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Monday, the 14th of June, by Kat Battershill

6 Things All Makeup Artists Should Know Before Their First Client

The way to be the best artist you can is to never become complacent, always look to learn. Whether that's reflecting on your own experience, learning from other artists, or going on courses to learn new techniques.

#1 Hygiene

Now that hair stylists and makeup artists across the UK have returned to work, we’ve upped our hygiene game even higher than ever before. This goes for both yourself and your kit, remembering that your clients are close to your face for up to an hour. Bad breath will not go unnoticed, nor will messy hair or unwashed clothing, and everyone (quite rightly so) is on high alert with Covid-19 still lingering. Medical grade masks,  a pack of mints for your workspace and hand sanitiser are all necessities, not to mention IPA (isopropyl alcohol) for sanitising your kit between each and every client. We have a post on how to keep your kit clean available here – How the Professionals Keep Their Brushes Clean

#2 What to Wear

When planning your work outfits, it’s always a good idea to have multiples of the same or similar clothing. These don’t need to be expensive or overly formal, having a set work wardrobe can help show your brand and make you recognisable. Black is always a go-to staple and is expected if you’re working in film/ TV or professional photoshoots. It’s classic, easy to clean (because makeup on your clothing is a REAL risk) and you’ll always look and feel like the pro you are. Professional artists often keep their hair tied up too – this keeps it off your face, away from your clients and keeps you cool when working in a fast paced environment.

#2 Skincare

Not everyone you work with will take care of their skin, or know how to. Asking a client to attend their appointment with a clean face, or even to cleanse thoroughly before an appointment is totally acceptable. Of course, you will re-cleanse the skin with a moisturising cleanser but this will save on time trying to get any tough mascara off. Many brides will get facials before their big day to have the best skin possible with the added benefit of relaxation. Suggest getting this a week or few days prior as you do not want the skin to be red or overly sensitive on the day.

#3 Timing

Working in a salon you’ll likely have 1 hour to apply a full face of makeup on your client, but remember that you have to reset your workspace and clean brushes between clients so allow plenty of time for this between clients, or practice getting your time better so that you have the time to reset. However, if you are going to work on a catwalk or fashion show you will not have an hour, sometimes you will have 15 minutes or less per client, in these cases doing a full base is often not possible. Practice your spot conceal, fast brows and lip application, eyes looks can vary drastically show to show but practicing eyeliner is a must.

#4 Inclusivity

It doesn’t matter what stage you’re at in your career, you need to own makeup products that work for all skin tones. This means a range of foundations, concealers, contour shades, and bronzers as well as lip products. A range of foundations doesn’t mean you need to own 20! 7 or 8 in a range of undertones from light to dark will allow you to mix them to create any shade you need. The same goes for concealer, though it’s important to make sure all of your products will blend well together. We recommend Illamasqua’s Skin Base Foundation range, they have a HUGE choice covering a wide range of skin tones, and offer both student and pro discounts for up to 40% off!

#5  You Will Never Stop Learning

The way to be the best artist you can is to never become complacent, always look to learn. Whether that’s reflecting on your own experience, learning from other artists, or going on courses to learn new techniques. In such a fast-moving industry you can get left behind very quickly in terms of styles and movements, being aware of these and putting your own stamp on them will keep clients coming back and recommending your services to others.

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