There is hardly anything in life that can change a person’s appearance, demeanour and confidence in the way that well applied make up can: Elizabeth Taylor had the perfect attitude towards it when she said that “put[ting] on some lipstick” would help you to pull yourself together. Whilst some people have natural beauty, and some people have a natural ability with make-up, like anything else in life, being taught the basics will become a tool that can aid you on your way to not only a career, but also a confidence within yourself.
Make up can be as subtle, or as dramatic as you want and can portray to the world whatever you feel on a particular day. First of all, you should be learning about make up because you have a keen interest in it: whether you want to use your newly found make up skills for a career-path, or just to expand your knowledge, interest is key.
Make up artistry can be tough, and requires a lot of effort – it is becoming an increasingly popular career choice. Make up artistry is a career in which a person needs to constantly be able to adapt to the changing nature of fashion within beauty: quarterly throughout the year, trends change, and you will be expected to adapt to that change. One wonderful part of being a make-up artist will be that you will learn skills that can help you further specialise within make up: teaching, fashion, photography, media & theatre are all career paths which you could decide to go down.
In turn, this will allow you to keep your skills and techniques fresh, allowing you to flourish within the industry.
To get into make-up artistry, aspiring make-up artists will enrol in specialist make-up or beauty therapy courses, which can include:
It is completely true that you don’t need make up to be beautiful – a face full of cosmetics does not a beautiful woman make, but it does equip you with an extraordinary tool that can change not only your life, but other peoples. Imagine being able to make up a woman whose confidence has been shattered: the illusion you create will add to her self-worth, and self-esteem. Bobbi Brown, the wonderful make up guru and entrepreneur believes in exactly that – empowering women through the use of make-up “Make up is a way for a woman to look and feel like herself, only prettier and more confident.”
Makeup artist Ruby Hammer began her career assisting an established makeup artist for a year and worked her way up from there. “I still feel challenged and excited by my job, although it isn’t glamorous all the time – the hours can be long and irregular and you’re away from home a lot. 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. Be passionate as it is is super competitive, just approach it with a professional attitude and don’t give up.”
YouTube is a brilliant way for learning about make-up and skincare, and will give you a small-scale taster of what a make-up course will be like. YouTube gives you the opportunity to learn make up basics, and to find further information on any part of make-up that you are particularly interested in. Lisa Eldridge is one of the most influential women in the creation of make up in the UK – having just resigned as creative director of No7, she knows a thing or two about not only make up, but has been responsible for covers and editorials in the likes of Vogue.