The Life of a Mua
Hi, my name is Soba Jonah. I am a professional makeup artist. I have
been in the makeup line for six years, but I have been practicing
makeup professionally for four years now.
I currently work with Zaron Cosmetics as a makeup artist and studio manager at one of the
outlets in Lagos. Aside from being affiliated with the brand, I also do
freelance makeup jobs for companies, private individual,
photographers e. t. c . I do different kinds of makeup for different
kinds of events but I specialize in beauty looks.
The makeup industry is a very exciting one and the growth
possibilities are endless because it is an industry that is never
stagnant, it evolves; there are new products to try as well as new
techniques to learn with every passing moment.
To become a professional makeup artist, there are certain
questions you need to ask and also answer before deciding if it is the
right career path you would like to take.
Yes! I said career path
because being a “makeup artist” is also an accepted profession in
this day and age as a Doctor, Lawyer or even Baker.
First of all, for you to excel in any profession or chosen field, you
have to love what you do. I love being a makeup artist because I
thoroughly enjoy the transformation process, be it sharpens bushy
or scattered eyebrows, lol, or doing a full face makeover.
You have to be open to new ideas and techniques if you want to
be a professional makeup artist, not resting on your oars or believing
you have superior knowledge. Participate in different training
programes, watch makeup videos by other professionals in the
industry. You can always switch up the techniques you have learnt,
find a spin on how to apply makeup.
Your personality also goes a long way in making or marring you as
a makeup artist. You have to have a lovable personality, people have
to be able to relate with you on some levels.
Always have a warm smile and a positive attitude. People always remember a pleasant
face and that way you build a strong clientele base because those
who like you would always refer you to others.
In essence, there is no shortcut to success, because short-cuts
more often than not are not worth the time or the money.
Another important thing to remember is that true professionalism comes
with dedication and years of experience.
Be focused and pride
yourself in your chosen career.