Anonymous asked: I really want to be a makeup artist but dad doesn't want me to and he is refusing to pay for school unless I do something he wants me to. how can I convince him that it's what I really want? he think I won't make any money and I'm not going in for the money bc honestly I'm not even sure how much id make but I'm so passionate about makeup and I do it on all of my friends for proms and formats and just because! I feel really stuck. also of you don't mind- how much do you charge your clients?
Ahh, that’s a tough situation. Luckily, you don’t need a license to become a makeup artist.
Learn as much as you can online; there are millions of free videos and tutorials that can help you out. Books too! One of my favorites is called Shortcuts by Diana Schmidtke. Practice on other people with different face shapes and features (and take pictures!). Your friends would probably be happy to lend their face :) Take a class or two to learn more about anything you aren’t 100% confident in. It doesn’t need to be an entire course. Once you are confident, apply for positions at makeup counters or assist a freelance artist.
If you’re into proms and special events, learn everything there is to know about bridal makeup! That’s my specialty and I love it. It’s easy to network when you work with a bridal party because not only do the bridesmaids (who also could have a wedding on the way) get to experience your work, but everyone at the ceremony can too since those women are pretty much walking advertisements for you. In fact, I’d say 80% of my brides come from referrals. Not gonna lie, the money ain’t bad either.
The point is, you don’t have to spend a ton of money all at once to get into makeup. Gradually add to your kit, gradually learn new techniques. If your dad can’t support you in doing what you love, show him you can do it with or without him. If that means getting a part time job during the week so you can work makeup on the weekends, do it until you’re able to make makeup artistry a full time thing!
Hope this helps! I know it can be really frustrating when you don’t see eye to eye with a family member, and even more frustrating when it’s over something you really care about and will affect your future. Stay persistent and motivated! You got this! :)