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Yes so I made it happen! I’m an accountant but live for all things beauty, in particular nails and makeup. After a few years of consistently doing friends/workmates/family nails and makeup for free I started my own business, beauty by Angela. In still an accountant by day but nights and weekends I’m a makeup artist / nail tech! It’s been amazing and although I’ve only been going a few months now I have a regular client base. It’s tough working full time in a demanding role, fitting in bookings and of course all the marketing and promotion stuff but is so worth it, I love coming up with new ideas and expanding, for example I’m running an evening on false lashes on Friday can’t wait!

Ange – that sounds amazing!!! I would love to hear more about your leadership journey πŸ™‚ I have an undergraduate degree in communications/RADIO/TV/FILM but currently pursuing my MBA in Entrepreneurship/Innovation Management and would LOVE to one day work in research and development or marketing for a cosmetics company. Minimally, to start, having a beauty business similar to what you talk about on the side would be amazing! LMK if you would be interested in sharing your story with me! thank you! -steff

I considered it, but then realised I’d rather keep my hobby as a hobby, than turn something I love into a job which could make me resent it!

I agree with this 100%. I know a lot of people think having a passion-turned-job is amazing but sometimes I see my hobbies/passion as my refuge from work.

Oh no. I love reading about makeup and shopping and things, and I love doing my research, but I very much like my career in IT services. The closest I’d get would be like as IT for a makeup company or website.

Absolutely! Once I settle down (aka stop having to live between countries), I’d love to start being a make-up artist again. I am very interested in actually creating color cosmetics, as well. πŸ™‚

I’m 32 and this year I FINALLY decided to study a Diploma in Specialist Makeup, I finish my diploma in about 4 weeks. I’ve wanted to be a makeup artist since I can remember. Girls (and guys!)it’s never too late to follow your dreams πŸ™‚

No. My career has been very technical and independent. I’ve always worked either individually on projects or as my own boss. Beauty/Cosmetics are a thing I enjoy only as a creative pastime.

I am currently enrolled in beauty school and will be going to college for a technical theatre/business degree! I really want to be a Film makeup artist working with prosthetics. I’m really happy I found this community otherwise I don’t think I would know what I want to do with myself

I did when I was younger, but then I realised it could never fund the lifestyle I live so I became a sugar baby instead.

I have considered it…but I really donΒ΄t know. I still have to finishmy career in Comunication, and I guess maybe I could combine the two. I donΒ΄t now, time will tell.

Oh Lord, yes! I often thought it would be a sweet deal to get in the creative side at any cosmetics company. Doing what exactly, I don’t know. I used to read the online postings for L’Oreal and Revlon fantasizing about living and working in NYC. But I never actively persued it. At the end of summer I had a baby boy and as new parents, my husband and I ponder his future career. Well, I think he should be a cosmetic chemist to help develop new skincare and color products for mom. :).

Also, I get inspired by women who start their own beauty companies. Women like Marcia Kilgore of Bliss, Leslie Blodgett of Bare Minerals and Bare Escentuals and Lisa Price of Carol’s Daughter. But, honestly, it seems like all the good ideas have been claimed already–minerals, food based, home recipes, indie colors, all natural, etc!

At one time I did, I even went to school for make up and got my certificate of completion (you don’t get licensed for makeup in my state) Then I realized I kind of hate doing makeup on other people nor am I very good at it. Now I just do my own and occasionally will help a friend out if they need it (for example I did my bff’s makeup for her wedding earlier this year)
I think if I were closer, I would like to work in a call center for a makeup company. That’s what I do and that’s what I’m good at. That’s as close as I think I would come, though.

No, never. I’m fortunate enough to work in publishing and if there’s something I love more than makeup, it’s books. I can’t imagine myself ever working on something that doesn’t primarily focus on text and words as such. I’m not even remotely visually creative, which seems important for a career in beauty.
I prefer to keep makeup as a hobby. This way, it’s something I can enjoy without any pressure to be competitive or excel or make a living out of.

I’m months away from getting my PhD in organic chemistry, and lately my dream job has been to be some sort of cosmetic chemist. It’s very feasible, so that’s both comforting and exciting!

I would study in an accademy here in Milan. THERE are many schools in Milan but they are very expensive. It would last a year and costs 6,000 €!!!! The best school costs even 11,000!!!So I want to go possibly in an other country,(England) and improve my english while I study to became a MUA. What do you think? Can you give some advice please? Thank you!:)

I totally fantasize about life as a cosmetic chemist. I love tinkering, and as a medical student, I fantasize about finding a “cure” for acne, even though Differin is already pretty close to a cure.

Yes, but there is no chance for me to actually become a makeup artist – which is what I’d want to do. Because the course would cost like 10 000 € and my parents wouldn’t understand… They expect me to go to university.. which I sort of want too, but I want both, and that won’t be possible πŸ™

You don’t need to attend expencive courses to become a make-up artist! You may learn from so many other sourses: books, YouTube, Internet in general and especially practice! Whatever your interest is – the best way to learn is to practice. You CAN do both (graduating from university and being a make-up artist: just use your spare time to practice on friends, build your portfolio and then start gradually building you clientele. If this is what you really want, you will be able to find ways to accomplish your dreams! Good luck!

I agree! I went to college and I have a degree, but I am self-taught makeup artist and work for MAC now doing freelance work. πŸ™‚ Do what you love!

I’ve been a medical esthetician/makeup artist for over 7 years now. Can’t think of anything else I’d rather do.

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