Put a Stamp on Your Work

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My friend from college is dealing with someone stealing her online pictures and using Made up with MAC Skinfinishthem. This is appalling on many levels.  As a makeup artist and educator, I’ve seen and heard about these internet, bootleg, wannabe makeup artist THIEVES misrepresenting themselves to attract clients. These people have no integrity and think it’s okay to post stolen pictures of work they did not do. Their covers are blown when the clients show up to receive professional makeovers but wind up looking like a science experiment gone wrong. Imitation is supposedly the most sincerest form of flattery, but flat-out stealing someone’s work and passing off as your own is despicable.

Put a stamp on your work by using a watermark, a trademark or copyright symbol, or even a signature to help keep people from misrepresenting your work. Nothing is foolproof but it’s best to mark your pictures in some shape, form, or fashion. When one has spent Suspiria and Across The Universe Nailscountless hours learning the art of makeup application and has dedicated their time to the craft, it is frustrating for someone to come along and claim what is not rightfully theirs.

Until next time,

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Beauty Influencers

Please know and understand that there is a HUGE difference between someone reviewing a product and sharing their opinion versus someone who is being PAID to say nice things about a product. I am specifically referring to beauty influencers on social media who purport to be makeup artists but are really just getting paid to apply makeup from cosmetic brands. I’m totally okay with actors being paid to showcase products, but I think it’s dishonest to pretend that one would sell their first-born child to own (insert cosmetic item here) because it works SO well, when that person has been hired to tout said product.

Pay attention when someone on IG or YT says they are just reviewing a product for the hell of it, because they may be receiving compensation to make those claims. I won’t even go into the legal ramifications that could come into play. Obviously, people buy many cosmetic products based on reviews, but just know that some of your favorite social media beauty influencers are working for a brand, and they need to make that brand sound good enough for you to spend your hard-earned bucks.

Until next time,