Karla Powell Make-up Artist

Pros & Cons of Being a Make-up Artist


I am always receiving emails from aspiring make-up artists and even professional make-up artists on how they can get into this industry – On my tips and more! It’s very hard to get back to everyone and explain about this industry and what direction they can go into. So it got me thinking to do a blog post on some of my tips and pros and cons of being a make-up artist which I hope it can help many of you!

What can a student/new make-up artist dream of? Is it successful social and professional life? If it is so, then, what a make-up artist should do to achieve professional success? The answer is easy: to choose a profession that you are interested in and have a massive passion for. However, among this profession it can be tough and require a lot of efforts. Here are some of my pros and cons of becoming a professional make-up artist from my experiences…

A professional make-up artist is highly demanded and is becoming more and more popular career choice, I do think a lot of this is due to how easy the job can look! Well don’t be fooled by this. Make-up artists may work for some organisation such as myself for Make-up Academy or take on freelance work. It’s very similar to profession of an artist as it is very creative and interesting and something different and new every day. However, there are a lot of cons and pros that new make-up artists don’t realise until they try to pursue the career.

Advantages

·         It is very easy to take on this career.  It only takes one to two years to study to be able to work or even take short courses; Of course, my top tip is you should never stop learning!! As you need to keep your make-up trends fresh and there are always new skills and techniques to learn

·         You have the most exciting thing as a make-up artist which allows you to express your creativity and to put any crazy idea into practice which I love doing the most!

·         You get to meet new people, visiting new places and what is more exciting, working with celebrities and travelling abroad. I would of never said I would be travelling with my career and the last year I have visited some amazing places whilst doing what I love

·         We get to see the results of our work immediately which in my eyes brings a satisfaction to see happy clients’ faces! And the best part from a photo shoot/music video is when you get the make-up images in your email box. This is then a chance to show of your skills to the world(which is a real important thing as a make-up artist)

Disadvantages:

·         The competition between make-up artists is so high at the moment, so my tip is to be really assertive and creative and get yourself noticed and be on top of these two areas

·         There is no working schedule, so a make-up artist may be asked to work even at night and very long hours and if you start to moan to clients about this, you maybe not been seen as professional and in some cases never be hired again.

·         There may be problems with regular work so keep on the go and always network. Never have a day of doing nothing! I have nothing going on I will either be blogging, emailing and even playing with new make-up techniques on myself. I have been seen to show this a lot to my followers and I ensure you it pays off.

My final thoughts and tips on how to become a successful make-up artist:

I always tell other aspiring make-up artists to assist local makeup artists & get as much work experience as you can! You see the good, bad and everything that way then.

The beauty of working with Make-up is, it’s constantly changing with trends, products, seasons and having skills like myself within teaching, fashion, photography, media & theatre you can choose any career path at any time which will keep your skills and techniques fresh with the on-going changes of makeup. Keep your options open and learn everything aspect of make-up you can. I would say the best advice for you now is working for free, which has given me experience working as a freelance make-up artist.

 Meeting some amazing creative people and finally to build a portfolio which I am now happy to show clients. I ensure you this has open up a lot of doors to my make-up world and I have learnt so much, your contacts grow and grow. I chose to work for free to build my experience within the make-up industry and to gain a strong portfolio. I do believe that all trainee make-up artists should only work for free if it benefits their portfolio/experiences and they gain something out of it. Unpaid work comes from particular photographers that I feel their work is outstanding and knowing with my skills we could produce some strong images for both our portfolios. So therefore we are returning favours in both parts. So I have now had a handful of collaborations with different photographers, and my work really has grown as a result. I was able to be comfortable with them and try new things, and saw results. Each photographer I worked with on tests moved my work in a different direction and I am grateful to all of them. I would say my confidence, skills and knowledge within this industry is at a very high level now and I would say that is all thanks to working UN paid and meeting some amazing inspirational people along the way who believed in my abilities. After all if I didn’t do this I wouldn’t be where I am today and getting the paid jobs I get today.

 Finally……

*ASSIST

*KEEP LEARNING

*NETWORK YOUR BUTT OFF!

Karla

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