How To Work From Home As A Makeup Artist
If your passions are art, design, beauty, helping others to look and feel their best, and working with your hands, a career as a makeup artist will fit you like a glove. The income of a makeup artist may not be much initially but as you gain more experience and enhance your skills, the pay is guaranteed to be lucrative and even the potential of having your own salon won’t be so far fetched.
What is a Makeup Artist?
A makeup artist does the application of makeup and/or prosthetics to individuals whose appearance need to be improved, altered or created. These individuals include but are not limited to the following:
- Actors in films, TV, and stage.
- Brides and their bridal entourage.
- Fashion models.
- Advertising talents in print and TV commercials.
- Politicians who appear on TV.
- Contestants of beauty pageants.
Job Responsibilities of a Makeup Artist
Whether the makeup artist is employed by a company or is a freelancer who works from home, the job has the following responsibilities:
- Consults with directors, performers, and other people working in the production of a film, TV show, commercial or photo shoot to comply with desired effects.
- Ensures that the performers’ appearances remain consistent throughout the duration of their performances in film, TV or stage production.
- Reapplies makeup throughout a performance whenever necessary.
- Reads scripts to ensure that the looks which the performers should have will be created.
- Researches on what kind of makeup is required for a performer based on his or her role.
- Minimizes flaws in features of the performers and application of special effects makeup whenever necessary.
- Maintains hygiene and safety in the use of makeup products and tools.
- Works quickly and efficiently with a large number of people such as in a fashion show or beauty pageant.
Skills You Need
A makeup artist would need these skills to be successful:
- Originality in creating new looks.
- Creativity with makeup colors and their combinations or contrasts to come up with attractive results.
- Tact in communicating with co-workers and superiors.
- Ability to be resourceful in cases which need substitutions or replacements of makeup tools and products.
- Has initiative, patience, and flexibility.
- Consistently updated knowledge about makeup products and techniques.
- Ability to remain cool under pressure and stay calm when stressed..
- Understands budgets and able to work within them.
Where to Find Makeup Artist Jobs
Makeup artists who are home-based often get project based jobs through the online job boards of social media sites and choose only those projects they want to work on. Try referral networks or partnerships with wedding planners, fashion show organizers, public relations and marketing agents, and production crews of film, TV, and stage.
Advertising your services on social media sites can be very effective if you know how to work from home as a makeup artist since you can cut costs considerably. Place ads not only in your community’s Yellow Pages but in local newspapers as well. Leave your brochures at trendy boutiques, hair salons, and spas.
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