Are you considering a career as a makeup artist? To become an “expert” in this highly competitive field you will need to set yourself apart from the rest. One of the best ways to do this is to specialize in a particular area of makeup artistry. Part 2 of this article provides you with an overview of the various niches in makeup artistry within the fashion industry.
Fashion runway makeup artists work with fashion models. As a fashion runway makeup artist you will provide services to your clients (fashion designers) for fashion shows. Fashion runway makeup artists generally work as part of a team along side other makeup artists, hair stylists and fashion stylist to create a specific look for fashion show.
As a fashion runway makeup artist you will work behind the scenes at fashion shows. Hours can be long during fashion week. As a makeup artist working with fashion runway, it is helpful to have some stage makeup training because some fashion designers’ shows are very theatrical and require extreme looks.
Makeup artists who work in fashion editorial provide services for magazines, photographers, advertisers and newspapers. A fashion editorial makeup artist may work with models or celebrities. As a makeup artist working in fashion editorial you will work with a team of individuals consisting of hair stylists, and fashion stylists in a studio or on location.
Makeup artists working in fashion editorial need to be flexible and willing to travel as location work can range from the next city to another country.
Makeup artists working in fashion print/commercial provide services for retailers, designers etc. A fashion print/commercial makeup artist may work with models and/or celebrities. As a makeup artist working in fashion print/commercial you will work in a photo studio or on location along with a team consisting of hair stylists and fashion stylists.
Makeup artists working in print/commercial may work long hours when in studio or on location. As a makeup artist for fashion print/commercial you may be required to travel for location shoots.
4. Bridal/Special Events
Makeup artists who work in bridal/special events provide services to brides, event planners, wedding consultants, image consultants, fashion consultants, bridal photographers, style consultants, fashion consultants etc. As a makeup artist working in bridal/special events you may participate in seminars as a panel expert, weddings, department store trunk shows, beauty pageants etc.
Tips and Considerations
Educate yourself. To be competitive as a makeup artist in any of these niches you need some knowledge about makeup from that perspective. For instance, if you want to work on fashion runway shows, study different designers and the looks they prefer in their shows.
Network. Always try and get contact information from those you work with in the industry. Each person you meet can be a potential client or referral source.