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How much should you charge for makeup as a beginner

 You've just graduated cosmetology school or received your makeup certification and then now what. You're caught in how much you should charge as a beginner.  

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When I first started doing makeup about 6 years ago, I researched youtubers and social media artist to see what they were charging. There are sites like styleseat where you can search someone in your area, and find out their prices. Once I saw the range of prices were $75- $100 (I live in New York), i knew what my target price would be.  

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I started off charging $40. I purchased a lot of my makeup from companies like bh cosmetics, beauty.com, and ulta. I would buy things that were on sale. This helped build my kit.  My first foundations were drugstore brands such as L'Orรฉal and covergirl. Every client payment I used towards buying things for my kit. I branched out to more higher end brands, such as MAC, makeup forever, Sephora etc. 

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Once I became more comfortable with my artistry, I started charging $50. With more knowledge and practice I became better and charged more. I would also attend makeup classes held by MAC. I followed a lot of hashtags and found artist in my area that were holding classes. I did a lot of hands on training to help with becoming better. 

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Once I started to work at Sephora, which was my first cosmetic job, I slightly raised my price. I had a great support system, where everyone helped with being my model for an interview. Helping out with shoots to help build my portfolio. These things helped shape my brand and helped with my artistry. 

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Piece of advice. Know your worth! As for my price now, I charge $80. All of my peers feel I should be charging $100 or more. But keep in mind your target market. That'll also help with determining your rate.  My rate does go up gradually each year. As I grow so does my skill level. I don't use many of the makeup items I used before. Not that they aren't any good. Its customer preference and what works for my clientele. 

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Clients would most likely book you again based  on what's in your kit.  I still practice every chance I get. Makeup is constantly evolving and so should you. Yet there are some trends you should bypass lol. I am always learning. I may not be where I used to be, but I am always practicing and brushes up on my skills. 

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transition to natural

Lately I have been on a natural hair fix. Trying to find things that work with my natural 4c hair. Now I skipped the "big chop" (which is cutting off all your hair and starting over) and went straight to growing it out with protective styles. 

I already had a pixie cut that I was rocking for the past 5 years. I loved a short hairstyle, the maintenance was just too much. My hair would grow like wildfire. Every 3-4 weeks I would have to cut it back into a shape until one day I decided I didn't want perms anymore. 

Perms stopped working in my hair.  Causing me to perm more often which was damaging my hair. Started off with weaves, braids you know the usual. After almost a year of protective styles I decided I wanted to debut my hair to the world.   

The first time I wore my hair natural was so liberating and exciting,yet I was scared. As far as I can remember I've always gotten a perm. Always wore my hair straight. With encouragement from friends and family and of course my boyfriend, I was ready. 

In August 2015 my fro made its debut! I felt everyone was staring at me. The beautiful comments from people who are also natural was worth it. I felt free!  

I am now 2 years perm free. Loving and embracing my coils. So to my ladies looking for affirmation, encouragement know that I was there too. My hair its at its healthiest and fullest I've ever seen. 

August 2015

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March 2017

March 2017