How do you practice putting makeup on clients if the course is online?

Learning Makeup Artistry either online or in person requires the same important foundation: practice.

No matter if you are near or far, superior education in Makeup Artistry at the Online Makeup Academy is our ultimate goal. Our instructors want you to master the art of Makeup Artistry so you can fulfill your professional goals of becoming a Certified Makeup Artist. We don’t let the distance get in the way of attention to detail and quality learning; our courses are professionally taught by expert New York City industry Makeup Artists who will bring their passion and dedication for the art of makeup application directly to you through our online Makeup Artist course. At the Online Makeup Academy, we provide all of the tools and training that you will need, and all that we ask of you is to work hard by practicing and perfecting your craft. Our instructors will be there supporting you and providing valuable advice, feedback, and guidance every step of the way!

There are several benefits to an online learning environment when practicing Makeup Artistry:

  • You can pause and watch the makeup application technique and course module(s) as many times as you need to.
  • You will have unlimited access to the Makeup Artist course, this means that not only can you view our course curriculum while you are a student learning the individual techniques, you will continue to have lifetime access to the course and full curriculum even after you have completed the course and earned your certification, so you can always reference these professional makeup application techniques and in depth instructional videos as a refresher whenever it may be needed.
  • One on one correspondence and personal feedback with our professional Makeup Artist instructors. You will never feel “lost” in a large classroom environment. Our professional Makeup Artist instructors work hands on and directly with our students and will help to cultivate and master their individual strengths and unique artistry as they find their individual niche and career path as a Makeup Artist.
  • You can be as independent or as hands on as you prefer, receiving as much or as little personal advice and feedback from our instructors as you would like. This includes the opportunity to re-submit assignments an unlimited number of times (re-submission is typically not required, but our instructors are always happy to review multiple assignment submissions, and remember – the harder you work and the more you practice, the more detailed and professional in your technique and craft you will become! Practice will always make perfect!)

Our top tips for practicing and submitting your professional makeup application techniques:

  • While we always recommend, if possible, practicing on a friend or family member (remember, these are your first “clients”), it is absolutely fine for you to begin the course by first practicing on yourself, and then branching out to practicing makeup application on your friends and family members as you become more comfortable with professional makeup application techniques. We do encourage our students to at some time during the course familiarize themselves with practicing makeup artistry on those other than themselves. Practicing on a variety of individual clients allows you to excel the most as a beginning Makeup Artist and will enable you to achieve a proper range of professional techniques based on different skin tones, complexions, and client requests.
  • Perfect your attention to detail. As a professional Makeup Artist, details are the major key in successful makeup application. It is very important to take your time, keep an open mind, learn to cultivate your artistic eye, and have a strong sense and attention to detail. This will continue to come easier to you the more you practice. In fact, the in depth attention to details will be even more important to remember when you are pursuing an online course such as our Makeup Artist course from the Online Makeup Academy, as our submissions will require detailed photos, which our Makeup Artist instructors will be able to view and critically analyze. Don’t be afraid! Detailed photos will allow you to receive the best feedback possible to perfect your skills as you become a professional Makeup Artist! This is your time for experimentation and learning the beginning skills as you develop your professional career. It is to your benefit to embrace our instructors’ knowledge and experience to become the best Makeup Artist that you possibly can!

An opportunity to perfect your photography skills:

  • While you don’t have to be a professional photographer to submit your coursework for review, it never hurts to continuously expand your knowledge, education, and skillset by picking up a few professional photography tips along the way. This will also help the visual aspect of your creative and professional client work as you build your brand and business as a freelance Makeup Artist.
  • The request of high quality detailed photos for your homework submissions in the Makeup Artist course at the Online Makeup Academy will allow you to start practicing and identifying what also translates most effectively visually from in person to on the camera.
  • Creating with the medium (photography and makeup) that you have available – submitting your photos instead of an in person review offers just as valuable of a reference to our instructors and provides the opportunity for high quality feedback and instruction.
  • The need for photo submissions allows for an incredible opportunity to excel in your desired creative path. Photography and beauty are creatively intertwined. If you are looking to excel in the freelance fashion, beauty, and editorial sectors of the Makeup Artist industry – you will need to know the basic elements of photography to achieve the perfect makeup application that reflects just as beautifully on the camera as well as off.

How to take the most effective photos of your makeup looks:

  • Lighting: arguably the number one most important factor for a professional quality photo. Lighting is the key element that will translate your makeup application in quite literally “the best light” possible. We recommend natural light (which is always available to everyone!), whether directly outside or in a room by a window (or windows!). You don’t need fancy equipment to achieve the best look on your photo, natural light will always work best and showcase your artistry. The best time of day to take a photo in natural light is in the early morning or afternoon. Mid-day lighting can cast unwanted shadows and highlights (think of it as when the sun is always brightest – don’t you tend to “squint” your eyes? The camera and play on lighting almost reacts in the same way!).
  • Background: selecting the ideal background is also imperative in displaying your makeup work submissions in the best possible way. When choosing your background, it is best to select a minimal background (such as a bare wall inside or outside) so you can properly highlight and attract the focus to your beautiful makeup application!
  • Focus: selecting a clear focus in the image that you take is imperative in properly highlighting the individual makeup application technique you are looking to share. Be sure that your makeup is the star of the show! We recommend at the Online Makeup Academy one clear full face photo view, and then, depending on the makeup application technique (such as a carbon black smokey eye or red lip), highlighting a specific area that is the main makeup focus of the lesson. You don’t always have to take a full face shot, sometimes the details (as we’ve mentioned above!) are the most important part! If you have a professional camera (not required!) with an optical zoom, try taking detailed close up photos of the area that you have applied your creative technique. This can create a beautifully clear and crisp detailed image (on the other hand, we don’t recommend a digital zoom, as that can blur out the detail of the image).
  • Angles: capturing the best angle can showcase your creative technique and makeup application in the ideal and most visually pleasing way. Practice capturing different angles and see what translates best on the camera! For detailed eye shots look down slightly to highlight the makeup technique on the lid, and open your eye (slightly raise your eyebrow) to emphasize the full look. For face shots you can play with the best angles depending on the technique (dewy skin detail shots can benefit greatly from a side angle view capturing the highlight in a gorgeous way!)
  • Cropping and framing your photo: this is typically done after your photo is taken. If there are any distracting elements in the background, you can easily crop this out. Highlight the areas that you are looking to emphasize based on the look, and be sure not to over-crop the photo (it will still visually need to remain balanced and you always want to be sure to identify what the focus and subject is!).
  • Practice makes perfect: this is true for all artistic mediums whether it is perfecting your photography, or makeup artistry; continued dedication to your craft will enable you to identify your strengths, individual talents, and create an artistic presence and skillset that is identifiably and artistically you!