Just as with any other career there are a few ways you can actually break into the makeup industry to become a fully qualified makeup artist.
One of the most important things is to have a complete love of cosmetics and learning. You have to have a love of learning, be open to new ideas, love to experiment and depending on the style of makeup you want to learn, be able to think outside the box.
You will find that many makeup artists in the industry started out as enthusiast, they loved to wear makeup and they loved to experiment on friends and family, copying styles and looks from magazines and websites – this is a great way to begin! You are used to working with colours and brushes and are probably familiar with styles and terms.
You will need to join a makeup academy and complete a makeup training course – here you will learn all you need to know about makeup and its application. You will find a range of makeup training courses are available – you can study courses such as retail makeup and skincare, freelance bridal makeup, airbrushing and hairstyling and personal makeup right through to a diploma of specialist makeup services.
If you also enjoy working with hair a makeup academy course in hairstyling might be right for you – you will learn everything from the different types of hair to hairstyling for catwalks or weddings. When you have completed a bridal or personal makeup course alongside a hairstyling course you will be able to offer all your customers a complete package.
Alternatively if hair isn’t your thing a makeup academy course in retail makeup and skincare might be right for you, alongside applying and selling makeup to customers you’ll be qualified to give advice and tips on the right skin care products for your customers needs.
This helps broaden your career opening up a range of services you can provide, from being all round skin care, makeup and hair, to specialising in just one field. Being a makeup artist will open doors and allow you to work in a range of areas including – fashion, beauty, film, television, prosthetics, retail, bridal makeup and special effects.
In general makeup artists are highly sought after and thanks to the nature of the work you can freelance as a makeup artist between working on fashion show makeup or film and television, when the assignment finishes you can do freelance bridal or personal makeup to make money and hone your skills till the next big money job comes in.