5 Things I Learned As A Makeup Artist

A behind-the-scene photo back in 2010
A behind-the-scene photo back in 2010

I’m grateful for having an education filled with all the theories and the practical applications of makeup artistry. But the real world is different and really not an ideal place. I just want to share some of the things I learned outside the campus.

1. Be early, not on time – This is practical and really just common sense. Whether it’s a meeting or a shoot, it’s nice to be early because you can get settled right away. It also gives you time to review for a meeting or get to know things about the shoot in case there are last minute changes, at least you can adjust accordingly.

2. Passion and excellence works – It’s not all about the money or the glamor. It’s mainly about the love and passion you put in every single gig or job. At the end of the day, it’s still a job and you are always judged by the result so work passionately and excellently.

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A makeup artist’s story

I started thinking about how I became a makeup artist. I stumbled upon an old blog post sharing why I chose to study makeup artistry and why choose the Australian College of Hair Design and Beauty as my school.

Here’s the whole story…

Posted on Jul 9, ’09 9:32 PM

Finally, I’ve enrolled to Australian College of Hair Design and Beauty (ACHDB). Yey me!

In the past three or four months I’ve been really thinking about my future; if I would still be editing or writing in the next five years and if I still want to be in this profession by the time I start my own family.

Then I start to think what I would really love to do, and that is to be a makeup artist. I love prettifying myself, creating natural and glam looks. But I could never do it on somebody else’s face. But I found out that it is something I would love to do and learn. I started researching on makeup classes and found two in the Makati area. So yeah, imagine me going to Makati everyday after work, (during that time I was working in an office in Pasig) so I thought, yeah, why not?! But I have to save up first for the tuition fee and other expenses I would be spending, thinking, by next year, I’ll go for it.

But looks like fate got something else planned for me. About three weeks ago, my teamate (Aby) ym’ed me an article where my senior (Benok 🙂 was featured in. It was Q TV’s site, wmn.ph. So I read the article, browsed the site since it was all about women, general kikay stuff, health, and so on. Then, that’s when I saw the article… An Australian college was opening in Podium! Wow! Coincidentally, my family and some friends were going to dinner in Podium that very same date. So I said to myself, why not check it out. So I did, and my! Was I impressed! It was a real school, with classrooms, a small pantry, library, and faculty room. Wow! I got so excited over the fact that this was the most accessible place for me to learn to be a makeup artist.

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