I mentioned a few weeks back in a nice long update on the personal front that I would be pursuing training and education in makeup artistry. I did a lot of research on how I wanted to go about this, and finally started actually doing it last week. I’m so excited to share the journey with you, and share what it means for my little corner of the internet!
After I got fired and was sort of forced to take a step back and reassess things, the idea of pursuing makeup professionally floated into my brain – but it came with a lot of doubt and fear attached. Where I come from, the kind of people who become make up artists or estheticians are often viewed as flighty or dumb or left with no other options…it’s an awful misconception, but one that exists nonetheless.
So, with that in mind, I didn’t event want to say it aloud that this was something I wanted to do. I didn’t think the relatives and acquaintances I had in that not-that-close-but-close-enough-to-have-an-opinion circle of my life would take it seriously – frankly, there are a lot of people out there who simply don’t know how huge a career in makeup artistry can be and that it really can go beyond working at a kiosk in the local mall (shocker!). I thought people would see me as wasting my intelligence (like I thought people would when I opted for college over university) or throwing away what I’ve been working on the last few years, and started to question if I was crazy.
But, after much thought (and let’s face it, soul searching) I reached the point of “screw ’em, just do you” and decided it was time to start asking questions and jumping in with both feet. I love makeup and I truly feel I have a knack for it, so I connected with some of my closest friends in the industry across varying levels and started to form a game plan. Soon enough, I found myself having lunch with a local makeup artist and qualified instructor who agreed to take me on as a private client.
Why I’m Opting for Private Lessons First
I got a lot of insight on the best way to go about establishing yourself and building your skills, and came to the conclusion that there’s no one way to really break into beauty. It all comes down to practicing, networking and building that ol’ portfolio – your work speaks for itself. While the idea of taking a course or two is still very much on the table, it was decided that this would be a great first step to a) see how much I really needed a full course and b) not be in a situation where other people’s needs have to be considered.
By that, I mean not being in a class where perhaps not everyone is at the same level when it comes to passion or how seriously they’re taking it, or where everyone has very different goals. We all remember being in school where there was that one person who you always thought, “why are they even here?” – this is to help ensure I don’t get influenced by that. I’m not one to half-ass things – I always whole-ass.
This also allows me to work around my schedule, ask all the questions I want and do it from the comfort of my own home!
What This Means for RLBE
In my agency PR life, I worked with a lot of bloggers from the perspective of someone who had the interest of their client in mind. I watched the blogging scene explode in Toronto, all while trying to navigate engaging with bloggers in a way that works for everyone. I often tell people I believe the blogging industry has a lot of growing up to do, on both the PR and blogger side. It’s a lengthy post for another day, but part of why I’m really focused on truly educating myself as a makeup artist is to bring way more credibility to this website.
Right now, I often write from the perspective of an everyday woman who’s playing with makeup – I share my honest opinions based on what knowledge I have, and relay information shared by brands when they connect about their new products. That’s all well and good, but what I really want to be is a destination for tips, tricks and advice from a true expert. Someone who knows what they’re doing and can give new information that isn’t readily found on 100+ other blogs who were given the same information. Someone who can navigate through the industry-speak and get down to brass tacks, while maintaining a unique voice and genuine perspective.
I’m really dedicated to making this a destination for you, my readers, to get what you’re looking for when you Google a product you’re curious to try. It’ll take time, for sure…but I’m excited to get there.
Lesson 1: Organize, Purge, Assess
The first order of business? Going through all. of. my. stuff.
There was a lot, guys – at least for one person. And yet, I still had things to pitch (pour one out for all of the good makeup I let expire…) and still have things I need. Admittedly, I don’t need a lot…surprisingly, I have enough to build a solid kit to start. I am excited to have a reason to hit Sephora/MAC/Murale/etc. New excuse: “I did it for the kit!” I also got some helpful skincare tips to start, as well as some things to think about and work on. Next week I get into foundation matching…and shopping at some point! To be continued…