What I Offer

  How to build your portfolio If you’re interested in a career in fashion and beauty for editorial and advertising, you’re going to need an up-to-date portfolio. One of the biggest questions people often ask is: without the work – how do I get the pictures for my portfolio? I offer top tips on how to make your portfolio look professional by giving honest feedback about your images - what works and what doesn’t. We discuss testing in detail and ways in which you can bring a successful test shoot together. This session is best done face to face although not essential.

Getting your name out there How to succeed in one of the toughest industries in the world is something that all aspiring makeup artists want to know. For starters, having a good brand, consistency and strong publicity materials are all things that can help you stand out from the crowd. I will guide you through your CV, portfolio, website, showreel, business cards and social media awareness to ensure that you get your name out there in the best possible way.

Aquiring the kit Acquiring the makeup, hair and grooming kit takes years to build up. This session is aimed at preventing you from wasting your money on buying un-necessary products and gives you checklists of everything you’ll need that is essential to take on a job. We would discuss cost, insurance, makeup brands, brushes, shelf life, and discount cards amongst other key subjects.

Becoming a valued assistant The majority of the most experienced makeup artists have worked their way up the ladder by starting out as a trainee or assistant. There are many makeup designers who work with assistants and many makeup assistants looking for designers to assist. Good assistants are hard to find and they are consistently employed once they are found. My advice on how to become one of those valued members of any team will stay with you throughout your career.

Getting hired I have a lengthly and substantial directory of many of the websites you can look into which advertise positions for makeup artists, trainees, and assistants. I will advise on how to write an eye-catching CV to industry standards, how to prepare for an interview and what you should bring with you. I also offer valuable advice on the best approach to making contact with people for the first time and where to find contact details for freelancers.

The most daunting thing about starting a career in makeup is where to train. There are so many different courses on offer and it’s hard to know where to start. I can help prevent you from signing up to the wrong course and advise you on the many options available to find the right one for you. The advice you’ll receive is priceless and will inevitably save you time, money, sweat and tears (it has been known!) Suggestions include short courses, full and part time, 1-1 training, self-teaching methods, qualifications and specialist training for various skills. You will be provided with your own personal shortlist of courses which suit you and your needs.

Specialist Skills There are many opportunities as a makeup artist where you can specialise. Specialising in a particular area can often set you aside from the mainstream and help you develop a career as an ‘expert’ in your chosen field. Some examples of extra skills we would discuss include hair, wigs, special effects, prosthetics, body painting and nails including the best ways to learn each one.

We discuss in detail the lifestyle of a makeup artist, including the job role, the environment you work in, the advantages and disadvantages of the job and the industry in general. It helps you understand which qualities and skills you need to be a successful makeup artist and we discuss which personality type is best suited to each area of the industry ie, film/TV, fashion, theatre, editorial, advertising, weddings, etc. This session is excellent to do prior to enrolling onto a course. Included is a pdf recommending websites, magazines and books for you to research.