You may be considering a career in makeup artistry, but you don’t really know what to expect with that career option. You’ve always loved “playing” with makeup; you’ve done all of your friends’ and family members’ makeup for their proms, weddings, family pictures, etc. You always know the latest trends with makeup, you know how to apply makeup for whatever face shape, or whatever “effect” someone is trying to achieve, and you’re always being complimented on how flawless your face looks.
But can you actually make a career out of being a makeup artist? Is that actually a realistic goal? And if so, what do you need to do to get there?
Well let me help you out. Here is a simple breakdown of a career in makeup artistry:
What Does a Makeup Artist Do?
A makeup artist is someone who applies makeup to other people for a living. With most makeup artistry careers, makeup artists use their skills to help people look more beautiful, or more ready for pictures, film, or performances. Many makeup artists are able to educate others on how to apply makeup to look their most beautiful.
While most makeup artists use their skills to help bring out the natural beauty in others, other makeup artists use those skills in the opposite ways: for horror films, to add age to a person for film or the theater, etc.
How Do I Become a Makeup Artist?
While it isn’t necessarily a requirement for you to be a certified makeup artist in order to have a career in makeup artistry, it definitely makes it much easier for you to attain a job in this field. Most people looking to hire a makeup artist want to know that they are hiring someone with the appropriate skill set to do the things they need them to do. Of course there are usually trials or interviews held where they will be able to test a person’s actual skill set, but most employers start their screening process by first looking for people that have their makeup artist certification.
So if you want to seriously pursue a full time career in this field, I recommend starting by going to a cosmetology school and getting your makeup artist license. This will not only help you to build the proper foundation you need to become the best makeup artist that you can be, but it will also help you to find the most success and gain the edge you will need to make your way in this competitive field.
What Jobs are Available for Makeup Artists?
There are many different job options available for makeup artists. Here are just a few of them:
- Working in a spa
- Working with a wedding planner or reception center to do wedding makeup
- Working for a cosmetics company
- Working for a movie or TV studio
- Working with a modeling agency
- Working with a theater company
- Freelance work
How Much Money do Makeup Artists Make?
Because there is such a broad range of careers available to makeup artists, the earning potential is extremely varied across this field. But here are a few averages on earnings for makeup artists:
- The average starting wage for a makeup artist is $14 an hour.
- According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the average hourly salary for makeup artists in 2012 was $32.49 an hour.
- The average annual salary for a makeup artist is $67,580 a year.
- It is estimated that makeup artists will have one of the fastest growing salaries over the next several years.
Nicole is a writer for the beauty industry.