People choose to become a makeup artist for different reasons, for some it might be a way of earning extra pocket money, and for others the draw could be a life long interest in makeup. With so many different courses available in London, at different price ranges you should be able to find one that suits your needs.
Makeup Products And Tools
A good makeup artist course should teach you not just technique but also which products and tools you will need and where to buy them from. Not all makeup artists can afford high end brands when they are starting their career so advice on good alternatives should be included.
Practice Makes Perfect
If you are a beginner a one to one course may be the best option for you, although one to one courses in London are usually more expensive. You could consider doing the course in bitesize pieces, both to ease the financial burden and to give yourself time to practice and perfect skills that you learn in one area, before progressing onto the next. Whether you are a novice or an expert, before embarking on a course spend as much time as possible practicing makeup application on yourself and on others. The internet is flooded with excellent Youtube videos in makeup application techniques. Watching Youtube is a good way to learn the basics as no matter how good your chosen course, you will need at least some knowledge of makeup, and you should have practice beforehand to get the maximum benefits from the course. You can also find reliable reviews on makeup products by both popular bloggers and members of the public. For practice purposes it is not necessary to splash out on expensive cosmetics, as at this stage you are just familiarising yourself with techniques. Take pictures of your work so that you can check that you are improving with practice. I recall on the course which I did before I became a makeup artist, there was a student which had enrolled with the expectation of being transformed into a professional makeup artist upon completion of the course, even though she had very little experience of makeup beforehand. Needless to say she was extremely angry and dissatisfied with the course tutor for not enabling her to achieve her aims. The lesson to be learnt from this is that even if you have some experience before starting a course you should be prepared to practice regularly before your skills are good enough to work on other people. Do not get disheartened or expect instant results, you will get there as long you are consistent with practicing.
Usually video graphy is not allowed during a course but all the course tutors will encourage you to take photos to jog your memory about different points covered. Always take plenty of notes, you will be surprised how much you will forget, a good training course should give you plenty to write about. Remember you are more likely to succeed as a makeup artist if you love makeup rather than if you just think it will be a good way to make money.
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