Aspiring MUAs: Make the Makeup, Don’t Let the Makeup Make You. Are we buying new products because we think they’ll make us better?

Do you see that picture above? Yep, that one with the all the pigments, eyeshadows and miscellaneous items. Thats ONE of my makeup drawers on my personal makeup chest and not any one of those products made me a better makeup artist. Oh, now wait, some of them may have made application a little easier, they may have allowed me to create more looks, but they didn’t enhance my skills. I like many other newly budding artist fell prey to the “buy it and you’ll be like them” idea. I, and I know several others of you also thought that if I bought the product that this celebrity artist liked, or if I bought the product that they used on youtube it would make me jump higher, swim faster, be smarter, beat faces harder and turn me into an automatic Makeup Artist. 

*In my Antoine Dodson voice* “Well…………..obviously” It doesn’t quite work like that. What’s the point in buying a product if we don’t know the real reason behind using it? Okay, so you bought over $500 worth or products at The Makeup Show or at IMAT’s this year. Have you used all of them? Did you need them? Or did you buy off of impulse because so and so had it and they said it was great and they were able to work magic with it and because they did it so should you right? Right? Wrong… Owning the latest products will not make your skills better then they were before you owned it. We have to learn how to use these products, how to manipulate these products, how to become the puppet master’s. 

Prime Example: Yesterday I entered in Ricky Wilson’s “Fall into the Blue” Contest. The rules were simple, create a blue eye look, easy enough. Instead of rushing and just slapping on some different shades of blue and blending them in I actually sat and thought about what I learned from watching Danessa Myricks work on her magic on her “Step By Step Basics -Eyes” DVD, I thought about what James Vincent posted on a thread in a Facebook group and decided I wasn’t going to use anything within my comfort zone.  I decided to break out products that I’d bought, but never used because I didn’t know how, products that I only bought because so and so said they were good.  I decided to play with textures and create shades and step outside my comfort zone.  I controlled the makeup and I didn’t let the makeup control me.  Now I’m not saying I created a masterpiece on my eyes but… I learned something!

I know it gets exciting to see all the new colors and to have the latest and greatest but the latest and greatest is not always the best. So, before you make another impulse “Keeping up with Jones’s” Makeup purchase I challenge all Aspiring MUA’s to ask themselves these question.

Do I need it? Do I have something that already does that? Will I take the time to accurately learn to how to use it? 

Of Course Ms. Jennifer James Always Says it Best..

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  1. August 10, 2011 / 11:22 pm

    Nice read! Great points re-enforced & other points made…thank you so much for the mention. Any time I can be mentioned on the same day as people I tremendously respect – Danessa Myricks & James Vincent…I am fortunate. What an honor, THANK YOU! 🙂

  2. August 11, 2011 / 3:10 am

    I totally love this post. Please give me permission to copy it and post on my blog too. a lot of aspiring MUAs need to read this as well. It is so true.

    For me though, buying new makeup is usually as a result of going for an event and not having the right colours or textures etc. cos i usually just go for natural makeup on myself which is what im comfortable with and totally defines my kind of person.

    Please send your permission for this post to my email. thanks

  3. Sherry Blossom
    August 11, 2011 / 5:54 pm

    Love this post and I HAVE fell victim some time or another and I totally MISSED the contest! I hope you win!

  4. August 12, 2011 / 11:14 pm

    I love this post! So on point! I make sure to do research and process of elimination before making a purchase for my steadily growing kit to be sure that Im buying what I can make the most of. Thank you for posting this Melody!

  5. August 15, 2011 / 3:04 pm

    Great post. I can definitely relate!

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