Post # 1
And if so do you have a cosmetology license? I’m looking into being a free lance Makeup Artist as a side job (like weddings on the weekend type thing) and am just not sure on the details. I’ve always had a love for makeup and I’m always getting compliments on mine. My best friend who’s a well known wedding photographer said I would be great at it and thinks I should also pursue it. But like I said I’m just not sure on everything…do you need a cosmetology license to do just makeup? From what I heard you dont….any help or advice on this subject would be GREATLY appreciated 🙂
Peace and love <3
Post # 2
Justbeingme: I am. I don’t know if you ‘need’ it. I have a Certificate of Make Up Artistry. I freelance and I also worked for a couple of Big Make-up Companies, where to be honest I learned a lot more than I did in my Make-Up Course.
If you have friend who is a photographer who will recommend you, or hire you to work for her to get industry experience that would help you get your foot in the door (I did a lot of free work to get started so this is a big plus for you I’d say!)
If your base skill set it good, I would research wedding, colour photography and black and white make up for sure. Era’s make up is good also since Brides seem to be opting more for vintage make-up looks for their wedding. Just practice as many different styles, know the popular trends.
I did make up for my modelling agency before I took my course, so I didn’t find I was learning too much I didn’t know from work experience. But once I hit the field afterwards, I found I learned so much more!
I like being certified, it gives me that credibilty behind my skills to present to my clients. Make Up is also my only job.
However I did work with a lot of women who did amazing work and didn’t take a course. If you work with your Photographer friend, see if you can use her professional photo’s for your portfolio, that is what brides care about most, seeing your work.
Post # 3
Thanks so much for your comment! It was a tremendous help 🙂 I was thinking about getting certified in just Make Up Artistry but the class is a 1,000 and it will take 3-6 months to complete…I’m wondering if I truelly need it…
Also my photography friend said she would already promote me and try to sell me to her clients so I already have a major in there since she’s so popular 🙂
Post # 4
I am. I took classes for it, but I also took it because I went to school to become a Hairstylist as well. I have my boring advertising 9-5 office job, and I do makeup on weekends. If I could expand my business large enough to only do makeup, I would.
I don’t think you need a cosmetology license, it helps, but not necessary. You learn more from on the job training I find.
Post # 5
Justbeingme: Where are you from? I just learned (via Teen Mom actually) that in the US you do need to be licensed to be paid for make-up services in certain states… or else you can be sued or something… I was pretty taken a back that the state would with hold an esthiticians License for someone doing make-up for a wedding, because I didn’t realize you needed to be licensed. I would look into your specific state to see what you should do.
I live in Canada, and apparently the rules here are different…!