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By Ugochi Obiajunwa

Being a makeup artist requires a lot of work especially when you are new at it. To become a pro at the work, you have to constantly practice, know what’s trending and lots more. Below, are valuable lessons makeup artists can put into practice to become a pro.

Photo: Dayo Adetiloye Makeup School

  1. Practice as much as you can

Start doing anyone’s face – anyone who will let you put makeup on them.That’s how you learn about what looks good and what doesn’t look good, how to structure a face, about lighting. You learn everything really.

  1. Test, test, test

Tests let you really try things out. You don’t get paid, or you don’t get paid a lot, but they are so valuable to do. You don’t want to end up on a shoot when it really counts and you don’t know what to do, or you don’t recognise the light that they’re using or whatever it is. So get a job to pay the rent and then do tests.

  1. Embrace new media and social channels

Technology has made everything easy and better. The first time I saw a tutorial on some  apps, I knew it was a game changer. I looked at that and I said five years from now, everyone will be their own make-up artist. Embrace channels, like YouTube to learn more about new and trending makeup styles.

  1. Adapt your behaviour to suit your clients

Honestly, it’s great to be good technically at your make-up work. Particularly if you’re working with celebrities. You need to be able to mirror the situation around the client your working with . Try to work with the persons mood and give them what they need at any time the need arises . Make sure they feel comfortable with you, make them feel you’re taking care of them, if they want to have fun and joke with you, then make yourself available and flow with them.

  1. Do a self-promotion

You can promote your work through different mediums by having your Instagram page , your own website, and you can find your own clients and meet like-minded people and end up shooting for magazines. You have to market yourself out there.


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