While I was at work today, I spent maybe 25% of the time doing my real job and 75% of the time doing research on how to be a successful MUA. I spent a lot of my time on http://www.specktra.net/. There’s a lot of good advice on there as far as how to apply makeup, the best makeup for your skin type & tone, how to become a freelance makeup artist etc. Thanks to Makeup by RenRen and Erin at Scandalous beauty for directing so many people like myself to such an informational site.
I know a lot of you (I know I was) were probably wondering how MUA’s who are just starting out afford most of the products they have in their kits. Many cosmetic companies offer discounts (up to 40%) to makeup artist professionals. The most well-known is MAC PRO (click the link for info – $35 for membership). Then you have others like STILA, NARS (super hard to get especially if you’re just starting out), Nixie, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, Smashbox and many others. I’ll do a post later to tell you all of the ones who offer professional discounts, and their requirements.
Today, I printed out the MAC PRO membership, and Smashbox Pro applications (faxed them in too!) I’m PRAYING I see a $35 charge to my card from MAC because that means I was approved!!! Hello 30-40% off. Do you know how much I’ll save?!? Pray for me.
I also signed up for Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics professional discounts, which I was approved for almost instantly. I’m waiting on Nixie, NYX, and two others.
Make sure you have a business card, a resume, professional recommendations, comp card, tear sheets if you want to apply for any of the discounts offered by these companies.