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Keke Vasquez
Posts: 456
San Francisco, California, US


I think I have the name that people will never pronounce right.

My full name: Kekepania Vasquez-Tamali'i

I won a contest with some of my work with Cinema Secrets... and when they announced the winner... it was a mouth full. LOL.

I go by makeupbykeke... because it's easier, but I should of stuck with my first name because I do hair as well... something for me to think about in the long run...
Dec 21 10 05:47 pm  Link  Quote 
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Ernesto Casillas
Posts: 1,346
Los Angeles, California, US


I don't like gimmicky names either, it's sooo....myspace. Those stripper names we used to give ourselves, but cornier.

I used to want to nam my photogaphy business Osiris Photography, blegh.
Dec 21 10 06:19 pm  Link  Quote 
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The Beauty Artist
Posts: 918
Troy, Michigan, US


I actually go by my full name about 98% of the time, and only use "The Beauty Artist" to make it easier for people to search for me online and for my website url. My real name is kind of hard to pronounce and spell (Andrea Duchesneau).. so I figured I'd come up with an easy to remember tag line to use as my website and networking site urls smile But in every day to day networking and business I go by my name and don't call my business by that. Even on my website it clearly states at the top my name (http://www.thebeauty-artist.com).
Dec 21 10 06:48 pm  Link  Quote 
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Jeff Cohn
Posts: 3,831
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US


Not makeup, but for hair best i have ever heard was actually the Salon in Blues Bro's

"Curl up and Dye"

It's been long enough for someone to steal that by now.
Dec 21 10 07:00 pm  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
Dianna Quagenti
Posts: 377
Boston, Massachusetts, US


Ernesto Casillas wrote:
I don't like gimmicky names either, it's sooo....myspace. Those stripper names we used to give ourselves, but cornier.

I totally agree.. I mean no offense but when was the last time you opened Vogue and saw 'Makeup by I-beat-a-face-like-no-otha Fierce Makeup Artistry Design'

LOL

It depends on your target market, where you wanna be, what type of work you wanna do, etc....

Dec 21 10 07:00 pm  Link  Quote 
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The Beauty Artist
Posts: 918
Troy, Michigan, US


Jeff Cohn wrote:
Not makeup, but for hair best i have ever heard was actually the Salon in Blues Bro's

"Curl up and Dye"

It's been long enough for someone to steal that by now.

LOL- there is a salon here in Michigan (can't remember where I saw it) that is named that!! I remember thinking WTF? Then later seeing Blues Brothers again and recognizing where they got it from. I can imagine they have an interesting clientele!

Dec 21 10 07:12 pm  Link  Quote 
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TheMakeupMan
Posts: 3,748
Los Angeles, California, US


Alexander Tome wrote:
Well, you have the most beautiful beaches in the world. Life is a trade off.

Are you kidding !!! If it can bite you sting you or eat you its in queensland lol ! They even have poisonous shells that can kill you  !!! Lol.  Its true !!!!

I like using themakeupman , kind of just lays it out there lol

Dec 21 10 08:00 pm  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
LizW_Makeup
Posts: 1,621
Boston, Massachusetts, US


I have a completely boring unsexy name (Washer - well, at least it implies that I'm hygienic...) but it's just easier to just use that, and "Makeup Artistry by Liz" as a local business name. I abbreviate it on MM because this website has entirely too much google-fu.
Dec 21 10 08:09 pm  Link  Quote 
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Fillabula
Posts: 149
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


Mines a little strange. I made it up pre-makeup career in high school and used it for my email address and msn name... and now that's just what I use. Actually, if you google "fillabula", everything, (last I checked) was like my internet paper-trail for about 5 pages in until I got tired of looking haha. Unfortunately some people have a hard time pronouncing it, which was unexpected hmm It's like fill-a-boola.

Anyway, It's useful because I have a youtube channel where I do makeup parodies. The one that I'm releasing next is called "From 53 to 21 with Makeup" - I'm almost finished sculpting the foam latex "youth" appliance to put on my mom and I'm sooooo excited to see how it turns out. I've got a lot of parody projects on the go right now so once I get those established hopefully my alias will help link my makeup to my youtube.

It's weird that I'm using an alias in a way because I've always thought real names made more sense. I guess I'm going with my gut for this one wink

Also my name is really common (Lisa Bradley) buuuuuttttt soon to be uncommon (Lisa Raiska)!!
Dec 23 10 12:48 am  Link  Quote 
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SCHOLASTIC MAKEUP
Posts: 42
Atlanta, Georgia, US


My middle name is Scholastica, after Saint Scholastica,  I just took out the "A" which is where my trade name is from. I guess technically I am using my name..LOL
Dec 23 10 10:08 am  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
Dana Spence
Posts: 227
Washington, District of Columbia, US


Dianna Quagenti wrote:
I mean no offense but when was the last time you opened Vogue and saw 'Makeup by I-beat-a-face-like-no-otha Fierce Makeup Artistry Design'

LOL

this...

Last week I visited a friend on set, and the makeup artist working that day said she wanted to connect via MM. I haven't been able to find her on here because she uses some strangely slangy "fun-ek-tikally" spelled moniker that doesn't contain her actual name.
If you use a cutesy phonetically-spelled name, how do you get booked??

Dec 23 10 10:49 am  Link  Quote 
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Keke Vasquez
Posts: 456
San Francisco, California, US


Because of this thread I've decided to go by my first name: Kekepania instead of Makeup by Keke...in most publications my full name is displayed (not Makeup by Keke). I've made a LOT of changes in branding myself and my website....

Thanks for starting this thread up... I've put a lot of thought of from this point on getting my name out...
Dec 23 10 04:34 pm  Link  Quote 
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Karla Bellafant Beauty
Posts: 4
Detroit, Michigan, US


I had Been using my first name and last initial, but my name is so boring. Right now I go by Karla B. Beauty, but thinking of Karla Bellafant Makeup Artistry, that just seems like so much.
Jun 10 13 01:59 pm  Link  Quote 
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Rock Victorian
Posts: 142
Norfolk, Virginia, US


My last name is Victorian. I thought it was fitting, especially since I like to custom make pieces that I hope to incorporate into shoots soon. Is it off putting?
Jun 10 13 05:29 pm  Link  Quote 
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Urban Chic Beauty
Posts: 18
Rosedale, Maryland, US


My name is Charnisha (pronouned Sharneesha) my name has been butchered all my life. Ive had teachers for a full year who never learned how to pronounce it so I'm pretty wary of using my real name which is why I decided on Urban Chic Beauty. I may still just use my name as I have noticed the most successful artist do this.
Jun 10 13 07:41 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
GER Photography
Posts: 7,563
Imperial, California, US


How about Two Trowels Thompson?
Jun 10 13 07:59 pm  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
Dorota MUA
Posts: 82
Leeds, England, United Kingdom


I agree with Alexander, your own name is the most unique thing! tongue

I am using my real name, as I would love to be recognized by my name not nick name.
However I couldn't use my surname - it's just to difficult lol tongue - my full name is Dorota Ozarowska - pretty awkward to remember and saying tongue
Jun 11 13 08:41 am  Link  Quote 
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Visuelle Artistry
Posts: 361
Lewisville, Texas, US


But what if your name is not unique ... what if its a plain jane name ??
I went with Visuelle Artistry ... because I'm a visual learner ... but the traditional spelling for a that .com was taken.... and so was my name Janet Harris.
Jun 11 13 10:58 am  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
Linda Chudomelova
Posts: 133
Prague, Prague, Czech Republic


Some serious necro-ing going on with this thread. big_smile

Regardless. I go by my real name - I struggled at first whether to use it for business because of a stalker-filled past, but ultimately I decided to brave it.

However, since it's not particularly western-friendly, my website is www.chicmakeup.cz - I wanted something memorable and although my name does serve that, I didn't want people to struggle with spelling when trying to see my website and chicmakeup.cz is catching and easy enough to remember. It took me a few months to come up with something like that that wasn't already taken, lol.
Jun 11 13 11:52 am  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
Lindsey Sharon
Posts: 306
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada


I like this thread. I'm glad it was brought up!

I go by my first and middle name. My last name is short but no one ever knows how to pronounce it. I love getting on set, saying my names Lindsey and having everyone understand right away that I'm Makeup. I use LSMUAH for my registration and licences but everyone just knows me as Lindsey Sharon MUA.
Jun 11 13 06:23 pm  Link  Quote 
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Rock Victorian
Posts: 142
Norfolk, Virginia, US


Okay. I changed it from 'The Victorian Affair' to my first and last name.

.. Let's see if it's received any better.
Jun 11 13 07:15 pm  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
Lindsey Sharon
Posts: 306
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada


Rock Victorian  wrote:
Okay. I changed it from 'The Victorian Affair' to my first and last name.

.. Let's see if it's received any better.

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I love your name!  It's already a play on words!  If I had the dresses, I would totally rock Victorian!  I can think of so many marketing ideas and logos. I'm definitely jealous.

Jun 11 13 11:53 pm  Link  Quote 
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Rock Victorian
Posts: 142
Norfolk, Virginia, US


Lindsey Sharon wrote:

O
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I love your name!  It's already a play on words!  If I had the dresses, I would totally rock Victorian!  I can think of so many marketing ideas and logos. I'm definitely jealous.

Awe! Thanks! smile

That was my thought process behind The Victorian Affair for business purposes. It was still using my name and, I definitely introduce myself by my first/last name rather than TVA. Haha!

Jun 12 13 09:56 am  Link  Quote 
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Aaliyah I
Posts: 226
Stevenage, England, United Kingdom


I use my real name Aaliyah and I like it, I haven't met any muas called Aaliyah yet !

My name is pronouced "Aah-le-yah" not Ale-yah like the singer smile
Jun 12 13 02:32 pm  Link  Quote 
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TheMakeupMan
Posts: 3,748
Los Angeles, California, US


I own TheMakeUpMan.com and use the name alot

Back in times prior to 1976 women weren't allowed to do makeup in films , woman did hair , men did makeup. That's why all the old great makeup artist are pretty much all men
They were referred to as  makeupman
I e Whos your makeupman , he s my makeupman ...ect
So I lucked  out and bought the . Com and have been using that as well as my name from the beginning
Jun 12 13 06:01 pm  Link  Quote 
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Mary
Posts: 7,119
Coronado, California, US


I know we've had this conversation here many times.... I'll say it again anyway for the newer people...  Most clients take you more seriously if you use your real name and if your real name is difficult you can shorten it but I think gimmicky names will back fire on you.  I do own TheMakeupArtist.com  as well as other names but in business everyone knows me by my first and last name, not as "themakeupartist"

I look at it like going to a doctor or lawyer... Would you go to a lawyer who called himself.. lawgeek?  or a doctor who called herself wellnesschick?  probably not.... Just sayin

My store is called by camera ready cosmetics  because it's a store, but as an individual artist I think the game is very different

Mary
www.TheMakeupArtist.com
www.CameraReadyCosmetics.com
Jun 12 13 08:03 pm  Link  Quote 
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Sundaee84 MUA
Posts: 5
Orlando, Florida, US


Hi! So introducing myself as and clearing stating on my MM profile that my name is Tatiana, isn't enough? I've been using sundaeE84 for a lot of things for many years. At this time I've even thought of naming my future salon "The Sundae Beauty Shoppe"... the whole theme would be like an ice cream parlor. I just feel like I want something different in the community that would be fun. So I guess I keep linking this to keep a theme.

But to me it is clear that my name is Tatiana. smile
Jun 22 13 03:35 pm  Link  Quote 
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Jackie McClay MUA
Posts: 154
Edison, New Jersey, US


SarahKay wrote:

This is what i'm using, but Sarah Kay makeup artist just sounds so bloody stupid

I actually like Sarah Kay.

Jun 26 13 01:25 pm  Link  Quote 
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Michelle Laino
Posts: 24
Provo, Utah, US


I named my MUA business "Supernatural Makeup Design" for two reasons.  The first being I thought of the word "Supernatural"  in context to makeup as enhancing ones natural beauty.  Second was my own twist on the word.  I see it as creating an apparition of oneself.  In a ethereal sort of way.  I have felt that way when having my own makeup done in a way that I wouldn't normally do on myself but equally as beautiful. I felt different than my "normal" self.  Almost like another part of me woke up. 

Maybe corny but I love it.. smile
Jun 26 13 02:49 pm  Link  Quote 
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3068875
Posts: 948
Los Angeles, California, US


MUAH HA HA

(okay, I just made that one up)
Jun 26 13 02:57 pm  Link  Quote 
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Sundaee84 MUA
Posts: 5
Orlando, Florida, US


Michelle Laino wrote:
I named my MUA business "Supernatural Makeup Design" for two reasons.  The first being I thought of the word "Supernatural"  in context to makeup as enhancing ones natural beauty.  Second was my own twist on the word.  I see it as creating an apparition of oneself.  In a ethereal sort of way.  I have felt that way when having my own makeup done in a way that I wouldn't normally do on myself but equally as beautiful. I felt different than my "normal" self.  Almost like another part of me woke up. 

Maybe corny but I love it.. smile

I think I know how you feel.. This is kinda how I chose my MM name...

Jun 28 13 09:14 pm  Link  Quote 
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