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Career Story: Makeup Artist And Hair Stylist

Makeup Artist And Hair Stylist

Job Title: Makeup Artist/ Hairstylist

Type of Company: I own my own business where I render hair and makeup services. I specialize in bridal and special occasion looks but have also worked in more commercial arenas: e.g., editorial, print, fashion shows, etc.

Education: BA in Fashion Merchandising

Previous Experience: I work for a department store as an area manager which helped me gain exposure to the cosmetics industry. I also worked for a mass retailer where I oversaw total store functions and sharpened my management skills.

Job Tasks: I research and establish marketing avenues to recruit clients for services and I call on direct leads and referral clients. For example, I call brides to discuss details surrounding their weddings and try to set up a "trial date" for the bride to actually try the services prior to booking for their event. I manage my calendar to know availability when scheduling clients. I schedule clients for weddings, trials, photo shoots, etc. Periodically, I need to order supplies for upcoming events (ex. eyelashes, foundations, blush, lip gloss, hair products).

I also need to research trends and latest updates in the fashion and beauty industry. I try to stayed connected with photographers and other industry professional to be connected with events and socials that may expose business opportunities.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: Best part is that I work the majority of my hours on the weekend which means I have a very open schedule during the week. I can work maybe 12 hours in one weekend and make a very substantial amount of money. Because it is an artistic field it can be very fun to collaborate and create something all of your own. The bad part is that the business has its peaks and then there are down seasons at which time there are much less opportunities to bring in revenue.

Job Tips: It is great to be your own boss but at the same time you are TOTALLY responsible and drive your own success. This profession is really about who you know and the connections you have in the industry. You must be great at networking and showcasing your talent. You also have to be aware of trends and product launches; know what to recommend to clients and what results they may render. Be familiar with what's happening in the bridal industry and well as in fashion and entertainment.

Additional Thoughts: You must be out going and have a comfort in talking and interacting with people. It is amazing how many people do not know how to do their own makeup and how little it takes to impress them.

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