Training to Become a Makeup Artist

Monday, March 21, 2011 | Things We Love, Tips & How-Tos, Uncategorized

Shutterstock_413174 If you love putting on your own makeup and are constantly doing styles for your friends as well, a career as a makeup artist might be right for you. Training is surprisingly easy, at the high end requiring only a high school diploma or GED and a nine-month to one-year program at cosmetology school. However, in many states you don’t need formal schooling to get certified. As long as you have an eye for color and know how to work with different skin types, you’re practically already there.

Whether you’re looking for a career in salon makeup, media makeup or special effects and theatre makeup, you’ll need a portfolio. Start by keeping before and after shots of your friends and family with looks you’ve created. A great way to hone your skills and build a portfolio, without a degree in cosmetology, is to volunteer as an apprentice somewhere like your local mall. Keep your portfolio varied to show off the different styles you can create.

BrushCollection You’ll also need a healthy, well-rounded makeup kit. One of the most important parts about rounding out your kit is a good set of brushes. If you don’t have the perfect applicators for foundations, eye shadows and blushes, then your work will suffer! The Five Piece Lucite Brush Collection from Pür Minerals is a great place to start. It includes five essential brushes and comes in a sleek case that will fit nicely in your kit. We also carry a range of high quality, specialty brushes, developed specifically to round out the makeup artist kit.

With a strong ambition and the right tools, you’ll be on your way to the glamorous life as a makeup artist in no time!