Can You Be a Self-taught Makeup Artist?

When we talk about self-taught makeup artists, what’s the first thing that comes to your mind? For many, self-taught means they have learned the art from the internet by following makeup tutorials and influencers on social media. Those who have learnt from watching makeup tutorials and videos are often considered as copycats until or unless they understand the basics of makeup. Merely doing what others are doing isn’t learning. You have to get your basics clear about being a makeup artist.

Yes, you can be a self-taught makeup artist, but there’s a catch. Makeup is an art that consists of hundreds and thousands of techniques. Professional and experienced makeup artists know how to use and combine these techniques to highlight the unique features of their clients. Now, following the step-by-step process of the tutorial and decently implementing it doesn’t make you a makeup artist. A true makeup artist never copies others’ work. Yes, you can look up to them for inspiration.

So, if you want to be a self-taught makeup artist, the first thing you should do is get the basics cleared. Learn how to use different makeup tools and kits, how to apply various cosmetics, and how to choose the right cosmetic product for a particular individual.

You should read books and try to improve your techniques with the help of established masters. Only look up to online video tutorials for reference. A self-taught makeup artist is someone who asks a lot of questions and tries out different ways of applying makeup.

CPBA offers free employment advice and guidance to their beauty therapy learners. We also offer free make up courses and funded level 3 make up courses with work placements.

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