My friend from college is dealing with someone stealing her online pictures and using them. 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 countless 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,