The holidays can be a very busy time for makeup artists! While others are getting ready for their vacations, you might be getting ready for themed parties and corporate events. Don’t let an upswing in business so close to the holidays stress you out! Particularly if you’re a freelance artist or are in charge of your own schedule, there will be time for relaxation when everyone settles down for some family time. During that time, why not look back and think about all of your accomplishments as well as the times that could have gone better? Use this holiday break to evaluate your work ethic as this is a great time to break old habits as we welcome in the New Year!
Here are some of our effective New Year’s resolutions for makeup artists- TAKE A LOOK & ENJOY!
Clean out your makeup bag
If you’re going to make a fresh start for the New Year, why not start with your makeup kit? Most professional makeup artists can be guilty of holding onto products for too long or carrying around too many things. First things first, evaluate all of your products expiry dates and throw out anything that is too old. Also clear out things that are broken, empty, and or clean tools and compacts that have that dreaded messy look!
As a professional, you clean your brushes regularly but do you also clean and sanitize the case that holds all of your makeup? Check ALL cases, kits and bags for any excess powder, clutter, dustiness, or anything else that might look messy to a client. If you have more than one kit (for example: small travel kit for basics, a kit for special effects makeup, and a larger kit of more detailed jobs), make sure you clean and organize each one.
Going into the New Year with a fresh, CLEAN, organized kit will help you feel prepared to tackle new bookings after some time off.
- De-clutter your communications
When you’re networking and dealing with potential new clients, it can be easy to let your phone contacts get out of hand and your email inbox’s get cluttered. Instead of letting that tied down feeling follow you into the New Year, take some time to sift through your contacts and emails to reduce the clutter and build up. If you’re receiving junk mail from a company whose services you aren’t using, unsubscribe from their thread. If you have numbers in your phone that you don’t use or recognize, clear them from your contact book (just make sure you really don’t need them first!).
Consider creating tags in your email such as “keep from 2014” or “2014 clients” to file away old correspondence that you might want to refer to later. This way you still have easy access to those emails, but they’re not taking up space in your main inbox and distracting you from NEW client emails! Clean out your texts, voicemails, Facebook messages, and even your physical mailboxes. The more open and organized you are the less overwhelmed you’ll start the year out feeling.
- Revamp your online presence
Do you have pictures of projects that you haven’t had a chance to post online amidst your holiday rush? Is your profile picture six months old, or your page’s description the same as it was when you first created your professional account?
These are the perfect questions to ask yourself when revamping your online presence and this is a perfect time to give your social media presence a kick in the right direction! Soon you will notice that this much needed change as it will reduce distractions and make your profiles better business tools for you and your clients. Make it your 2015 goal to regularly maintain your accounts and you’ll feel like social networking less of a tedious process!
- Master a new technique
You will probably want to use some of your time to actually breathe and take a break, but playing with new makeup techniques on your free time can be fun too! After a busy spree of beating other people’s faces, why not learn something new in the comforts of your own home? By practicing new techniques or products on yourself or friends and family will be very beneficial to you and your new upcoming clients as well.
Of course it is always important to squeeze in family, fun and relaxation time during the holiday season, but try to use some of your spare time in the coming year learning new tricks and keeping your skills up to date with recent trends. This might save you from feeling like you’re stuck doing the same daytime look or evening smoky eye all the time as you will be prepared for a challenge if a client requests something unique!
- Refresh your outlook
Adopting a positive outlook on the coming year right from the outset is technically something that everyone should do, but it can be a particularly useful resolution for makeup artists! You work in an industry where passion and personal style fuel your skill, so staying positive and excited about your work is crucial. Don’t look at the year ahead as a looming hurdle, or you might start to feel intimidated and overwhelmed. Instead, look at the exciting things you’ve got planned in the near future, and all of the time you have for new experiences throughout the year. As cliché as it sounds, a new year is a great time for a fresh start, so try to shed lingering holiday stress and face the New Year with a cheerful mindset!
All of us here at Ruby Makeup Academy are all wishing you a happy and SAFE New Years! Please don’t forget to to leave any comments or blog requests below.