for. If they don’t want a full glam look, seeing it on you might overwhelm or intimidate them.

Sin #4: Smoking at makeup jobs

Avoid this as MUCH as you can! If you do choose to have a cigarette or puff on your vape during breaks, make sure you have gum and perfume handy. I used to be a heavy smoker, so I know it’s hard!

But now that I’ve stopped, I can actually smell when someone else smokes. I don’t say this to judge, but solely so that you’re aware: to non-smokers, the smell of second-hand smoke is disgusting. Since you’re working up close and personal with your client’s face, that odor can quickly become overwhelming.

As a makeup artist, personal hygiene is extremely important. So, always make sure you smell and look your best!

Chatty woman

Sin #5: Being too chatty

Often, we’re the first person that clients or talents are spending time with before their big moment, wedding, live TV show, performance, etc. As such, it’s really important to make the person in your chair feel as relaxed as possible by the time they leave.

Asking too many questions – or questions that are too personal – is not always appropriate. In most cases, you won’t know the personal situation of the person sitting in front of you. Certain questions can quickly put them off, even if you don’t mean for them to. Instead, I recommend letting your client drive the conversation.

Most importantly, if the person DOESN’T want to speak, don’t force it! It’s not meant to be a slight against you. Often, your client’s lack of communication simply means that they might want to relax or focus, prior to a stressful time.

Sin #6: Acting like too much of a fan

The reality is: if your goal is to work as a celebrity makeup artist, then you eventually will meet famous people! But when you work with these stars, you NEED to act with professionalism at all times. Importantly, you have to remember that when they book makeup jobs with you, they want to be treated as a person.

Celebrities are often rushed by fans everywhere they go; getting requests for photos or autographs. This can become quite tiresome for them at times. As such, you should refrain from this same sort of behavior. It’s often seen as inappropriate and unprofessional. Of course, saying to someone that you love his/her work is fine! Just try to avoid the big fan moment during makeup jobs!

Makeup artist with makeup kit

Sin #7: Being lazy with makeup sanitization

In my opinion, this is one of the most important sins to avoid committing! Under no circumstance can you skip important, hygienic steps. Cross-contamination, allergies, and negative skin reactions are real risks that we can expose our clients to during makeup jobs.

This is especially a threat if we’re not being careful with sanitizing procedures. Cleaning your brushes and products thoroughly is a must. If your client reacts or catches a virus because you didn’t properly sanitize your makeup items, it can (and likely will) cost you your career!

Sin #8: Being late to makeup jobs

I’ll make this as clear as humanly possible: you CANNOT be late! Full stop. It doesn’t matter if it’s just been 5 minutes – don’t do it. Oftentimes, makeup artists are the ones who get the day started. Our clients have a whole whack of others things they need to do once their appointment is done. Being late can impact the whole schedule of their day.

If you’re working on set, the consequences are even direr. If you’re late, the production might have to pay extra hours to the talent and crew who were there on time… I’ll let you imagine the result of this situation! Needless to say, don’t expect them to call you for any other makeup jobs again!

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Working on Makeup Jobs: My Final Thoughts

As for makeup artists, we are very lucky to work in an industry that is both entertaining and – most of the time – relaxed. The downside, though, is that a chilled environment can sometimes lead us to be a bit less cautious if we’re not careful. Even if you are not caught in the act, your clients WILL notice these sins… and probably won’t want to book with you again.

This is why it’s important to maintain the right etiquette for all makeup jobs! Being irreproachable is not always easy, but being professional is accessible to anyone! Start by avoiding these 8 sins during your makeup jobs. Then make sure to always smile, exude positivity, and do the best work you can. So long as you do this, you’ll definitely have a successful career!

Become professionally certified and book makeup jobs in as little as 3-6 months by training with QC Makeup Academy!

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How to Become a Makeup Artist: Working on Photoshoots

By Career Advice, QC Student Ambassador, Your Makeup Career One Comment

Want to know how to become a makeup artist? Ready to turn your passion into a professional career? QC Makeup Academy graduate, Angelica Hamlin, reveals why taking part in photoshoots will help you achieve your goals!

How to Become a Makeup Artist: Angelica’s Tips for Working on Photoshoots

Angelica Hamlin is a QC Makeup Academy Student Ambassador. She’s a graduate of QC’s Master Makeup Artistry and Virtual Makeup courses. Moreover, she is currently enrolled in the Skincare certification program.

(Fun fact: Click here to discover why Angelica chose to enroll with QC – even though she was already a licensed cosmetologist!)

Today, Angelica is here to reveal how YOU can become a makeup artist by taking part on photoshoots! Watch the full video below.

Want to connect with Angelica directly? Join QC’s free Virtual Classroom on Facebook today!

How to Become a Makeup Artist: The Value of Stylized Photoshoots

As you learn how to become a makeup artist, you’ll discover the importance of:

  • Your professional makeup portfolio;
  • Hands-on training;
  • Professional etiquette;
  • And networking with fellow industry experts.

Stylized photoshoots provide you with a unique opportunity to achieve ALL of these goals! In the beginning of your career, you likely won’t know a lot of people or have a large number of clientele right away. However, a styled shoot will give you the chance to meet/work with others in your industry, apply your knowledge on real-life models, and obtain high-quality photos for your portfolio!

Want to learn more about stylized photoshoots and how they can help you become a makeup artist? Keep reading here!

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How to Become a Makeup Artist with QC Makeup Academy

QC’s self-paced, online training can get you fully trained and certified in as little as 3-6 months. As a result, you’ll be able to add an internationally-recognized designation to your resume and begin booking clients ASAP!

When you enroll, we provide you with both online and physical copies of your course materials. Plus, most QC courses come with a free starter makeup kit, too! Thus, you’ll have everything you need to get your training underway at your earliest convenience.

Moreover, all of our tutors are legitimate industry experts with decades of in-field experience. The tutor you get paired up with will review all of your work after each unit. Afterwards, they’ll provide you with extensive audio feedback to help you grow and better your craft.

Think you can’t get hands-on experience through an online course? Think again! With our wide variety of practical assignments, you’ll get all sorts of real-world training. Furthermore, our courses will teach you everything you need to know to launch (and run) your very own business. By the time you graduate, you’ll be ready to hit the ground running and take the beauty industry by storm!

MUA on photoshoot set with model and photographer

Additional Perks of Being a QC Student

Not only will QC Makeup Academy teach you how to become a makeup artist… We’ll also give you all sorts of incredible benefits just for enrolling with us! Here are just some of the perks you’ll get as a student:

  • Major makeup discounts with big-name brands like MAC, Anisa Beauty, Urban Decay, Smashbox Cosmetics, and more!
  • Competitive tuition and flexible payment options!
  • 50% off ALL future QC courses!
  • Monthly promos that’ll help you earn more certifications for a fraction of the cost!
  • Regular makeup challenges (to help you strengthen your skill-set) on our social media and in the Virtual Classroom!
  • 24/7 access to our amazing Student Support Team!
  • Networking opportunities galore via QC’s tutors and your fellow peers!

Why wait any longer to make your dreams a reality? Enroll with QC Makeup Academy!

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My Review of QC Makeup Academy’s Master Makeup Artistry Course

By About the School, Education, QC Student Ambassador, Your Makeup Career 2 Comments

Thinking of getting professionally certified by enrolling in QC Makeup Academy’s Master Makeup Artistry Course? Cheri Stevens just graduated from this very program – and she’s here to tell you EXACTLY what you can expect!

To Learn More About Cheri, Read Her Full Ambassador Feature Here

My Journey Into Makeup Artistry

Hi, folks! My name is Cheri Stevens and I’m a graduate of QC’s Master Makeup Artistry Program. I’m also a Student Ambassador. Since graduating from my certification program, I’ve become a freelance makeup artist and run my very own business. Let me tell you: there is NOTHING more rewarding than doing makeup as a career!

I’ve been working as my own boss for approximately 6 months. I work with clients on location, doing bridal work and before-and-after photoshoots. In addition to this, I spend lots of time networking and collaborating with many amazing photographers, in order to make all of my work come to life!

If you’re thinking of turning your passion for makeup into a legitimate profession, then I urge you to keep reading. QC Makeup Academy quite literally changed my life… and it can do the same for you, too!

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First Thing’s First: What IS a Makeup Artist?

Professional makeup artists are industry experts who work with the face (and body) as a medium. As an MUA, you can apply makeup on others for:

  • Special occasions (i.e. weddings, proms, graduations, baby showers, etc.);
  • Theater;
  • Television;
  • Film;
  • Fashion;
  • Magazines;
  • Other productions (i.e. aspects of the modeling industry);
  • And more!

Click here to learn even more about the job description of a makeup artist!

Is Professional Makeup Artistry Training Necessary?

In my opinion, professional training is very necessary in the world of makeup artistry. A client will always want to hire a makeup artist who’s been educated and certified! After all, these qualifications provide reassurance that they’re booking someone who can truly give them the results they want.

Moreover, you want to be a makeup artist who thoroughly understands skin, color correcting, proper technique, and all those little tips and tricks that’ll take your applications from good to great. With these skills to arm you, you’re definitely going to be more in-demand for any and all clients – especially when compared to competition who doesn’t have your level of training.

Another benefit of getting professionally trained is that you’ll have an internationally-recognized, reputable certification to add to your resume. As a result, you’ll be able to obtain more clients, have a much stronger skill-set, and gain a competitive edge over other MUAs in your area. Plus, this education will boost your income, as you’ll have the education needed to set your professional business standard!

So, are you ready to get the ball rolling and enroll in a makeup course? If so, I’m here to tell you that ALL of these goals are achievable with QC Makeup Academy!

Makeup artist applying lip product on model

Why I Enrolled with QC Makeup Academy

As a woman who already had a passion for makeup, I decided it was time to up my game. I was a Service Industry worker for years, but I wanted to switch gears. Professional makeup artistry was really appealing to me. So, I began my search. Not long ago, I wound up seeing an ad on Facebook for QC Makeup Academy and it piqued my interest!

I was curious as to how I could get this education by attending a school online. But after reading all the reviews saying how amazing QC’s education was, I was sold. What really caught my attention was that through QC Makeup Academy, I could complete my training on my own schedule. They even had easy, affordable payment options that fit right into my budget!

Why Did I Pick the Master Makeup Artistry Course?

QC Makeup Academy offered a wide variety of courses suitable for ALL levels of experience. Since I’d never been trained in this field before, I wanted a certification program that would teach me everything from the ground up. The Master Makeup Artistry Course was the exact solution I was looking for!

This 7-unit program will teach you all the theory and proper techniques you could possibly want to know. Moreover, you’ll learn how to apply makeup for theater, film and television, weddings, unique fictional characters, and more.  Once you enroll, you’ll be paired with a legit industry expert who will be your individual tutor. After each unit, this tutor will examine your work and provide you with extensive audio feedback to help you get better and grow as an artist!

Additional Perks

Another reason I wanted to take this course? There’s a full unit at the end, all about business training! As I knew I’d want to start my own makeup business, this unit was essential to my learning experience. It was also important to me that upon graduation, I would receive an actual certification for my resume. Luckily, the Master Makeup Artistry Course gives you just that! Once you’ve completed the program (and paid for it in full), you’ll be sent a physical copy of QC’s Master International Makeup Professional certification.

Community and networking opportunities were also things I was looking for, too. So, guess how excited I was when I discovered that QC also offers a free Virtual Classroom on Facebook for current, past, and prospective students? In the Virtual Classroom, I am lucky enough to connect with my fellow peers and together, we help one another succeed in our journeys.

I am proud to say that I’ve since graduated from the Master Makeup Artistry Course. If you’ve read this far, then you’re in luck – because I’m now going to give you my honest review of this program (as well as QC in general)!

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My Review of the Master Makeup Artistry Course

My Personal Highlights of the Program

First, let me start by reiterating that I LOVE QC Makeup Academy! My tutor was Pat Armstrong. I found her to be so sweet and extremely helpful. Pat has worked with the National Women’s Show, Lise Watier, and Shiseido.  Her clients include Steven Harper and Olympic Gold Medalist, Elizabeth Manley. Pat’s breakdown and critique of my work were always really informative and helped me understand exactly what I needed to improve along the way.

When I enrolled in the Master Makeup Artistry Course, I not only got a digital copy of all my course materials – I was mailed a physical copy, too. These materials included all of my booklets and a high-quality makeup kit! Each book was extremely informative! Furthermore, the fun, educational videos hosted by the lovely Nathan Johnson were perfect learning tools. Nathan is a gem. He shows you exactly how the look should be applied, with a few little personal tips thrown in.

Another awesome perk is that even though the course is done online, there are TONS of practical assignments that give you critical hands-on training. I found this hands-on learning to be especially exceptional. Of all my assignments, my favorite one was the Stylized Shoot. I chose to do a makeup application for a 50’s-style bridal photoshoot. It was so much fun because we had to style the entire model from head to toe! I used my old wedding dress, did a classic red lip, and shot it in front of our old piano. I was over the moon with how this assignment turned out!

3 Important Lessons I Learned In My Training

Throughout the course of my program, 3 lessons I learned that I found to be especially important were:

  • If you have to second-guess your work, it’s not ready to submit.
  • Use quality products for the best results.
  • Many of your products can actually have multiple different uses.
Makeup artist applying lip product to client

3 Key Lessons I DIDN’T Know Before Taking the Master Makeup Artistry Course

  • Less can often be more. For example: applying eyeliner with a dark powder and an angled brush along the lash line can open an eye, without it being overpowering. Sometimes, that’s all you need to have a wide-awake-looking eye!
  • Eyebrows are meant to be sisters, not twins.
  • Sometimes, all a client needs are to balance their complexion – instead of covering the entire face with foundation.

Remember: You’ll Get What You Put Into It

Here’s the honest truth: no, the Master Makeup Artistry Course isn’t easy. It’s not meant to be! Rather, it’s designed to push you. It’ll force you to evaluate your work objectively, practice over and over again, and be your own biggest critic. In the world of professional makeup, this is the ONLY way you for to learn properly and maximize your chances for success!

Personally, I found all of my assignments to be quite challenging. However, that only ever reiterated to me that I’d picked the right school and the right course. After all, you shouldn’t want your training to be basic and easy! This course will challenge you, but in a good way. It’ll give you every tip and trick taught by industry professionals. This way, you’ll have the best education possible. You’ll be prepared to be the BEST makeup artist you can be!

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So, Should YOU Enroll in QC’s Master Makeup Artistry Course?

100% YES!

I absolutely encourage you to join QC Makeup Academy and enroll in this course if you’re considering a professional education in makeup artistry. Even if you’re already an established MUA, I recommend this school. Maybe you don’t yet have formal training. Perhaps you do but want to build upon your existing skill-set. Either way, QC will offer you something to better your craft!

In my experience, the Master Makeup Artistry Course can truly help you level up your game. This is because it’ll give you the proper tips and techniques needed to become an even better MUA. I’m so happy I chose QC Makeup Academy. This school has allowed me to start my career on the right track. In fact, I have plans to add even more QC courses to my repertoire in the future!

Thank you so much for taking the time to read my honest review of QC Makeup Academy’s Master Makeup Artistry Course. I really appreciate it! Please feel free to leave a comment below, and please come connect with me in the Virtual Classroom on Facebook! I look forward to seeing you there!

Turn your dreams into a reality by enrolling in QC’s Master Makeup Artistry Course today!

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The 6 Best Ways to Market Your Makeup Portfolio

By Career Advice, From the Experts, Your Makeup Career No Comments

Want to know how to properly market your makeup portfolio? Professional MUA, Gabrielle Rivera, reveals 6 of the best ways to get it seen by the masses!

Being a Makeup Artist in the 21st Century

As a professional makeup artist, you’ll quickly realize how saturated this career field can be. At the beginning of your career, you might feel that it’s difficult to stand out above the rest. One of the single greatest things you can do to get your name out there and shine is to not only have a solid makeup portfolio – but know how to market it correctly.

So, I’m going to share with you today 6 ways to market your makeup portfolio online. In my opinion, these 6 methods are the best! If maximized properly, they’ll help you grow your business, gain clientele, and open all sorts of doors for networking!

makeup artist and hair stylist working on model for photoshoot

6 Ways You Should Market Your Makeup Portfolio

1. Website vs. Social Media

When building your business, it’s always important to remember that you are a professional. It’s easy for many to get swept away by social media and the audience that “influencers” receive.

Yes, having a following on social media platforms can benefit your business because it can help you gain exposure. But at the same time, you’ll also be limiting potential clientele by only having your business and/or makeup portfolio on social media.

As an industry professional, if you want others to take you and your business seriously, using only social media is NOT be the way to go. Social media is an outlet that is extremely saturated with other makeup artists. These makeup artists are all promoting their work, same as you. However, when clients see that you have a social media presence AS WELL AS a professional website and makeup portfolio, they’ll be all the more inclined to work with you.

Having a professional website that showcases your portfolio will help put you above the rest because it’ll show your dedication and overall professionalism.

2. Know Your Brand

When it comes to marketing your makeup portfolio, another key tip is to seriously plan out the type of branding you envision for your business and work. Branding allows potential clients to visually understand your style. Your brand will give people a sense of who you are as a creator, an artist, and a professional.

When you carefully plan out the branding of your business and makeup portfolio, you are telling the world what it is you offer. If you’re not sure how to brand your business, think about your logo, color scheme(s), and the overall style of makeup/photography that will best suit you.

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3. Know Your “Why”

Showcasing your skills and previous work is monumental when developing your makeup portfolio. Just keep in mind that your portfolio should also allow potential clients the chance to better get to know YOU, too!

Building a rapport with people is a major part of gaining loyal, long-term clients. Moreover, building rapport is critical for your networking opportunities. When building your website, make sure to create an eye-catching Homepage. Take it one step further by creating an About Me section that lets clients feel like they’re getting a glimpse into your life – and into who you are as a person.

In this industry, you’ll quickly find that most clients want to know your WHY. For example, why did you choose this field, and what drives you to be your very best? Why are you passionate about this line of work?

Clients want to know that to you, it’s about more than just making money. They want to book with someone who will provide them with some type of personal experience. Marketing a successful makeup portfolio is all about creating a lasting impression for clients… and a simple way to do this is by letting them get to know you.

4. Maximize Your Makeup Portfolio By Showcasing Your BEST Work

When I think about what makes a successful makeup portfolio, I try to put myself in the shoes of the customer. As a prospective client, I would want to see clean work, the versatility of skill or style, and clear, crisp images.

A big part of marketing your portfolio comes down to your images. There’s a lot to be said about the artists who go above and beyond; taking the time to ensure that the application, lighting, and quality of their photos always showcase their best work.

Obviously, high-quality photos are a MUST for any professional makeup portfolio. But there’s a lot more to it than just that! The organization and presentation of your photos can also help to make your portfolio successful, too. As you’re developing your own portfolio, ask yourself: do you prefer the “less is more” approach? Or do you prefer to provide more samples so that clients can see a wider range of your work?

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5. Pair Your Makeup Portfolio with Testimonials on Your Website

As I mentioned earlier, social media is undoubtedly a great tool to help your business gain exposure. But if you want to set yourself apart from other artists on social media, include a Testimonials section on your professional website or makeup portfolio!

Just like with restaurants or movies, potential customers will often seek out reviews to get a better idea of your business – before they take the leap and book with you. Reviews will help them make their decision about you. So, make sure to give past clients the opportunity to write a testimonial about their experience with you! Furthermore, showcase these raving reviews directly on your website. As a result, potential clients will have a better understanding of what their own experience will be if they work with you.

In my experience, reviews are a great way to help alleviate any reservations a client might have about booking with your business. When they see how many people have had great experiences with you, it’ll reassure new clients that you truly are the best fit for their needs!

6. Make Yourself Accessible

My last tip to help you market your makeup portfolio is to make it easy for clients to contact you! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard clients complain that they didn’t know how to contact an MUA, or had trouble finding their contact information.

This doesn’t need to be complicated either. On your website, all you need to do is clearly list your:

  • Full name
  • Email
  • Business address
  • Phone number

Making this information public and easy to find will really go a long way! You don’t want clients to have a difficult time when navigating your makeup portfolio and/or website. You especially don’t want them to struggle with finding your contact information. If they do, it’ll drastically lower the chances of them wanting to book with you.

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Likewise, on every platform you’re using, make sure to indicate the easiest or preferred way for client communication. This will help:

  • Ensure that you don’t miss any potential clients who are trying to reach out to you;
  • Keep your client contacts organized and in one place;
  • Keep a consistent and reliable source of contact with your client.

I guarantee that if you apply these 6 tips, you’ll be able to market your makeup portfolio successfully!

Got any additional tips to add to this list? Let me know in the comments below. Thanks for reading!

Learn everything you need to know about creating a strong, professional makeup portfolio by enrolling in QC Makeup Academy’s online Portfolio Development Workshop!

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Becoming a Makeup Artist as a Parent of Special Needs Children

By About the School, Career Advice, QC Student Ambassador, Your Makeup Career 5 Comments

Dream of becoming a makeup artist – but worried that your full-time commitment as a parent won’t allow you to pursue your career goals? QC Makeup Academy’s Student Ambassador, Krystle Clarkson, is here to tell you why there’s NO reason you can’t do both! đź’•

Becoming a Makeup Artist as a Parent

Krystle Clarkson is a graduate of QC Makeup Academy‘s Master Makeup Artistry Course and Pro Makeup Workshop. She is also currently a student of the Special FX Makeup program. When she isn’t working through her certification training and completing projects as a QC Student Ambassador, Krystle is busy being a full-time mother of five.

Of those five children, three of them deal with severe Autism.

So, how does Krystle manage to juggle ALL of these responsibilities and aspirations?

Watch the video below to find out!

Want to connect with Krystle directly? Chat with her in QC Makeup Academy’s Virtual Classroom on Facebook!

Let’s Recap!

Here are just some of the reasons why QC Makeup Academy has allowed Krystle the chance to pursue her dreams of becoming a makeup artist (even as a special needs parent):

  • QC Makeup Academy’s online certification courses are 100% self-paced. As a result, you get to choose when you wish to work on your studies!
  • You have a full 2 YEARS to complete your program, starting on the date you enroll. This means that you can graduate in as little or as much time as you need. There’s never any pressure to rush!
  • Moreover, since all of QC’s training is done remotely, you can choose where you wish to work on your courses, too. There’s no traveling required! You can complete all of your hands-on assignments, textbook readings, quizzes, etc. from the comfort of home.
  • This level of flexibility and convenience has provided Krystle with a chance to do something that’s entirely for herself – thereby bringing her out of the funk she’d been experiencing, while still allowing her to be at home with her kids.
  • QC Makeup Academy offers a wide variety of makeup and beauty-related courses! Thus, you can build upon your skills and add to your qualifications – all under one roof (so to say).
  • Tuition is very competitive, and QC’s low monthly payment plan option is affordable to practically all budgets! Furthermore, QC is notorious for offering exciting promotional offers every month – allowing you to take additional courses for a fraction of the price!
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Becoming a Makeup Artist: Even More Reasons to Enroll with QC!

There are countless reasons why QC Makeup Academy is one of the world’s leading online makeup schools! However, if you’re thinking of becoming a makeup artist and don’t know which school to choose, here are just several more reasons why QC is the perfect fit for you…

  • QC Makeup Academy has been a pioneer of the online learning experience since 1984!
  • Our school has a solid A+ ranking with the Better Business Bureau!
  • There are TONS of raving reviews that you can read from other students and past grads!
  • Once you’ve enrolled in one course, all other QC courses will be offered to you at 50% off… FOREVER!
  • All of QC’s tutors are real industry experts with decades of experience to their names!
  • Furthermore, your tutor will provide you with thorough audio feedback of your work after EVERY unit you submit!
  • Want hands-on experience? No problem! Every course provides ample practical assignments that will allow you to apply what you’ve learned on real models.
  • If you’re interested in launching your very own business, there are even business units included in most courses that will teach you everything you need to know to get started!
  • Plus, as a QC student, you’re given access to exclusive discounts from big-name brands! And who doesn’t love a good discount???

So, what are you waiting for? Turn your dream of becoming a makeup artist into a reality by enrolling with QC Makeup Academy!

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QC Makeup Academy Reviews: Alba Carpio

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Thinking of getting professionally trained and certified with QC Makeup Academy? Graduate and current student, Alba Carpio, reviews her experience and reveals exactly what YOU can expect at this makeup school!

QC Makeup Academy Reviews: Alba Carpio

Alba has successfully completed the Master Makeup Artistry Course, Special FX Makeup Course, and Pro Makeup Workshop. Additionally, she is currently working through her Skincare Course and Airbrush Makeup Workshop.

Today, Alba is here to discuss:

  • Social media makeup vs. professional makeup (and how she learned this difference the hard way);
  • Why she chose to pursue her makeup training online;
  • How she discovered QC Makeup Academy;
  • What her QC training has been like;
  • And SO much more!

So, if you’ve been looking up QC Makeup Academy reviews to better understand what past graduates have had to say about their experience, look no further! Watch the video below to learn everything you need to know about what it’s like to enroll with QC!

Want to connect with Alba directly? Join QC Makeup Academy’s Virtual Classroom on Facebook!

More Reviews About QC!

There are TONS of places for you to find QC Makeup Academy reviews and testimonials from current students and past grads. Here are a few quick resources for your convenience:

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Perks of Being a QC Makeup Academy Student

The benefits of enrolling with QC are endless. However, here are some of the most popular reasons why students and alumni have loved their experience with our school:

  • QC Makeup Academy has an A+ ranking from the Better Business Bureau.
  • Furthermore, QC has been a pioneer of online learning since 1984!
  • The courses are 100% self-paced (meaning no deadlines) and can be done from the comfort of home.
  • Tuition is flexible! You can pay up front or choose our low monthly payment plan.
  • Once you’ve enrolled in one course, all future courses will be 50% off. This discount is available to you FOREVER!
  • Every month, QC Makeup Academy holds one or more promotional offers – thereby saving you even more money on your next certification program!
  • In addition to having online access to all of your course materials, we’ll even mail a physical copy to your front door, too!
  • Don’t have any makeup products of your own? No problem! Most QC courses will provide you with a starter kit.
  • Every QC Makeup Academy tutor is a legit industry expert with decades of experience. Moreover, your tutor will ensure to provide you with extensive audio feedback after EVERY unit of your course!
  • Practical assignments will guarantee that you get ample hands-on training.
  • Joining QC’s amazing community means all sorts of networking opportunities!
  • When you graduate, you’ll have an internationally-recognized certification to add to your resume and impress clients!

So, what are you waiting for? Turn your dream career into a reality in as little as 3-6 months by enrolling with QC Makeup Academy today!

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The Secret to a Thriving Makeup Career – Even During COVID-19!

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The secret to a successful makeup career during the COVID-19 pandemic? Offering your clients virtual services!

Angelica Hamlin Dishes the Deets

Angelica is a Student Ambassador of QC Makeup Academy. She is a graduate of QC’s Master Makeup Artistry and Virtual Makeup Training courses and is currently a student of the Skincare program. In addition to being a certified MUA, Angelica is also a licensed cosmetologist

In the following video, she breaks down the importance of virtual services, how they’ll allow you to book clients and thrive during a time of social distancing, and why YOU should pursue your dream career in makeup this year. As an added bonus, Angelica will also walk you through her home office and offer her top tips for creating an office space within your own home!

Want to connect with Angelica directly? Join QC’s Virtual Classroom on Facebook today!

Why Virtual Services = a Successful Makeup Career

Virtual beauty services are all the rage these days! In general, they’re a smart service to add to your business. Beyond the pandemic, virtual services will allow you to expand your client reach and work with anyone, regardless of location.

During COVID-19, however, virtual services offer added benefits. Here are just 3 reasons why they’ll allow you to thrive during a time of social distancing, lockdowns, and gathering restrictions:

  • In-person bookings might not yet be an option. Furthermore, clients may not yet feel comfortable with them. By offering a virtual alternative, you can continue to service your customers from the comfort of home!
  • You’ll still be able to make an income. There is a myriad of virtual options you can offer clients – from makeup walkthroughs to skincare consultations, and more. All of these services can easily be done over the phone or computer! As a result, you can continue operating your business, taking bookings, and earning a paycheck while in-person jobs are on a hiatus.
  • Now is the PERFECT time to attract a substantially larger number of clients. Market yourself and your virtual services correctly, and you can find yourself booking clients from all around the world – many of whom are in need of help during the pandemic.
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Boost Your Makeup Career with QC’s Virtual Makeup Training!

In QC Makeup Academy’s 1-unit Virtual Makeup Training Course, you’ll discover:

  • How you can take your makeup career to the next level by transferring your beauty business online!
  • Tips for expanding your business and attract clients from all over the world!
  • How you can earn an income and work with clients from the comfort of your own home!
  • And SO much more!

Want to hear what our graduate, Katie Stegeman, thought of this course? Check out what she had to say here!

Set your makeup career up for success in 2021 by enrolling with QC Makeup Academy today!

My Top 6 Makeup Artistry Tips for Mature Skin

By Career Advice, Education, Makeup Tips and Tricks, QC Student Ambassador, Your Makeup Career 2 Comments

Want to become a master of makeup artistry and skincare for mature skin? QC Makeup Academy’s Student Ambassador, Cheri Stevens, has 6 awesome tips to get you started! To learn more about Cheri, read her full Ambassador Feature here!

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What is ‘mature skin‘? Why is it important that professional makeup artists have a good working knowledge of mature skin?

Well, for starters, mature skin is everywhere! You see it all the time in film and television. For example, just look at Jane Fonda, Susan Sarandon, Sigourney Weaver, Raquel Welch, etc. All of these women are gorgeous! But they still need to know good skincare. Furthermore, they need an educated makeup artist to make them look and feel fabulous.

This can be done with proper makeup artistry training and good skincare knowledge!

Makeup Artistry: Younger Vs. Mature Skin

What are some of the similarities when it comes to applying makeup on younger skin, versus applying makeup on mature skin? In short, both require a solid understanding of technique. Moreover, they can both utilize creativity through the use of color and application.

On the other hand, what are some of the most common differences? How does makeup artistry for younger skin vary when compared to makeup artistry for mature skin?

The answer is quite simple. The products you choose for a younger client’s skin will be quite different in nature than the products you’d use on mature skin. Mature skin needs a lighter hand. It will also require a more specified skincare regimen that specifically targets mature skin. One example would be cream products that do not dry out the skin. Another prime example would be products that have less shimmer to them.

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6 Makeup Artistry and Skincare Tips for Mature Skin

1. Prep the skin with moisture!

Mature skin can be dry. So, using a good moisturizer is essential before applying any makeup! Apply a nice, even layer of moisturizer to the face. Preferably, opt for a moisturizer with some Hyaluronic Acid in it. This will help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. When you hydrate the skin beforehand, you’re creating a prime, soft, and hydrated canvas for the makeup application.

2. Use targeted ingredients in skincare products!

You’ll need to start by determining your client’s skincare goals.

For example, are they fighting fine lines and wrinkles? Are they looking into adding some Retinol into their routine? Are they out in the sun a lot? If so, you should recommend that they add sunscreen to their regular routine, for added skin protection. Is your client’s skin dry? Look for Hyaluronic Acid in their moisturizer.

Help them turn their skin into the best possible version of itself! Using the right skincare products always comes first. As a result, applying makeup onto it will become a no brainer. And who knows…with good skincare, they might need even less makeup to look amazing!

3. Build in sheer layers!

When it comes to mature skin, you want to apply foundation with a light hand and build as needed. Foundation on mature skin can sometimes settle into fine lines and look cakey. Using sheer layers assures that the makeup is even and smooth, thus preventing it from settling into lines and looking overdone.

4. Add that POP of color!

Sometimes, mature skin can have a dull appearance. The best way to combat this is to make it glow! A nice pop of a cream blush on the cheeks will liven the skin and make the client look fresh. Creams are also great for mature skin because they don’t settle the same way that powders do.

Take it one step further by apply color with a touch of shimmer. This will bring a glow back to your client’s face. No doubt, they’ll feel youthful and fresh!

5. Line that pucker!

Always apply a lip liner to the lips. As we age, our lips can droop and lose definition. Lining the lips can strengthen the natural lip line, prevent lipstick from feathering, and make the lips look their best shape.

Just don’t overline your client’s lips too much, of course! It’s also worth nothing that you should keep the color soft, so as not to make the lips look harsh.

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6. Keep it soft!

As we age, we certainly don’t want to be perceived as being older than we are. So, keep the makeup light! Avoid harsh, dark eyeliners, loud colors, or shimmers that highlight lines and wrinkles. Instead, go with soft, matte colors and well-defined lips. You’ll have your client glowing and gorgeous, no matter what age they are!

The Importance of Professional Training

Why is it so crucial for makeup artists to have sufficient training for mature skin? Like with any other area of makeup artistry, a proper education is always important. To be the very best you can be, and acquire the right knowledge needed to do the job, getting certification training is the single best way to go.

When it comes to mature skin, professional training is especially important. This type of makeup artistry requires a very specific set of refined skills. You’ll need to be able to apply products that will enhance your client’s skin and features – while at the same time, omitting ones that would detract from any discoloration, wrinkles, and fine lines.

Skincare for Mature Skin

Personally speaking, skincare training has been SO essential for me as a makeup artist! I find this knowledge paramount.

A thorough understanding of skincare helps me better assess the client’s skin prior to the application. Plus, I can properly address any skin issues that could be relevant to the makeup work I’m about to do. It’s important to be educated on which products will be needed for each client, depending on the skin issues and/or type(s) they may have (i.e. dryness, oiliness, discoloration, lines, etc.).

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QC Makeup Academy’s Skincare Course

In Unit D of QC’s Skincare Course, you’ll learn all about working with mature skin. As a graduate of this course, the most important lessons I learned from this particular unit were knowing what happens to aging skin, as well as ways to take care of it with the proper ingredients.

In assignment D4 of the Skincare Unit, Anti-Aging Skincare for Mature Clients, you get to delve into the specifics of mature skin. This particular Not only do you get the chance to work with a client demographic you may not have worked with before; you also get to really examine and assess the issues of a mature client.

These lessons have been very critical for me as a professional makeup artist – and they’ll be just as critical for you, too! Knowing how to properly work with mature skin is an amazing asset to add to your skill-set. Furthermore, you’ll gain a broader sense knowledge of skin types and you’ll be able to add mature skin to your repertoire.

In my opinion, this is not an age bracket to be left out of the mix. Makeup artistry is for ALL ages, and proper skincare training just makes your portfolio that much better!

Makeup Artistry for Mature Skin

This is taught in Unit C of QC’s Master Makeup Artistry Course. In assignment C5, The Mature Client Makeup Application, you’re tasked with doing a real-life makeup application on a model with mature skin.

The lessons taught in this unit/assignment are essential for any professional beauty expert. They’ll help you broaden your skill-set and gain the knowledge needed to enhance your client’s face with makeup, without overpowering it. Thus, you can keep their application age-appropriate and beautiful.

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Become a master of makeup artistry for ALL types of skin by enrolling with QC Makeup Academy today!

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How to Deal with Anxiety as a Makeup Artist

By Career Advice, QC Student Ambassador, Your Makeup Career 6 Comments

Professional makeup artist, Veronika Kelle, is a Student Ambassador and multi-graduate of QC Makeup Academy. Connect with her on Instagram, as well as in the Virtual Classroom on Facebook!

A Little About Me

Hello, my name is Veronika! I’ve graduated from QC’s Master Makeup Artistry Course and Pro Makeup Workshop. I also chose to complete the Special FX Makeup Course at the end of last year.

Before I became a makeup artist, I ran my own modeling agency for 15 years. I operated as an organizer, as well as a manager, for beauty contests and fashion shows. As a result, I worked alongside models, photographers, and makeup artists. It was during that time that I fell in love with makeup artistry and decided to learn it professionally.

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Experiencing Anxiety as a Makeup Artist

Have you ever felt anxiety when booking a job, working with a client, or participating in a job interview? Don’t worry, you’re not the only one who experiences this!

In fact, it’s a very common issue. It’s completely normal if you feel afraid or nervous – especially when you’re first starting a career as a makeup artist. If anything, this feeling just reiterates how much you care about your craft.

Still, anxiety can sometimes feel debilitating. As such, in this article, I would like to share my tips for overcoming this anxiety. It might reassure you to know that all of these tips are actually based on my own personal experience!

My Top 3 Tips for Handling Anxiety Before Consultations and/or Interviews

Tip #1: Reassure yourself by breathing.

During my modeling agency work, I noticed that many of the models experienced stage fright. As such, I often had to reassure them before a beauty pageant or fashion show. Due to their nervousness, they sometimes weren’t able to concentrate. They couldn’t focus on the choreography, which negatively affected their performance on the stage. To help them feel calmer, I’d often used the following breathing technique…

First, start with an inhale. As you inhale, count to 4 in your mind. Fully saturate your lungs with air and dilate your chest. Let your shoulders rise towards your ears. Your stomach should also rise, too.

Next, you’ll need to do the same thing when exhaling. Mentally count to 4 while blowing the air out slowly. Then it’s just a matter of repeating this process. You should find that within just a couple of minutes, you’ll start to feel calmer.

A calm mind will allow you to think clearly and focus on your job.

Tip #2: Accept your nervousness by looking at it in a positive way.

During an interview or client consultation, you’ll need ALL of your intellectual capacity to answer the questions properly. But the pressure generated by anxiety can inhibit your ability to perform at your very best. The thing is, everyone gets nervous in situations like this. So, don’t try to fight it!

You must accept the fact that you will get excited, anxious, or nervous. The key is to not see this as a negative factor. It doesn’t have to be something that completely blocks your mental abilities – unless you let it. If you spin the situation by embracing your emotions in a positive way, it can make all the difference.

Just think: this is a sign that your brain is prepared for the challenge… and this is an ADVANTAGE for you!

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Tip #3: Make a plan in advance.

1-2 days before the interview or consultation, map out where you need to go exactly. If you are planning to arrive to the location by car, look in advance for a parking space nearby.

On the big day, give yourself enough time to travel there and get ready. Arrive on time – but not too early. Prepare yourself for the interview or consultation by finding out as much information as possible about the company, employer, or client. Another big suggestion is to think through the possible questions they might ask and have some answers in mind!

My Tops 3 Tips for Handling Anxiety as a Makeup Artist While Working with a Client

Now that we’ve covered ways to reduce anxiety during interviews and/or consultations, let’s take a look at what you can do to lower stress while working on an actual client!

Tip #1: Calm your mind before work.

As a makeup artist, it’s very important that you calm your mind! If you’re nervous and anxious, you won’t be able to focus on your job. For example, your hands might shake, which means you won’t be able apply the makeup properly.

Remind yourself constantly that YOU CAN DO IT! You are a trained, prepared, and professional makeup artist. You know what you’re doing and can apply the makeup, as well as execute the job. Say to yourself, “I’m a properly trained, prepared professional. I can do it!”

If need be, repeat this sentence more than once to yourself. Repeat it as many times as you need. Don’t forget the breathing technique I mentioned earlier! It’ll also help you to calm your mind.

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Tip #2: Be prepared.

Back when I attended University, I tended to be much more nervous if I knew I’d read the books superficially, rather than learn all the materials thoroughly. Prior to any makeup artist job, you can reduce unnecessary stress and agitation by thoroughly preparing yourself.

Know the purpose of the job and what your client’s vision is. Think 3 steps ahead and have backup plans in place for any unexpected event that may occur. Go through your makeup products and tools and decide exactly which ones you intend to use on the big day. Go one step further by organizing them accordingly the day before.

Pro Tip: It’s always a good idea to pack your makeup kit in advance. This way, you won’t have to rush before leaving for the appointment!

Tip #3: Get professionally trained as a makeup artist.

Getting professionally trained and owning a reputable makeup certification will only make your business more competitive in the market. Moreover, having this certification training under your belt will also boost your self-confidence. This, in turn, will definitely help you overcome stress and anxiety.

After all, improving your professional knowledge and learning new skills will make you an even stronger makeup artist – and you’ll know it! The right training will make you more confident, successful, and recognized. It’ll take no time at all before your past anxiety is long forgotten!

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Bonus Tips for Makeup Artists

This may or may not be your thing, but I’ve found that regular meditation also helps prevent anxiety. If you’re open to it, try meditating frequently at home or outdoors. You can also do a meditation walk outside.

Other options to help reduce stress and anxiety include (but are not limited to):

  • Making time for YOU each day;
  • Getting together (safely) with friends and family;
  • Enrolling in a dance or yoga class;
  • Relaxing to a good book or movie;
  • Making sure you get enough sleep each night so you can be fully rested every morning;
  • Taking part in sports (about 3 times a week). (Sports release endorphins, which helps to reduce stress.)

Why Professional Makeup Training Will Help Curb Anxiety

As a makeup artist, here are some of the biggest reasons why getting professionally trained will benefit you and reduce anxiety:

  • If you have the proper training and foundations, you’ll know exactly what you’re doing and how to do it perfectly. As a result, you’ll feel calmer and more confident when approaching any makeup artist job.
  • Professional makeup training – such as that found in QC Makeup Academy’s online courses – includes invaluable business and marketing sections. You’ll be given useful and practical exercises, as well as marketing and promotion tips. All of this will help you learn how to manage yourself and your business. You’ll know how to successfully launch your own makeup business and develop a strong portfolio. Importantly, you’ll learn how to conduct yourself in a cool, calm, and professional manner – even when under pressure.
  • Your professional makeup portfolio and qualifications will impress your clients. As a result, your reputation and self-confidence will only get better and better!
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Food for Thought

QC Makeup Academy provides a wide selection of makeup course in a unique, online learning system. You’ll graduate with the skills and confidence needed to have a successful professional career as a makeup artist. This WILL help you to overcome your anxiety!

I would like to encourage everyone who is considering becoming a makeup artist to start their dream career in 2021 by enrolling with QC Makeup Academy!

Now, I want to know: do YOU have a different practice? If so, please leave your own tips for dealing with anxiety as a makeup artist in the comments section below. I would love to know your thoughts!

Thank you for reading! đź’•

So, what are you waiting for? Become a fully trained and certified makeup artist in just 3-6 months by enrolling with QC Makeup Academy today!

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6 Ways to Make the Best Impression During Makeup Artist Jobs

By Career Advice, From the Experts, Your Makeup Career No Comments

Gabrielle Rivera is a QC Makeup Academy graduate and professional makeup artist. To see more of her work, visit her Instagram here. Today, Gabrielle discusses her Top 6 tips for making the best possible impression while working with others during makeup artist jobs.

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Interviews, demos, and working on the job should all be seen as an opportunity to showcase your talents. After all, these experiences will give others the chance to see why you would be an asset to them. A quote that I often think about when going to interviews – and one that should become a positive affirmation for all – is this:

No one is you and that is your power.

Dave Grohl

With these words in mind, here are my Top 6 recommendations to help you make the best impression during all makeup artist jobs…

Makeup Artist Jobs: 6 Ways to Make the Best Impression

1. Be Yourself

When going on an interview or working on makeup artist jobs, my first piece of advice is to truly be yourself. Something important that I’ve learned is that, yes, your skills and credentials matter. However, what people really want is to see who you are. Interviews and/or working in the field can be nerve-wracking, especially for beginners. Just know that you’ve got this!

Try to stay calm and collected. This way, they can see your personality. It’s important for collaborators, employers, and clients alike to see your natural personality. After all, this can also be the key that helps open doors for future makeup artist jobs! So, show them that you’re focused and independent, while also being a team player.

Remember: even in the world of makeup, you will have to work and collaborate with many others. Understandably, this is something that others will want to know that you can handle seamlessly.

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2. Remember Your Training

Look, you’re ready for this moment! You’ve put in the time and training. You have a reputable certification to your name. When in doubt, always remember the basics and foundations of makeup that you were taught in school.

During my first few makeup artist jobs, I was so focused on what I thought would impress others. As a result, I put way too much effort into discussing or only using prestigious-name brands.

Although your clientele might be impressed by your stock of Giorgio Armani or Charlotte Tilbury makeup, the employer mostly wants to know that you have the skills to create any look – regardless of the quality or brand of products.

The absolute BEST thing you can do for yourself is show them that you understand and can easily apply the foundations and basics of makeup. Moreover, you can do this on any client. If you can demonstrate that you have mastered the skills of a true artist, the employer is guaranteed to be impressed!

3. Be Flexible

Another key tip is to show your flexibility! When a potential employer or client is looking to hire a makeup artist, they want to know that you’re capable of thinking on your toes. As such, you’ll need to know how to be flexible with your application, product use, and overall craft.

Makeup products have many uses beyond their traditional function. Don’t be afraid to play around with this! For example, lipstick can also be used as cream blushes or eyeshadows. Being flexible with products helps to demonstrate your versatility and knowledge first-hand.

Moreover, this is especially important to showcase during an interview or makeup artist jobs. The reason? It’ll reassure the employer and/or client that you’re able to be flexible while working on clients – and also with others in the business.

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4. Promote Your Versatility

We live in the age of technology. These days, many interviews, makeup demos, and even in-field work is done or showcased virtually. However, you can make yourself stand out of the crowd by having a physical portfolio that demonstrates your finest high-quality work, too!

Don’t let a potential job slip away because you relied solely on your Instagram (or other social media platforms) to promote your best work. Yes, the employer and/or client can view your social media pages. They can browse your website to see the work you’ve done. However, having a tangible portfolio that can be viewed on-hand will leave a lasting impression, right there in the moment.

Your makeup portfolio should contain high-quality photos that demonstrate your versatility as an artist. That being said, they should also show work that’s similar to the job in which you are applying.

5. Talk Through Your Process

When working on models or clients during makeup artist jobs, make sure that you aren’t quiet the entire time. Think of this as your time to show off your sparkling personality! Make the model or client feel comfortable in your hands by engaging in casual, friendly discussion.

Not only will talking with the model help you; it’ll also be a great way for you to show off your knowledge of the field. Instead of simply applying makeup and making generic conversation, why not explain why you are applying the product in certain areas? Enlighten and educate them by breaking down how each product should be properly used. You can even offer recommendations on what would be best for the model, based on their skin type or concerns!

By building this rapport with clients, you’ll leave a lasting impression. Plus, you’ll be opening the door for even more opportunities to work with them again in the future.

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6. Get More Makeup Artist Jobs By Networking

My final tip that every makeup artist should always do is: network, network, network! Remember to keep that sparkling personality up and look for ways to connect with other hair stylists, makeup artists, photographers, and models! Working on the job is a great opportunity to share your business cards or social media with others. This way, you can build a professional working relationship with the people you’re interacting with.

Networking is ALWAYS going to benefit you as a makeup artist! Over time, you’ll build arsenal of colleagues that work in the business, as well as a long list of happy, repeat clients. As a result, the door for continuous collaboration will always remain open!

Getting a professional certification is a GUARANTEED way to get more makeup artist jobs. So, enroll with QC Makeup Academy today and earn yours in as little as 3-6 months!