The role of a makeup artist
A makeup artist is a cosmetics specialist who uses artistic skills and makeup products to enhance someone's natural features or change how they look.
Makeup artists are often employed to do makeup for weddings and other special events and modeling shoots, theatre productions, and film and TV shows.
Makeup artists who work on films and other productions may use special makeup techniques to radically change an actor's appearance, such as making them look much older than they are or making them look like they've been in a fight.
Is it hard to become a makeup artist?
If you love cosmetics and have an artistic flair, it shouldn't be too difficult for you to complete a makeup artist course and build a portfolio.
However, actually becoming a successful makeup artist is much harder. Because there isn't a set career path, and most makeup artists are self-employed, it tends to take skill, dedication, and time to build up a client base and get regular work as a makeup artist.
Makeup artist courses
Although you don't need a degree to be a makeup artist, a recognized makeup qualification is a good place to start. There are many makeup artist courses available all over the country, so compare the options and choose a course carefully. These courses are offered by colleges, creative arts schools, and beauty academies.
You can also do a more specific makeup course, for example, a special effects makeup course or a media makeup course. To hone your skills further, consider masterclasses in particular techniques like bridal makeup or contouring.
If you want to go down the degree route, there are a few options, including the Hair and Makeup for Fashion BA at the London College of Fashion and the Makeup for Media and Performance BA at the Arts University Bournemouth.
How to get into makeup school
The process for getting accepted onto a makeup artist course depends on the type of course and qualification you want to do. If you want to do a masterclass or an evening course, you're unlikely to need any portfolio or qualifications. In this case, you need to apply on time and be able to pay the fees.
To do a diploma or a BTEC, you may need certain GCSE grades and/or a work portfolio that meets certain standards.
If you want to do an undergraduate makeup degree, you'll usually need a strong work portfolio and certain academic qualifications such as A-levels or a foundation diploma. Check on the university website for specific entry requirements.
Makeup Artist Licence
Many makeup artists start to work at an early stage and while they’re still in school, at training, or when doing their apprenticeship. This is because they’ve gained the needed knowledge, and they already feel quite comfortable with makeup, even without their qualification or L2 accreditation.
Luckily, makeup artists do not need a license to offer services in the UK. This means that you can continue to work on your clients, even if you’re still mastering your course.
However, if you are a business owner and are looking to open a makeup business of any kind, you may need to register your business with the local council. If you plan on starting a business any time soon, make sure that you look into this and ask your local council for advice.
Public facing roles like MAKEUP ARTISTS are subject to the completion of Basic DBS check
DBS checks are statutory checks carried out by the Disclosure and Barring Service on behalf of the Home Office.
The Disclosure and Barring Service are a public body with a remit to keep the public, particularly children and vulnerable adults, safe.
When you apply to work with Moorest, your DBS checks will be used to ensure you are right for public-facing work.
All frontline roles in the UK are subject to DBS checks under the 1974 Rehabilitation of Offenders Act to ensure the public is properly safeguarded from those who are not right for public-facing roles.
Following your DBS check, you will receive your DBS certificate through the post and online. You will need to provide the DBS certificate to Moorest during verification process. The certificate will list any information found. If nothing is found the certificate will be blank.