There is more in MakeUp Artistry than just helping people finding their best look. Times have changed and today we can consider makeup as an ART. The word ‘artist’ comes from one who professes and practices an imaginative art. If makeup isn’t imaginative we are on the wrong path. MakeUp is magic. So let’s see if you’re ready to face a MakeUp Artist career.
1 – YOU LOVE MAKEUP
So, 1st sign. Are you a wizard? Well you could be if you considered your hundred brushes as magic wands. You love everything in a makeup kit. Blushes, highlighters, the endless eyeshadow rainbow, lipsticks. You name it, you love it. Beauty trends are more important to you than anything else. And if you are ahead of them… what are you waiting for?
2 – YOU ARE A PEOPLE PERSON
Interaction with people is constant. You can find yourself dealing with a nervous bride or a really strict client, even a spoiled famous person. Sometimes the reference they show you is inadmissible for you. Being able to deal with different types of personalities and handling difficult situations is essential in this career. If you like being around people and are easy going you might be hitting the right spot.
3 – CREATIVE FREAK
Do you love experimenting with different styles and products every time you have the chance? In the fashion industry, you’ll need to find and create new inventive looks that have never been seen before. With bridal or social events clients, we should always consider their style and combine it with ours. In any situation, you need to be creative enough in order to satisfy the viewing eye or the person wearing your piece of art.
4 – YOU ARE OPEN TO CRITICISM
You understand that criticism is not always negative. Feedback is really important for a makeup artist. From a client or colleague, maybe you find yourself learning something new. So being able to deal with bad comments about your work and feeling that this is a way of growing as a professional is super important!
5 – YOU ARE A FREE SPIRIT
You can’t even think of yourself in an office sitting at a desk all day. You like meeting new people, being in new places and working in different environments every time you can. Living with what you create with your hands and imagination makes you happy.
6 – YOU GET THRILLED WITH SATISFACTION
Sometimes you get excited simply by getting a great job done. This happens as a MakeUp artist when you finish a really good photoshoot, with the joy of a bride’s smile or a person that looks at herself in the mirror and loves you because she has never looked better. These are feelings of joy that a MUA gets as a rush of satisfaction, not only about the money you get paid, but because you are fulfilled as an artist. Meeting the clients’ expectations or an amazing photo for your portfolio has made your day.
7 – YOU KNOW YOUR GAME
It’s easy for you to notice MakeUp horrors. It’s impossible to miss an asymmetric wing eye or a wrong shade of foundation. Are you the type of person that always wants to put your fingers in other people’s faces to try to even or clean makeup? Then you’re definitely cut out for this profession!
8 – BOSSY BOSSY
Have you ever felt it was impossible for you to follow others’ commands? You are a leader. Not everyone is cut out to be an entrepreneur. You are disciplined, responsible, punctual and able to get the job done in a strict time frame. It’s true that you might start doing assisting jobs, which is good because you can learn from senior MakeUp artists. After you gained some experience and confidence, get ready to be the best head of the makeup department.
9 – YOU UNDERSTAND MAKEUP AS AN ART
As a Makeup Artist you get that being one of this kind is not just making someone look better, it is an art. The face of the person you are about to work on becomes a canvas, and you begin to fly. If you like stroking your brushes and creating ideas, trying new techniques and get the best out of your creativity you are ready to become part of the future generation of MakeUp artists. Even if you are working in fashion, being a social media influencer… nowadays working with makeup is thinking about trends and being ahead.
So if you feel this is you, perhaps a profession test is obsolete at this point! Go out and check the best makeup schools to develop your new career! I am certain that you will enjoy it. Good luck!
I am a professional makeup artist and hairstyler with a fashion degree and almost a decade of experience. Working between London and Buenos Aires I have gained experience in fashion, filming, commercial, bridal and theatre. Trained in special fx and fashion makeup and hair. 100% reliable and used to work in a fast-paced environment, also following time schedules. I have experience both leading a makeup team as well as assisting other makeup artists.
Jessica Stam Photographed by Michaelangelo di Battista