Becoming a Makeup Artist

posted 2 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

If a bride gives you what they’re comfortable with they may underpay you. If you plan on getting good quality makeup then the donation route may not be for you.

Personally I don’t work with MUAs that have sub par products mainly because my skin is very prone to rashes and to be honest the lesser quality stuff usually does contain harsher chemicals or ends up giving my face a rash. Once I upgraded my own collection to higher quality products (not necessarily more expensive but most of the time it was) there was a huge difference in the texture of my skin. 

I think it’ll be worth it getting the makeup certificate just so you can charge a set fee and upgrades if necessary instead of brides paying you little. They’re usually paying so much for their wedding and they may not pay you adequately mainly because they just can’t.

Post # 4
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695 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

This is a tricky thing.  I used to do freelance photography so you just have to know how to talk to people.  Since it is a law I would always use the word donation no matter what when you talk to people.  I would say something like, ‘I take a minuimum donation of _________ for __________ and ___________.’  If people ask why your using the word ‘donation’ I would explain because its a law in FL.  Use the word ‘donation’ instead of charge or price.  You can also say, ‘I accept gifts in return for my services which I prefer to be money in the amount of ___________ for __________________ services.

Post # 5
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Helper bee

Justbeingme: I live in FL and went through Cosmo School, prior to my current career. There is very little (to nothing) having to do with makeup application. You would honestly be wasting your time, simply to obtain a piece of paper that you wouldn’t use otherwise. 

I could be wrong, but I believe that you can be licensed in Makeup Artistry alone. Not sure where in FL you are? I know Cosmix in South FL is pretty well known for that type of coursework. And I think other Cosmo schools may offer the same sort of courses (sort of like there are separate, shorter courses for nail techs and aestheticians).

There is also the option of selling the makeup “products” in lieu of your services. Meaning, you’d become a distributor for some place like Mary Kay, Avon, or some other higher end pyramid-scheme type products that may be out there. And, as a result, you’d than be able to offer the makeup application at “no charge”. Personally, I wouldn’t want to go that route other than to solely build a starter-portfolio, because it would be sort of shady for anyone that hired you under the assumption that you are a full-fledged artist. 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

I live in Florida and like PoliticallyIncorrect: I too went to the same makeup artistry school. Although I’m not longer working in the MUA industry, my girlfriend has for years, works on films, worked in a retail setting and now works freelance and has never gone to anywhere but to Cosmix. So, I’m not sure how that all works.

But, if this is something you seriously want to do, I’d investigate and take makeup artistry classes.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

It’s tricky because it depends how serious you are and how badly you want to be a makeup artist and if you really want this as a career.  If you are serious and want to do this a career, I would take the time to get an official licence.  That way people will take you seriously as a makeup artist and you won’t be underpaid for the services you do especially if you have the potential to be an incredible one.

Plus when it comes to special events and weddings and the like, some people may be apprehensive with working with people who are not fully licenced regardless if you are just freelance or working in an actual retail place.  It maybe okay to get things started to build up a portfolio and get your name out there but in the long run, it’s good to be an “OFFICIAL” makeup artist.

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