Do a quick Google search for a makeup artist within your area, there are without a doubt at least a handful of results—and millions worldwide. With so many people pursuing a career in makeup artistry, you’ve got to wonder—why? The perks of being a makeup artist includes benefits such as travel, pay, and glamour.
Being a makeup artist is hard work! It takes time, commitment, and constant skill improvement. Not just anyone can pick up a brush and expertly craft a well-shaded, eye shape-appropriate evening look. Nor can anyone line and fill a classic red lip in under a minute with no errors, smudging or color transfer. Not anyone can bring out a bride’s natural beauty and magnify it so she looks absolutely stunning in every single wedding photo.
Read on to find out what all the hype is about, and if a career as makeup artist is really all its cracked up to be.
You get to play:
While the career as a makeup artist is definitely one filled with hard work, it’s also one filled with play and experimentation. Part of perfecting your craft includes experimenting with the products you have, products you don’t have, and all the different skin types and tones your clients may have.
Meeting New People:
No matter if you work with brides, theater actors, celebrities, or politicians—you’re bound to meet some amazing people. Sure, you’ll have those typical grumpy clients with whom you’d rather not work again, but you could also make long-lasting friendships and build up a list of loyal, repeat clients.
Many makeup artists are asked to travel for work, and often their travel costs are reimbursed. This means you might get to travel to places and cities you’ve always wanted to go, without spending a dime to get there. Many makeup artists travel for photo shoots, different advertising campaigns, beauty shows, fashion shows, and many other reasons.
Make Your own Schedule:
As a makeup artist, you’ll be able to make your own schedule and decide when you want and can take on jobs. If you’re a busy mother or have an existing full time job, you’ll be able to work around it.
As a makeup artist, you’ll likely have the opportunity to work on editorial makeup projects. This means you’ll be able to get your name into magazine credits! If a bride submits her photographs to a wedding photo website, you can also request that your name be credited there. This will do wonders for your exposure, reach, and portfolio.
Make People Feel Beautiful:
For many, this is the best part of working as a makeup artist and the #1 perk. You’ll get to leave your clients with a smile on their face and will get to make people feel beautiful. Making others feel good will, in turn, make you feel even better. It’s a beautiful cycle—literally and figuratively.