Have you ever spent hours watching makeup tutorials, trying out the latest skincare trends, or giving your friends facials and thought, “Can I just do this all the time?” Good news! You absolutely can turn your passion for beauty into a thriving career. Here’s the lowdown on how to transition from beauty enthusiast to beauty professional. Get ready to glow up your career!
- Find Your Niche
You undoubtedly know that beauty is a vast field. From tattooing people with permanent makeup to specializing in FX makeup that enables them to look like a vampire or zombie for film, there are so many niches that it is possible to make a living in that the first thing you need to do is think about the skills you have and the area you would like to get into, so you can focus on upping our skills in that particular area.
- Get Certified
Whether it’s a makeup artist diploma, cosmetology license, or aesthetic injector certification, getting qualified is crucial. For example, if non-surgical cosmetic treatments catch your fancy, an aesthetic injector certification will equip you with the skills and knowledge to perform injectable treatments safely and effectively. This, in turn, will mean that more people feel comfortable in trusting you with their beauty, so you will be more successful in the long term.
- Work That Experience
If you want to really make a career as a makeup artist, a tattooist, or a hair stylist, then one thing you absolutely need to do is get some experience and the more experience you have the better it will be for your future prospects. So, get out there and offer to do friends’ makeup, work part-time at a beauty counter, or intern at a spa. Every bit of hands-on experience will refine your skills, build your confidence, and enhance your resume, which is exactly what you want.
- Build a Bomb Portfolio
In the beauty industry showing is arguably much more important than telling. If you want people to trust you with their looks, then you need to show them that you actually know how to make them look good and that means an amazing portfolio. So, every time you do someone’s makeup or style their hair, get their permission to take a few snapshots from every angle and compile those pics into an online portfolio that really encourages people to get in touch.
- Learn the Biz
Remember, working in beauty is not just about perfecting that cat-eye (although that’s super important too!). Learn the basics of business, marketing, and customer service to truly make your beauty career blossom. If you cannot do that, then no matter how talented you are, you may never make any real money doing what you do.
If beauty is your true passion in life, then as you can see, it is totally possible to make it a big part of your life by turning it into a lucrative and enjoyable career. So, get out there and make it happen!