How to make sure you are getting PAID right

In order to run professional makeup artist or hair stylist business, its important to have your business set up for success, and a part of this is to have policies in place around getting paid.  Particularly if you are working with personal clients such as brides, formals/proms/grads/debs or other “special event” makeup clients, having such… Continue reading How to make sure you are getting PAID right

The “Secret Weapon” for getting more Business as a Makeup Artist

Sometimes other artists are surprised when I tell them my greatest source of new clients and makeup jobs.  Can you guess what it might be?  As an agency-represented makeup artist, many people assume that I get most of my work booked through my agent. As a 16 (almost 17) year veteran makeup artist, many people… Continue reading The “Secret Weapon” for getting more Business as a Makeup Artist

3 Tips on How to become More Successful

As a makeup artist mentor and business coach, I chat with SO many makeup artists and hair stylists who are extremely talented at what they do, who do beautiful makeup and hair, and have loads of happy clients, but they are struggling in their businesses, unsure of where their next clients are coming from, how… Continue reading 3 Tips on How to become More Successful

“About Me” web pages for makeup artists

"People do business with those they Know, Like and Trust".  Some business leaders call it the KLT factor.  Your clients don’t only book you based on your portfolio.  That’s the beginning, that’s so they can know WHAT you do, but they also want to know WHO you are, they want to “Know” YOU. As a… Continue reading “About Me” web pages for makeup artists

How do you do the RIGHT editorial?

So you’ve been doing loads of photo shoots, maybe you’ve had your work published in one or two online magazines, but you’re just not at that stage where you’re really proud of your work, you just don’t feel like this is really the STYLE of work you want to be doing. How do you actually go… Continue reading How do you do the RIGHT editorial?

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How to deal with Makeup Artist Anxiety

Earlier this week a fellow makeup artist (who does beautiful work, and has plenty of experience), posted in a Facebook group about how she is currently dealing with crippling anxiety. The responses from other artists were incredible.  Of course, many artists offered her words of support, but what saddened me was to read how many other… Continue reading How to deal with Makeup Artist Anxiety

The #1 Mistake Makeup Artists Make

Can you guess what it is? Using dirty brushes? Not taking photos of their work? Not following up with enquiries? While these are all big mistakes and can have a detrimental effect on your business, the BIGGEST mistake I see makeup artists making is: not treating their business like a business. If you treat your business… Continue reading The #1 Mistake Makeup Artists Make

ASSISTING: The “forgotten” Step to Success

Assisting an established makeup artist is a great way to learn, as you will be watching an expert at work.  I’m not just talking about learning how to do makeup, but all those little things that go into getting regular work, knowing how to interact with the other crew members and talent on set (and… Continue reading ASSISTING: The “forgotten” Step to Success

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3 Tips for Successful TFP Shoots

Testing, or TFP, (which means Time for Print, or Time for Photos), is collaborative shooting where everyone is contributing their time and talents and getting images for their portfolios, but how do you go about getting the RIGHT images, GREAT images that you need to build a killer portfolio?