Most people don’t know that makeup artistry is a very versatile field, and there are several career options available to professionals in this space. Once you have your degree, the world is your oyster, and you can choose any opportunity that suits your skills and professional preferences the best. You can also do several side hustles to maintain a comfortable lifestyle. Here’s a look at what you can do as a makeup artist after you have earned your degree.
1. Become an Apprentice
Experienced makeup artists, especially those that work on big shows and productions, often have a team of assistants and apprentices working with them. Working under a professional is often the starting point of this career. It allows you to get hands-on experience, learn vital makeup skills from your boss, and even develop industry connections. If you are fresh out of college this is a great place to start.
2. Freelance Makeup Artists
Freelancing is also the first step in most people’s career. If you don’t get any apprenticeship opportunities, you can start as a freelance MUA (makeup artist). Start marketing online through different job sites and social media. You can also ask your friends and family for opportunities.
It might take some time for your business to gain some traction, but it is possible to earn a substantial income. Successful freelance MUAs get the chance to travel to exotic destinations, hold classes and lectures, participate in big events, and even work with celebrities. They lead a reasonably glamorous lifestyle if they’re able to establish a good reputation in the industry.
3. Special FX Makeup Artists
Special FX is probably the most creative career path you can take. It requires specialized training and a great deal of skill because the work goes beyond applying eyeshadow and lipstick. You should be able to create realistic wounds, alien features, know how to work with cosmetic prosthetics, and transform the client completely.
Special FX artists are responsible for everything from the Elvish ears from the Lord of the Rings movies to the horrifyingly realistic radiation poisoning depicted in the Chernobyl television series. This is a highly demanding and exciting job.
4. Performance Makeup Artists
Performance makeup is very different from regular makeup. It needs to show up on cameras and should be visible from a distance. Performance makeup artists use different techniques, and solutions to ensure their client has the right look. Different artists require various kinds of makeup. For example, an artist working on Lady Gaga will employ different products, techniques, and strategies than an artist working on Ariana Grande. Performance makeup artists also require some skill in Special FX makeup and should know how to create attractive everyday looks as well. Being a performance artist is a demanding but stimulating job because it involves a lot of traffic and long days on set.
5. Celebrity Makeup Artists
Celebrities have to be presentable at all times and need an excellent MUA on hand for it. Most have makeup artists who they work with regularly. This artist handles everything from their casual, everyday looks to concert or awards show function looks.
Celebrities are some of the most demanding clients. They are always on the move and are often involved in dozens of different projects simultaneously. They can be picky, temperamental, stressed, and in a hurry. You should be able to adapt to different situations on a fly.
These are just some of the many career paths open to you. If you get a bit tired and want to take a break, you can also settle into a career of being an online beauty influencer or editor.