Bridal Beauty Brings Big Bucks

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I went to a bridal fashion show the other night. Let me tell you, there is lots of money to be made in the industry. Here I found brides-to-be, young models (who were actually volunteers), and proud parents of the modeling children. There were bridal magazines, DJs, and caterers. It was a fun event, followed by some yummy sangria with friends. Here’s what I learned.

From wedding dresses to tuxes to bridal party attire, wardrobe stylists have got it made. There are so many styles to choose from and the trained eye of a wardrobe stylist is perfect to help a bride pick out that fancy white dress.

Beauty is key, as I’ve been told by many-a-bride and cosmetology professional. More and more brides are enlisting bridal beauty services before the big day. From simple hair and makeup applications to botox and a freshening chemical peel, brides aim to look their best on the most important day of her life. Read more about that in Here Comes the Bride… and a Lucrative Beauty Career.

And what about event planning? As women take on more jobs as CEOs and Presidents of companies, they are finding it difficult to plan their weddings because of time constraints. So event planning is the perfect place to have someone help you along the way and hopefully dial down the wedding stress just a little.

Even automotive technicians can get into the wedding action if they want to work on those all-important bridal limos. No bride wants her chariot to break down on the way to her prince charming.

The bridal beauty industry is a booming one. And a lot of these professionals tend to be self-employed, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This means flexibility and a variety of opportunities. If you’re interested in cosmetology, but aren’t sure just what to try your hand at, then consider a career in bridal beauty services. Marry your passion for beauty with a lucrative career, as others walk down the aisle to happiness.

-Amanda Fornecker

Makeup in the Spotlight

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Makeup has never done much for me, but I think that’s because I’m not doing it right. Makeup should enhance and conceal, highlight and reveal. But makeup on its own is relatively powerless. In the hands of an amateur like me, makeup can’t realize its full potential (but it can definitely do a lot of damage!). In the hands of a professional makeup artist, however, makeup can be transformative.

I am continually amazed when I see before and after shots of people on the pages of a magazine. I’m amazed at the way makeup artists can present attractive but flawed people as picture-perfect. It’s their job, of course, but it’s incredible nonetheless.

Makeup artistry isn’t just about making people pretty, though. A professional makeup artist has to interpret the makeup requirements of clients and produce a creative and technically accurate visual representation. That means using their artistry to make people appear tan, sallow, old, young, fat, skinny, or anything in between.

Plus, makeup artists have a great opportunity to blend their passion for beauty with their love for entertainment and events to work on photography, film, TV, and runway makeup.

Most makeup artistry is focused on making people look as attractive or believable as possible, but photography, TV, and runway makeup is also highly stylized. Television makeup artists in particular must contend with the challenges of high-definition TV, whose sharp resolution requires a new level of coverage to minimize flaws. After all, are we really ready to see all the wrinkles and pock marks on our favorite stars’ faces?

And who knew that makeup artistry could be such an in-demand career? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of makeup artists is projected to increase a whopping 40 percent from 2006 to 2016. That’s way faster than the average occupational increase, which is about 10 percent.

Of course, those who participate in formal training leading to a certificate or diploma in makeup artistry or a degree in cosmetology are ahead of the employment game. Professional makeup artist programs offer theoretical and practical makeup courses pertaining to different styles of makeup, history, and tools and their care. Makeup artist training can provide a practical understanding of lighting, the photographic process, colors, continuity, and the impact of makeup processes on the skin.

So it stands to reason that the more you learn, the better prepared you’ll be to make a name for yourself in the beauty and entertainment biz. Maybe you can even make a difference on a makeup-challenged person like me!

-Robyn Tellefsen

The ‘Beauty’ of a Wedding Day

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When it comes to weddings, a bride’s dream is that everything will come out perfect, no matter what the cost may be. And when it comes to hair and makeup, the statement also applies. Most brides are willing to spend top dollar for hair and makeup because it is “their day” to be the center of attention.

Beauty Professionals
Those in the beauty profession have a high chance of receiving a large amount of customer traffic this time of year. With wedding season being at its height in June, beauty professionals can begin to market themselves by offering discounted spa days for brides and grooms. This is a win-win situation for the bride and spa company. Another good idea for marketing yourself is to create a website for your business. Brides (along with just about everyone else) turn to the Internet for ideas and perform searches to locate places to have their hair and makeup done.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the hourly earning potential for beauty professionals ranges from as little as $7.92 to up to and over $18.78 with tips and commission. With additional services being provided to the customer, beauty professionals have the opportunity to increase their cash flow. There is also potential to earn more once you have gained more experience and also if you are licensed to perform these services. Attending beauty school is a very good idea because of the income advancement opportunities that are available to you.

Ideas for Spa and Salon Owners
There is a high amount of revenue to be made by spa and salon owners when offering spa services to brides and their bridal party. Here is a list of what a few spas are charging and the services they are offering to brides, and grooms, as well:

    1. Christie & Co. Salon and Spa (Bayside, NY) offers bridal services such as a trial hair day for $75 and a bridal hair day ranging between $75 and $125.

    2. Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spas (various locations throughout the US) offer bridal spa packages for both the bride and groom. Their packages are for either a full day or half day and run anywhere between $300 and $370. A full day for brides at a Red Door Spa includes a classic 50-minute massage, bikini wax, spa lunch, and much more.

    3. Estee Lauder Spa (Manhasset, NY) also offers packages for both the bride and groom. The special bridal packages are offered from as early as six months before your wedding up until your wedding day. You can find more information about these services on esteelauder.com and can be found under link “The Beautiful Bride.”

A Few Resources
For more information on how other beauty professionals are marketing their services, and also what working as a beauty professional is like, check out these sites:

Occupational Outlook Handbook: www.bls.gov/oco/ocos169.htm
Christie & Co. Salon and Spa: www.christiesalon.com
Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spas: www.reddoorspas.com
Estee Lauder Spas: www.esteelauder/templates/spa

-Priscilla Rodriguez

Makeup, Haircuts, and Styling OH MY!

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I need to be pampered. Seriously. I haven’t had a massage in almost two years and my hair is an absolute disaster! Luckily, I’m at ease (to an extent) about the professionals who can provide these services to me.

Really I love the beauty and fashion industries. Nothing thrills me more than a good pair of shoes or a beautiful leather bag. Being a stylist, I feel, would be so cool, but I don’t have the experience or training to deserve a stranger’s trust. The same goes for makeup. I’ve taught many-a-friend some tricks for their face, but that doesn’t mean I can make a career out of it. What separates me from someone who doesn’t know anything about fashion or makeup?

It comes down to credibility. Employers are far more probable to trust my journalistic judgment than to hire me as a stylist or makeup artist because that’s what my degree is in and that’s where I’ve worked before. However, if I wanted to I should definitely reach for the stars and get myself to beauty school.

I’ve seriously been considering a change lately in my appearance. Like I said, my hair is driving me crazy but I’m kind of nervous to just take the hair plunge! And I never know what to tell my hairdresser – how short do I want it? Do I want layers? Bangs? Ahhhh so many decisions!! Another problem is the fact that I’ve decided to switch hairdressers. I’m unhappy with mine and need a change. But who can I trust?! I’d love it if I really knew what to look for or if I could wear my hair differently than just my typical straight and oh-so-boring.

I need to spice it up! Maybe someone who’s like me can benefit from searching for a beauty program. And although I may stick to writing for now, a beauty career switch may be the way to go one day. And it’s then that I’ll be able to present my skills in a way that others can trust.

-Amanda Fornecker

Styling Stars Starts with School

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Cosmetologists in training: take note. If you aspire to be THE hair stylist to the stars, to see your name in lights at your very own salon on the likes of fancy schmancy Madison Avenue, or to see your work all over the Red Carpet, then take a look at the story of Julien Farel. He’s made $3,600 in the past for completing only 30 minutes of work. Of course, he was styling a celeb’s hair at 2 a.m., but that’s just a minor detail…

MSN CareerBuilder had an article up today about this hair stylist and how he got to where he is today. Seems like it took a lot of training, practice, and mentoring. But eventually Farel was able to open up his own salon. Dreams do come true. While he was star struck at first when he started styling celebrities, he now claims that this job comes second nature to him and that his goal is making all his clients look like celebrities.

Says Farel in the MSN article, “Opening my own salon and seeing my name on Madison Avenue was always a dream,” Farel says. “To see it happen still fills me with such pride.”

And you can do it too. It’s not impossible at all. Farel started out at beauty school, worked in the field, and was noticed by someone with more experience. He just continued to move up from there.

“There is no secret to success,” points out Farel in the article, “there’s just determination.”

So turn that determination into some motivation for a beauty program so you can own your dream salon and make thousands of dollars in just minutes.

-Amanda Fornecker