The Artistry of Makeup was founded on mutual interest of makeup with artist who wanted to help teach others how to do their own makeup. While over the course of 4 years we've taught makeup, we've also learned many things along the way. Here's a list of the top 10 lessons we've learned in makeup artistry! Keep in mind, there's never a time not to learn, makeup is always evolving.. so there's always something new to pick up!
1 - SKIN IS THE KEY
Just like painting a picture, when doing makeup it's best to start out with a blank canvas. With Makeup Artistry, it's the same exact concept! Clean skin is the key to a flawless makeup application. It's important to keep the skin looking like skin when applying the layers of makeup that we do. The #1 fear for most clients is the foundation. It's our duty to make sure they see only a positive enhancement to their natural beauty!
2 - COLOR CORRECTING ACTUALLY WORKS
As a piggy back to skin being the key component to a flawless makeup application. We have learned that Color Correcting is absolutely necessary for the best results. Ever put a dark lipstick on someone and you notice that around the mouth area is a little darker than it should be? or seen blemishes on the skin that still shows through after the foundation? That is what Color Correcting can fix. It does exactly what it's called...Color Correct...
3 - BAKING IS NOT FOR EVERYONE
We'll be the first to admit, when we learned about "baking" we over did it. We baked until we burned! What we've learned is that not everyone needs to bake. You'll learn that every client is different, and it's important to consider each individual's skin type.
4 - EYELINER IS NOT FOR EVERY LOOK OR EVERY CLIENT
In most cases the eyeliner is the game changer...the ultimate piece of the puzzle missing until the end. But for some, it's actually not needed. We've learned that with some clients or certain looks no liner is better. You have to take in consideration different eyeshades and what will be most flattering to your client.
5 - BROWS ARE SISTERS, NOT TWINS
This is actually one of the 1st lessons we learned along the way. I mean, come on we teach a class called "The Perfect Brow". When doing brows most are frustrated simply because the brows do not look like one another. Don't fret, while they should be similar in size and shape.. Brows are never going to be exactly the same, hence the phrase, Brows are sisters, not twins. And, if you've ever been to one of our classes, you know they're not cousins either!! Lol
6 - ONE SIZE DOES NOT FIT ALL, IN LASHES...
First of all, let's first express that we are completely against a no lashes look, unless you're going for a natural makeup look and your natural eyelashes have decent length. It's highly recommended that every look comes with lashes. The key is knowing what lashes to use for each eyeshape, not all lash styles work for everyone. Not all of your clients can do bottom lashes. The important thing to do is to know what works for each client.
7 - TRUST THE PROCESS
Many times as the makeup artist, we have to provide reassurance to the client that their makeup is going to turn out perfect. Help them understand that it may look crazy at first, but it's what's necessary. But, as the artist, We've found ourselves in moments where we felt discouraged, where we didn't know what to do next, should we have done a different color eyeshadow? or tried on a different lash? From this, we've learned that it's always best to just trust the process, it will all come together but not until the very end!
8 - THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS JUST BROWS
Okay, maybe there is... but we just don't like it! As a makeup artist you want to please all clients. And who are we to stop someone who just wants eyebrows!? Well, the thing is you can do just eyebrows, but for us any face that we touch is a direct reflection of our artistry. We've found that when it's just brows, there's this look of in-completion that comes with it. In makeup there's a balance that you should abide by. It's like doing a smokey eye without lashes. While we definitely encourage people to do as they wish, we just have learned it's better to get more than just brows...add lashes and liner with it to balance out the top portion of the face.
9 - OWN IT
Now a days we have to deal with the "Take her swimming on the first date" type of posts. Social media has been great for Makeup Artistry but also exposed us to a lot of Negative Nancys and Negative Neds! (yes, just made that up :), lol). We've learned there's nothing more empowering in this Makeup Artistry industry, than slaying without an explanation. You don't need to say "i'm only wearing makeup because..." or "I Don't normally do this, but what do you all think". Wear your makeup and OWN IT. Slay with no regrets, jump in that pool because you know your foundation is Lancome and can withstand the deepest of waters.
10 - SHARE
*CLICHE MOMENT* - Sharing is caring!! It's truly a statement that is relevant in most situations, except for your spouse of course. Being a makeup artist, you come across information that was told to you from other artist. Pay that gesture forward. Don't be stingy! Every artist has their own lane and own style. If you hold true to yourself you'll never be worried about other artist finding out what you use, or how you do things. Share the deets, it will not only help build rapport with fellow MUAs but will also help increase the industry in your area..