It is often necessary in the early days to do makeovers for free in order to build up your portfolio and your confidence as a makeup artist so many of the ways to gain experience are unpaid. However, as soon as you can charge a small fee or barter with people in order that no one takes advantage of you and your skills. Let’s take a look at different ways to gain experience in professional makeup application.
Study Makeup on Your Own
It is always advisable, in any field to keep updating and improving your skills so:
- Read widely about new products available on the market, new uses for products and application techniques
- Be aware of the latest trends so that you can incorporate new ideas into your work if appropriate to the type of makeup you do.
- Keep a Makeup file for any ideas, your research, various makeup looks and more. It is a great help when speaking with clients and discovering what they like to show them contrasting makeup looks.
Volunteer Your Services
Volunteering is a great way to build up your portfolio and also get the word out about your skills as a makeup artist. With a skill like makeup artistry the best form of advertisting is ‘word of mouth’ which will bring you more clients and more assignments. If people like what you do they will tell other people. Remember to take before and after photos of your work to add to your website and portfolio. Have business cards to hand out and network with people you meet.
How to find volunteer opportunities?
- Ask friends and family who they know
- Find out about local amateur theatre, film or TV opportunities
- Enquire at various charities about fundraising opportunities. You may be able to offer women’s events, pampering evenings, fashion show makeup, children’s parties.
Find a Mentor or an Apprenticeship
You may be able to find a successful makeup artist who is willing to answer your questions or lets you learn from and assist them whilst they work with clients.
Become an Intern
It may be possible for you to be become an interns with a cosmetic company. Not many opportunities but certainly worth looking into to find out more about the industry, build up your knowledge of products, create a resume and possibly find work with the company.
Find Makeup Related Work
There are many opportunities to work with makeup even if it is not directly as a makeup artist. One great way to start is by working for a direct sales beauty company such as Avon or Mary Kay. There are several advantages to taking this route into makeup artistry. You can get a discount on the products you use as a makeup artist and you do in home demonstrations for clients. You may even be able to makeup the hostess at these demos. Therefore providing you with experience in makeup application. In addition you can receive great training on product knowledge and product application.
Another way to find makeup related work is in a beauty shop. You may have the opportunity to make contact with professionals in the industry and find job openings simply through networking with them.
Modelling or Acting
If you like modelling or acting you may find your way into the makeup artistry business simply by meeting people in the industry and networking with professional makeup artist. Take full advantage to watch how they work!
Other work in a salon or spa
As a receptionist or other member of staff at a salon or spa you’ll have the opportunity to pick up the necessary skills and get advice about finding work as a makeup artist. You may even be able to assist at times and as you develop your skills and become a valued member of staff eventually you may be offered the job that you seek.