Now I have the basic training – What’s next?
Hairdressing and makeup are very practical and creative skills which are constantly changing and developing. Once you have learnt the basics and are working within the industry, don’t forget to keep up to date. This is why it is crucial to keep completing Continuous Professional Development (CPD) to ensure you learn the latest techniques. It is also important to diversify your skills. For example, if you have trained in women’s hairdressing, we would recommend also training in other areas such as barbering, makeup and hair styling to ensure you can cater to as many clients as possible. The London Hair Academy and the London MakeUp School has over 70 different Hairdressing courses and Makeup courses to choose from.
Top 10 tips from Industry Experts
- Start practicing on live models within the first week after the course; ask family and friends to be your model. If you leave it for too long you will likely forget what you have learned.
- Be patient, it takes time to build up a client base, don’t give up, do as much as possible and be prepared to work hard. Everyone gets their “big break” and you never know where or when that will happen for you.
- Assisting is a great way to start to get into the industry. Don’t be afraid to offer your services for free, what you will learn will be priceless! When assisting; don’t get distracted, use your phone or offer your opinion on the makeup look unless asked, try and be one step ahead and think about what your lead artist may need next and get products / tools ready for them, wash makeup brushes, etc.
- Don’t offer your business cards to the crew or client: remember this is not your job or contact; you’re not there to network but to learn. If any work comes out of the day make sure it goes through the lead artist who got you on the shoot in the first place.
- Don’t turn up on time but early, always.
- Always be organised, have a clean kit and have everything you need, even if it means carrying the world in your bag!
- Network with as many people as possible (other artists, performers, directors, producers, photographers, models). Visit beauty/hair exhibitions (Professional Beauty, Olympia Beauty, Vitality show, the Bridal Exhibition).
- Think outside the box for work, get in touch with PR companies and Event Teams, you never know who would need a makeup artist/hair stylist!
- Gather inspiration from as many places as possible. Visit museums (modern, contemporary and classic arts). Read as many fashion/beauty/hair magazines as possible, not just the UK ones but other countries such as Italian/French Vogue, etc.
- Make each client feel special by listening to their needs and requirements by providing a personalised service.
We get contacted by hundreds of brands every year requesting our students and graduates. Our graduates have worked with many prestigious clients and brands including Virgin, Dior, French Connection, the Galvin Brothers restaurant chain, Toni and Guy, Shangri La, N2O Brand Activation, Burberry, Sony, GHD, Royal and Langnickel, Space NK, Rentez-Vous, Boots, BAFTA, National Film and Television School and IMATS (International Makeup Artist Trade Show) and London Fashion Week. Sign up to our Agency and get emails every week with countless opportunities, vacancies and paid work!
Pro Portfolio Day
Portfolios are vital in the makeup industry. They enable makeup artists to find work with potential employers and gain new clients. A well presented portfolio is the key to showcasing your talent. The London MakeUp School portfolio service provides students with hands-on experience working on a professional photoshoot to create stunning beauty headshots. A professional photographer, photoshoot director and professional model will be provided as well as full use of the London MakeUp School kit. A London MakeUp School tutor will also be present so students can feel at ease knowing help is at hand. Check out all the details here.