So this is my first blog post and I have no idea how this all works. I actually was hiring someone to make everything for me because I literally have no clue about the layout or anything so I'm sorry if it looks quite boring. They said it will take about 4 weeks for production?! I didn't want to wait that long and I don't think the people that follow me would like to wait that long either. This is what we have for now....
I wanted my first post to be about becoming a Make-up Artist and advice for anyone out there who wants to become a Make-up artist. If it's really your passion you can do it! Being a make-up artist isn't just something someone does as a side job or just because it's a hobby, it is actually a job just like any other job that you should give your 100%. It may start off as a hobby and then built up to be your passion. I started make-up at around 14 years old but professionally at age 17 and if I told you the amount of knock backs I got you wouldn't believe! The knock backs got me frustrated but I never gave up, I carried on. When you have the passion for something and know you want to do it, don't let anything stop you, NEVER compare yourselves to others, you can aspire to be like another artist but don't say you're not good enough, practice, know your worth and just study it as much as you can.
Make-up is an art, it takes a lot of hard work to perfect, knowing the details such as skin color, shades, color theory, face shapes, eye shapes, nose shapes, there is so much. Often people are mistaken for surgery when it's actually MAKE UP! you can do anything with makeup but do remember make-up is not cosmetic surgery, it only enhances what is already there. I read a lot of books and spent a lot of my time at school in the art department. I practised make-up so much and I knew that's all I wanted to be, I wanted to be a celebrity make-up artist and do high fashion/catwalk shows because I was so inspired by fashion magazines my mum would buy.
I didn't let my age stop me, I was only 17 years old and I would take as many clients as I could, I worked with almost every skin color by the age of 19. Everyone would tell me to apply for a job at a makeup counter because anything I used I would sell it just like that to the client without having to speak about it. At 17 I applied to MAC and in the UK we have to go through a phone interview process (i still think this is so stupid!) it is a 10 minute interview where you just talk....i'm more of an artist so I didn't really like talking. there is 3 interview steps and I failed it, you could only apply once every 6 months and I failed the interview EVERY SINGLE TIME! what was I doing wrong? I studied the brand, I knew the products AND I knew how to apply. It was always a "unfortunately...." before the person would finish the sentence off over the phone, it got me so mad I literally wanted to cry "do they not know how much I love makeup and I want to do this every day!" I told my mum but my mum told me not to give up and that there's many more opportunities out there. I applied to a lot of brands but I couldn't apply more than twice a year because they were all under Estee Lauder. Eventually I realized that MAC here didn't care how good I was they just cared about selling so they don't hire an actual artist...more a retail assistant which killed the whole "MAKEUP ARTISTS COSMETICS" vibe. I WAS DONE with applying I had bigger plans and now I finally realize why I got all those knock backs, God had something better planned. I am living my dream, travelling the world, meeting people from different cultures and working on full day shoots where I get to express my self. I now think, working in retail would have been a prison for me, I wouldn't get to be as creative as I wanted to because I would be nagged at for not "reaching a sales target" I wouldn't be able to travel as often as I do, I wouldn't be able to hold seminars teaching other people what I know.
Please try your hardest if you are passionate about something, work hard to get where you want, be prepared for a lot of harsh words and knock backs because when you really want something you go get it. Practice as much as you can, upload your work on social media, continue reading books, going to seminars, spend money because it will be worth it and I am not just saying that.
I hope this story helped a lot of you and i'm sorry it was so long. I will post as much as i can xoxo Fyza