Working as a Makeup Artist After Beauty School

Written by: Clare Weyers Date of published: . Posted in Make up

After completing a beauty course in Essex, the opportunity to become a makeup artist is both exciting and challenging.

make-up artist applying make-up at private beauty school

Your dream career after private beauty school

The choice of jobs after attending beauty school is brilliant: from working in a salon, to working freelance, abroad, or gaining further qualifications to become an expert in your field. Our private beauty school in Essex offers a range of makeup and beauty courses to broaden your career in the industry.

If you decide to take a makeup course at beauty school, one of the dream careers for you may be to become a makeup artist. The great thing about this career is that there are different environments depending what type of makeup you like to do. The arts offer an array of different fields: film, theatre, circus, and television. Then there are magazines, fashion shows, and even personal makeup artists for celebrities!

The appeal of this job is obvious, trying new makeup designs, focusing your talents, and having the opportunity to be involved in some glitz and glamour. If you become established enough with a brand or as a makeup artist, you are able to travel the world as you work, another wonderful way to travel the world after beauty school.

While the benefits and excitement of the job are clear, let’s not undermine the difficulties and challenges that can happen when pursuing this career.

Our private beauty school in Essex offers makeup courses to give you the confidence you need for a career in beauty. Our team in Essex have a range of knowledge and expertise which we can share with you to help you get the career you want after a beauty course.

What Does Being a Makeup Artist Involve?

Being a makeup artist can involve using cosmetics and makeup on one or more persons. You will need to be creative and have a very steady hand, paying attention to detail and understanding exactly what your client wants. Be prepared for long and unsociable hours and to keep up to date with beauty trends. Taking time to practise on yourself and others is also essential.

If you’re working in theatre or film, you will need to learn about the context of the film, the characters, the scenery, and era of the setting. This may involve doing some research and further practice to make sure you get it right.

Another significant thing to consider as a makeup artist is the use of lighting. Understand the importance of how lighting can affect makeup and take this on board when working.

Established makeup artist Monika Blunder says the hardest part is keeping everyone happy and working with different personalities.

What skills Do I Need to Learn at Beauty School?

Attending beauty school and taking a makeup course is the first thing you will need to work towards becoming a makeup artist. Our private beauty school in Essex offers a one or two-day makeup course.

During the course, you will learn how to do makeup professionally, including shading, colouring, and working with different skin tones. If you opt for the two-day course, you can develop your skills further to include hiding blemishes and birthmarks and applying false eyelashes. What’s more, on the second day you will learn about bridal and photographic makeup. This is especially important as knowing the effect of lighting is crucial for a makeup artist.

Our private beauty school in Essex also offers NVQs and VRQs. These are ideal for those who want to study part-time. What’s more, we offer a VRQ in fashion and photographic makeup. This nationally recognised two-day intensive course is a great step towards working as a makeup artist in the industry, and it can teach you valuable skills.

How Much Will I Get Paid?

When you first start off in this type of career, don’t expect a huge paycheck. In fact, as you begin to learn the skills on the job and gain experience within the industry, you probably won’t be paid much. However, the experience you gain will be invaluable.

If you become an established makeup artist and focus your skills to one specific industry, you could find yourself earning £200 a day. However, it can vary dramatically within each industry and job to job.

How Can I Get the Dream Job After Beauty School?

Naturally, you’d love to finish your beauty course and start the job right away, but it’s not that easy. You’ll first need to decide which industry you’d like to work in. For example, if you would like to work in theatre, doing a subsequent course to learn about this type of makeup is great. Alternatively, gaining work experience in the desired field also goes a long way, even if it’s not related to makeup. Beginning to understand how the industry works is also beneficial.

If you can’t jump straight into the industry you want, working in a shop or at a makeup counter enables you to practise on endless customers. If they’re happy with the work you’ve done, you can get testimonials and take photos to add to your portfolio.

Additionally, with the rise of social media, getting yourself onto social media platforms and getting your name out there is another way to try and get your foot in the door. Networking is a great way to hear about jobs and get to know people in the industry who can help you get your foot in the door.

Stay passionate and determined and you will be sure to get your dream job as a makeup artist after beauty school.

Elite Beauty School in Essex can help you take the first step towards becoming a makeup artist. Give us a call today on 01279 755077 to find out which makeup course can work best to get you kick started on your career.

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