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What is something important that people should do in order to become a makeup artist?

I am a junior in high school and I live makeup with a passion. I love enhancing and transforming myself as well as other people. #artist #makeup #cosmetics

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Annie’s Answer

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I would say practice as much as possible and start building a portfolio! If you do people's make up, be sure to take photos before and after so you have a portfolio of your work! It can definitely help you get internships/jobs in the future! You can also look to be an apprentice/intern for a more established makeup artist. Good luck!

Thank you comment icon Hi! Thank you Annie for this advice! It is really helpful! I also would like to know what kind of camera should I use and should I take pictures of the full face or just the eyes if I at certain times I am focused on mainly the eye makeup? Sienna
Thank you comment icon Hi Sienna! I think whatever camera gives you the best representation of your work you should use. If you have a digital camera or even snapping photos from your phone can work. I would recommend definitely taking both kinds of shots-If you focus on eyes, take some close ups, but also a full shot of the final product. When you start working on clients, they are going to want to see what the final picture looks like (Eyes, lips, cheeks, etc), so I'd recommend taking full face photos as well! Hope this makes sense. Annie Jean-Baptiste
Thank you comment icon Hello! This was again very helpful! Thank you again Annie! Sienna
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Wendi’s Answer

Hi Sienna
I started playing with makeup as a teenager and had a passion for it. It sounds like you do to. Practice on anyone who will let you. Lol. Check out some salons in your area for an experienced makeup artist who might be willing to be your mentor or offer an apprenticeship. I had wonderful mentors and they taught me so much.
Kevin Aucoin was a wonderful celebrity makeup artist and his book on makeup artistry is worth buying. Hope this helps. Keep doing what you're doing and it will all come together.
Best wishes
Wendi
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