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How can I get more into fashion and cosmetics?

How can I get more into fashion and cosmetics because I really wanna major in fashion design and anything to do with doin hair so like a hair stylists.

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Janet’s Answer

Take a look at the clothing and cosmetic brands you are most interested in. Do some research to see where they are located, do they offer internship programs (perhaps remote), look at their job listings. Is there a Sephora or Ulta close by where you could work to see if you liked the cosmetics industry. What retailers are near by, could you start working at one of those to see how you like the fashion industry. I started my career in Retail, then became a buyer, then Visual Merchandiser, Boutique Owner and most recently a Sr Account Executive at a leading footwear brand. Just be curious and willing to do what you need to!
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Michelle’s Answer

Hello, Chardae !

I really like your question because it is so filled with ambition, creativity and a variety of clear interests ! You have three major fields that you are interested in : Fashion Styling, Cosmetology and Aesthetician. Three fields of work that each require their own course of education, focus and discipline. It takes a very long time to master all three in order to obtain work in each field.

However, your question indicates that you perhaps are in the dabbling stage right now and that's a good place to start. Let's take fashion first. If it is styling that you are indicating, a good way to practice styling would be to register at a free international website called Trend Me. You can style outfits there or even create art sets. It is a great way to keep up on what's in style and experiment with different style genres. All of your sets are saved so you can even send them to potential employers or clients if they want to see some of your work - like an electronic portfolio. Members also give feedback on your creations, too. Another way is to ask your friends if you can shop with them and style them, help them pick out styles that compliment them. Try to get as many people as you can to have you do this for them. You will than be considered a stylist ! If it is fashion design you want, you'd have to go to a fashion school to learn sewing techniques, marketing, textile design, and all other courses offered.

An idea I have for you about being a make up artist is to volunteer your time at a local theatre or at fashion shows. Tell the person that you will do the make up for free. Check with some local colleges theatre departments, too and maybe take a theatrical make up class because I can tell you from experience, it teaches you a lot about regular make up too. If you wanted to go into make up as a career, you would have to go to Aesthetician School. You would learn everything about the skin, facials, make up application and even manicures. This is very time demanding . You also may want to consider working from home selling a cosmetic line like Avon or others similar to that. That way you will work at your own pace from home.

Your interest in hair as a profession is very time consuming also and requires school and licensing. I think most people do it in two years. For the stage your are in right now, however, what I would suggest is to subscribe to a channel on You Tube called 5-Minute Crafts. Despite the name, they have awesome videos of quick hair styles you can do that do not require any special training. They also have great videos on make up ideas, too. It is really fun to experiment with these simple, quick tips.

Since all three areas are very specialized, if you find one you like the most, you will have to start thinking about specialized schools. But for now, trying all three can be fun and also teach you more about what you may choose in the future. I hope this helps and I wish you all the best !

Michelle recommends the following next steps:

www.trendme.net For Fashion Styling
https://www.youtube.com/@5MinuteCraftsYouTube 5-Minute Crafts for Hair and Makeup
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Nicolas’s Answer

I'd say get a job where you are surrounded by it, like in a cosmetic store. Getting a job selling makeup is fairly easy to get. It could be at the mall or something, but build your personal collection of cosmetics up! Make sure to remember names, colors, and brands without looking at the makeup. If you can, research where it came from and other interesting facts about your collection. And practice on yourself and friends. Make it a lifestyle. You could have a mirror and drawers setup at home so it's your own personal station.

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Fill out applications
Give your best interviews
Buy your first set
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Yvonne’s Answer

To get more into fashion and cosmetics and work towards a career in fashion design or hairstyling, you can follow these steps:

1. **Educational Path**:
- Consider enrolling in a fashion design program at a reputable fashion school or university. Look for institutions that offer courses in fashion design, pattern making, and garment construction.
- For a career in hairstyling, research cosmetology schools or beauty academies that provide comprehensive training and licensure programs for hairstylists.

2. **Hands-On Practice**:
- Begin practicing fashion design by sketching your own clothing designs and creating simple garments. The more you practice, the better you'll become.
- Experiment with makeup and hairstyling techniques on yourself and willing friends and family to build your skills.

3. **Build a Portfolio**:
- Create a portfolio that showcases your best fashion designs or hairstyling work. High-quality photographs of your work are essential to demonstrate your skills.

4. **Networking**:
- Attend fashion-related events, workshops, and trade shows to connect with professionals in the industry. Networking can help you learn from others and open up opportunities.

5. **Internships and Apprenticeships**:
- Seek internships or apprenticeships with fashion designers or established hairstylists. Practical experience is invaluable in these fields.

6. **Stay Informed**:
- Stay updated on fashion and beauty trends by following industry publications, blogs, and social media accounts of influential figures in these fields.

7. **Online Presence**:
- Create an online presence for yourself by sharing your fashion designs or hairstyling work on platforms like Instagram, Pinterest, or a personal blog.

8. **Consider Specialization**:
- Within fashion, you might specialize in areas like sustainable fashion, bridal wear, or menswear. Find your niche.
- For hairstyling, you can specialize in cutting, coloring, or hairstyling for events like weddings or fashion shows.

9. **Licensing and Certification**:
- If you're pursuing hairstyling, ensure you meet the licensing requirements in your area. This often involves passing exams and completing a set number of training hours.

10. **Mentorship**:
- If possible, find a mentor in your chosen field. They can provide guidance, feedback, and connections that can accelerate your career.

11. **Stay Creative**:
- Fashion and cosmetics are all about creativity. Keep pushing your creative boundaries, experiment with new ideas, and stay inspired.

Remember, both fashion and cosmetics are highly competitive industries, so dedication, continuous learning, and persistence are key. Pursuing your passion and developing your skills will be your strongest assets in building a successful career in these fields.
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