In an effort to create some amazing content for you guys, I actually reached out to one of my good friends Sameen on how she’s dealing with everything as a makeup artist! See below for Sameen’s response :)
Hi Everyone! My name is Sameen. I’m a freelance makeup artist in Illinois & have been doing this for around 8-9 years. I absolutely love what I do!
You may be wondering how I’m doing with the quarantine.
Honestly, I would feel horrible complaining about it. We're blessed to be "stuck" in the safety of our homes; a roof over our heads, not worried about food, clean water, basic necessities. Of course, it can feel frustrating but I try to think of my blessings instead of my “sufferings”.
There are people for whom this quarantine isn't as simple. It really puts things in perspective for me personally. Mentally I'm stressed about what's going on around the world, what being exposed to this virus would mean for people not as capable of fighting it off. That's probably the biggest anxiety I have.
It's been tough.
As a makeup artist, I won’t lie. It's tough, most of my brides for the next month and a half have had to reschedule their events. For me, I'll take this time to spend time with my kids and my husband, but I can't imagine what the brides are going through- having to cancel their events and then deal with trying to reschedule.
Of course, since March is the official start of the wedding season, that's when most of my business so that's tough. I'm praying that this is short term, and things get back to normal soon.
If I'm being honest, the quarantine has given me more time to create content and focus on practicing my skill set more. Again, I like to count my blessings instead of complaining about my small problems compared to other people!
I’m also a mother!
I'm going to sound like a mom who thinks their kid can do no wrong (lol). But honestly, I can proudly say I have the most understanding and well-behaved kids (I'm definitely biased). I try to create content mostly when they are doing their online school work. I tell them they have 2-3 hours of their school time, while I am "at work" & we try to do this simultaneously.
My editing is probably the hardest part, I usually do that a night after they sleep, from 10 pm- sometimes 2-3 am. When they are having a "needy" day, they just come and be part of my Instagram story/live and they absolutely love that lol. The hardest part about this quarantine is realizing how many times your kids need to eat throughout the day when they're home all day!
My advice to other makeup artists
My advice to other makeup artists would be to not get disheartened. I know it’s easier said than done, especially if this is your main source of income. It's a tough time that we can get through by supporting each other.
Take this time to focus on your brand, and practice, practice, practice. If you are just starting out, there's tons of work you can do to enhance your business, without any distractions. Focus on the good and be consistent with content. I promise it helps.
Want to practice makeup?
To people who want to try makeup looks - makeup is a GREAT therapy. I'm saying this from personal experience as somebody who suffers from anxiety. When I'm feeling anxious, I just hold my brushes and start creating.
For a while, it takes your mind off of everything that's going on. Makeup is all about practice. I say this so much but it’s true. You can watch any tutorial for days on end, but until you do it yourself several times, those tutorials don't mean much unfortunately. So just grab your makeup, some brushes, and start!
Focus on your blessings
Remember, this is a trying time for all of us.. And for some people, more than others! It helps you feel better if you reach out to people to see how they're doing too! Maybe someone you haven't heard from in a while might be struggling with this more than you know. Reach our to them because a few kind words can make SUCH a difference in someone’s day!
Focus on your blessings, on the good. And if you are getting anxious about this situation, reach out to someone to talk! (Feel free to message me if you need someone to talk to, I’ll try my best to be there! <3)
Follow Sameen on her Instagram for great tips & tricks on makeup!