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 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).
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!
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.
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 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
Also my name is really common (Lisa Bradley) buuuuuttttt soon to be uncommon (Lisa Raiska)!!
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'
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??
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...
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.
Leeds, England, United Kingdom
I agree with Alexander, your own name is the most unique thing!
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 - my full name is Dorota Ozarowska - pretty awkward to remember and saying
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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..
I think I know how you feel.. This is kinda how I chose my MM name...