Is becoming a makeup artist your dream job? Makeup artistry is a versatile and rewarding career that offers endless opportunities for creative expression. Whether you’re interested in working in a salon, at a makeup counter, specializing in weddings, fashion shows or photo shoots, becoming a professional makeup artist can open doors to a fulfilling career. Here are the steps to take to become a makeup artist:
Build Skills and Knowledge
To get started, you’ll need to gain the skills and knowledge you’ll need to succeed. The best way to do this is to enroll in an accredited beauty school, such as Shore Beauty School, where you will get hands-on training and experience. Our Cosmetology program will not only teach you all about applying makeup, but also give you solid training in hair styling, barbering, skin care, manicuring and more.
Build Your Portfolio
While you’re in school, you should also start building your portfolio – a collection of your best work which showcases your skills and creativity. At Shore, you’ll have the opportunity to work on real clients at our Beauty Clinic. Be sure to take pictures of your work to add to your portfolio. As you gain more experience, seek out opportunities to do makeup for photoshoots, fashion shows, or weddings.
Build Your Network
Networking is an essential part of building a successful career as a makeup artist. Attend industry events, connect with other professionals in the industry, and seek out opportunities to collaborate on projects. The more people you know in the industry, the more opportunities you’ll have to work on projects and expand your portfolio.
Build Your Brand
As you build your skills, portfolio, and network, it’s important to build your brand. This includes creating a website, social media profiles, and business cards to showcase your work and promote your services. You should also establish your rates and policies for bookings and create contracts to protect yourself and your clients.
Stay Current with Industry Trends
Stay up to date with the latest products, tools, and techniques in the beauty industry by following social media influencers, watching online tutorials, reading makeup blogs, and attending industry events. This will not only help you improve your skills but also keep you competitive in the industry.
While getting a professional cosmetology license isn’t mandatory to become a makeup artist, it can be valuable to your career, set you apart from the competition, and increase your earning potential.
Come to the Shore!
If becoming a makeup artist is your dream, it’s time to turn that passion into a career! Shore Beauty School offers Cosmetology and Skincare programs that can put you on the path for a future in the beauty and wellness industry. Schedule a virtual tour today, contact us to learn more, or give us a call at (609) 645-3635.