Quest: Make up Artist Part 1 (Part 1 – Who Knows How Many Parts this Would Have? God knows.)

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I wish I’ve known when I was younger that I wanted to be a makeup artist! And I know that it’s not too late. I’m JUST 23. But previous matters have occurred and there’s just too much going on. But if anyone wanted to be a makeup artist don’t let that stop you. I’m not stopping my hopes, I’m just merely pausing it.

The first thing you might want to decide on is makeup school or freelance?
I would really love to enroll in a makeup school but I haven’t tried that so my opinion on enrolling wouldn’t be reliable. Here are articles though to help you decide.

Counter Confidential: Beauty School Dropout from Beautylish
10 Secrets I Learned at Makeup Artist School from TotalBeauty

But I really suggest that you’d try doing makeup before going to makeup school. Some of the students there are already professional makeup artists anyway (not trying to freak you out, it’s the truth) who are trying to improve their skills.

This ought to be your Makeup Beginner checklist:

1. Acquire a small kit. I have some suggestions for the kit that you should have:
(a) Eyeshadow Palette
(b) Foundation
(c) Concealer
(d) Lip colors

(e) Blush Color

(f) Brushes or Sponges

(f) Eyeliner/Browliner/Lipliner

2. Study makeup information like how long should you keep them after their first use and also how to clean your brushes. You don’t need to buy a makeup brush cleaner if you can’t afford..and I can’t afford it! 😀
3. Check out some YouTube beauty/makeup tutorials. Magazines are also a good source of information. Makeup books are a little bit pricy but it might be worth the investment. (Haven’t bought one though…I’m thrifty.) Practice on yourself first. If you’re allowed to wear makeup (even light application) to your routine, do it. You can experience the longevity of the application and at the same time learn how to enhance your look with a little bit of makeup here and there.

After practicing some light application, try more challenging looks like evening party looks, prom…if you can muster the strength…do some avant garde looks too!
Don’t be afraid to get a critic. A friend would always be honest even if you worked hard on the look. Let them criticize the look. It would help if you have a friend that has experience in makeup application. If that certain friend is currently a makeup artist, the better! Ask if you can assist him/her in one of their gigs! Experiencing during a real makeup session would let you see what you’ll be getting yourself into (the pressures, time crunches, communication with the client, etc).

4. Practice on someone else. It’s not enough to master makeup application on yourself. You need to be familiar with every face shape, skin type the world has to offer. You’ll notice that everyone has different needs and preferences.
I’ve experienced a client who wants to use her own foundation or lip color because she has allergic reactions on some brands.

5. Take a photo of every look you’ve done. Aside from collecting it for portfolio purposes, I guess no one can deny that it will sometimes look different or lighter on camera than in person. People usually wear makeup for events that will have documentation, so it must be clearly seen in photos and react well with flash photography. (Tip: Foundation with SPF will look too white or light on photos taken with flash.)

6. If you’re confident, build your portfolio according to the market you want to cater. You can do a bridal look portfolio, editorial or any event at all. See some portfolio on facebook pages here:

Toni Rodriguez
Gex Garcia
Au Mauricio

These makeup artists are located in the Philippines though. I’ve heard that it’s not that professional to build your portfolio on facebook, you can use wordpress or blogspot and make a blog instead. 🙂 Having tangible portfolio on hand will also help for those clients who are not techie.

I’ll end here for the time being. Watch out for my next Quest: Makeup Artist Part 2. I’ll post the link here once it’s available.


If you have other dreams (like not to be a makeup artist), I have some advices I’d like to list down:
1. Research: If you are so so young, you have an advantage. Search through job sites on your desired company and position (even if it’s too advance for you). Look at the requirements. Make a list then make the requirements happen for you.

More often than not, there are articles about the jobs that you would want. Read through and if you think you can take all that, then it’s time to act.

2. Experience: With this knowledge you’ve researched, you would know what college course you’d likely need to take, extra-curricular activities that could strengthen your resume, related part time jobs you can accomplish while studying and actual experiences you need to get the job you want.

If you’re currently a student (and I wish I’ve known about this when I was younger), you can participate in companies that accepts application for students [e.g.. Unilever’s UFLP (Future Leader’s program), Monde Nissin’s Step Up] who want to step up their career at an early time!

3. Do it! It’s hard to get out of the bum zone but once you go out of it, the hard part is already over.

(P.S. I’ll think I’ll make another category to this blog about careers. Stay tune!)



3 thoughts on “Quest: Make up Artist Part 1 (Part 1 – Who Knows How Many Parts this Would Have? God knows.)

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