What does a make-up artist do?

To put it simply, a make-up artist is a creative beautician. They use their skills to enhance and transform their clients’ appearance, using makeup and cosmetics.

A make-up artist may specialise in a variety of areas, including:

  • Media makeup – film, television and theatre
  • Fashion and photography makeup
  • Print and digital media
  • Local commerce – makeup counters, spas and salons
  • Bridal makeup
  • Special effects makeup
  • Stage makeup

Your day to day tasks may include answering enquiries, researching and designing makeup looks, applying makeup, using special effects makeup, taking notes and photos, carrying out invoicing, and preparing your makeup kit.

Makeup artists need to have a thorough understanding of bone structure, skin type, and skin colour as well as a good working knowledge of make-up ingredients. They should also have finely tuned interpersonal skills, and the ability to stay calm under pressure. It’s an exciting and rewarding profession, but it’s also very competitive.

How to become a make-up artist

You could learn to become a make-up artist through a private course such as ours, an apprenticeship, work experience or going to college.

Our Level 3 VTCT Make-Up Artistry course is a sure way of launching your career and guaranteeing success. You’ll study one or two days a week at one of our academies. Here you’ll learn a variety of different skills, including makeup application as well as client care, communication and health and safety. Once on the course, you’ll be eligible to get the insurance needed to become a makeup artist. If you would like to learn more about our course, Click Here.

Why should I become a makeup artist?

If you’re looking for a job where no two days – or two people – are ever the same, and you can use your talents and imagination in the most eye-catching ways possible, becoming a make-up artist could be your calling! Although every make-up artist needs to have a strong foundation of common skills, there’s also a lot of opportunity to specialise in the areas that interest you most.

You could work in a salon or spa or behind the scenes in television, film or theatre, making your favourite stars look gorgeous or applying the prosthetics and make-up effects that will make them look monstrous! Or maybe high fashion is more your style, travelling to the world’s most exotic locations and working with the best supermodels and fashion designers in the business? Or how about seeing your hard work up on a billboard or in the pages of a magazine, or using your make-up magic to make a bride look perfect for her big day? You could eventually become a brand ambassador for a leading cosmetic company or develop your own line of make-up products.

What qualities will you need?

Because it’s such a creative profession, most make-up artists tend to be extremely artistic and intuitive. They’re also hard-working, both on their own and as part of a team. An eye for detail and a perfectionist attitude are also must-have qualities.

A high level of confidence plus excellent communication skills are also vitally important, as well as critical thinking, patience and diplomacy.

Flexibility is also important, as well as a willingness to travel (often at extremely short notice, especially if you’re working in film and TV!) You’ll also have to be prepared for some tricky working conditions, including restricted workspaces, a lot of hustle and bustle, and a whole bunch of people trying to get your attention all at the same time.

Finally, you’ll also need a thorough knowledge of health and safety issues as they apply to the tools and products you’re using. You’ll also have to maintain your own make-up kit, which means keeping everything clean, sanitary and well stocked.

One last thing – it’s important to keep a portfolio of your work so that prospective clients can see what you’ve done and realise you’ll be perfect for their next assignment!

Does makeup artistry sound like the job for you?

Being a makeup artist is an enormously rewarding career where your creative skills will be valued. The best make-up artists can charge a lot of money for the work they do, and they’ll always have loyal clients coming back for more.

If you’d like to know more about our Make-Up Artistry course, give us a call on 0208 953 9344 or message us via the contact page. We’re looking forward to meeting you!

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