How to become a Makeup artist
Looking for an exciting and potentially lucrative career?
Working as a makeup artist offers flexibility, the chance to be your own boss, travel the world and mingle with the stars – whilst earning money doing something you love.
Being a professional makeup artist is exhilarating, challenging and certainly never boring! With enough passion and determination, the sky’s the limit when it comes to your career potential.
The London Makeup School can help you to realise your dreams of working as a professional makeup artist.
What skills will I need?
Learning the theory of makeup is one thing – actually putting those skills into practice requires creativity, artistic flair and self-belief. You’ll need great communication skills to create a finished look that matches your clients’ expectations. Diplomacy may be required when it comes to a difference of opinion regarding what will suit your client, so you need to be able to listen and communicate with confidence.
It’s not just about learning how to apply makeup – you’ll need to know all about skin care, as well as keeping track of the latest styles, trends and new products. The makeup industry is constantly evolving and you’ll always need to stay one step ahead of the game. The most accomplished makeup artists can recreate a look from any era, so you’ll need to do your research when it comes to vintage styling.
To be a successful makeup artist, you need to be able to perform under pressure and be willing to work long, often unsociable hours. Being a makeup artist is rarely a 9-5 job!
Like most jobs, your training shouldn’t end once you graduate from college or specialist makeup academy, like The London Makeup School. You’ll constantly learn new skills and grow as an artist throughout your career. Even qualified makeup artists need to update their skills with advanced professional courses.
What are my career prospects?
If you want to break into the TV and film industry, be aware that you are usually expected to be qualified in hairdressing as well as makeup. Celebrity makeup artists are usually freelance, but can earn good money if they are successful.
Not all professional makeup artists work in the showbiz industry – you may choose to specialise in bridal makeup or work in a beauty salon.
How do I get started?
To be taken seriously as a professional makeup artist, you will need to be qualified and experienced.
First, choose a reputable training school that offers first-class teaching from expert tutors. You can choose from a wide range of courses that will equip you with the relevant skills to become a makeup artist – from one day taster courses to intensive training packages.
Complete beginners may wish to start off with a short introductory course to learn the basics and then proceed to more advanced courses that specialise in special effects, glamour, Black or Asian makeup.
Breaking into the industry may require you to work unpaid at first, by assisting established makeup artists. This is a fantastic way to pick up skills, build contacts and gain real-life work experience.
Experience is everything, so take advantage of opportunities that will add credibility to your CV. Rates of pay may be low at first, but think of it as laying the foundations of your career – your persistence and passion will pay off in the long-term.
Networking is vital to build up contacts and discover new opportunities. Start building up a portfolio of your work to show off to potential employers. Set up a website with an online gallery to showcase your work and shout about your previous work experiences.
Most importantly – keep practicing, and don’t give up on your dreams!
To find out more about how the London Makeup School can help you become an expert makeup artist contact us today.