As aspring MUAs were always on the hunt for the latest tips and tricks that will help us in perfecting our skills and for any small nugget of information that will get us one step closer to making it in this industry.
With the use of applications such as Facebook and Twitter we have now have access some of the TOP celebrity makeup artist, who are more than willing to share their advice. You ask a question, they politely answer, they tweet and post pictures of work they’ve done, products they like and don’t like, if they are team foundation first or team eyes first, and while they are willing to give out the information we must remember to not abuse it and them.
Sometimes we are so eager to pick their brains that we seem to forget that Twitter and Facebook are not what got them to their Celebrity Makeup Artist status. If I had to choose I’d cast my vote in the categories of, desire, thirst for knowledge, practice, and education. These are things that some of us in this new upcoming generation know little of.
We are living in the times where the internet is taking over. If you had a question you used to “ask jeeves”, or go to the library and look it up in a book, now all you have to do is type in a couple of words in google and anything and everything you need to know about a certain topic comes up. We’ve been taught in school that there are no stupid questions and while that may be true that the question isn’t stupid, however it brings to thought were you stupid for asking it. You want to know what the best foundation is for oily skin, look it up! Someone has blogged about it, someone has made a you tube video, somebody has posted that information for you and all you have to go is go out get it. Want to know the best way apply eyeliner, want to know how contour and and highlight your face, want to know what a tear sheet is, or what makes HD makeup so different. LOOK IT UP!!! Read a book!!! Do your Research!!!
We call ourselves “Aspiring” makeup artist but what are we really aspiring for? Are we aspiring to grow and become the next leaders in this industry or are we aspiring to become the generation that feels they don’t have to work for results. Stop abusing mentors with basic questions they’ve already answered time and time again, stop getting mad when they point you to a source rather then come right out and tell you what you want to hear, don’t get upset when they don’t acknowledge a question you asked because they know you already know the answer. Think about where else the information can be found first, think about what they would have done to find the information, use your brain instead of theirs!!
Last night Jennifer James stepped on a lot of toes when she dished out much needed advice to new and aspiring Makeup Artist. She said things that NEEDED to be said and while for many it didn’t come across as good advice I took everything to heart and I could definitely understand her reasonings behind it. I made each one of her tweets a favorite because I could fill her sincerity, she is someone in the industry that I truly look up to.
Here are her tweets from last night listed below, read them, understand them, get offended if you must, and when you calm down understand that she’s only here to HELP you.
Follow her @JenJamesBeauty
UUHHH…NEW & ASPIRING MUAs: I am glad to share countless tidbits of helpful information – BUT NOT THINGS THAT YOU CAN GOOGLE!!!
UUHHH…NEW & ASPIRING MUAs: If I refer you to @Crystal_Wright‘s Blog & you actually READ IT – some questions are just.. #iCant!
UUHHH…NEW & ASPIRING MUAs: 1 . . . ONE post on someone’s FB wall is not equivalent to ambition, hunger & drive! #FollowUp #MakeupChat
UUHHH…NEW & ASPIRING MUAs: Your thin skin is undeniable when u react so dramatically to a necessary & deserved tongue lashing! #MakeupChat
UUHHH…NEW & ASPIRING MUAs: Whn u market urself as a specialist-@ some point ur WORK shd show said expertise! #NotJustOnUrSelf
UUHHH…NEW & ASPIRING MUAs: Our industry does not exist IN YOUR WORLD. It’s your job 2 make ur presence know IN THE INDUSTRY.
UUHHH…NEW & ASPIRING MUAs: I might be a maniac, but I will never lie to you or give you bad information. #MakeupChat
UUHHH…for all the churchy NEW & ASPIRING MUAs: Take the peoples’ of Berea “more noble” approach! #StudyDaily #ACTS17Eleven
(Acts 17:11 reads Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true”
UUHHH…NEW & ASPIRING MUAs: You cannot be Mr/Ms Congeniality on #YouTube & stand-offish snooty & unfriendly in person.
BLOGGERS, VLOGGERS, YOUTUBERS! People who know they are on camera, yet continue to chew their gum DO NOT DESERVE TO BE INTERVIEWED!
I don’t think you guys are understanding. This is the type of information that is priceless!!! Ms. James I thank you so much for your shared knowledge, your kind giving spirit and everything you do to help us along the way!