Help and Advice welcome. I want to become a make-up artist

Help and Advice welcome. I want to become a make-up artist

19 posts
1 Nov 2011
simplydivine
Make Up Artist
simplydivine
The posts have been friendly, and constructive and realistic,in saying that it costs A LOT of money to qualify and invest in you business, my start up kit was around £3000 and over the years I have obviously had to replace items, and expand my kit and training, spending hundreds and thousands, on products, equipment and courses. And of course there is insurance costs, and travel expenses etc. Unfortunately it is a business that is led by money, and if you can't afford it then you either make sacrifies, which is what the other girls( and myself) are saying, it is not a deflamatory comment on anyone just the way it is, I spent the first 3/4 years not making a penny, and any I did I invested back into my business. It's just that a lot of girls on here, ex models, photographers etc seem to think its really easy being an MUA,and getting paid work , it's not, it takes a lot of hard work, dedication and passion beyond belief, otherwise we wouldn't do it. That's not saying it isn't worth it in the long run, I love seeing the results of my work and the difference it makes to an image or video etc. In Second Skin's defense she was saying "not a lot of people" are willing to pay the costs and and put the work in, she didn't say any of you weren't,as we don't know what your intentions are, but we receive messages all the time asking for easy ways into the business or cheap courses to be an MUA, thinking they can do a weekend course and hey presto they are an MUA! It gets tiresome reading all the time how someone wants to be an MUA without realising the hard work and money it takes. There are a lot of courses out there you just need to do your reasearch, look at the qualifications they provide, and decide what you can afford or save for. There are no short cuts I'm afraid. That's all that is being said here by very experienced MUA's and myself, giving you an in sight as to what you are in store for, not being nasty just realistic. Oh and you need to develop a very thick skin, you should see the emails we have to deal with, and when you become an MUA you can come back to this thread and see how your opinions have changed. LOL
Posted 5 Nov 2011
"Seems so Divine!! Alas not many who are dedicated ENOUGH to pay the costs? Which surprises me if they are as passionate as they say?" - this comment was directed at people who had previously commented, which I think struck a nerve with some. Anywaaay... I'm pretty aware that success doesn't come from nothing. I've worked my arse off as a model to get where I am today, and still not getting much paid work. It's unfair to say that people are just after a quick fix and are looking for short cuts. As I said 'I'm taking the plunge' and throwing myself into it. I'm fully aware of the hard work/money that will go into this. And realise it's going to take time to get where I want to be. But I value do your feedback Karen! I am doing my research, have been for a while. Found exactly what I want from a nail course, signed up to a few make up courses, day, weekends and long term courses, all giving me the qualifications I will need to move forward with this. Some don't start until late next year but I'm willing to wait for the right course and do it properly. Thanks for everyones feedback, some more helpful than others. For the others wanting to also be MUAs, keep in touch, will be nice to hear everyones progress and good luck with it all ))
Posted 5 Nov 2011
fuchsia
Model
fuchsia
I decided a few months ago to start training as a MUA, because modelling has shown me some of the amazing things you can do with make-up! Fortunately my parents agreed to pay for a course, and I'm doing the BTEC Make-up course from the ICS - although this means you don't get direct teaching, they give you a lot of information and support and it was £500 which is relatively cheap it would seem.

But if you're really broke, at least you can get a lot of tips on the internet and so on, and then rope your friends in as guinea pigs! Alright so you can't officially practice as a MUA unless you've got a few qualifications, but you can still have loads of fun!

Posted 29 Nov 2011
lashestolockes
Make Up Artist
lashestolock..
fuchsia

I decided a few months ago to start training as a MUA, because modelling has shown me some of the amazing things you can do with make-up! Fortunately my parents agreed to pay for a course, and I'm doing the BTEC Make-up course from the ICS - although this means you don't get direct teaching, they give you a lot of information and support and it was £500 which is relatively cheap it would seem. But if you're really broke, at least you can get a lot of tips on the internet and so on, and then rope your friends in as guinea pigs! Alright so you can't officially practice as a MUA unless you've got a few qualifications, but you can still have loads of fun!


To be fair the BTEC qualification that you talk about is only a starting point at a level 2 covering a small area of make up, finished in just 3hours of study a week. those who are in the trade and call themself a MUA will be able to say they are qualified in every aspect of make up and hair to at least a level 3 standard. this is something you have to aim for if you want to make in this demanding and competetive career. good luck
Posted 21 Feb 2012
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