Is Anyone a Professional Makeup Artist?

posted 2 years ago in Career
Post # 2
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954 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

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.

Good Luck! 

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 5 months ago by  MadameHibou.
  • This reply was modified 2 years, 5 months ago by  MadameHibou.
Post # 4
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1110 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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
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954 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

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…!

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