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Tips for Becoming a Successful Makeup Artist

So, you graduated from cosmetology school and are now free to express your creativity and share your talent with the world. You’re not a household name like Bobbi Brown, but you’ve got flair.

How can you break into an industry that’s based on freelance work? In order to be a successful freelance makeup artist, you must first learn how to market yourself and your name. If you are a cosmetology graduate, you probably already know that the industry is based on experience and networking.

Therefore, if you have the expertise, you must spend the bulk of your time on networking and turn your name into a brand.

Below are some tips on how to become a successful freelance makeup artist. If you focus on networking, establishing a clientele, and perfecting your craft, you will have no trouble finding work.


Find Your Niche Decide which market best suits your style. For example, some makeup artists work solely as theatrical makeup artists while others are editorial artists for film and television. You can also become a wedding makeup artist if you can build a solid rapport with wedding planners.

Once you’ve found your niche, do research. Study your niche’s trends: past and present. Having this knowledge will set you apart from other freelance artists and show that you are dedicated to your craft.

Network You must first work on building a reputation and clientele. Social media is the most effective way to network and show off your skills. Purchase a reliable smartphone, like the Google Nexus 3, or tablet so that you can always be connected to your clients when you’re on the move.

Whenever you do a client’s makeup, snap a quick photo and upload it to your Facebook and Twitter pages. Even if you’re experimenting with yourself, show it off. The more your friends and fans see your work, the more interested they’ll be the next time they need their makeup done. Get to know event planners in your area. That way, if they’re ever looking for someone to do makeup for an event (wedding, gala, etc.) they have your contact information available.

Start a Professional Portfolio This will not consist of those mobile pictures you’re posting on your Facebook page. You will need professional photographs of your work for your professional portfolio.

The great thing about being a makeup artist is that if you network enough, you will often be asked to do make up for a photo shoot. Once the photographer puts the photos into his respective portfolio, simply ask if you can use it. The more photo shoots you work on, the more photos you’ll have for your portfolio.

Invest in a Variety of Quality Products This is a no-brainer for most makeup artists-you need a variety of dependable makeup and tools to use. Having a decent variety will make your job easier. And don’t forget about where you store it all. When you’re a mobile makeup artist, you travel to wherever your client tells you to go.

You don’t have to spend an arm and a leg on storage, but be sure that whatever you use to store your makeup in is reliable. Most professional makeup artists use a makeup train case like this case by SHANY. If you have a network of other makeup artists, don’t be afraid to ask what they use.

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Expected 2018 Swimwear Trends

Courtesy: Underlines Magazine

The reason why we are all so invested in watching the fashion weeks is because we want to know the upcoming trends and follow them. Amongst all other fashion shows, the Miami Swim Week is a fairly common one. All the trends that we see on the runway during this show makes it to the stores immediately.

With summer 2018 coming up shortly, we have compiled a list of upcoming swimwear trends. Here are some of the hits that we think will make it to the beaches:

  • Tassels

This trend did not fade away in just one season, every designer incorporated tassel into the wardrobe one way or the other. We have enough reasons to believe that this trend will continue to shine.

  • Suspenders and Harnesses

While the swimwear doesn’t fall off easily, the designers added these in almost every other article. Be prepared to see them in different ways.

  • Sheer Panels

This was a big hit and we believe that people will actually love this trend in real life. The swimsuits, instead of cutouts, had sheer panels which we loved.

  • Sleeves

This was a major hit, some swim wears had ruffled sleeves, and some went for the classic full sleeve while others embraced off shoulders. It was interesting to see such diverse takes on swim suits.

  • Floral vs. Metallic

These two trends caught our eyes the most and we believe that we will be seeing a lot more of these on the beaches. We loved the metallic as much as we loved the floral, so we cannot pick a clear winner.

You can find swimwear Australia wide, however in order to make the most out of it, it is better if you wait a bit longer.

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Handy Maintenance Tips for Silver Jewelry

Wish to enhance the longevity of your silver jewelry items? Follow the maintenance tips provided in the following article. Authentic silver jewelry, when properly taken care of, can retain its charm and beauty for a long time. However, casual/improper handling can result in such jewelry items looking rather untidy.

We would here discuss a few useful maintenance guidelines for silver jewelry pieces:


Clean silver jewelry after taking them off

Use a soft piece of cloth to thoroughly clean the surface and corners of silver jewelry and fashion jewelry – every time after you wear them. Do not use any strong chemical cleaning agent, which might degrade the quality of your fine/sterling silver jewelry.

Hold silver jewelry by the edges

Use your fingers to hold silver bangles and bracelets by their edges. That would rule out the chances of untidy finger marks on these jewelry pieces. Chances of the silver jewelry getting tarnished would also be reduced. Store the jewelry items properly – Keep all your silver jewelry products in a spacious and properly organized jewelry box. Make sure that the jewelry pieces are not exposed to direct sunlight for extended hours – which can damage the surface patina.

Take off silver jewelry before going for a swim

This is a common maintenance tip for all types of silver jewelry and fashion jewelry. Before taking a dip in the swimming pool, take off the jewelry pieces that you are wearing. Contact with water (particularly if it has chlorine content in it) can blacken silver, and removing such marks can be troublesome.

Remove scratches from the surface

If any of your silver jewelry items have got scratched, use a mild buffing/cleaning solution to remove it. The solution you choose should depend on the precise type of silver jewelry that it would be used on (sterling silver, silver-plated jewelry, etc.). Wear silver jewelry regularly – Fashion jeweler products are meant to be worn on a regular basis, and silver items are no exception either. Do not keep silver jewelry items lying in the boxes for many weeks/months on end. Buy such jewelry pieces that you would actually wear regularly.

Do not bring silver jewelry in contact with gels, sprays and make-up items

Put on your silver jewelry items, after you are done with applying all other make-up. Make sure that hair gels and/or body sprays do not contaminate the surface of these jewelry products. If silver jewelry accidentally does get marked with any makeup product, polish the former immediately, to remove the stain. Keep silver jewelry away from stainless steel products – Close proximity to steel (in particular, stainless steel) can lead to silver jewelry getting tarnished pretty quickly. Keep the jewelry pieces wrapped in tarnish-resistant cloth in the box – away from any type of stainless steel product.

Be careful while wearing them

Do not be in a tearing hurry, while putting on precious fashion jewelry and silver jewelry items. You might end up losing the buckle of silver earrings or damaging the clasp of necklaces. Take your time while putting them on and removing them.

Get in touch with a professional jewelry polishing company

If the surface of your silver jewelry items starts showing a purple tinge, chances are high that they have become heavily tarnished. Avail of the services of a reliable, expert jewelry polishing company, to get them thoroughly cleaned. Don’t forget to keep the receipt carefully! Make sure that the cleaning solution(s) you use on silver jewelry does not contain any phosphates. Keep the jewelry pieces away from dampness. Follow these easy maintenance tips – and make your silver jewelry last for a long, long time!

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Is There Any Such Thing as a Designer Baby?

Before you raise your eyebrows at the content of this article, keep in mind that we’re not about to embark on a discussion on the rights and wrongs of a scientific designer baby. Instead, this guest contribution is going to look at whether or not it’s really possible to carve out that illusive designer image for your little one. In fact, more to the point, we’ll look to see if you can create it on a budget that doesn’t resemble Victoria Beckham’s.

The remainder of this post will, therefore, look at all of the areas you can create that designer appearance, before asking the question if it’s possible to achieve these effects on a budget. Furniture The first element we’re going to look at certainly can give your baby the designer image before he or she is even born. With most parents putting together their baby’s nursery long before the due date, it’s certainly easy to create that fashionable, designer image from an early stage.


Unfortunately, this is also an area which can cost a fortune. For example, if you take a look at the luxury nursery furniture, it’s plain to see that this is the exact designer image that a lot of parents wish for. However, it is highly expensive and certainly not affordable to the majority of parents.

Unlike some of the other suggestions through the course of this article, it’s very difficult to pull off the designer nursery on a budget. Fashionable furniture sets generally cost a lot of money and while you can purchase standalone wardrobes, cots, and other nursery furniture, they don’t possess the ‘designer’ factor that we’ve been talking about for the last few paragraphs.

Clothing If you visit the local Diesel store, or any other major brand for that matter, you’ll probably gasp at some of the prices. Unfortunately, baby clothes aren’t cheap either and if you are looking at dressing your little one with the biggest labels on the high-street be prepared to fork out unbelievable sums of money. Therefore, in the case of clothing – it’s most definitely possible to create that designer baby. Unfortunately, it usually comes at a massive cost.

On a more positive note, you can cut corners and dress your baby fashionably on a budget. Unlike adults, babies don’t perspire and this means that it’s perfectly hygienic to purchase second-hand clothes. Moreover, with clothes only tending to fit babies for weeks at a time, you’ll effectively be buying the garments new anyway. Therefore, through the likes of eBay and similar sources, dressing your designer baby in big labels can be done on a budget.

Toys Most people don’t realize that toys can also be bought in a designer style. Admittedly, they are a little more difficult to distinguish, but if you take your pram and venture to your nearest department store the vast majority of toys stocked there will be referred to as designer goods.

 Suffice to say, they are significantly more expensive and if you really are looking to bring your baby up ‘fashionably’, it’s probably best to save your money on clothes and furniture. Designer toys from department stores rarely do anything more than ones purchased from your standard toy shop, so save the pennies (or pounds, in this case).

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