Save the date for Brooklyn Art Council's annual benefit to be held on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at Giando on the Water.
Group exhibition featuring artwork by 14 Brooklyn artists commemorating the 1st anniversary of Superstorm Sandy. Maybe you have a knack for telling what color lipstick or eye shadow would look good on a person based on an intuitive sense of what best compliments wardrobe and complexion. As with any profession in the arts, developing a career as a makeup artist means being up against a preponderance of other aspirants like yourself. My workdays are always different because as a working artist, I might be on set for half a day or all day for a week straight.
What I like most about my career is being able to give back what I enjoy… Ita€™s easy to get caught up in the lifestyle with celebrities, and it is extremely fun, but to be able to help an average woman find her confidence by showing her the beauty she has is always an unforgettable experience. There are no rules to makeup, but always try to learn new tricks and ways of expanding your craft. If you aspire to a career in NYC or LA, then I would spend time working on a portfolio, and then call a few agencies to see if they might be interested in seeing your book. In addition to makeup for weddings, independent films, and local fashion shows, I am now a consultant for cosmetic companies. A day on set typically involves driving to the location, getting set up, and doing makeup for your first model or client.
While high-profile artists spend a lot of their time on set, local artists, like me, often spend a fair amount of time chasing down business. Some people get disillusioned with this industry because they go in expecting to work with celebrities and supermodels. There are many different ways to master makeup skills, from books to online videos to beauty schools.
At the start of my career and during my research of the industry, I went out and purchased almost every item I had seen someone use in a video or during a demonstration.
Often, when attending university as an actor or to learn some other related skill, theater makeup classes are a part of the curriculum. Cinema Makeup School teaches all aspects of makeup design and execution, though the school is most renowned for its teaching of monstera€“making skills.
Opened by film makeup legend Joe Blasco in 1976, this school has retained its status as a top-flight makeup school.
Not a traditional makeup school, Last Looks travels across the country providing in-depth workshops in various cities. Should special effects and movie makeup be your area of focus, the Douglas Education Center in Monessen, Pennsylvania is home to the Tom Savini Special Makeup Effects Program.
Operating in Vancouver, Canada since 1960, the Blanche MacDonald Centre is a leading makeup artistry school in Canada.
Since 1978, the School of Makeup Art (SOMA) offers two diploma programs, one being a€?Extensive Makeup Designa€? and the other being a€?Makeup and Fashion Image.a€? These programs provide the training and skills necessary for students to pursue careers in theatrical and special effects makeup. As you experiment and develop your skills, you will reach a point in which you can start to build a portfolio of photographs of your creations.
What time and again seems to be a common theme in our research and interviews with professionals is the following: Practice, perseverance, and a mind for business and self-promotion are the keys to success. You may be called upon in a variety of settings such as television, film, theater, photographic shoots and live music. Maybe you were captivated at the beauty of Hollywood stars and pondered how makeup must have played a key role in unleashing the elegance and enhancing that which was naturally inherent in these charismatic figures. Never talk back to a mentor or try to outshine the key artist when you are only an assistant. Another way would be to go to salons and see about assisting or find photographers who need makeup artists. I was working full-time as a video game designer, and I happened to attend a seminar by a makeup artist.
I also have pursued beauty writing through my blog, Kaylin’s Kit, and with books such as The Mercenary Makeup Artist. For commercial photo shoots, models will often be photographed with multiple looks during one day. There’s something so special about the power makeup has over us, and the way it can be used to play up our different features.
This can be anything from answering emails from brides (asking for my availability and rates) to attending networking events like makeup shows. I dove in headfirst and bought almost a whole makeup kit at once, and then everything started to expire at the same time.
Techniques are widely published on beauty websites, so study up and practice often –both on yourself and on your friends (using their makeup, of course). Once you’ve mastered some of the basics, like a great foundation application and some popular looks, reach out to artists in your area to see if you can assist them. However, I started my career in the makeup industry approximately 1 year ago and am a self-taught makeup artist. In preparation for each client, I must ensure that all of my products and brushes are cleaned and sanitized.

It is such a rewarding feeling to see someone leave your chair with an increased amount of self-esteem and self-confidence. I quickly learned that this was not the most feasible and cost efficient way to maintain a makeup business. To become a make-up artist, practice is your best friend, but there are several schools and colleges where you can learn the skills necessary and have access to each schoola€™s professional network. This is how many stumble upon what truly fascinates and inspires them, in this case, the magic of makeup. Some are listed below, but it is important to keep in mind that no school can replace that which you have within, namely the drive, dedication and talent necessary to ultimately succeed. The school specializes in providing instruction in prosthetic design, production, and application.
Joe Blasco also offers online courses and focuses on courses covering specific sub-topics of makeup expertise. A fire in the belly to pursue that which you love is another necessary ingredient to success as a makeup professional (or any artist). A makeup artist understands the requirements of their clients very quickly and provides a technically accurate yet creative makeup to enhance the appearance of the client. Whatever the reason behind the attraction, if you are called to the artistry of makeup as a career, there are several considerations you would be well-advised to investigate. This would be an area of the profession for you to concentrate and to focus upon for training, eventual gainful employment and ultimately, with perseverance and talent, success. I learned primarily from reading Kevyn Aucoin books and from constant practice until I was satisfied with my results. When I found out that I could do makeup for weddings on the weekends without going to beauty school, it sounded like fun. I also write 1-4 blog posts a week and handle phone and email consultations for makeup companies.
I am self-taught because I felt I could tailor my studies to what I most needed to succeed, from bridal makeup to looks that would hold up to professional lighting.
I survey my collection to make sure I have all the products I need as well as make any last-minute purchases for items that I am low on.
Many clients are unsure of what to expect at the end of the session and the glow in their eyes when they look in the mirror is indescribable! Although I did not know this initially, I learned that you do not have to have a specific product to create a specific look. Understand that makeup artistry has different genres, so if you are not good at glam makeup, try fantasy makeup or Special FX. Three-time Oscar winning makeup artist Ve Neil has worked with the school to provide the $10,000 Ve Neil Legends of Makeup Scholarship. This school might be a good choice for the student with limited funds who wishes to focus on specific areas of study in an intensive and immersive environment. Training includes makeup application and a variety of special effects-specific topics such as mold-making, animation fabrication, and exhibit and display design.
This means finding cooperative friends and relatives with various facial shapes, eye types and colors, skin tones and ages.
Having a photographic collection of your work, a portfolio showing your abilities, will also assist you in knowing where you most need to improve and, importantly, how your makeup creations translate to photographic images. As a makeup artist you may be involved in providing basic makeup for a show presenter or makeup for some special effects. And always try something you think you are not good at to get better and perhaps discover a new talent. I begged my friends to let me practice on them, and soon I was reaching out to amateur models and photographers to build a portfolio.
This is a great time to clean your brushes, eat a snack, or even lend a hand during the shoot. Makeup can give a bride confidence, help an actress become someone entirely different, or allow a burn victim to draw attention to their beauty, rather than their scars. Being a lucrative makeup artist is about running a successful small business, and you won’t get paid unless people know about you. A makeup artist is one of the first people on the scene, and a professional will never hold up a shoot. It would’ve been better to be more conservative in my purchases, especially those made for specific photo shoots.
There is some creativity involved in this career, but ultimately you serve the vision of others: the director, the photographer, the bride, or the model. I went full force into this industry, researching and studying with some of the most notable artists in the field.
If I am traveling to a client, I pack up a large kit that includes almost every item at my studio. As with many professions, the preparation needed to prepare for an appointment takes a lot of time, especially when you are traveling to a client. I practiced different methods to perform a skill so that I knew a hundred ways to do the same things.

More importantly, make sure you have gained the skills needed to classify yourself as a makeup artist. Tuition for a these one-day classes are about $650, while multi-day workshops are offered for $950. Makeup in photography, movies and TV often takes on a different appearance than in life; it is essential to know how this might affect your technique and application in order to achieve the desired results for each medium. Be it on the professional stage in which broad strokes are utilized to help the actor create a character that can be seen from a theatera€™s back row or for the subtle art of film and television in which your skills are best realized by the audience who wona€™t even notice your handiwork, or on a fashion runway or photo shoot, each requires a certain specific expertise. I’m a self-taught artist and gained a lot of my experience by working in the field, but I started out reading books and studying online videos. If you can communicate well via email, handle frustrating situations gracefully, and generally conduct yourself diplomatically, then there is definitely a place in this field for you. If you love inventive looks and crazy colors, there may still be a place in this field for you, but you might not get paid for that type of work until you’ve clawed your way to the top of the industry. I recently wrote a book, The Mercenary Makeup Artist: Breaking into the Business with Style, to help aspiring artists.
Even if you think the work is beneath you, the opportunity to observe a mentor in action is priceless.
I always want to be prepared for additional services that weren’t requested at the time of booking.
Many hours are spent cleaning, sanitizing, packing and loading your products and equipment, so cancellations are an inconvenience and one of my pet peeves. If you want to use blue eye shadow, you don’t have to go out and buy the same blue eye shadow that you saw a makeup artist use in a class or on a video. I did looks on family members and friends to learn how to work with different complexions, face shapes and flaws.
If you are focusing on the theatrical, try working with aging or making your subjects more youthful via light and shadow effects. You should submit a well written makeup artist resume to get the job.How to Write Makeup Artist Resume Objective? I can usually pick up and go home at this point, but sometimes clients are willing to pay to keep me on for touch-ups during the shoot.
Makeup skills are important, but interpersonal skills are far more important to your success. I wanted to create a step-by-step path that anyone could follow, from finding great educational resources to making a portfolio and getting your first job. Clients that book appointments also have the option of traveling to my in-home studio to receive makeup services.
Learning what products achieve the look you want and save you money is a skill every makeup artist should grasp. It is critical for you to treat yourself as a business and to conduct yourself as a professional.
It’s hard to replace the pressure of a real photo shoot, where time is just as important as quality. In addition, I sacrificed the necessary funds to ensure I had quality products for my clients.
I prep this area for each client and schedule all appointments in hour and a half intervals. Lastly, I made sure to attend classes and conferences to get the insight from pro makeup artists and experts.
A great resource, and what many consider to be the Bible for the art of theatrical makeup, is the book titled Stage Makeup. When explained in its most basic form a makeup artist enhances the appearance of persons using features, colors and hiding the flaws. For larger jobs, there will often be several artists on staff, and that can add a really fun group dynamic.
A makeup artist may also create imaginary characters and other special effects required in film productions.Broadly there are two types of makeup artists – cosmetic and fashion artists. Your designation may vary from clerk at a makeup counter to working with leading models in photo shoots. The career of a makeup artist may start at the makeup counter of a departmental store and grow beyond bounds. There is no formal degree required to become a famed makeup artist, but keeping in touch with the people you have worked with and getting new references from them is a sure way to become popular. To be sure about the quality of your resume you can get a resume writing service from professional resume writers.

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