Difference between a Professional Makeup Artist and Makeup Enthusiast
With access of YouTube and other social media platform, Makeup has gained tremendous popularity as it already was. You can now access 1000s of videos to learn makeup, checkout brands and understand makeup products. Sometimes few us get carried away so much that they start calling themselves as Makeup Artist just because they can do average to decent makeup on themselves or friends and families.
Next step they either they start a YouTube channel or start settling in the market as Professional Makeup Artist and end up with a bad taste most of the time if not always.
There is a reason why schools, colleges and academies exist else all of us could have googled the graduation or PhDs. Let’s take a look at core differences between a Professional Makeup Artist and someone who is a Makeup Enthusiast but call themselves as Makeup Artist. This includes beauticians at Salons who have been roughly trained for 5 days on makeup.
It’s just not about Makeup!
When I say it’s just not about Makeup then I really mean it. Leave the makeup aside for a moment. Let us talk about your clients. A professional and premium make artist customer segment is far better than normal customers. This client base is ready to pay a huge amount in exchange of immaculate customer experience which doesn’t include only makeup but your communication skills, Personality , Hygiene , credentials , Exposure and most importantly tremendous amount of professionalism.
These clients look for an Artist who has style statement, who talks well, Looks great and does an amazing job with makeup. All this would only come in you when you are professionally trained and have the exposure and experience.
Pressure changes everything!
Doing a makeup for a YouTube channel is super easy cause if it goes bad you can edit it or let us say doing a makeup on your friend is again easy because even if something goes wrong you have nothing to lose. However when you take up a professional assignment outside family be it a wedding project or a fashion show then the world goes upside down.
You got the Pundit howling to speed up, you got photographer bitching about your makeup, you got bride’s friend commenting and you got that loud music. Festive right?
To be honest your time will stop during such tremendously stressful atmosphere and if you don’t know your game then you will sweat. Chances are you might end up giving an over dose of makeup to your bride or the model and things will fall apart.
Jack of one trade doesn’t make you master of all!
If you are self-taught makeup artist you probably haven’t worked with different products and know the outcome. You might know the brands but do not understand when to buy them and how much to buy them. You may also not understand colors and skin well which a Professional Makeup artist would tell in a heartbeat. A Professional Makeup Artist understand all kinds of skin, face types, eye shapes in fact the entire anatomy and works as an image consultant for the brides and models.
Underestimating the profession
Makeup Artistry is as complicated as building a rocket and can be stressful. You meet different clients, different vendors almost every day with new challenges. Your work gets judged by 100s and 1000s which itself is nerve wracking. Imagine brides loves the makeup but mother didn’t, Groom loved the makeup but bride didn’t. You need to create a look for someone to be more confident and it’s the most important day of life. You do not become a professional by just learning one module, you become a professional when you learn A-Z. We have seen many academies who teach in modules. This package that package, Bridal, Basic course, Advance course etc. None of them will make you a professional unless you learn everything and experience everything.
If you know how to prepare butter chicken then you do not become a chef do you? Do not fall for marketing, do not find a short cut. This profession has huge return on investment, involves travelling, festivities, and glamour however it will only work when you become a professional and develop a personality.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between professional makeup artist and makeup enthusiast?
Doing a makeup for a YouTube channel is super easy, but when you take up a professional assignment outside family, You got the Pundit howling to speed up, you got photographer bitching about your makeup, you got bride’s friend commenting and you got that loud music. Your time will stop during such tremendously stressful atmosphere and if you don’t know your game then you will sweat.
Do makeup enthusiasts understand all kinds of skin, face types and eye shapes?
They might know the brands but do not understand when to buy them and how much to buy them. They may also not understand colors and skin well. Professional Makeup Artist understand all kinds of skin, face types, eye shapes.
Will learning one module make you a professional makeup artist?
You do not become a professional by just learning one module, you become a professional when you learn A-Z about makeup.