first of all, your avatar is so adorable. I want whiskers on all my pictures now too! wait. is that me being psychotic and copying you? I think it is! ^.^ listen, everyone has to get inspiration from somewhere. I’m sure your classmate gets her inspiration from someone as well, whether it’s a magazine (Teen Vogue, I hope?), model, older sister, someone! so don’t worry too much about it. everyone in fashion does the same thing—I know I love certain editors’ style and will openly gawk at them when I see them and take mental notes. so don’t feel bad! c’est la fashion vie
this is going to seem insane but I use three different cameras: my outfit posts and most of my everyday snaps are on my Olympus EPM1. I love this camera because it’s super portable, but it’s a step up from a basic point and shoot. you can remove the lens and swap it out for something different (I have a pancake lens on mine that lets in more light). my fashion week shots and most of my videos on youtube (youtube.com/evachen212, please subscribe to my newbie venture!) are on a Canon Eos T3i. I love this camera so much, the pictures are just fantastic! and my desk shots are mostly my iPhone 4. oh, how I wish it were a 4S!
okay, first of all, don’t be jealous! channel that energy into exactly what you’re doing now—researching careers that’ll be a good fit for you. secondly, there are so many careers in the beauty industry besides being a makeup artist. mine, to start: beauty editor (working at a magazine and writing about makeup/hair/nails/other great stuff). you could work at a cosmetics company in marketing or public relations, you could be a beauty photographer, you could develop cosmetics either independently or at a larger company like L’Oreal or Lauder, you could become a ‘nose’ (creating fragrances)… the list goes on and on!