Happy May Day SWEET FACES! I am so excited to have this time to sit and share some great thoughts with you about Makeup Business.
I get several inbox’s and emails from artist and those alike who want know some key tips about being a makeup artist. I will share a few thoughts and ideas which will help you along your sweet makeup journey. Enjoy
Practice Makes Perfect or Close to it: This is the only way to learn your craft. First, master doing makeup on yourself…you’re a walking advertisement of your services. I learn this more and more every day. When I have on a “SWEET” face I get stopped by people who become clients. Try to venture outside of your comfort zone and do new techniques you’re not used to doing. Next, simply practice on your friends and family. Everyone wants to try makeup… Many are afraid. Try working on models of various ages and ethnicities…believe me, it’s a lot different from doing makeup on yourself. This is where you learn what works and what doesn't. Pay special attention to speeding up your application time as well as your verbal rapport with clients.
Do your Research: There is so much to learn about makeup and skincare. From color theory to skincare, it's more than just slapping some makeup on people. Knowledge is key. Take a trip to your library or book store and check out the amazing beauty books. This is where you can learn the basics. Also utilize the web: some of the most helpful videos are on YouTube. If you're truly trying to learn the technique of applying makeup on others, I highly suggest EnKore Makeup and Goss Makeup Artist - a quick YouTube search will yield several of their videos. Don't forget about blogs! Blogs have great info and links to help you find what you are looking for
Sign Up For Classes: Class instruction is invaluable. Search for schools in your area. MAC and some other large department store brands offer classes if you inquire about them. After a bit of internet research, I was able to locate an airbrush teacher in my area to teach me all about airbrush makeup. I continue to seek out classes to sharpen my skills and learn new techniques.
Build a MU Kit: Building a kit is very expensive and definitely takes time. To get the most bang for your buck, try buying in palettes. It’s so easy now-a-days to buy makeup artist friendly items via the web. Also, try buying from brands like Mehron, Ben Nye, and Kryolan. These are theatrical makeup companies that offer high quality, pigmented products at a third of the price of department store brands. As a makeup artist you'll need at least two sets of brushes especially if you work with multiple clients
Get business cards: Give some to your friends and family so they can hand them out for you. These are also great for helping getting pro discounts. Every time you have a client, give them a few to hand out to people they know
Build a portfolio: Start taking pictures of every makeover you do…whether it’s your friend or an a client. I love taking before and after pictures because this is what my everyday client wants to see. For a professional portfolio that you’d show to an agency, you don’t typically have before and after pictures. Partner with a photographer…a lot of sites like www.modelmayhem.com are great places to do TFP work. Do the makeup on models and you’ll get pictures in exchange…this will help to build your portfolio. Keep in mind that pictures in your portfolio should be clear, have good lighting and show off the makeup.
Do a website: For aspiring artists, a blog is a great way to start out. It's free and easy to use and you can show pictures and contact information. Use an online photo service like Flickr to start housing your online portfolio. Also try weebly.com for a free website. Use Godaddy.com to purchase your domain name and use a professional email address. Also get a 1 800 number. You will thank me later. Client and possible employers will blow your personal cell phone up. Using a virtual phone number will allow you to be professional as well as monitor your message
Apply for discounts: This will help build your kit. Every major cosmetics company offers one. The information is usually listed on their website under "pro discount". For information on specific discounts, do a search at http://www.specktra.net./
Advertise: Post your services on Cragislist. It’s FRE 99 LOL Work with other people in the industry like photographers, wedding planners and see if they can advertise your services on their web pages. Leave your business cards at restaurants and tack them to bulletin boards. Lastly, word of mouth is the best advertisement
Grooming: Always look the part. Go clean, made up and professional at your bookings. You are a walking advertisement for your business. No one wants services by someone with badly done makeup or jacked up skin. I like to wear all black and a black apron to my gigs so that they know that I’m the makeup artist. Don’t smack gum with clients…mints are better. Make sure your kit also looks clean and is sanitized as well. Make sure you are fully hydrated. Nothing worse than doing makeup for a wedding party of 8 and you faint because you were dehydrated...LOL
Pricing: Check with artists in your area...prices vary depending on where you live. As a new artist, don't charge too much or too little. It's definitely important to price also according to your experience level. Don't be afraid to charge extra for special services like lashes, brow work, and airbrushing. Over time, as my experience and kit grew, my prices also slightly increased. Also, don’t feel bad when you have to tell someone NO. Get familiar with this word. It will save you a lot of time and money. You are in business to make money. As we reviewed, it is not cheap to build a MU Kit. Your clients will do two things: PAY YOU or NOT PAY. You will get phone calls and emails requesting your services and when you inquire about budgets…. They will often times tell you there is no BUDGET. You kindly thank and decline the offer
Questions: There's so much to learn about the business. Remember ONE thing. You are IN BUSINESS! Don’t allow people to discredit your business. Maintain professional relationships. Networking is key. If you don’t know… ASK. If you can’t find someone who will answer your question… (because you will find out real quick that some MUA are not willing to help you)… look it up. Google it...a lot of times people ask me for advice on basic questions which are easily answered by a quick internet search to find that many other blogs or sites have posts on it. As an aspiring artist, its important to be fully vested as with anything. Read your blogs daily and research to obtain your own knowledge. It's more fulfilling and beneficial this way because you learn a lot more in the process. I'm always open and willing to answer my readers' questions, but I would definitely suggest trying to find your own answer first...be your own teacher.
Well SWEET Faces… I hope you have enjoyed this moment with me. I hope to bring you more blogs filled with great information and other goodies to help you along the way. I think we are getting ready to do a 30 day challenge doing one face and look per day. So look out for that. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 1.888.631.4666 one of our pro team members would love to hear from you.
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What a great show tonight with Style with Trysh. If you missed it click on this link http://tobtr.com/s/5622287. We would love to hear from you. Special thanks to Trysh for having CEO, Kenyatta Johnson on the show tonight. Skincare is important. You only have one body so taking care of the holistic needs are very important.
Take time to treat your skin sweetly. The skincare team at My Sweet Skin would love to answer any questions you have regarding skin and makeup. No need to put makeup over unhealthy skin. Email us at email@example.com or call 1.888.631.4666.
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Many things in life inspire us to be better, do better, love better and live better. All around us we are inspired. It’s nice to see inspiration but what happens when you take that and turn it into endless, creative and captivating change for everyone.
Today, we are shedding “Light on Lupus”. While being interviewed on BWE Live Blog Talk Radio, a caller posed this question: “I have LUPUS and I want to know what I can do for my skin”.
Lupus affects people of African, Asian, or Native American descent three times as often as it affects whites. Nine out of 10 people with lupus are women according to WebMD. Lupus is a lifelong illness and there is no known cure. Many organizations have joined together to raise awareness and funding for research to find “the” cure. We are still hopeful a cure is on the way.
The immune system is designed foreign substances in the body. Those suffering with lupus experience inflammation and tissue damage when the immune system begins attacking healthy cells in the body. When this happens there are many different types of rashes that form, the most common is the butterfly rash. This rash is centrally located around the nose and cheek areas of the face. The inflammation from Lupus manifests itself in many ways and often times we see those suffering with lupus also suffer with sever hair loss.
Studies show there are correlations between stress and illness. Stress is the number one trigger for a lot of illness and complication Americans face when it comes to their health. In order to understand and shed light on this topic lets review the following.
Understanding Lupus -- Symptoms
Lupus improves at times, and worsens at others. Some symptoms of lupus include: Profound fatigue, low-grade fever, severe joint pain, and muscle aches. It also comes with skin rash on the face or body, extreme sun sensitivity, weight loss, mental confusion, and seizures. Some may have chest pain when taking a deep breath through the nose, mouth, or throat. Sores develop along with enlarged lymph nodes, poor circulation in fingers and toes along with bald patches and hair loss as we reviewed earlier.
1. Get plenty of rest. Some people with lupus need up to 12 hours of sleep every night.
2. Pace yourself. Limit tiring activities.
3. Ask others for help. Don't try to do everything yourself.
4.Take short breaks from your usual daily activities. Consider cutting down on work hours or getting help with parenting responsibilities, at least during periods when lupus symptoms are severe.
5. Exercise regularly. Physical activity boosts energy and helps you stay in good condition. Walking and swimming are good forms of exercise for people with lupus.
6. If you suspect that depression is contributing to your fatigue, get prompt treatment from your doctor, a mental health professional, or both.
Take Care of Your Skin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ultraviolet (UVA and UVB) light triggers disease flares in most people with lupus. Exposure to ultraviolet light, from sunlight, can trigger or start skin rash, joint pain, or fatigue, or it can make these symptoms worse. To minimize your exposure to ultraviolet light:
1. Avoid the sun. If you must be in the sun, cover your arms and legs, wear a hat, and apply broad-spectrum sunscreen (covering both UVA and UVB rays) with a high sun protection factor (50 SPF or higher) to protect your skin. Reapply sunscreen after swimming, sweating, or toweling off. Experiment with sunscreens. Some may irritate your skin or wash off too easily.
2. Avoid going out when the sun's rays are the strongest. In most areas, this is between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., especially during the summer.
3. Keep your skin clean and moisturized with Shea butter, olive oil or coconut oil.
Good general care is essential. A healthy lifestyle not only improves your quality of life but may also reduce your chances of having more frequent and severe flares. Taking good general care of yourself also helps decrease the risk of heart attack and stroke. Incorporating a healthy diet is key with fighting lupus. Eating healthy well balanced meals will help your body fight inflammation.
We hope this information will help to begin the conversation about lupus. Find out how to get involved and support the cause. We want to hear from you, share your thoughts, comments, and support for Lupus today. If you are suffering from LUPUS, we want to hear from you especially
Special Thanks to Black Women Empowered' s CEO Mrs. Jaqulyn Rene and Mrs. Valerie J Williams for hosting me on the show and for inspiring me to write this blog. Find out more about these ladies at www.blackwomenempoweredjournal.com & tune into BWE Live every Tuesday night @9pm.
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What should I do if I over-tweezed and now have barely their brows?
If you are looking at your eyebrows and realize that you have gone tweezer-happy or have had too much eyebrow removed, the best thing to do is simply allow the brow follicles to recover and let them grow back in. In addition, brushing your brows will help to stimulate the hair growth so that they grow back more quickly.I also recommend using soft, mineral brow powders to fill in sparse brows.
How can I tell which shape of brows flatter my face?
Face shape is very important in determining your most flattering brow shape. Everyone’s face is different and therefore cannot have the same brow shape.
The shape of your brows can be determined with three simple measuring points that accurately determine the best brows for your face shape. Place a straight object, like a ruler or pencil:
Eyebrow makeup should be a natural compliment to your brow color. Just like our hair color, our brows have lighter and darker hues and are not one solid color. This is why I recommend a dual brow powder that has two colors to work with. I also suggest using a soft brow powder over a pencil if the brows need more coverage and you are looking for a softer look.
How should I apply eyebrow makeup?
Author, K. Johnson
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