Every once in a while, I get to write articles about the thing I’m most passionate about — teaching makeup. I enjoy it, I’m good at it and I think I can encourage people to do the same. If you’re interested in teaching makeup, then read on.
Work On Your Public Speaking Skills
No matter how good you are at what you do, you won’t be able to teach properly if you can’t translate it into an effective lecture. If you’re a bit iffy about speaking in public, then you’re going to have to start practicing. I’m socially awkward but for some reason, I’m able to hold a good lecture, a funny one at that. So this career is really perfect for me.
You can start practicing by talking to yourself in the mirror. It helps when you hear yourself and see your facial expressions.
Write Your Own Modules
Gather all the knowledge that you have and put them together and place them in order. First, do it by complexity. Just like any other module out there, you need to do start with the basics and then branch out to different disciplines. You can create separate modules for eye makeup, airbrush makeup and the like.
Prepare Your Materials
Learning aids are important. It’s impossible to teach a form of art when you don’t have the medium available. A big part of teaching makeup is teaching students how different products feel, look like, and the like. You and your students will go through a lot of swatching and try-ons for product familiarity. It’s amazing what a makeup artist can do when he or she is very familiar with how a product feels.
You can do this with tools, too. Let your students pick up a brush and feel the bristles on their skin. There is a lot you can teach them just by feeling and touching and trying on tools and makeup.
Be Ready for Questions
This is not like regular school where almost everyone has a similar pace. Some people will be more interested in others, some people will be more invested and some people will be chill during the class. So make sure that when you teach, you only teach the things you’re well-versed about. So that when students ask questions, you can answer properly and effectively.
Makeup is more dynamic than you think. Every now and then, beauty gurus come out with a new trend, a “better” way to do things, a new method to make your face younger and the list goes on and on. Brands innovate and with the technology available to us, they come up with new makeup products that become so trending that you have no choice but to know them and educate yourself about them not just because you want to look like you know everything but because you want to know if there’s a newly discovered method or new product that will work better, all factors considered.
It’s fun, to be honest. I enjoy holding makeup lessons. It’s just a challenge to keep up with all the trends but overall, it’s a great industry to belong to!