There’s literally no limit to the ways you can go about marketing yourself as a makeup artist. Do the things that gets you in touch with as many people as possible. If you can get people singing your praises, they’ll help spread the word about what a remarkable makeup artist you are.

Try offering free trial makeup classes at people’s homes, in your own company, store, or salon. You get credit for being an expert, you increase your standing as a beauty professional, and you increase the likelihood that people will come back to you with more requests and more opportunities to grow.

If you like to write, try contributing a column or an opinion piece to a local newspaper or magazine, or to one of the many internet article diffusion services. Community newspapers, professional newsletters, even inhouse company publications have space they need to fill, and they will help you make connections in your community. Once you get started, you’ve got a track record — and clips that you can use to promote yourself further.

If you’re a better talker than you are teacher or writer, try to get yourself on a panel discussion at a beauty industry conference or sign up to make a presentation at a women’s group or workshop. Visibility has a way of multiplying.

The second important thing to remember about your marketing: it all matters. When you’re promoting yourself, everything you do — and everything you choose not to do — communicates the value and character of your image. Everything from the way you dress, to how you handle phone conversations to the email messages you send to the way you conduct business in a meeting is part of the larger message you’re sending about your business as a whole.

Have you designed a cool-looking logo for your business card? Are you showing you understand that image counts — a lot — in a crowded world? The key to any personal marketing campaign is “word-of-mouth.” Your network of friends, family, colleagues, clients, and customers is the most important marketing vehicle you’ve got.