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KEY SKILLS

  • Originality

  • Interest in cosmetics & makeup

  • Confidence in own abilities

  • Diplomacy

  • Flexibility

  • Good communication

  • Time management

  • Strong Portfolio

  • People Skills

  • Drive

  • Detail-Oriented

  • Patience

  • Management

PROS

  • You do not have to undergo a 9 to 6 desk job.

  • You can start your business or work in a team.

  • You meet different people daily and can develop your own network.

  • It is a rewarding feeling to make people look their best.

  • You bring happiness to people.

  • It allows you to experiment with your creative ideas.

  • The results are quick. 

  • You can meet celebrities and visit new places.

  • You’re in charge of your income.

CONS

  • There is no scheduled time for working.

  • Competition is very tough.

  • It takes time to develop a reputation and a network in this profession.

  • Uncertain budget.

  • You have to constantly learn and unlearn and follow the trend and it could be hectic sometimes.

OPPORTUNITY TYPES

GOT WHAT IT TAKES?

  • Events 

  • Salons 

  • Cosmetic Companies

  • Production Houses

  • Freelancer 

  • Agencies

  • Studios

  • You love doing makeup.

  • You love following trends and do makeup.

  • You know that you are responsible for applying makeup and prosthetics to aesthetically enhance celebrities, performers, individuals, entertainers, or for special events such as weddings or dates. 

  • You know that you can work independently or with a team.

KEY OPPORTUNITIES

Books

Podcasts

Networking Groups

Interesting Facts about the career

  • Interesting Facts about Makeup

1. The word ‘cosmetic’ has a Greek origin. It was derived from the word ‘kosmos’ that means to adorn or arrange. The popular magazine Cosmopolitan also has this root. 

2. Cosmetics were an integral part of health and hygiene in ancient Egypt. Ancient Egyptians used pills and creams to protect their skin against the dry wind and the sun. Natural oils were basic ingredients for perfumes that were also used in religious rituals.

 3. The global beauty industry includes makeup ($18 billion), perfume ($15 billion), hair care ($38 billion), and skincare ($24 billion). 

4. Each year, Americans spend more money on beauty than on education. 

5. The global beauty industry is showing growth at up to 7% a year which is more than twice the GDP rate in the developed world. 

6. The first lipstick appeared in ancient Mesopotamia approximately 4,000 years ago when women decorated their lips with the dust that was made of precious gems. 

7. The first patented nail polish appeared in 1919 and it was a faint pink color.

8. Modern synthetic hair dye was invented in 1907 by the founder of L’Oreal Eugène Schueller. 

9. In the Roman era, even men painted their lips with lipstick to indicate their social rank. 

10. A study conducted in 1991 revealed that women politicians who hired Hollywood makeup artists were more likely to win their election campaigns for 30%. 

11. The first roll-on deodorant was invented in 1952. 12. The first hairspray for the mass market was launched by L’Oreal in 1960. 

13. The Aztecs would use dried cochineal beetles to dye their eyes and lips red. 

14. Ancient Romans made black hair dye by fermenting leeches in vinegar. 

15. Nail polish is considered to be invented in China about 3000 B.C. It was made of egg whites, beeswax, colored powder, and gum Arabic. 

16. In ancient Greece, women lightened their hair with plant extracts or arsenic. 

17. The first modern deodorant that contained aluminum chlorohydrate was invented in 1889 in Philadelphia. 

18. Whale vomit and whale poo are ingredients of fancy perfumes because it ensures that other fragrances last longer. Its price is $200 per gram. 

19. Some spas offer “geisha” facials for $150. It consists of moistened nightingale excrement which is applied to face and allowed to dry on it

20. During the Elizabethan era, coal tar was used as a mascara, eyebrow pencil, and eyeliner. It was flammable, had a bad smell, and caused blindness. 

21. About 3000 B.C., Grecian women used oxen hair as fake eyebrows.

22. To make eyeshadow and lipstick glimmer, fish scales are commonly added. 

23. In 18th-century Spain, young women ate clay that led to chlorosis or anaemia to get a porcelain complexion. 

24. In the Middle Ages, women swallowed arsenic to improve their complexion. 

25. Lipstick sales usually increase during recessions. 

26. During the 19th century, respectable women and men didn’t wear makeup or perfume. The exceptions were invisible skin cream and faint flower scents.




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