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How to Become A Professional Makeup Artist

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Before considering a career as a makeup artist, you must do field research. That’s the primary way to avoid pitfalls. Is there room in your geographical area for another makeup artist? What is the competition like? Are you willing to travel for, say, a wedding? How far? Is your car dependable? If you don’t want to travel, is your city big enough for you to get the client base you need?

Also get the scoop on pay in your area. It will vary, even in one town, depending on your clientele. Working for a wedding planner, you will make more than working for a mall photography shop. Find out what the highest and lowest income opportunities are.

Freelance or Corporate: Perks and Pitfalls

If your research gives you a green light, the next step is to decide between the freelance life and the employee life.

Working for a company, perhaps being a sales rep for your favorite cosmetics brand, or being the on-call makeup artist for a film production company, you can count on a regular paycheck and perhaps even benefits.

Joining the growing group of freelancers, you’ll need to spend at least 50% of your work day on marketing yourself.

Licensing

In either case – freelance or corporate – the next step is to become accredited.

Get the information on the legal, health, and educational certification required by your state, county, or town. Take classes from an accredited beauty school (many have generous scholarship programs).

How to Get Work

Now you’re ready for the most critical part of becoming a professional makeup artist: marketing yourself.

If you want to work for a company, you can send resumes to spas, beauty salons, and specific cosmetic companies. Once you get a job, you are on your way to a career. You can make contacts, work your way up in the organization, acquire mentors, and get that most magical benefit of all – experience. If you get a job with a specific cosmetic company, they may require you to take additional classes focusing on their products. Usually they will pay for that.

A plum job with great pay would be one with a special effects makeup company that does film and television work. Getting that job will require additional training, lots of pavement pounding, and living in the right city. L.A., Atlanta, Chicago, and New York are important film industry hubs. Other cities, like Austin, Texas, attract film professionals, but these people often bring their own makeup artists with them.

Choosing the freelance route means that self-promotion becomes a way of life. But once you reach a point where you have a little bit of paying work, you’ll find that word of mouth will exponentially increase your customer base.

Freelancing: Special Considerations

As a freelance makeup artist, you can approach wedding planners, photography studios, film production companies, ad agencies, and theatrical groups. Make sure, too, that all talent agencies in your area know about you.

You’re creative – that’s one reason you’re going into the makeup profession. And you can use that creative mind to make a list of marketing ideas. Here are a few to get you going:

  • Print up business cards and always have them on you. Leave them with everyone you meet during the day.
  • Join a networking group. These groups are extremely effective. You’ll meet perhaps once a month either for lunch or happy hour (some troopers have breakfast meetings!), and there will usually be an agenda, followed by a social time of mingling. Some networking groups are free, some charge a fee. If you’re just starting your networking experience, definitely join the free groups. You will have to pay for your meal and drinks, though.
  • Walk tall and exude success. It always shows. Read books on your own. Study magazines. Try makeup techniques on your friends and read makeup sites on the Internet. Get your confidence up as high as it will go!
  • Make a list of all your contacts. You have more than you realize. Friends, your accountant, your church or social groups, the shopkeepers you see regularly. Don’t worry, you’re not going to hassle these people. But you can send them a cute postcard announcing the opening of your new makeup business.
  • Which brings us to the next item. Print up some eye-catching postcards (you can do it on your computer), and send them out. Always have extras so you can send them to new people as you meet them.
  • Get yourself to any and all beauty-related events in your area. Whether it’s a trade show, a trunk show, a store opening, or a book signing, be there with your business cards.
  • Put up a website. It’s easy, even if you’ve never done it before. Today, a website is more important than a business card! See Website – Do It Yourself to get started.
  • Design and print up a resume-type introduction that you can give to the local spa directors and wedding planners. It must be unique – not bland like a business resume – and colorful. Use your imagination. Make it irresistible.

Today’s Freelance Makeup Artist Needs:

The other requirement of being a freelancer is that you’ll have to stock your own makeup kit. This is an investment, and if you make money, chances are you’ll be able to deduct the costs of your cosmetics.

Many women are going “green” these days, so be sure your makeup kit is filled with earth-friendly, skin-friendly, and non-animal tested products. If you want to specialize and use only vegan products, you could use that as a compelling marketing tool.

Being “known” for a unique niche is also a great way to catch business. You could specialize in makeovers, anti-aging looks, head shots for actors (although many actors prefer to do their own makeup), or runway and catalog makeup for models.

Whether you apply to work for a company or go freelance, remember: there is no guarantee that you will immediately earn enough money to live on. Go into the process with enough money saved up to keep you in the black for at least six to twelve months. And decide ahead of time how long you’re willing to go without clients. Market your services with an organized plan, and be persistent.

Going into the makeup artist business can be an awesome life change – financially and emotionally. Do it with care, do it with intelligence, do it with a plan – and you could be living your dream.

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Purple Professional Nail Polish Review

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Purple nail polish comes in so many different shades that it can be worn throughout the seasons to nearly any occasion. There are lavender, eggplant, and true purple nail polishes popping up everywhere.

There are even bright, neon magentas that have been showing up. Purple nail polish looks great on most skin tones and can add a huge contrast if you pick the right one. Darker purples will really show up against fair skin and lighter ones will create a huge difference on darker skin. The range of purple shades vary so much that they can be worn in a professional environment or even on a special night out. Here are some different shades of purple nail polish and how they can be worn:

Pale lavender nail polishes have become very popular. They come in extreme pastels and even brighter lilac shades. Lavender polishes are very subtle and are perfect in an office environment. They can be worn with blacks or other purple attire and accessories. Lavender shades are very natural looking, but if you have darker skin they will create a huge contrast. Try using pale lavender nail polish on the tips of your nails for a twist on the classic french manicure. You can even pair a pale purple polish with other pastel shades by alternating them on each nail. For the perfect shade of lavender nail polish check our “nice is nice”, “st. lucia lilac”, “lilacism”, and “looking for love” by Essie.

True purple polishes and magenta add a great pop of color and really stand out against fair skin. They are perfect for summer months and can be paired with a bright sun dress. Since tangerines are super popular right now, try wearing a bright purple with a tangerine top or dress for the perfect contrast of colors. True purples are suitable for casual office environments but try to shy away from bright magentas in a professional settings. These colors are great for polka dotted nails and could be mixed with a lilac nail polish for a great effect. If you are looking for a great purple or magenta nail polish try “sure shot” by Essie or “Justin Beiber” by Nicole.

Dark, eggplant purples are ideal for a date night or a sophisticated event because they give a dark, sexy vibe without seeming overwhelming. Deep purples are a great alternative to dark black nail polishes. There are many different shades of dark purples including rich rose shades, eggplant shades, and maroon shades. There are even some purple nail polishes that have a rich brownish tint. You could pair a rich purple shade with a pale violet dress, a purple dress, or a black dress. This shade would also create a great contrast against gray apparel or accessories. Consider painting both your fingernails and toenails this shade and letting your toes peek through peep-toe pumps for a sensual vibe. For the perfect dark purple shades take a look at “plumberry”, “raspberry”, “angora cardi”, “jamaica me crazy”, and “big spender” by Essie.

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iPhone TV Online

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The iPhone continues to amaze millions with its capabilities. The most recent trend has been with online video.

While it is true that some video does not work on the iPhone (i.e. Flash), the important thing to note is that H.264 and Quicktime based streaming video does.

With that well understood, a variety of major studios have placed video content online for the iPhone.

Full episodes include 30 Rock, Beverly Hills 90210, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Crusoe, Days of our Lives, Heroes, Kath & Kim, Knight Rider, Life, Lipstick Jungle, MacGyver, My Own Worst Enemy, The Office, Smart Girls at the Party, Star Trek, and The Young and the Restless.

Webisodes and segments include Battlestar Galactica, Cartoon Networks’s, Flapjack, Disney’s Pixar Mater’s Tall Tales, The Late Show with David Letterman, Mythbusters, Criss Angel’s Mindfreak, as well as other selections on the ABC, Animal Planet, Biography, Discovery, E! Online, Food Network, G4 TV, and Travel Channel sites.

Previews, sports, and news clips are also available on CBS News, CBS Sports, ESPN, FOX Sports Network, MSNBC, and The Weather Channel.

So what’s the catch? The iPhone is a bit small to watch for extended periods, and generally, Wi-Fi over 3G is recommended.

So would you, since you could? In general, the video on the iPhone is perfect for catching a current news clip of a pilot landing on water or amusing the kids while waiting for the doctor.

To find all the great video sites for the iPhone, open the Safari browser and type in “iphone.spreety.com”.

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The Truth About Ingrown Toenail Home Remedies

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When she walked into the living room, Billy was sitting on the couch. His sock and shoe lay on the floor. He was staring closely at his big toe. Then he looked up at his mother and said “I think I have an ingrown toenail. Its been hurting since last week, but I didn’t want you to take me to the doctor. I was hoping it would just go away.”

Ingrown toenails can be painful. But the thought of going to the doctor seems to bother some kids even more. Mix a teenager’s emerging independence with a little fear of doctor’s offices, and its no wonder they wait to ask for help.

There are many home remedies for ingrown toenails. Some work and some don’t. Some are even the same as those a pediatrician would recommend. Once you understand the causes and various home treatments for ingrown toenail, you can decide for yourself which might be best.

An ingrown toenail begins when any part of the toenail gets caught in the skin around the nail. The skin then becomes irritated and inflamed. If the piece of nail is sharp, the skin can actually become punctured or cut by the jagged corner of the nail. If the toenail punctures the skin causing an open wound, bacteria and infection can develop. The toe becomes red, swollen and very painful.

The most common home remedy for ingrown toenails is to soak the foot in warm Epsom salts. Soaking the foot this way can soften the skin around the nail. This can make the area less inflamed and less painful. In some cases it can be enough to make let the ingrown piece of nail become free.

Some people think that Epsom salt soaks can cure an ingrown toenail. It is true that a high concentration of Epsom salts can kill bacteria that cause infection. However, Epsom salts can also kill the fibroblast cells that heal wounds. If there is an open wound or an infection, Epsom salt soaks can prolong healing.

Petroleum jelly applied to an ingrown nail is another common home treatment. Patients have said they think Vaseline will soften the nail and let it slide out of the ingrown nail fold. While Vaseline will soften the skin, it also traps a great deal of moisture. This can cause the skin to become too moist and break down. If the skin breaks down, you have a much higher chance of bacteria getting in and causing an infected ingrown toenail.

Another common home remedy is to stuff cotton under the corner of the nail. The idea is that you might be able to hold the nail up away from the skin long enough to let it calm down. But this usually back-fires. The cotton actually creates more pressure on the skin under the toenail. Cotton also holds in moisture that can encourage an infection.

Another myth about ingrown toenails is that you can cut a V-shaped piece of nail out of the center of the toenail. The idea is that the gap you cut in the middle will slowly move together, pulling the corners of the nail in to free the ingrown nail at the side of the toe. Unfortunately, this is impossible. The nail plate itself is very rigid and fixed in placed by little grooves that prevent this from happening. Cutting a “V” in the nail won’t help.

Some people can actually free the ingrown nail, just by cutting out the piece of toenail that is caught in the skin. Podiatrists typically warn against trying to do this yourself at home because it can make it worse, but sometimes it will fix the ingrown toenail. But you must be very careful to remove ALL of the corner of the nail that is stuck.

Frequently people will try to remove the nail and only get part of it. They get some relief, just because there is less pressure down in the nail groove. However, the piece that is left behind is a sharp little sliver called a spicule.

So the toe feels better for a few weeks, but the spicule is getting longer, as the nail grows out. If you then trip over a curb or bump the toe against a table leg. And whammo… that little spicule pokes right into the skin in the corner of the nail fold. The ingrown toenail returns with a vengeance.

Massaging the nail plate after you shower or bathe may be the safest way to try to work the ingrown toenail free. Just don’t keep trying if it is painful. You should also stop if there is any drainage. Drainage can mean infection.

The biggest risk with an ingrown toenail is that it will become infected. And any infection toenail needs medical attention. Ingrown toenail infections occur more in people with diabetes. Infections are also common in ingrown toenails that have been getting worse for several days. One misconception is that you can simply cure an ingrown toenail by taking antibiotic pills. The simple truth is that you need to remove the irritating piece of nail and cure the infection as well.

One of the best kept secret home remedies is a podiatry house call. A podiatrist is a foot doctor and a true toenail expert. They are experts trained to heal ingrown toenails with the least discomfort. Many podiatrists offer home visits to treat toenail problems. That way, neither Mom nor little Billy has to worry about going to the doctor’s office.

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