I’m always getting so many questions as to how I got into makeup artistry & what I did to get to where I am. I did film a video on my Youtube a little while ago about this which I’ll link below, but I wanted to go a little more in depth & share with you what I actually went through to be where I am today.
I’ve always been into art. In my early high school years art was my absolute favourite subject. I loved being able to express myself with colour & shapes, even though I am a horrible drawer, playing with colour & creating random paintings, abstracts was what I loved most. I spent a lot of time in the art department, it felt like a safe haven. I never graduated high school, it’s something that’s hard for me to say & hate talking about it but it is what it is. It was hard, really hard & a huge change but I had to get over it. I left school at the end of 2010 & in March 2011 I started hairdressing.
Hairdressing was never my first option, it was always makeup but I went with hairdressing 1. because I wasn’t able to do the makeup course I wanted & 2. because my older sister is a hairdresser so many people were like ‘you do it too & then you can open a salon together’ I felt a bit pressured so I went with it. It was a fun experience, met some great people had some awesome teachers but hairdressing just wasn’t for me. I love styling hair, but when it comes to cuts & colours, keep me away! Early 2012 I went on to do a makeup course at the same beauty school as I did hairdressing, I knew it wasn’t the best place to go as I had already been there but I didn’t have many options & I wanted that certification!
The course lasted 2 1/2 months & I left with nothing. No knowledge, no technique, no confidence. I wanted to learn so badly, I got really depressed over it. I didn’t do much for a couple of months, my self esteem was so low I was too scared to do anything. Until one day I got really angry with myself, I knew I loved it, I knew it was what I wanted to do, so what wasn’t I doing anything? That was when I began researching & looking into different techniques, I watched so many YouTube videos & practiced morning till night. Every cent I made went towards makeup & I never stopped practicing.
I started posting my looks on Instagram, they weren’t always the best pictures, I was laughed at a lot & to be honest it really did get to me. But peoples nasty comments & snide remarks behind my back never deterred me. If anything, they only motivated me. I worked harder & kept practicing.. gosh I can’t even explain to you how much I practiced, I lost a lot of sleep over it! Eventually my technique improved, I kept posting on Instagram & people began emailing me for appointments! I couldn’t believe it was finally happening, I was finally getting to do peoples makeup, I was finally working my dream job! I’m still no where close to where I want to be, but I’m still working on it & practicing daily. I always get asked how I managed to put myself out there at such a young age, Instagram is definitely what helped me get my work out there. Had I not started posting photos of my work & looks people wouldn’t even have known I’m a makeup artist.
After everything I went through, all the work I put in I came to realise that I never needed to go to beauty school. I don’t know why we have it in our minds that we can’t be something unless we go to school for it. I’ve learnt that isn’t the case. You can be anything you want to be if you put your mind to it, are passionate towards it & put your heart, mind & should into every aspect of it.
Makeup Artistry isn’t just a job for me, half the time it doesn’t even feel like a job it’s so much fun. It’s a creative outlet I use to express myself. It’s my life & I put everything I have into it.
I hope this post answered all of your questions, I know this post is a bit long sorry about that! I hope that someone out there got something out of this & somehow this has inspired some of you to fight for your dreams.
Much Love ♡