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How to become a make up artist

Updated on March 22, 2012

Become a Professional Makeup Artist

Make up artistry a vocation not a job

Professional Makeup application is used in many different entertainment fields. It is most commonly used in television, modelling, magazines, theatres, cosmetic industry and many other areas. A professional make up artist will be able to apply various cosmetics using lots of different methods to get the results you need. A good make up artist will be able to transform a face, make you look younger or older and cover up unsightly flaws in a complexion.

Professionals in the field of makeup artistry are in higher demand than ever, if you have decided that you would like to be a professoinal makeup artist, you should consider if you are suitable for the work and if you are comitted to the job. Here are a few things you should consider before training to become a makeup artist.

  • The profession does not have fixed hours, you will be on demand and may have to work very unusual hours.
  • Some Makeup Artists team together to work, you do not need to be an apprentice first, after getting some qualifications and a portfolio, you should network with other artists to get jobs and try and gather together a team
  • You will meet lots of different people and will need to be able to meet new people and put them at their ease in the makeup chair.
  • Your portfolio will be your biggest asset, make sure that you keep it up to date, it speaks more to a prospective employer than qualifications.
  • It helps if you are a creative person, you will need to be comfortable with experimenting in order to create the look your employer wants.
  • Competition for jobs can be very tough, you will need to have resolve if you want to make it in this business, don't get disheartened when refused and take criticism on the chin.
  • Remember you need to persevere, it takes time to make it in this business

How to become a makeup artist

You don't need any formal training, but it helps. You can become a make-up artist by learning the techniques on your own or you can take a course. There are lots of courses available online and there are makeup schools you can apply to. Immerse yourself in the subject and read lots of makeup books to learn new styles.

Take as many courses as you can, hairdressing and beauty can also help. The more courses you do the more you will learn, and keep practising!

Network with other makeup artists, speak to different agencies out there who hire makeup artists, show them your portfolio, ask for constructive criticism and use it to improve your work. Don't forget to persevere, it can take a long time to get into the business, but it is an excellent creative outlet and will be very rewarding.

Makeup tutorial: The Classic Pin-Up Girl

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      Mmargie1966 5 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      Love it! Thank you!