The beauty industry is the place to be creative and express yourself by making others feel gorgeous and picture ready. As the beauty industry continues to grow, there is always a demand for makeup artists. The life of a makeup artist is possibly the complete antithesis of a monotonous corporate job - you get to travel and visit new places for work.
With new and fresh trends emerging every season, this is a wise choice as a profession that is in high demand in the market. Every film production, party, live show, wedding, fashion magazine, photoshoot, TV show, fashion show - almost everyone needs a makeup artist to look perfect. Let’s look at the kind of roles you can pursue as a makeup artist.
Types of career options
Bridal makeup artist
With weddings being an integral part of our culture and the market being the second largest in the world - a wedding make up artist is sure to find success. As a bridal makeup artist your customers will not only be brides but also their mothers, bridesmaids and guests, spanning across all wedding events and parties. With destination weddings being on the rise and people being ready to pay for travel and stay for good makeup artists, this will also allow you to visit new workplaces and network with strong potential customers. However, a wedding environment is usually fast moving and challenging, and to be really successful, one needs to balance that an take it in their stride.
Salon make up artist
A salon makeup artist you will be taking care of makeup while working within an established salon. While it may not seem so on the surface, this could be a demanding career option. As a makeup artist working for a reputable salon, you will be certain about having a healthy regular income. However, you may e expected to pit in with other responsibilities at the salon, assisting hairdressers, beauticians and other beauty professionals as the need arises. While for some people, these roles may seem limiting, for others, the security far outweighs the cons.
Almost everyone needs a makeup artist to look perfect Source: Unsplash
Make up blogger/vlogger
If you have a talent for content creation in addition to your skills with makeup, sharing reviews and tutorials can be a trendy career option for you. As a blogger and vlogger you can share your makeup and styling tips, tricks and tutorials in addition to reviewing popular products in the market. However, building and scaling up a blogging business does take a bit of time and effort. While it is generally a low investment career in terms of finances, it does require a heavy investment in terms of time and effort. On the other hand, once you grow your presence online, you are then in a position to be an influencer and monetise your channel.
It is a common misconception there are no college degrees or courses available for those wanting to make a career in the makeup industry. While some people may be naturally gifted, others who are passionate but may need some basic direction and instructions should always consider a course.
Once you complete your high school education, there are plenty of different courses on cosmetology or opportunities for training under experienced professionals that you can explore. Some of such courses are:
- Lakme Academy, Mumbai
- LTA School of Beauty, Mumbai
- Lakme Academy, Ahmedabad
- Orane International School of Beauty and Wellness, Mohali
- NIFT, Delhi
- VLCC Institute, Delhi
- Pearl Academy, Mumbai
While we may not always notice a makeup artist working behind the scenes, we do always notice good makeup looks when we see them. And these looks are all brought to life by makeup artists who are passionate about their work and ready to experiment with their creativity. The field is of course an ever growing one - and as long as you have your finger squarely on the pulse of fashion trends - this field is sure to bring you success. So, don’t let your creativity lie dormant, pick up the brush today!