Carving out a successful business as a makeup artist is not an overnight event. Time and focus are required to develop the right set of skills, clients and contacts to reach a financial or personal pinnacle in this challenging profession.
Learn the basics. Attend makeup application courses taught by professional makeup artists. A certification can give you an advantage over others when applying for a job.
Advance your skills. Specialized training or a certification from a makeup manufacturer can help advance your skills and career. Specialized training can include learning special effects applications, corrective techniques or the application of permanent makeup. Certifications earned from makeup manufacturers can help build a loyal clientele. Makeup artists with advanced skills have the potential to earn more income.
Learn about marketing and advertising. Marketing and advertising are used to gain customers, establish a brand or image and extend your visibility. Study what others are doing to advertise their makeup business and take classes in small business marketing to gain a basic understanding of how to promote your skills and expertise,to improve your capabilities, you need to invest. Invest what? Invest time, money (if required) and effort. Working for a successful makeup designer in television, film, photography or fashion can broaden your skills and knowledge about the use of makeup to convey historical eras, emotions and character portrayal.