Updated: Dec 6, 2018
Now that permanent makeup is on the mainstream map, in large part due to the microblading explosion, there are more and more people from all walks of life pursuing a career in this area of the beauty industry.
As an artist and entrepreneur myself, I think this development is exceptional! Especially when statistics show that females are grossly underrepresented in the world of business ownership. The beauty industry, however, has always been an exception to that rule. It's a space that women know well and more and more women are taking ownership of that every day and becoming their own bosses!
As passionate as I am about eyes, brows, and lashes, I am more passionate about women feeling confident and being independent, whatever that looks like for them. For some of the women I interact with, that may mean that I can give them eyebrows that they lost due to Cancer. For others, it may mean that I can teach them the skills they need to finally quit the job they hated and do something they enjoy for a living.
All that said, certainly a job in microblading and permanent makeup is not for everyone! Read on below for my take on the job itself and what it takes to be great!
So What Makes The Job So tough?
A lot of your job is to gain the trust of strangers. This is not as easy as it sounds. You need to be confident in explaining to every client that you will care for them and that you're an expert at your craft. You must have unshakeable confidence in yourself or your client will pick up on your fears and be incredibly nervous. Trust is KEY.
By everyone. Your clients during their appointments, and all their friends and family when they get home! The internet - potential clients on your website, and followers on social media. You must develop tough skin and maintain professionalism. It's crucial that an artist maintain the ability to accept constructive criticism and respond accordingly for continuous improvement.
Brows are so important and the rest of the world is starting to understand that. Clients see celebrity brows, their favorite YouTubers and influencers daily. It's the artist's job to meet those expectations or taper them accordingly. This requires the right balance of trying to give the client what they want, while still making sure it's the best brow for their face.
Here is the most popular definition of craft:
An art, trade, or occupation requiring special skill, especially manual skill.
Cosmetic tattooing is a craft. Much like carpentry, traditional tattooing, pottery, and knitting, someone can teach you the steps and important information, but ultimately you cannot be a master at any craft without experience and practice. This is the most important part to consider when trying to decide if you're capable of becoming a permanent makeup artist.
Are you willing to put the work in to BECOME great. No one, not even the world's best, is amazing at permanent makeup right away. The great ones pushed through their discomfort and kept plugging away. With time, anyone with strong work ethic can master their craft.
What Qualities Are Needed?
Excellent people skills
Outstanding customer service skills
High attention to detail
High work ethic and willingness to practice many hours to improve
Significant self confidence
Ability to see something in your head and translate that to art with your hands
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