Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Want to be...a make-up artist?

Mel Arter is a super-talented make-up artist - she can make any look instantly cool, edgy yet deceptively simple, like for this eyes story we shot together a while ago. Recently she did the make-up for girl of the year, Style Rookie Tavi, for Pop magazine - more on that later!

These are some shots from her amazing portfolio.

I met up with Mel this week to get her insider info on the industry, trends and her favourite products. First up - how to become a make-up artist:

Do a short course. “Things have changed massively since I trained 13 years ago. Now it’s unrealistic to pay a lot of money for a course – there are good two-week or starter courses where you’ll learn the basics. Really when you do a longer course, you’re paying just to practice - I practised at home by copying looks from magazines. So there’s no need to break the bank on your training."

Become an assistant: "Next, assist a make-up artist. It sounds scary if you don’t know anyone, but the truth is make-up artists are always looking for assistants – and like to train you up from nothing. I look for people with little or no experience! They learn quicker that way. Email the make-up artists agencies and get a list of names. Or there might be someone you really admire – just write to them."

Be passionate about it: "The key thing is to be absolutely passionate and dedicated – forget your social life! You need to be motivated and to set yourself targets every single week – if you don’t you’ll never get on. There’s no structure to this industry – it’s not like you can get a job on reception and work your way up – but that can be a good thing, since you can go in at any level. I just couldn’t help myself – my mum used to bring home Vogue for me and I would rush to my room and copy the looks."

Thanks for that great advice, Mel.

Posted by Picasa


  1. Great article and great blog, excited to see more!
    we'll be back!
    come follow us at TBAG :) have an amazing giveaway!

    Have a lovely weekend xx

  2. "The key thing is to be absolutely passionate and dedicated – forget your social life!" So true. Brilliant advice, same goes for stylists. It's a competitive industry, don't do it unless you live and breathe it!

  3. I love the make up because i can see my self like a super star, always beautiful and wonderful. I think the make up is the best innovation discovered. I enjoy make up very well when i have a date with a handsome man. For a moment perfect in the sexual activity i recommend you to buy viagra, another great innovation.