The beauty industry brings out a lot in the individuals that so humbly keep it in check — and work ethic is large part of how the creativity keeps flowing. We asked five of our favorite makeup artists for the best career advice they could give us — and here are the words of wisdom they had to share.

Be There for the Right Reasons

“Be authentic, show up, be thankful and humble — surround yourself with people who support your dreams. And finally, give back.” - Tim Quinn, Giorgio Armani Celebrity Makeup Artist


#backstage morning makeup #facefabric is BACK‼ @delinabd #supermodel #armanibeauty

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Keep Learning

“Continue to learn and be a student — you also shouldn’t just learn from the people above you, you should also look to your peers.” - Sir John, L’Oréal Paris Celebrity Makeup Artist



Holiday Monday.. Feels like a Sunday.✌🏽😎

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Flexibility is Key

"Be easy to work with! To me, this means being responsive to email, texts, and phone calls and understanding a client's goals." - Kasey Spickard, Contributing Makeup Artist


🖌️Getting it just right🖌️ Some BTS shots from our shoot with and @renatamasheva. --- Hair by @house_of_morgen Photography by @dannybristollphoto --- Face: @shiseido Luminizing Brightener moisturizer mixed with @rcmamakeup VK10 Palette. --- Highlight: I covered her in @beccacosmetics highlighters! I used Opal on the cheekbones, nose, cupid's bow, and collar bones. I used Rose Gold on the cheeks, and Bronzed Amber as my bronzer. --- Eyes: @anastasiabeverlyhills Modern Renaissance palette. For the brows I used @anastasiabeverlyhills brow palette in medium brown. Lashes from @frendsbeauty --- Lips: @maybelline only Maybelline Shine Shot in Clear Vinyl --- #bts #makeup #makeupartist #mua #lips #lashes #mascara #glow #dewy #highlight #nyc #newyork #manhattan #beauty #beautyblogger #beautymakeup #model #photographer #motd #hair #hotd #hairstyle #waves #glam #lipstick #oldhollywood #makeupjunkie #makeupaddict #hairstyle #onset #setlife

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What You Put In is What You’ll Get Out Of It

“Be good at saving! Make a habit of putting aside a percentage of your earnings on a regular basis for tax and business expenses especially the unforeseen ones.”  - Min Min Ma, New York City Based Makeup Artist



2 chickas 👯 playing with eyeliner. Go to link on my profile to watch the full video!!

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Say Yes, And….

Every job is an opportunity to showcase your skill and network. So say YES whenever possible to work.” - Gabriel Almodovar, L’Oréal USA Makeup Artist and Educator.


Emotional Intelligence Will Change Your Life

“Learning to cultivate your emotional intelligence and empathy is a key to success.  Learning to listen without judgement will increase the connection, trust and knowledge you have to make your clients happy.  Also, being collaborative and having a good reputation is everything in this business. Honor your commitments and you will leave happy experiences and memories associated with your name.” - Alex Sanchez, Lancôme National Makeup Artist.




About the Author:Alanna Martine Kilkeary is a native New Yorker and an assistant beauty editor at She has had the opportunity to grace the digital pages of Harper's BAZAAR, Rolling Stone and Teen Vogue with her words and skills. She runs a literary infused fashion blog in her free time, her heart belongs to William Shakespeare, and most importantly, she believes that Wes Anderson should serve as art director for the entire universe.

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