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For some makeup artists the main reason they go to makeup artist school for their training is so that they will eventually get to do makeup for celebrities and stars. That’s the dream anyway – hobnobbing with the “in-crowd” and the latest “it” girl. But is it really all that it is cracked up to be? Let’s find out.

Mario Dedivanovic has recently been in the news as Kim Kardashian’s makeup artist. He is, however, in demand by many A-list celebs including Jennifer Lopez and Katy Perry. So how did he get to be so sought-after?

On Mario’s website, his bio states that he became a makeup artist almost by accident! As he was working in the beauty industry as a fragrance consultant he was mistaken for a makeup professional. Though he had little training with makeup at the time and hadn’t been to makeup school he went along with it and gave advice the best could. After finding he had a knack for makeup — as well as a passion for it — he began assisting more experienced artists and did so for six years until he felt ready to start on his own. So, unlike many who start with a solid education with plenty of makeup classes and mentoring in a school setting, he opted for what could best be described as a makeup apprenticeship.

He also advises totally immersing yourself in information about the industry. Research what has happened in the past/the history of the field so that you can know how things got to be the way they are. What are the products you will be working with? Learn about them inside out and back to front.

What else? Persistence. Mario didn’t have anything his success handed to him on a silver platter. He states that he had many rejections over many years but didn’t give up because of his enthusiasm and love for his work. Learning through adversity, and persistence are key to anyone’s success in any endeavour including the beauty industry. So the answer to the question “Which makeup artist school should I go to?” could be answered by saying that what is most important is not the school but the effort and enthusiasm with which you approach your studies.

So is it all it is cracked up to be? It seems Mario’s answer is a resounding “yes”! Who wouldn’t want to be a highly recognized professional in one’s chosen vocation with the admiration of peers and clients? If you are doing what you love and getting recognition and making a very good living at it all at the same time then you have no reason not be on top of the world at least when it comes to your professional life.

So, in summary, in the world of makeup artistry, you’ll gain success and recognition by celebrities and others with a mixture of hard work, passion, persistence and, in the end, a little luck. But how does the old saying go? “I’m a great believer in luck. The harder I work, the more of it I seem to have.”

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