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How to Break Into the World of Professional Makeup Artistry

Becoming a professional grade makeup artist is a very hard task, the industry is a very busy area with more and more aspiring artists coming onto the scene to increase the competition that amateur makeup artists have to compete with on a daily basis. As the industry is so crowded it can be hard to know what to do in order to convey your art in a way that portrays you as an individual rather than being compared to other existing artists.

 

Create a Platform For Your Content

One of the best ways to get started as a professional makeup artist would have to be creating some form of a platform where you can display your amazing work for the world to see. If you want to spread awareness of the makeup services that you offer then it would be highly recommended that you start setting up a website or compiling a portfolio of your best work so that potential customers have something to look at that will persuade them to use your services. As make-up artistry is dependent on showing off your personal skills and style it is important that you have something in place to be able to show this off to potential customers. In comparison to an artist that does not do this, you will find a significant increase in your customers if you are showing off what you can do to an effective standard.

Social media is also a great place to set up a new platform where you can display your makeup talents as you have the opportunity to connect with thousands of people all over the world without much effort. As most artists are self-employed the fact that social media is free also helps to start your business as you do not have to pay for your advertising.

 

Social Media

Social media is a great tool for any amateur makeup artist as it is a free-to-use platform that can be used to display any of your previous makeup jobs as well as being used to set up future appointments with new clients. If you are a makeup artist and you are not currently making use of what social media can do for your business then I would urge you to start doing it immediately. Social media provides an advertising platform that you can use to spread the word about your skills as well as being a place where customers can contact you if they want to hire you for a makeup job.

Social media is also a great way to reach out to makeup brands who may be offering some kind of collaboration with new artists, many brands will partner up with popular makeup artists on social media to advertise their products. Often in exchange for a fee or some free makeup products, this can be a great way to create a relationship between yourself and any existing brands as well as providing the opportunity to get some free products that can be used in your kit.

 

Sourcing Your Professional Kit

One of the biggest challenges faced by new makeup artists is sourcing the products that are needed to be able to provide people with a high-quality makeup job. Your kit should be extensive enough to cover any needs your customer may have including having a client’s preferred formula and shade. Especially when you are first starting out you may find that you will need to make a significant investment in making sure you have everything you need to be able to do your job to the best of your ability.

If you are struggling with this then I would highly recommend that you reach out to any existing artists or lookout for any special offers aimed at helping new artists, some companies will offer a bulk buy deal where you can get all of the basics for one price which will save you a lot of money in the long run. If you are unsure about a career in the makeup industry then I would recommend that you take time to think about what you are doing as the investment required is not something that should be rushed into.

 

Trying New Things

If you really want to be successful in this industry then you should be looking at ways that you can present yourself as an individual rather than focus on trends that every artist is doing. The more unique you are then the more likely it is that people are going to rush to you to get their makeup done if you are offering something that cannot be found elsewhere. As one of the more creative jobs, you can do you should be trying new things and experimenting with your art every day to encourage yourself to try new things with how you do makeup.

 

Trying new things should be extended to the different beauty services that you offer, within this industry if you are able to do multiple things then it is likely that you will get repeat business from many of your clients. New processes such as offering lash lifts are very easy to become qualified for and all you need to buy is the nicky lash lift kit, and you will be able to begin offering lash extension services to your clients which extends your skillset.

Loving Yourself: How to Look Good while Injured

In the unfortunate circumstance that you find yourself injured in any way, you may feel that your confidence is knocked and some days it can be hard to find the motivation to put yourself in a positive mindset. One of the best ways to look good while injured would have to be feeling good and having a positive mindset, although it can be hard to see things positively especially if your injury leaves you incapacitated for a while. There are many things that you can do to boost your confidence and help you see things in a better light whilst you are on the road to recovery. It isn’t just about material items but a lot of what makes up the idea of loving yourself is how you feel on the inside and how that affects your outer appearance.

 

The thing to remember when it comes to dealing with the injury and healing process is that you cannot change what has happened and you can’t change the fact that you are injured. You should take the opportunity to think about any personal goals or even a few ways to prevent injuries in soccer so that you can reduce the chances of finding yourself in a similar situation in the future. If you are able to find the positives behind your injury and if you make use of your newfound time resting you are more likely to feel confident which will be reflected in how you look. There is no point in being too depressed about your injury and you should be focusing on making a full recovery so that you can get back to normality.

 

Accessories

Although it has been mentioned previously that how you feel on the inside is more important than how you look on the exterior there is no denying that a bit of retail therapy can really help boost your mood. However, if you are someone who is suffering from a more serious injury that has affected your mobility, or if it means that you are forced to wear a cast you may find buying some new outfits a bit difficult. If any of your limbs are currently out of action then you may not be able to buy certain clothes for a while, so it may be a better idea to treat yourself to some small accessories such as a piece of jewelry so that you can look stylish without having to buy something that you are not currently able to enjoy.

 

If you are in a bad mood then going out for the day with your loved ones for a look around the shops could be just what you need, it can be an annoyance looking at things that your injury stops you from being able to wear so buying something smaller that you can use straight away may be the way to go.

 

Confidence

It is easier said than done to simply achieve confidence but there are steps that can be taken to help you feel better about yourself so that you look better on the outside. A significant part of looking good comes from how you feel and how confident you look, no matter whether you are injured or not if you start to look at yourself in a more positive light and start taking things less seriously you are bound to look good and confident to those around you. This is easier said than done especially if you find yourself with an injury but accepting what has happened and the fact that you cannot change it is definitely the first step in this process.

 

Colorful Choices

If your injury is on the more serious side of it requires you to wear a cast around one of your limbs you will find that some items in your wardrobe are going to be off-limits for a while. It is often argued that clothing is one of the most effective ways to build confidence and that having an outfit that you personally enjoy is one of the best ways to feel good whilst looking good. This is often affected when you are injured so you have to make changes to how you dress and stay confident and comfortable to accommodate for your injury.

 

There are things that you can change to ensure your clothes are practical but still stylish enough to make you feel good about yourself. One of the best ways to do this would be to inject some color into your outfits when injured you will be limited to your more basic clothing to allow for as much maneuverability as possible so changing up your clothes color palette can be a great way to make sure your outfits are still eye-catching and fashionable.

How to Plan and Throw the Perfect Hen Night

Whether you are the bride or the maid of honor, planning the hen night can almost be as stressful as planning the wedding! There is much to take into consideration including, your budget, the age of your guests, and what the bride wants vs what everyone will enjoy.

If you are the bride then remember that the hen party is a celebration of your happiness so it should be something that you primarily enjoy. However, it is also important to consider the age and preferences of the people invited to your party, for example, if lots of people in your friend group don’t drink then a bar might not be the ideal place. Similarly, if you are the maid of honor or a bridesmaid that has been tasked with planning the party, then make sure the event is something that you know the bride will love, whilst also taking into account the needs of other members of the party so that everyone feels included.

Budget

The first step in planning the perfect hen night can be the most important factor leading to what you ultimately decide; the budget. Whether you are financing the party yourself or someone else is paying for it, but you are in charge of the details, it is critical that you do not exceed that budget. Of course, you want everyone to have a night they will never forget, but not at the cost of breaking your own or someone else’s bank. It is not necessary to have a destination holiday or retreat at an expensive spa. There are plenty of great parties you can have on a smaller budget. For example, you could have a gathering at someone’s home or a village hall. Clubbing can be a good option too if everyone pays for their own drinks, perhaps with everyone pitching in for the brides. At the end of the day, if the bride is surrounded by her loved ones, then everyone should have a good time.

Who is Invited?

Another vital factor of planning a hen party is to take into consideration who is invited. The age and relation to certain guests, in particular, can be a large influence on where and how the party is held. For example, if the future mother in law is attending, then perhaps clubbing is not the greatest idea. Similarly, if those with children who would also be in attendance are coming, then anything adventurous or involving alcohol might not work either. If the hen party is to include the future in-laws, older generations, and children, then a meal at a respectable restaurant that sells the bride’s favorite cuisine would work perfectly. On a slightly different note, many forget that the hen party should be made up of the bride’s closest friends and family which could include those of any gender, not just women, so it should be something that anyone regardless of gender would enjoy.

 

When

One area of hen party that rarely gets taken into consideration is when it should be held. Too far before the wedding and the celebration can feel premature or can become rushed. Too near to the wedding and the stress and anticipation of the day can overshadow any enjoyment or memories of the hen night. The date must also be one where people are free to attend otherwise the entire planning process will be a waste if nobody can come.

 

Interests

Whilst it is important and amiable for everyone to enjoy themselves, at the end of the day the hen party is a celebration of the bride-to-be’s happiness and the people in her life that have made it so. As such, the party should cater mostly towards the bride’s interests. If the bride is particularly adventurous, then perhaps an aerial adventure park or an extreme water sports experience could bring her joy. Or if her version of paradise is time to herself, then a relaxing spa day might be more her speed. If the members of your hen party have been friends since high school, perhaps you could relive the moments that shaped your friendship in the form of a sleepover, which wouldn’t be complete without embarrassing truth or dare questions.

To summarize, the perfect hen party is one that will be inclusive of the guest’s age, gender, and relations whilst ultimately catering to the bride’s interests and desires, without blowing the budget.

8 Celebrities that Have had Cosmetic Surgery

Cosmetic surgery is a marvel of modern medicine. People have always looked at their reflections and wished they could change something about themself. But with modern surgery techniques, this is finally possible. And there are those that still say cosmetic surgery is wrong. And many years ago the surgery on offer was a lot riskier and less effective. But now with better techniques and the fact, there are different types of microcannulas, cosmetic surgery is so seamless that it can be nearly impossible to tell if someone has had work done.

This is why we are counting down 8 big name celebs that have definitely had work done.

Micheal Jackson

The undisputed King of Pop. It’s hard to find a celebrity that has contributed more to music and who is missed as much as MJ. He was also the poster child for cosmetic surgery. MJ took it to the extreme changing his naturally darker skin to look white. It was very obvious that MJ had a lot of work done.

John Barrowman

Making a name for himself as Captain Jack Harkness in Dr. Who, John Barrowman became a British TV icon. Going on to be in a number of TV shows and movies globally. And in his older age, he has tried to maintain his youth by having a big of work done on his face. Nothing too serious, just a few touches up here and there.

Gweneth Paltrow

Whatever your opinion of Gwen, you can’t deny she looks good. Always looking fresh and fashionable, Gwen has maintained this by having the occasional touch up here and there. While she makes use of a lot of natural products as well, she isn’t afraid of taking the more artificial shortcuts to maintain her youth and splendor. And we say more power to her.

The Weekend

The Weekend isn’t just a time of the week. It is also a famous musician who has produced some of the best songs in recent years. He also produced one of the most scandalous photos of 2021 when he revealed his post-surgery face. Needless to say, it didn’t look all that good. Having gone very overboard, he now looks like he is made entirely of plastic. Harkening back to the days of classic plastic surgery. In our opinion, this is one celeb who was better off before.

Sharon Osborne

The beloved wife of Ozzy and a famous personality in her own right, Sharon has been a style icon for years. Always rocking colorful hair and some stylish, yet subtle outfits. And she isn’t afraid of putting in a bit of extra work to maintain this look.

And by work, we definitely mean cosmetic work. Sharon’s surgeries are extremely subtle. The occasional facelift or injection to keep her looking young and stylish.

John Travolta

There are few sex icons that evoke a strong response as John Travolta does. So many people remember him being their first big-screen heartthrob. But time ravages us all and no one is safe from it. Even the style icons of the past. This is why John opted to maintain his youthful looks and charm by topping himself up with some cosmetic surgery. Over the years John has had a number of small treatments making subtle changes to his face.

Kim Kardashian

The queen of celebrities who are famous for nothing, Kim Kardashian is a style icon and controversial figure in the fashion world. Always looking to stun with her killer looks and risky photo shoots. And, although she never admitted it, that butt is not all-natural. Kim isn’t above using medical short cuts to stay in the game. And we say more power to her.

Chrissy Tegan

Another style icon and dominator of the movie scene. Chrissy has been a big idol for me for many years now. Her fashion sense has always been ahead of the curve and her charitable contributions are heartwarming.

And she keeps up appearance quite literally. Opting to have a bit of work done, she is still looking as flawless as the day she first stepped onto a red carpet. Keep rocking it, Chrissy.

The Idiot’s Guide to Dying your Hair for the First Time

If it’s your first time dying your hair then all the different information online can be quite overwhelming. There are many factors to take into account when dying your hair for the first time, the biggest decision is deciding what color to dye your hair. You should give this a lot of thought as some colors wash out really quickly so you’ll have to keep redyeing your hair very often. Other colors don’t wash out as quickly but they require specific products and lots of maintenance to keep the color looking fresh so this is also something important to keep in mind when making your decision.

 

If you have a naturally light hair color then you can either get it done at the salon or even as a beginner you should be able to do this yourself. However, if you have naturally dark hair and want to go lighter, you can try this at home as there are lots of YouTube tutorials and walkthroughs of how to but we would recommend going to the salon as the process involves bleaching your hair if done wrong this can cause lots of damage to your hair.  Taking the jump to dye your hair for the first time can be a terrifying decision, even when you’ve decided what color to dye your hair it can be difficult to achieve the exact shade you’ve imagined and are wanting, but if you dye your hair successfully it’s a decision you’ll definitely be happy with. We’ve rounded up some of the best tips to help you be successful when dyeing your hair for the first time.

Advanced Preparation

Making sure you’re prepared is the key to successfully dyeing your hair. If you’re dyeing your hair yourself then it’s important you have everything you need. To dye your own hair you’ll need your chosen color or colors of hair dye, make sure you pick up an extra box or bottle if you have long or thick hair. You’ll need Vaseline to put on your face to stop your fine facial hairs from getting dyed, an old t-shirt that you don’t mind getting hair dye on, and a brush to apply the dye to your hair. If you’re going to a salon to have your hair dyed professionally for the first time then make sure you know how much it’s going to cost and have inspiration pictures to show your hairdresser the color that you want.

Consider the Maintenance

Different styles and colors require different levels of maintenance. If you dye your whole head then you’ll have to commit to monthly visits to the salon to get your roots dyed again when they grow out. You can do this yourself but be careful not to overlap where is already dyed. An easier style to maintain is a balayage, you can leave it to grow out and it will still look good, but it’s recommended to get it topped up every 6-12 months to keep it looking fresh. Also, consider the color, if you go for blonde you’ll need to use purple shampoo and conditioner to keep it looking fresh. Dark colors are the easiest to maintain as they don’t require any specific products, red tones are the most difficult to achieve and maintain so if you’re considering going red make sure you’re ready to commit.

Think About Skin Tones

When you’re looking online and on Pinterest for new fun hair colors you also have to take into account your skin tone and your natural hair color compared to the people in the photos. Your skin tone helps to determine what colors will suit you the most, if you have a pink skin tone then the best colors for you are the cool ashy toned colors and if you have a yellow skin tone then the warm and gold colors will be a better suit for you. Your natural hair color is also important to think about as if you have really dark hair then you’ll not be able to achieve bright colors the first time you dye it without damaging your hair, make sure to leave at least 2 weeks in between bleaching your hair to avoid damage.

Teeth, Hair and Lashes: The Guide to Sprucing Up Your Facial Look

In today’s society, many people will see the title of this article and assume those reading it are materialistic and shallow for wanting to spruce up your facial look. While we’re all for loving yourself as you are and not changing for anyone, if you’re sprucing up for yourself then we can only see positive things coming from it.

Being more comfortable with your facial look is bound to make you feel much more self-confident, this can help improve your mental health, and can help ease social anxiety in people who suffer from that. It is also just a great form of self-care, millions of people have been stuck in lockdown for many months and this guide could help lift their spirits and their mood as it’s something nice and fun to do during this lockdown time. If you have the right intentions and the right attitude towards sprucing up your facial look then it will help you to love yourself more. Teeth, hair, and lashes are the main features on your face so this guide will cover how to spruce up these features.

Teeth

There are various ways to spruce up the look of your teeth, some you can do at home while others will require professional service. At home you can purchase dentist recommended teeth whitening strips to make your teeth shine brighter, you can also purchase a tooth scraper to help remove some of the plaque from your teeth leaving your mouth in a much healthier condition. Professional services that dentists offer that could help spruce up your look could include teeth straightening, the peel dental studio are one of the best dentists that offer this service. This is one of the dental services that rank highest in improving self-confidence, many people feel insecure about having crooked teeth, if you don’t want to have to wear braces there is also the option to straighten your teeth with clear retainers that are hardly noticeable.

Hair

There are tons of things you can do to spruce up your hair look. If you want a change but you still want a conventional hairstyle then one way to spruce up your look is to go shorter, take the jump and get the chop. This alone will be a massive glow up. If you want something a bit more fun then you could always dye the underneath of your hair so that it’s hidden until you want it to be seen. Another option is an undercut to add a bit of character to your hair whilst keeping it conventional.

If you just want something completely new then the options are endless, you could dye your hair a crazy color like blue, purple, or green, whatever you think would suit you best. You could even dye your hair 2 colors whether that’s done as an ombre or half and half split down your part. Some people have even been adventurous enough to have their hair dyed into a rainbow, starting at their scalp and changing color 4 or 5 times before their roots. If you want something really extravagant this would be perfect for you.

Lashes

If you want to spruce up your lashes then the first thing to do is always to try a new mascara as this could completely change the look of your lashes alone. If no then there are many different lash treatments available from thick Russian lashes, to hybrid lashes to a modest lash lift. Any treatment will spruce up your lashes, talk to your lash lady to decide which would suit you best.

How Drag Became One of the Fashion Icons of the 20th Century

The 20th century was one of the most influential and ever-changing periods especially when it comes to fashion, the fashion industry usually takes many influences from a wide range of different sources and the 30th century was no exception. We saw many different developments in fashion during this time with active and sportswear making many appearances within the world of mainstream fashion. A strong influence that you may be surprised to hear about when you think of the 20th century would have to be the huge role that drag has played within fashion. Drag has seen a huge shift into the mainstream world in recent years but in the 20th century, some aspects of drag were not as huge a part of mainstream society as they are now.

 

As the influence of drag has seen a huge increase I think it would be safe to say that its influence within the fashion world has also grown, fashion relies upon trends in clothing and what is considered to be popular at a given time. With social media playing a huge part in this process it is clearer than ever that drag has influenced some of the world’s most luxurious fashion releases as enthusiasts often make comparisons between a drag queen’s work and high-end runway outfits. There are many reasons that could have contributed towards making drag such a fashion influence, which I will be detailed below.

 

Drag Race

Although drag has been around for a very long time it could be argued that its popularity has been brought about due to the recent drag interest when it comes to television. Hit show RuPaul’s Drag race is one of the most successful shows within its genre, it has even developed to become an Emmy award-winning show which I think is a testament to the show’s popularity and its influence within mainstream media. Drag Race has become a factor within the fashion world due to the large following that the show has and the fact that so many fashion statements are made on their iconic runway. With the show’s super famous host it is no surprise that the show has such a large amount of popularity with Rupaul creating his strong reputation throughout the years.

 

Trends in Drag Styles

With fashion becoming such a strong factor within the world of drag we have seen many influences make appearances on top runways around the world. It is not always in a dramatic way that we will see elements of drag within fashion but more subtle inclusions of hairstyles, certain fabrics, or a new combination of clothing items are very common. An example of a trend in drag styles that we have seen in the fashion industry would be things like using a human hair wig and certain fabrics which have been seen on many Queens which have also been seen on the top models.

 

Drag Queen Work Ethic

One of the reasons that we may see drag as a very fashionable industry would be the fact that drag queens are known for having a great work ethic, many queens make their own outfits and style their own hair and makeup so it could be argued that they are skilled when it comes to constructing a fashionable garment. Many drag queens have the experience and the mindset to be able to keep track of trends in the fashion world and to choose the correct pieces to build their drag repertoire whilst remaining in sync with what is going on in the fashion world.

 

The Clubbing Scene

One of the most famous eras of drag would have to be the drag clubbing scene, with iconic eras and groups such as the Klub Kids showing off their unique fashion to their adoring fans. The Klub Kid style of drag is something that cannot be at all replicated in any other art form, so the fact that we can see this kind of drag having an influence in fashion would be a clear indicator of the level of power and influence that drag has, this unique clubbing scene within drag is home to some of the wackiest and most interesting fashion choices.