There is a huge misconception about Makeup Artist who "work" with Celebrities. We all look-up to these "High-Profile" Makeup Artists. Everyone wants to be them, or wonder how they came to be. Aspiring Makeup Artists end up neglecting their passion chasing their 6 seconds of fame and forget why they started doing makeup in the first place.
Did you know that most of these "Celebrity" Makeup Artists don't get payed? Do you know how many Celebrity Makeup Artists and Hairstylist get ripped off for their talent because most celebs think "we should be honored to work on them and have them as walking advertisements" for our business. You could be stuck doing trade work for recognition for the life of your career if you don't realize your worth.
I could name drop from here to Africa with how many celebrity encounters like this my Artist friends and I have encountered. This is the sad reality of this industry. Don't be fooled. Very few Celebrity "High-Profile" Makeup Artists are actually getting paid for their services. They are doing charity work for someone whom needs it not.
Now, I'm not saying its like this 100% of the time, but I can say 98% of the time, it is. Unless you are working with Beyonce, Madonna, Janet Jackson, or Mariah Carey (to name a few), in the words of Spoken Reasons: yooooouuuuuuu aaaaainnnntttt sssssshhhiiiieeettttt!!!!! - yet.
Don't stray from your passion chasing waterfalls. So many of my student Makeup Artists feel the pressure to push their skill onto celebrity faces. Don't feel down because you're not in the position of your favorite Celebrity Makeup Artist. Instead, make your money doing weddings and sweet-sixteens. Always remember that the "little people" are where the money is. When you feel ready to have celebrity clientele, join an agency (an agency will collect a % of the fees collected by the celebrity) or join networking clubs and recognize that you deserve to get paid adequately.
"Time is money, are you being compensated?" -Fabolous