Updated: May 31st, 2024

If you love experimenting with makeup and exploring the latest fashion trends, you can turn your passion into a career as a professional makeup artist. With a cosmetology license, you can explore a variety of career paths related to makeup artistry. If you have wondered how to become a makeup artist, this quick guide will get you started on a fulfilling career path.

    1. Enroll in a Makeup Program at Cosmetology School

Cosmetology school is the best path for mastering your craft and gaining a solid foundation and education. It shows potential employers that you take your career seriously and have the knowledge to build on your skills. You will begin building your professional network in school by learning from experienced instructors and collaborating with peers. Your education will help you prepare for the State Board exam to become licensed and pursue a career full of creativity and passion.

  1. Build Your Portfolio with Makeup Photos and Other Visuals

All artists must build a portfolio, which is no different for you as a makeup artist. A portfolio is a visual demonstration of your range of experience and helps you “sell” yourself. Other website builders allow you to create artistic portfolios. It is essential to take high-quality photos of your work, use engaging visuals, and highlight your areas of expertise. Start building your portfolio early, and upload it to your LinkedIn profile. LinkedIn is a professional networking and career platform and is an excellent place to showcase your talent and network.

    1. Be Social with Clients and Hair Stylists

Your job will entail interacting with clients, hairstylists, and other fashion professionals. You will want to spend some of your working hours communicating and networking. You should begin developing a social media presence to share your work and build up your clientele. Be sure to connect on various social media platforms with beauty bloggers and vloggers. Whenever possible, attend live events and competitions because this will allow you to interact and connect with others in your profession and get your name out there.

    1. Network with People in the Makeup Industry

It comes down to whom you know; this is especially true in fashion and beauty and why being social is imperative. Building your clientele and networking is essential to getting referrals, growing your business, and even landing your dream job—network online and in-person for the most reach.

    1. Learn New Makeup Styles and Trends

If there is one thing we know about fashion and beauty, the beauty industry is constantly changing and evolving. As a professional, you need to be aware and open-minded regarding growing trends. Try out those new trends, push your boundaries, and learn new techniques. It will help you grow as a makeup artist and keep you in touch with your clientele, especially those who are always on the lookout to try new things

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Start Your Professional Makeup Artist Career Today!

Rizzieri Aveda School has a rich history of providing cosmetology students with a superior education. We can continue that tradition by helping you achieve your goals as a makeup artist. Through our extensive MUD Make-up Designory® Program, we will provide hands-on instruction, real experience, and up-to-date information on the latest makeup trends and techniques. You will receive guidance and become prepared for the State Board exam. We also ensure that you learn about the business aspect and customer service side of makeup artistry because we want to see you succeed in your career. For more information about cosmetology or makeup artistry, contact us today.



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