Welcome to CareerInMakeup.com. I’m Chris and along with my friend Ash we’re building the ultimate resource for makeup artists looking for information on starting, running and growing an MUA business.
Whether you’re dreaming about becoming a makeup artist and looking for advice on how to get started, or already running a successful MUA business and looking for tips to take it to the next level you’re in the right place.
CareerInMakeup.com will give you the tools and information you need to run your business effectively, so you can get on with doing what you love….
The story of CareerInMakeup begins with a summer full of bookings and a broken laptop…
Ash, our MUA in residence (well actually our makeup artist in Cambridge), is a wicked makeup artist but also a crazy busy full time mum, and balancing the two was becoming more than just a headache. Business booming is great problem to have – but comes with lots of e-mails, scheduling and admin. For Ash, this was all just about handled until one day the laptop containing all her client contact details, and all her booking confirmations went down.
All was not lost – backups on a phone meant clients could be contacted and bookings confirmed, but Ash realised at this stage that improvements were needed.
Enter Chris and Dom – Chris with a background in project management and marketing, and Dom a software developer. Combining their various experiences they began to road test various free and paid-for tools to help Ash manage her business. None quite hit the mark though – some were too complex, some not quite providing the right functions. More drastic measures were called for – Dom (being Ash’s long suffering husband) decided to build something bespoke.
Pretty soon however they started to wonder if more artists than just Ash might benefit from a tool to start lightening the scheduling load. Not one to miss an opportunity to chat to some new people, Chris began e-mailing and calling makeup artists from all around the world to pick their brains. Little did they know how much need there was!
“You talking about your friend you just described me and my life/work balance. I have young children and a desire to succeed in my business that is so strong I can’t quit! These two elements are near impossible to juggle and I find myself working through the evening and sometimes night to get through all of my correspondence so that it doesn’t impact on my time with my family. If you find the solution you must share it!”
“I find doing makeup the easiest part of my work. What I find the most challenging is keeping track of my enquiries as there are now so many portals. Emails, Voicemail, Facebook, Text and Web enquiries! Keeping my website and Facebook page up to date. Sitting every night after working all day and replying to all my enquiries. I too am always busy and really struggle with all this.”
With Dom badgering away to get the app ready Chris realised it would be a shame not to put to good use all this wonderful advice and experience he’d just collected from many great conversations with MUAs. There are plenty of online guides on makeup technique, but there didn’t seem to be a great resource for how to run an MUA business.
And so CareerInMakeup.com was born- with one goal, help makeup artists get back to doing makeup!
Do you have an aspect of your business you struggle with and would like to know how to manage it more effectively. Perhaps you’ve already overcome some big hurdles and would like to share your experience with the wider community. We’d love to hear from you! Drop us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know!