Speak to the client to understand what they want. Then walk them through the process and inform about the price of your services.
Make-up Artists need to apply make-up in a professional and hygienic manner.
Make-Up Artists need to ensure their tools are clean, and that they have enough products.
Keep up to date with the latest beauty trends. Make sure you know how to create these looks in case clients request them.
What to Study
What Does a Makeup Artist do?
So now you are wondering what a Makeup Artist does. They do the makeup applications for various occasions. Be that weddings, photoshoots, or even for those self-loving days. Online they’re referred to as an MUA. They are there to enhance the clients’ already beautiful facial features.
Here are the duties of a Makeup Artist:
- Creating custom looks based on the customer’s preference.
- Applying makeup based on client’s request
- Consulting with customers and potential customers
Some Makeup artists even go as far as recommending their clients what products to use based on their skin tone and type. They learn all about different skin types and undertones from a college education. Let’s look at the education section.
Qualifications Needed to be a Makeup Artist?
There are no official qualification requirements to start working as a Makeup Artist. But, if you do decide this is the career path for you, there are a few things to consider.
One of them being that no big makeup brand will hire a makeup artist with no qualification. Proof of work (portfolio) is as important as a qualification to improve your credibility. Think of the qualification as a part of your brand and credibility. Would you buy a face product that has no brand or reputation?
Creating a reputation where you are the brand is what will set you apart.
Now you are probably wondering how to get started. Here are a few options if you are considering being a Freelance Makeup Artist. Even if you don’t want to be a Freelance Makeup Artist, you can use this to build a portfolio. Here is some more good news. You can start while you are doing your distance learning makeup course through Skills Academy.
- Start by doing your family and friends’ makeup
- Advertise your service on popular service sites like Gumtree
- Join wedding and beauty pages on Facebook to advertise
- Volunteer to organisations for events or functions.
- Create a portfolio with all your legendary looks for future clients and employers
Skills Academy Makeup Courses:
- Makeup Application Short Course
- Makeup Application Certificate
- Makeup Application Comprehensive Certificate
So where can you study and what course can you study? Well, Skills Academy offers Makeup courses. Starting with a 9 months short course to a comprehensive course that takes up to 15 months. That means that you can be a qualified makeup artist in less than 2 year. With the best part being that you can study Makeup from the comfort of your own home.
Makeup Artist Salary
So, can you make a living off doing makeup? Well the short answer is yes. The long answer is it will take work, dedication and determination.
The average salary starts at R6782 to R12 666. This is your basic salary. If you decide to freelance on the side you can earn an extra income. Plus, you can earn commission on sales of makeup products if you are a retail Makeup Artist. That could add +/- R30 000 to your salary. If that sounds too good to be true look at Payscale to see the numbers. I know what you are thinking. Where do you sign up? Well, start by registering for a Makeup course with Skills Academy.
Different Types of Makeup Artists
So now you know where to get your education and how to get started. But, what is your option besides being a Freelance Makeup Artist?
- Retail Makeup Artist
- Makeup consultant
- Joining a Photographer as the inhouse Makeup Artist
- Working a salon doing peoples makeup per appointment
- Starting your own business
- Being a product representative or demonstrator for brands
- Bridal Makeup
- Runway Makeup Artist
That’s some of the most popular options available to you. It’s a very competitive industry but there is opportunity for growth.
Skills Needed to Become a Makeup Artist
Skills are the ability to do something. Be that blending or your ability to plan a creative makeup look. Let’s look at some of the skills needed.
- Knowledge about makeup products
- Good communication and written skills
- Ability to use initiative
If you have these skills you will make a great Makeup Artist. Now you need to add the qualification to create credibility and your brand.
Author: Lucrisia Benjamin
Last Updated: May 07, 2020