Do you have a love for cosmetics and a passion for makeup? The beauty industry may be the perfect fit for you – with careers in film, photo shoots, weddings and more. Not only does The Hub connect photographers and models, but now we connect stylists and makeup artists as well! Check out these steps to learn more about becoming an official makeup artist:
Beauty and cosmetology schools are usually very similar in curriculums and programs. The length of each course can be dependent on which school you enroll in, your part-time or full-time status and your state’s requirements. The average hours needed are between 1500 and 2100 training hours. This also varies from specialty to program focus with most training being completed in under two years.
Like with most schools, talking with an advisor is one of the easiest ways to begin planning your financials. We recommend looking for schools with federal aid and scholarships available. It’s also helpful to compare various schools’ tuition rates to see what fits best in your budget. While beauty schools are generally more affordable than a four-year university, the cost also depends on your time in the program. Schools near large cities such as Los Angeles and New York are usually more expensive, with the average cost between $10,000 and $20,000.
Toward the end of your training, many schools prepare their students by focusing on exam materials to be sure you’re equipped to pass. When choosing a school, we recommend checking their curriculums so you can be sure you’re getting a well-rounded education rather than simply being taught how to pass your exams.
After completing your schooling, you’ll be able to take your state board exams. This is required by the states if you wish to earn your cosmetology license or specialty permit. Your tests will include both a written and practical portion, after which you’ll be sent your grades several weeks later along with your license upon passing.
License requirements vary from state to state, including transfer regulations, fees and renewal scheduling. Nearly every state offers a cosmetology license, however there may be limitations on the services you can offer. Before taking your exams, be sure to check your state’s requirements to ensure you’re meeting the necessary qualifications. You can also be licensed in multiple states if you plan on traveling and working in various places.
Once you’re licensed, the real work begins! Practice makes perfect, no matter what stage of your career that you’re in. Whether it’s a new technique or new speciality you want to learn, perfect those skills with practice. We recommend beginning to build a portfolio of your work to show photographers, potential employers, models and more. It’s also helpful to begin marketing yourself through social media, business cards and networking. Use The Hub to connect with models and photographers in your area and start collaborating with them on their photoshoots! Offering free makeup services for a shoot is a great way to get free, professional images for your portfolio.
So you’ve passed your exams and received your license…now what? It might be overwhelming when considering all of your possible career options. Some people have a dream job in mind from the beginning while others aren’t sure where to start. Once you’re licensed, you can choose from salons, spas, retail stores or even freelance. From weddings to photoshoots, you can find a niche that suits your interests.