I happen to stumble across this Alert to Makeup Artists on facebook while searching the web. The alert was place today by a Kevin James (KJ) Bennett on his blog Makeup + Me. I decided to place the warning here as well in effort to share the information.The below words are his and I take no credit for them. If you would like more information on this alert, please refer to the original post on his blog, Makeup + Me
Scam Alert to all Makeup Artists :
Pro Makeup Network on Facebook is a front for Market America which is a Multi-Level Marketing (MLM) Company. You’ve all heard of MLM’s (Herbalife, Nuskin, Airbonne). An MLM is a pretty name for a pyramid marketing scheme.
The alleged Pro Makeup Network is inviting people to join for networking purposes and apply for acceptance into their “agency”. Once the network has your contact information – the artist is barraged with invites to Market America meetings. Do not fall for this – they are attempting to recruit people to sell their makeup products.
The products they “suggest” to artists who apply to the Pro Makeup Network’s agency is called “Motives Cosmetics“. They've created the Pro Makeup Network as a recruiting tool and the agency as a way to gather information and pull artists into the marketing scheme to sell Motives Cosmetics. They are also telling artists that if they are “signed” by the agency and want “bookings”, they have to BUY and use a Motives Cosmetics Kit.
Companies like Market America and Motives Cosmetics that run scams like the “Pro Makeup Network” have no social conscience and show no respect or regard for the self esteem of the artists they exploit. It’s a disgusting practice to prey on artists who desperately want to be represented by an “agency” and get legitimate bookings. This scam is neither legitimate or career building!
I can only warn people – what you do now is your choice.