Makeup Artist Career Information
What a Makeup Artist does
You have to have a good eye for colors. You need to be very observant of your client's personality, the way they carry themselves, the outfit they are going to wear, etc. It's your responsibility to make your client look sophisticated by enhancing their natural beauty.
It's not as easy as it sounds - just dabbing a little bit of powder, lipsticks and mascara. It takes lot of hard work and time to get the right look. You have to plan your work before hand to finish off early.
As a makeup artist, you might have to deal with abusive clients and even people who cheat on payments or don't pay at all. You'll have to put up with your client's tantrums. Be ready to cancel that dinner if your client wants you at the studio for a late night shoot.
As a makeup artist, you have to face criticism head on. You should maintain the consistency of the work and keep up the standards of your skills. A good understanding of the bone structure, skin complexion, situation in case of films, dress sense are considered utmost important here. As a makeup artist, your work should highlight the strengths of the face rather than hide it behind the makeup mask. As a makeup artist, you got to make them look glamorous and sophisticated.
There are different types of makeup like the special effect makeup for films, glamour for ramp and fashion, bridal and simple everyday makeup. Each has its own unique requirements.
To start work as a makeup artist is an expensive proposition. As a makeup artist, you might have to spend lakhs on good quality beauty kits. You have to invest in the latest beauty equipment's, cosmetics and accessories, which are quite expensive.
There is no career path or hierarchy in this field. As a makeup artist, you have to slog your way up the ladder. You have to keep improvising on your skills and not compromise with the quality you provide the clients. You have build up your own network as most of the assignments are procured through word-of-mouth
Makeup artists are celebrities in the fashion world. The toil is worth the package and recognition you get at the end of the day.
As a makeup artist, you could start as an assistant or apprentice to a reputed makeup artist. You could work in a beauty parlor, thereat or be a TV makeup artist.
As a makeup artist, you could also conduct workshops, seminars and lectures on grooming. If you are interested in writing then you could contribute beauty articles to magazines, newspapers and websites on beauty and personal grooming.
With considerable expertise you could work as independent consultants or with companies like Lakme, Revlon, etc.
The industry at the moment has reached a saturation point with a recession in the economy. But there is no dearth of jobs for the deserving.
There are many openings in small towns and cities with more and more people realizing the importance of personal grooming. With increasing demand for cosmetics and grooming, the industry has a good growth prospect.
Abilities & Traits Required
As a makeup artist, you should have:
• Artistic inclination
• Ability to visualize
• Affiliation to colours
• Broad vision
• Keep pace with the latest trends
• Have patience
• Ability to work continuously for long hours
• Right temperament
• Ability to balance personal and professional life
You don't need any academic qualifications to be a makeup artist. If you are interested and have the ability to spend money, time and effort you can get into this art.
Usually, makeup is taught using the traditional method of passing on the knowledge from teacher to student, basically apprenticeship. You could do a specialised course in makeup from London or America. However, there are very few makeup schools in India.
As a Makeup Artist you could earn:
You could earn anything between Rs 1000-1500 a day to Rs 5000-10,000 a day. You could also charge per face.
The pay is more exciting in the fashion industry than the silver screen. In film industry, as a makeup artist, you could earn anything from Rs 1500 - 5000 based on the shifts you are working or the number of faces.
The rate varies with the type of make as well. You will earn more if you are doing special effects makeup than the usual ones required for the film industry.
Bridal makeup is another lucrative option for those with an eye for beauty. You can charge anything from Rs 10000/- up for a traditional look.