I Want a Career in Makeup

Makeup is an everyday part of most women’s lives. The cosmetics industry is worth an estimated £15bn in the UK alone, and employs almost a million people. Beauty sells, and those that are talented at the work and have the correct training, stand to make a lot of money.

As a cosmetics professional, you are in charge of styling makeup onto your client in a variety of different ways depending on the job and situation. There are makeup artists for memorable occasions like weddings and proms, or for more publicised events like television and magazines. You can also work on the upmarket beauty counters for companies like Mac or Dior; a lot of these premium boutiques only employ qualified beauty therapists to ensure their staff are incredibly knowledgeable in order to offer customers a top quality makeover at any time.

There are also other career choices within the industry; it is possible to become a skin camouflage expert and help those who feel uncomfortable in society due to facial disfigurements accept themselves, and gain the confidence to go outside and face the world.

Makeup artists have to be creative souls that are willing to collaborate with styles at the client’s request, alongside with what they know will look good. If you have passion and love for all things makeup, and have patience and a willingness to learn, then a career as a makeup artist could very well be perfect for you.

Ruby Hammer, creator of successful cosmetics brand Ruby and Millie, explains why she enjoys her career choice so much; “No two days are the same, I still feel challenged and excited by my job…You have to be professional at all times, be able to get on with lots of different people and build relationships in a short space of time, which can be hard. You’re only as good as your last job.”

Being passionate about cosmetics is a key aspect of any makeup artist’s life. As a career it can be very rewarding helping people to look beautiful and feel good all day long. You also have the option of going freelance once you have received proper training, which has great flexibility and can easily be arranged around family life.

Building up a steady portfolio of clients is key, and the first step towards that is by receiving professional training from an expert in a workshop or class. Lessons like these can create a great base of knowledge, perfect for those who want to make the transition into the makeup business as specialists.

This industry is very competitive so it is important to arm yourself with the best knowledge in the business with expert classes. Taking a course like the one offered by Illumin8 is the perfect answer for training within the makeup industry. Just fill out the enrolment form to start beautifying your career.

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8 Beauty Resolutions to keep in 2014

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As we roll in this new year, we must begin to get comfortable with change…because it is inevitable. So let’s change for the better and charge into 2014. We say start with easy resolutions before you tackle the BIG ones, like making beauty goals and sticking to them! Here are 8 to get you started:

1. Clear out old clutter in your makeup cabinet.

Check dates, check cleanliness, and check to see if you still like it or have even used it. How many times have you gone to the store, saw a product you loved, and when you put it on hated it? So you put it away thinking you’ll try it again…but it’s never the right time, right look. Either donate it to a friend if sanitary, or ditch it!

2. Switch from drugstore mascara to makeup counter mascara.

Why? Have you tried Benefit’s THEY’RE REAL mascara? This product is the number one selling mascara in the UK, and for good reason. The product helps to create long healthy lashes that stay looking that way all night without the clumps.

3. Learn a new tip or trick from a professional.

It’s a new year, and so, it’s time for a new look. The professionals at ILLUMIN8 offer a Personal Makeup Workshop that is designed to teach you how to create the perfect day – to – evening look effortlessly. Next Workshop 11 January, runs 10am – 5pm, and if you bring a friend you get a deal!

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4. Try a new product once every three months.

This way, at the end of the year you have some fun, new items in your kit that you would not normally have. Have you seen these Miley Makeup, STICK ON LINERS? Fun & Funky!

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5. Promise to wash your face every night before bed.

We all say we do it, we all try to make it a habit, but when we wake up to see yesterdays mascara smudged all over our tired eyes…guilty! Makeup is basically a form of dirt, especially mixed with the daily oil and toxins exposure. Be kind to your skin. 3-5 minutes is all it takes.

6. Give your body a good exfoliation once a month, and for more mature skin, once a week.

Body scrub can be found in many stores around UAE, but you can also make some fun options at home! Here’s a quick recipe that is sure to soften your skin and make you smell divine.

  • 1 Glass Jar to store scrub
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1-2 drops vanilla extract depending on your love for vanilla!
  • 1/3 cup mineral salt
  • ½ cup extra virgin coconut oil
  • -Mix Sugar, Vanilla and Salt together, then add Coconut Oil. Voila! Your first at home Body Scrub!

7. We blow-dry, flat iron, curl, spray, tease, brush, then wash, rinse and repeat. But where is the hair love?

Mark your calendar’s monthly for a good hair treatment. Consider Redken’s ALL SOFT Heavy Cream Hair Softening Treatment. It’s made with argan oil and targets dry/brittle hair for intense, inside-out softness, sleekness, and brilliant shine!

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8. Most importantly, Rest & Hydrate. Nothing is more important to skin than H2O and sleep. During the night, your body naturally enhances its ability to fight environmental and natural damage, which translates into a better and brighter complexion. Sleep can reduce the appearance of thinning skin, stretch marks, discoloration, age spots & fine lines. And most of us are aware the skin is the largest organ in the body, but did you also know that water will reach all the other organs before it reaches the skin? So, it’s important to apply water to our skin and keep it there – through drinking lots of it, this will not only show a visible difference in hydration, but it can prevent wrinkles, as well.

WE WISH YOU WELL IN 2014!! WE HOPE TO SEE YOU IN OUR STUDIO!

Beautiful Competition: Sheryl Porbanderwalla

As Coco Chanel once said,

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Fashion, being a mode of expression, is always changing. This rapid pace of change is directly linked to popular culture and socioeconomic happenings around the world. Recently heavy metal, tartan, skirts with high hemlines, low rise and slim fitting jeans and designer sunglasses are all in fashion. Fashion from the 80s is being revived with upturned collars, leggings and side ponytails. It has become fashionable to carry an IPod as an accessory as one walks around. A person’s fashion shapes who they are and how they live their lives.

As a makeup artist my inspiration has been the word of Ralph Waldo Emerson,

“Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.”

To achieve my full artistic expression, my must-haves are:

  1. Personality & Business Cards.
  2. Primer from Laura Mercier/Pore Refiner from Benefit for oily skin. Image
  3. Lip Exfoliator from Body Shop.
  4. MAC Strobe Cream.        Image
  5. Makeup Forever HD Powder.
  6. Aqua Black Eyeliner from Makeup Forever.
  7. 5 Camouflage Palette from Makeup Forever.Image
  8. Rimmel’s Lipstick in Kate – No 1 is the best scarlet red for all skin tones.

Beauty is something men and women the world over worry about and try to achieve daily. Television, magazines and the Internet are promoting the way our society should look. To me beauty is natural and we all possess it in varying degrees. The Egyptians were the first to hallmark beauty and makeup was a conquest made by them and they were very successful at it. Beauty for them was life or death, they would always step out of their homes with their masks on, and that is meant literally! They believed that not being beautiful was a statement of laziness.

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The ideal of beauty is flawless skin, thin bodies, shiny hair and beautiful eyes, however to many beauty goes beyond the skin. It is a combination of what is inherent and visual that together it makes you feel good, raises self-confidence, and provides attention towards oneself and gives you pride, making you mostly happy. Being beautiful on the outside is not the battle we need to win; it is remaining beautiful within.

“Beauty “and “being beautiful” are two sides to the same coin. Ones external appearance and strife to achieve a level of visual beauty have a limited reach when making impressions. However letting ones inner beauty shine and reflect in your actions will allow you to make lasting impressions.

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My approach to beauty and beautifying people is to look for that facet where their external beauty and their internal beauty meet. It could be their smile, which make their lips their asset. A twinkle in their eyes that make their eyes the asset. Thus guiding me on the feature that would be the focus on my canvas.

Emirates Woman of the Year…Kate Goodwin, Visionary.

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This London girl has transformed the face of the Middle East. Not only have her makeup skills been seen in prestigious magazines for the likes of Harpers Bazaar, on celebrities such as Rita Ora, or photo shoots for Louis Vuitton; but she has spread her name across the globe enticing students from as far as Egypt, Sweden, and even America to attend her Professional Media Makeup Course here in Dubai.

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What is a Visionary?

Definition:  “A person who thinks about or plans for the future with imagination or wisdom.”

Kate saw a need to raise the bar of excellence in the makeup artistry field here in Dubai and seized on this chance!

“I saw Dubai as a great opportunity for budding makeup artists to really propel themselves to a different level. However, I found the general professionalism and training was not as it should be for the industry. People would always ask if they could assist me, or where they could get exceptional training. I would send them to London, New York, or LA. That’s when I knew I had to open ILLUMIN8.”

It takes gumption for a businesswoman, especially in the competitive market of Dubai, to be really successful. With her knowledge, twelve-plus years of experience, and overall personability, Kate has launched ILLUMIN8 to the forefront of industry education.

But for Kate, it’s certainly not all about business! It’s about the essence of beauty that comes from within each and every one of us. Since she has started ILLUMIN8, she has also made it her priority to help others.

“I feel it’s important to actually help woman through the magic of makeup. To give them confidence and teach them that true beauty comes from the inside out.”

Through the eyes of a visionary, Kate has started to offer workshops and work intimately with charities that cater to abused woman and woman that are struggling with illness. She encourages woman to let their beauty shine from within, whilst also teaching them how to enhance their physical appearance with makeup in order to raise their confidence level.

If you agree that Kate is a VISIONARY, please VOTE for Kate Goodwin!

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Airbrush Makeup in all its glory

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The debate is on: is Airbrush Makeup a skill every makeup artist should have? We say yes. Airbrush is used in bridal, television, film and high fashion, all of which largely rely on makeup artists to provide a flawless base that is not just polished, but perfected. Here are our top reasons why every makeup artist must learn the art of airbrush.

Cam-friendly makeup: Airbrush makeup is a much finer product, thinner than a traditional cream or liquid base. The application mimics that of a spray-on, thus impersonating the way cameras capture your face. Airbrush makeup is like tiny little pixels being applied as opposed to a big block of colour, giving a smooth and seamless finish.

Long lasting: There is no surprise, Brides everywhere are raving about airbrushed skin for their big day. Airbrushing reduces all possibilities of stroke lines, lasts up to 18 hours and does not melt in extreme heat! Makeup artists are taught airbrushing for blushers and bronzers, as well as, other products (not sure the proper word?? But a transition is needed) to ensure all makeup is natural looking and budge (smudge?) proof.

Lightweight look and feel: A common myth in the industry is that airbrushed skin feels heavier than a traditional base. That is not the case, once an artist has perfected the application method, the base glides on lightweight and sheer.

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