Quite recently I have been getting more and more people interested in my make up skills. I've always been interested in styling and have done friends and family's hair and makeup for various events, and through photos on facebook/word of mouth etc, other people have been asking if I could 'do their makeup for them' for proms/parties etc. I'm just wondering- I'm thoroughly enjoying experimenting with makeup on different people, and would love to start building up a portfolio, but Im a bit clueless as to how to go about it. Firstly- am I allowed to advertise my skills without any proper training, just on talent? Secondly, can I even call myself a 'amateur MUA' in order to start building up a portfolio of my work? Any advice and guidance would be appreciated. River
You can advertise as a self-taught MUA on Model Mayhem though.
Messaging local photographers and offering to do the make up on any shoots they've got coming up might work, or posting a joint casting: photographer + MUA looking for model.
You'll probably get loads of replies, even experienced models are more likely to TF when an MUA is provided.
Just a couple of things some of the best make-up people in the trade are self taught - my personal hero Dick Smith would be a prime example of that talent can take you a long way however without proper basic training in health & safety and hygiene you limit yourself because not many people will want you to work on them - you need to understand the skin, contra indications, sanitation and sterilisation of your equipment, working practices etc there are always some that don't care (friends, family) but you are better off getting some simple qualifications under your belt
taking on a full time qualification is a heavy commitment in both time and money however I would suggest:
VTCT Level 2 Certificate in Fashion and Photographic Make-up
Candidates will need to have completed VTCT units VR02 (Support, health, safety and security in the workplace) and VR74 (Support employment standards)
these quals are normally offered as part-time/evening courses - you are allowed to do them at the same time - but you MUST pass the Health & Safety etc to gain your make-up cert
they would give you a basic knowledge of hygiene, health & safety and application techniques the other thing you would need would be public liability insurance - which is relatively cheap
Thanks for your replies all, I think I will probably stick to just doing makeup on friends and family. I just don't have the money or time right now to do a course...I'll keep it in mind for future reference. I was only asking as I know a few people who do this without training and was wondering how it all works. But I guess I'll keep my artistic skills to painting pictures and decorating cakes