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.

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.

How-to pro long your makeup base

Nothing takes up space in a suitcase like jars and tubes of endless skincare products. We know how stressful it can be to pack the right beauty supplies, as holidays are stressful on one’s body and mind, and who has ever gone wrong with a little extra help? Bearing in mind the destinations climate, everyone needs a long lasting foundation that will adhere and adapt beautifully on their skin. Here are four tips to ensure your makeup base lasts perfectly all day:

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Start with cleansed and toned skin: As many makeup critics can argue about the credibility of toners, we say, use them. Only when your base is cleansed and primed will it absorb makeup to make you look naturally blessed with great skin. Herbline Essentials Aloe Vera Cleansing Milk is a beautiful product that is worth every penny. A toner and cleanser combined in one, with benefits of organic goodness, we give this product a big thumbs up and definitely say it should make it in your essentials skincare kit.

Use a primer: Lightweight primers are preferred as most countries at this time of the year experience spring to summer weather conditions. Our top pick this season is Guerlain’s Blanc De Perle Lightning UV Base. As the name has it, this primer instantly lightens and brightens your complexion because of the miniscule pearl particles in its formula that blends into the skin. However, if your skin is problematic or experiences redness, Philosophy’s On a Clear Day is a great primer to clear acne and spots, while Smashbox’s Photo Finish Colour Correcting Foundation Primer, reduces redness, letting your foundation do a better job at evening out your skin tone.

Choose the right formula for your skin type: With foundations the proof is always in the pudding as different foundation formulas tailor to different skin types. If you have dry skin, use a cream or liquid foundation. For oilier skin, choose oil free liquid formulas, powder, or mineral foundation. For dry skin our suggestion is the Laura Mercier Silk Crème Foundation as it leaves the most gorgeous dewy finish, perfect for this time of the year. For an oil free formula that combats the shiny look, use Make Up For Ever Matte Velvet Plus that works as a liquid foundation leaving a nonglossy finish that is long lasting.

Use a setting powder or a setting spray: Setting powders are not a preferred product by many, while others swear by it. In warmer weather conditions, it is better to give these a try. Instead of choosing pigmented finishing powder, try a translucent one; Laura Mercier’s Loose Setting Powder is a promising product that does not cake. And if you want to skip the powdery effect all through, use a setting spray, the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray is a product that works brilliantly all through the day (and night, obviously).