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How to go from doing your own makeup to a becoming a makeup artist

So you’re at that point in your life where you absolutely love makeup and are constantly being told that ‘you should be a makeup artist’ by your family, friends and perhaps even some potential clients who’ve messaged you on Instagram. Perhaps you’re in a career you’re not too fond of and you’re looking for a change or you’re starting to enter the workplace and you’re looking for a career so you’re considering training to be a makeup artist.

Being a makeup artist is not a job for those faint of heart! You’ll need excellent customer service and communication skills, the patience of a saint and the ability to be disciplined when keeping your own schedule. It’s also one of the most rewarding jobs you could ask for! Usually you’ll be doing makeup for clients attending happy events such as their weddings, proms etc where you’ll get to vibe with them whilst doing their makeup. You get to set your own schedule, charge what you want and you get to do what you love; play with makeup (plus the wholesaler discount never hurt anyone).

Is it hard to become a makeup artist?

If you love cosmetics and have an artistic flair, it shouldn’t be too difficult for you to complete a makeup artist course. But actually becoming successful at the profession requires more than just skill–it takes dedication and time as well!

Do I need any formal qualifications?

While you’re not legally obligated to obtain any official qualifications before starting your business, we heavily advise that you do! Pursuing a course, even at a basic level, such as a Level 2 VTCT, NVQ or BTEC in Makeup Artistry will show you how to keep your tools clean and also teach you why this is so important as well as providing training on how to transfer your makeup skills onto other people. 

You can also show these qualifications to your potential clients so they know you take their health and safety seriously. 

We understand that these courses can be quite costly sometimes, especially if you’re just entering the workforce after leaving school so you could look into government funded courses in colleges or even look at apprenticing with a makeup artist or salon! You get paid (not much but it’s something) whilst getting on the job experience!

You can read a breakdown of what VTCT is here and you can read about how to know what beauty course is right for you here.

Building a Portfolio

When you first start out as a makeup artist, you’ll need to quickly build your portfolio to show possible clients your skill level and style. When we say portfolio, you might be imagining a huge binder filled with sketches and pictures when in reality you can build a portfolio on almost any social media site. The most popular way to build a portfolio is on Instagram as most people already have an account or don’t need an account to view your posts so it’s accessible to all of your potential client base. 

Whatever platform you choose, just remember to post regularly, make sure the pictures are high quality and that they display your gorgeous work easily!