Too many times throughout my life, many friends and clients have asked, “how do you become a make-up artist?” I never really had a formal answer to give them, but I will say this– if you enjoy working w/different people of all backgrounds, love art in every way and that could be in the true art form related to actual physical art–paintings, drawings, fashion, museums or love drawing and doodling yourself…or if you are just passionate about people and making them look and feel their very best…then you are already on your way!
You don’t HAVE to have an actual license or certification in make-up artistry persay…but you do HAVE to WANT to get better and you have to be willing to practice, practice, practice! The saying always goes, practice makes perfect and that is absolutely what you’ll have to do. Reading books and watching youtube can be a great way to learn technical tricks and hone in on your skills YET doing the work yourself over and over again will be the key.
There are so many beautiful faces out there–different skintones and eye shapes…different effects from natural to glamourous, scary and 3D, whatever your heart desires, you can do it if you’re willing to PRACTICE!
I do hold both a cosmetologist and esthetician’s license, but I have never had any formal specialization in make-up artistry really. I just have a love of people and in re-creating and re-inventing women to love their look and to own their beauty. We make-up artists are very lucky to have the position we have as the FACE is the first impression in life. How you look and how you present yourself is a fact of life that can work for or against us. We are so blessed to be able to bring every woman’s inner beauty out!
So if you wanna be a make-up artist, gather your girl and guy friends together and have a makeover party! Study their faces, play with colors and start doing make-up! Keep a portfolio of everything you do so that you can see how you will start to grow in both techniques and in looks that you create.
Obviously, if you are serious and you KNOW that this is what you want to do, taking classes is a great way to learn from a professional as well as have supervised instruction and and hands-on learning to ensure that you perfect your skills. There are literally hundreds of books related to make-up that are fantastic resources for you to have it at your fingertips! YouTube is also a great way for you to see different artists teaching different styles and techniques that you have access to 24/7 and can play over and over and practice along with as you watch them!
Hope this info helps and good luck!