Career Paths

Make Up

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What’s it all about?

A career in makeup will always be varied and interesting, with new exciting challenges and clients always around the corner. A professional makeup artist has the skills to transform people’s physical appearance, as well as boosting their self-esteem. Students can choose to study with a TAFE or industry specific College. You can enrol in a full time or part time course, depending on where you choose to study. A lot of people think beauty and makeup are the same thing; they are actually two different fields in the same industry (beauty therapy focuses more on salon treatments like facials, waxing, manicures etc.), although many people do study both beauty therapy and makeup to give themselves a greater advantage and understanding of the industry.

Will it suit me?

Do you love playing with makeup? Do you spend countless hours watching YouTube makeup and hair tutorial videos? Is getting ready to go out the most enjoyable part of the evening? Do you love visual arts and letting your creativity flow?

If you enjoy interacting with people and making others feel and look fantastic, you’ll never feel like you’re working if you choose to enter the makeup industry. Great interpersonal skills and creative flair will ensure a successful career in the industry.

What will I learn?

Most makeup courses will start at the very beginning, with basic knowledge of the skin, face shapes and colour theory.

A full Diploma of Specialist Makeup Services course will cover everything from choosing the correct foundation shades, correct highlighting and contouring, to bridal/formal and airbrush makeup, to body painting, special effects, such as character makeup, casualties (bruises, cuts and stitches), zombies and makeup for film & TV.

Students learn to collaborate with other makeup artists, hair stylists, designers and models, improving their techniques and communication skills.

How long will it last?

Course length varies depending on which qualification you choose to study; a basic makeup course sometimes runs for only a few weeks, whilst a full Diploma of Specialist Makeup Services qualification can take up to a year on a full-time basis. Some providers also offer part-time options to suit people with work/ study commitments or those who are looking for a career change.

What careers will there be for me ?

Qualified makeup artists have the freedom and flexibility to work anywhere in the world! Some choose to work for themselves, freelancing for magazines and film & TV productions. A lot of makeup artists have a mobile business, providing makeup services for weddings, formals and special events.

Some makeup artists choose to enter the retail beauty industry, working for brands such as MAC, L’Oreal, Chanel or Dior; others pursue a career in styling, fashion or cosmetics marketing.

What you earn depends on which direction you want to take your career; makeup artists are never limited when it comes to their career options–the sky really is the limit!