Makeup artists use cosmetic products to enhance natural beauty and create attractive looks that meet clients' needs. They work in a number of settings, such as demonstrations at makeup counters and trade shows, high-fashion makeup for runway models, theatrical makeup for film and stage productions, and movie special-effects makeup design. Depending on the makeup artist's niche, they may based in one location (such as a salon or makeup counter) or travel regularly to different locations. Makeup artists may work as freelance professionals or for an employer. Examples of freelance makeup artists' jobs might include a bride's makeup for weddings, actors' makeup for stage production, and models' makeup for fashion photographers print and catalog work. Makeup artists with a single employer might work at a specific salon or makeup counter, among other locations. These professionals may continually expand their clientele and specializations, creating opportunities for career advancement. Makeup artists must be able to adapt to clients' specific needs, such as if they have an allergic reaction to a certain cosmetic or if certain products aren't translating to film or photographing well.
Makeup artists generally attend cosmetology schools to attain a relevant degree, although certain states may require an official licenses or degree to practice this profession as well. Makeup artists may also take ongoing classes to hone skills, learn about new products, gain knowledge in new techniques, and explore new skills. These professionals must be flexible and able to quickly think of creative solutions to problems; they should also have excellent customer service skills.
Makeup Artist Tasks
Select makeup shades and products for individuals.
Sell makeup and cleansing products, and provide information and advice on cosmetic application.
Consult with clients, perform makeup demonstrations, and provide skin care consultations.