Careers Advice – Fancy Becoming A Freelance Makeup Artist?
December 6, 2017 / Sharnie Carter
- Are you a fan of all things makeup?
- Do you enjoy making other people look and feel amazing?
- Do you want to work to your own schedule with flexibility?
Then a career as a freelance makeup artist could be just the career choice for you!
What makes a great freelance makeup artist?
You need to have a certain set of skills to succeed at becoming a freelance makeup artist. Most commonly is a passion and talent for makeup; knowing makeup trends, knowing the best products, and being creative and skilled in your application are key traits of a successful freelance makeup artist. Organisation and punctuality are also vital to ensure that you can manage your clients efficiently and make a great impression by always being on time.
What does the role of a freelance makeup artist entail?
The role of a freelance makeup artist is to ensure your clients look and feel their best. Typically, day-to-day duties include:
- Sourcing the best possible make up supplies
- Knowing the latest makeup trends
- Booking appointments
- Making clients feel comfortable and welcome
- Giving makeovers to single or groups of clients
- Advising clients on the best skin and makeup products for them
- Admin such as ordering supplies, reviewing booking forms, keeping client’s history and medical details
Where will I work?
This is the great thing about it – as a freelance makeup artist, you will be in control of where you work. Freelance means working self-employed so you can choose to be based in a salon, you can travel to client’s houses, or even work from the comfort of your own home and have client’s come to you.
What career options will I have?
Within this industry, it is all about who you know. Once you have a large repertoire of clients who love your work, word of mouth will spread and you will become more popular. The more in-demand you are, the more clients you will have and therefore the more you will earn.
Alternatively, you could work freelance for a specific sector such as movies or weddings, where the request for highly-qualified and skilled makeup artists are in high demand. So anything from making a woman look beautiful for her wedding, to adding gory special-effects 3-D make up to an actor for a film.
How do I get started?
To become a freelance makeup artist, you will need qualifications in this field. Specialist sectors usually require specific qualifications, but a basic knowledge in it all is a good place to start.
At Open Study College, we offer a range of courses that adhere to all your needs. Here are a few examples of what we recommend:
Complete Make-Up Artist
Introduction to Professional and Special Occasion Make-Up with Practical Training
Make-Up Artist Level 3
But don’t just take our word for it. Browse our site or give our qualified Student Adviser team a call on 03300 563100.
Take a look at our make-up artist courses