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How to Get Started in the Make-Up Industry.

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If you have a knack for working with people, being creative, and using cosmetics to create a variety of flawless looks, then it only seems natural that you might also be thinking of going into business as a professional make-up artist. Today's professional make-up artists enjoy some of the most rewarding job opportunities available anywhere. They also often get to share in some of the most heartfelt and important events in others people's lives.

However, it's not enough just to have the drive and natural talent required to be a professional make-up artist. It's also important to understand the importance of having clear goals and a path of action right from the get-go. Here are some ideas on how to go about getting started.

Perfect Your Skills

The fact that you get lots of compliments on your own make-up looks and seem to have a knack for helping your friends with their make-up doesn't necessarily mean that you're ready for the big leagues yet. That said, the first thing you'll want to look into doing it polishing your skills so that they're professional level, as opposed to simply good. One of the best ways to do this is to choose a good make-up school to attend - preferably one capable of preparing you for working in commercial, print, TV and Film make-up environment. You won't just fine-tune your already considerable skill. Makeup Schools prepare you for the Industry realities, they do not teach you to be creative . They can teach you techniques, but they can not teach you to be an artist ready to accept any challenge on their feet, this is hands on experience. Get as Much as you can!

Volunteer Your Services

It can be difficult for a new make-up artist to land plum positions without any experience to point to first. For this reason, a lot of novice make-up artists choose to build a reputation by simply volunteering their services at the beginning of their career or apprenticing another established artist. Alternatively, they may do so for lower, more competitive wages in order to get their foot in the door. Quite a few professionals have successfully used this method to eventually break into television, film, photography-related work, and fashion.

Work as an Assistant

Another great way to gain a foothold in the cosmetics industry is to get yourself an initial gig working as an assistant to a professional make-up artist who is already established. Not only is this a terrific way to build a resume and meet important contacts, but it's also a way to get your finger on the pulse of what's going on in the industry. Plus, a mentor can help you learn quite a bit when it comes to ways to better recreate an era, convey necessary emotions, and more.

Practice at Every Opportunity

Becoming a successful professional make-up artist isn't just about having the right skills or the necessary certification. It's also about practice. The more time you spend doing make-up on different types of people, the better. Take the opportunity to work with friends or family members, especially when it comes to new techniques or ideas you might want to try on your customers. Make sure your loved ones are equipped with plenty of business cards so they can recommend your expert services to others as well!

Yvonne Ouellette

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