My way towards becoming a freelance makeup artist (part 1)

Hi! This time I decided to create a post of something I have gone through for a long time to become a freelance makeup artist (I’m not calling myself professional, because I don’t feel like that and probably won’t for a long time, however, you can be called professional when you get paid for doing makeup and I’m in this place). I simply want to share some struggles, moves, my way of thinking and motivation ways, cause I suppose there could be someone out there, who is in the same way as I am and I could help them out if possible.

Let’s start with the way I found out – makeup is my PASSION! I have spent half of my life on stage so I always had to look my best and of course – I used makeup for that. I loved doing that and see how my face transforms. So it became as a routine. Now let’s forward to my university years. Of course, till that time my makeup skills had increased and I never stepped out of my home without any makeup on, cause I just loved to do that. Until that age I have had received SO MANY comments about my passion to makeup that were mostly negative: “Why do you spend so much time for your makeup?”; “You already look good, don’t ruin your skin!”; “I hate that we can’t go out immediately once we decide, cause you always have to put at least a bit of makeup!! dah…!”; “That’s not normal!!!” etc.etc. How negative right? Of course, I did receive a lot of compliments about my makeup too, but sometimes you only hear the negative side. Right now, I could say thanks to everyone who tried to push me down, cause it only opened my eyes and made me realize – WAIT, maybe I should do something about it, despite all the hate I receive? And I did…

Once I set a goal – I want to become a makeup artist! – I thought: “How cool is that? I finally know what I want and it’s gonna be super amazing and easy!”. Not at all…First of all, I didn’t have time for any courses! I had my classes in university 4 days a week and job – 4 till 5 days a week. There was no time where I could squeeze my makeup classes…I felt destroyed for that moment, but thanks to my boyfriend, who always saw that passion I had towards makeup and pushed me towards my goals every single day. I found my way – I decided to learn everything myself! πŸ™‚

Is it hard? – not at all! πŸ™‚ If you have a PASSION to something, you can do it yourself. Don’t say you can’t, cause you can! And everyone should do what they love and have passion to. There are so many people who are striving for money and doesn’t feel happy in the end of the day. If you do what you love, believe me, you will get noticed and you will get your money one day! πŸ™‚ Be patient!

Were I got my knowledge from: Youtube (from professional makeup artists), articles, online makeup courses (basic level) and lots and lots of research. There are not that many articles you can find, but no worries – everything comes with a practice. You simply need the basic level to start with πŸ™‚ Once I read all that, my next step was to create my makeup kit. And THAT was the biggest struggle. In Youtube you can find a lot of videos of what you need to get for your makeup kit if you are a beginner etc.etc.etc. Something of that helped, but not everything. It takes soooooo much time to decide what products would suit for MOST of the women (or men) in your country (that matters actually), which products are ACTUALLY good and do you need a variety of products?!

Believe me, there is a huge possibility that you will waste your money on something, you have heard works amazing on every skin type, but you simply can’t find a way to work with this product. You might get a fake product, you may pay a lot of money for shipping (depends where you live) and other struggles that comes with a product research and purchase. I think I will do a separate blog post about the products I would suggest to buy when you are creating your own makeup kit πŸ™‚

Once I hadΒ some kind of base of products, at first I tried them all on myself. I had to know how every single brush performs, how can you get the best outcome for every product and so on. A LOT of practice on myself. Of course, I wanted to perpetuate all my works, but I couldn’t do it properly, cause I didn’t have a good lighting and camera. Thanks again to my boyfriend, who gave me the best gift in that moment – DSLR camera! πŸ™‚ I can’t stop saying thanks to him, cause that helped me a LOT. So then I had to buy some kind of lighting and I chose the ring light + 2 stands (1 for lighting and 1 for the camera). Can you imagine how much money I had spent till that time (that was 1 year ago already)? And how much did I got back? Exactly! NOTHING πŸ˜€ But it didn’t stop me, cause I knew that I want that and I was even happy on wasting my money on makeup, putting it for free on someone else and see them being happy πŸ™‚ That was the most important thing for me!Β Then I decided I want to share my thoughts and future photoshoot pictures with someone, so I created this blog πŸ™‚

Time went by and IΒ knew I have to start practicing on others. I couldn’t! I criticized myself SO much, I always found something that I still need to buy before I start doing something and delayed my “first ever” time for months!!! Until my loved ones pushed me again πŸ˜€ I thought I have spent so much time and money in all of that, but I won’t be good enough and in the end of the day, I will be a looser… Was it like that? NO!

In the beginning of previous summer my best friend came up with idea – “hey! my boyfriend is a photographer, so maybe you could offer your makeup services to those, who want to have a photoshoot?” At that moment I finally understood those who said to me: “you will get your chance when the time will come, and it will come!” Till now we have had approximately 7 photoshoots and it’s amazing! My first time was very stressful, but it helped me realize even more how much I like doing that.

Now I’m in the stage where I offer my friends to come over so that I could practice on them and speed up the makeup application (cause it’s very important). I do not advertise myself (yet) as a freelance makeup artist, cause I want to have a nice portfolio before I do that, but people are already noticing me and asking to do their makeup. And it makes me happy πŸ™‚

To sum up (+few additional points):
β—˜ find you passion
β—˜ strive for your goals no matter how much it will cost
β—˜ have someone who you trusts, who trust you and who can always push you or stop you or help you or say constructive criticism once it’s needed
β—˜ PRACTICE a lot! (I can talk about my practice experience + give advice in a separate post)
β—˜ spend your time on research
β—˜ remember: you don’t have to go to makeup school to become a makeup artist. There are so many popular makeup artists in the world, who skipped this part too, because the only thing they needed was their passion and willingness.
β—˜ you will have to work your ass off to become quite good in it (I know I have a lot of things I need to learn more and I will, no matter how much time it will take)
β—˜ don’t look at someone else! Be yourself! Don’t think you need a cool vanity, full makeup collection, full ZUCA makeup travel case to start with! NO! You have to invest in the basics and the more compact your makeup bag will be, the better and convenient it’s gonna be.
β—˜ try to search for some photographers (maybe within your friends or their friends) who would let you do a makeup on their models. In most of the times – you won’t receive any money for that, until you have a nice portfolio to show, but keep in mind that you will get a nice quality pictures that will actually build your portfolio πŸ™‚ That’s a cool chance!
β—˜ in the moments when you don’t feel inspired, take a rest, listen to some inspiring speeches and stay positive. There can be a lot of “depression like” moments, but that’s ok. Until you are doing what you like – keep doing and don’t let anyone bring you down and feel underprovision.

I don’t know if my story was anyhow interesting, inspiring or helpful, but I just wanted to say that everyone is struggling in their life. There are so many things that you can do and sometimes that can totally mess up your head. Stay open-minded and analyze yourself. Check what you like to do the most, what makes you happy and keeps you in a positive mood. If there is something, try to find a way you can do that every single day and make it as your main job in your life. Follow your heart ❀

P.s. – if you want to know something specific, you can leave a comment below and I will get back to you πŸ™‚



2 thoughts on “My way towards becoming a freelance makeup artist (part 1)

  1. I have this idea too… For me, being a freelance MUA means I don’t have to completely forsake my academia career. I learned a lot of what I know about makeup from using them for dance performances…
    By the way, I wish you the best of luck!!!

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