Importance of Formal Qualification to be A Makeup Artist

Why you need qualifications to be a makeup artist?

We have a lot to thank YouTube, Facebook and Instagram for, but don’t be fooled thinking that a few dozen well-liked shots of your made-up face qualify you to freelance as a makeup artist.

Makeup artistry is, as its name implies, an art. However, it is also underpinned by some very important elements that go beyond masking faults and highlighting attributes.

In fact, carrying a reputable qualification can mean the difference between you getting and not getting a job, let alone getting insured for your work.

So why is studying and earning a degree important in something as beautiful as makeup artistry?

importance of qualification for a makeup artist

You learn how to quickly assess a stranger’s skin

Most makeup artists don’t get the luxury of studying their client’s skin at leisure before applying makeup, in fact, most of the decisions will be made based on your experience and instincts.
Despite a tight deadline, at a spin of a chair, you might be asked to address anything from skin sensitivity, hyperpigmentation, pitting and scarring, through to eczema and breakouts. Without the tuition or experience, you might make some embarrassing but easily avoidable mistakes.

Training colleges will provide you with the groundwork and practice to properly assess and critique another’s face for all stages of the makeup process: from cleanser and priming to colour matching and application. Being able to quickly assess a course of action will not only allow you more work, it saves costly and timely mistakes and keeps clients happy.

You learn the safe application of cosmetics and products

The skin of the face is incredibly sensitive to chemicals, so the wrong layering can trigger spontaneous and horrific reactions.

Knowing which cream to use where, and how to sanitise or dispose of applicators to prevent contagious infections are important basics that playing in front of the mirror can’t and won’t address.

The tools of the trade are there to be explored and enjoyed

It’s often only in colleges that technicians can truly explore the exciting techniques, products and niches in the industry. From high-glamour fashion shoots to theatrical makeup, there are different tools, techniques and materials that enable artists to create stunning looks.

In addition, the experience of using some of these products can make you an in-demand freelancer. Brides and grooms are hot on the tail of artists who can do airbrush makeup or cover tattoos; this experience and expertise are essential for differing you from the competition.

You get to build your portfolio and know what clients are looking for

Every time you trial a new look or test your skills on another, you are building your portfolio to show to a prospective employer or client.

A diverse portfolio can demonstrate a plethora of skill sets, while thematic portfolios show attention to detail and styling prowess.

Surrounded by other students and talented practitioners, the college offers the chance to ask questions and share experiences so you can prepare for a fully-fledged career as a makeup artist.

You experience what it’s like working with others in the industries that would employ you

TV, theatre, film, advertising and fashion brands are the largest employers of makeup artists. When you enrol in a college, you get to explore and improve the skill sets that are required to be successful in these workplaces – and these are skills that go beyond the blusher brush.

Showing the maturity and dexterity to manage competing deadlines, turn around client briefs, and communicate clearly to others (from producers through to team members) will place you in good stead for a career in the rewarding and demanding world of entertainment.

Expert trainers share their experiences and can mentor you

You cannot put a price on the advice of experienced makeup artists. Having seen and heard it all, these talented professionals can provide you with the shortcuts and real-world counsel to give you the edge over the competition.
Not only that, but some of our students strike long-term friendships with tutors resulting in work referrals and partnerships that introduce them to full-time regular work.


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