The Pandemic Has Caused Many Makeup Artists to Pivot — Here's How They're Bouncing Back
Balancing gigs as a freelancer is tough on any day, but there's no telling what it's like in the midst of a pandemic — especially if you're a makeup artist whose job is dependent on close human interaction. As the economy slowly reopens (and as the number of COVID-19 infections continues to rise in the US), some beauty pros who found themselves out of work back at the start of it all, like hairstylists and nail techs, have started accepting clients again, provided that all parties involved wear face masks to lessen the chance of infection.
For makeup artists who come in face-to-face contact with their clients, things aren't that simple, and after five months of our new normal, many who have followed social-distancing guidelines are just beginning to bounce back.
"Before the pandemic, my primary source of income was working on TV sets, beauty campaigns, and fashion editorials," makeup artist and beauty influencer Jonet Williamson told POPSUGAR. "With social distancing being enforced, I haven't been able to do that since March 12, which was the day of my last on-set job." Williamson is fortunate enough to have had six years of experience in the industry under her belt that taught her that having a job isn't always promised. With no way to work, she was forced to dip into the "rainy-day fund" that she's been building up throughout her career.