Why pursue makeup, you’d ask? Just look at actors like Richard Blake and Vladimir Furdik as the character Night King in the TV series Game of Thrones. Clearly, makeup artists or MUAs are not mere mortals but magicians who can transform anyone with the power of makeup.
So, it’s no surprise that the art of makeup finds application in a variety of fields. Be it a birthday party or a fashion show – makeup artists are sought after everywhere. In this article, we will discuss the best career paths you can take in the makeup industry in 2023.
1) Bridal Makeup Artist
Bridal makeup is a lucrative industry for budding MUAs as many brides hire their services to look glamorous on their wedding day. Not only brides but many grooms also opt for makeup to look handsome on their big day. As a bridal MUA, your clientele will include the bridesmaids, the mothers, and close family and friends of the bride and groom as well. Since the Indian wedding celebrations typically go on for days, makeup artists are hired for the wedding as well as the associated rituals, functions, and parties.
The primary benefit of being a bridal makeup artist is flexibility. You can select your workload, your clients, and working hours. A good place for beginners is bridal websites or even freelancing.
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2) Special Effects (SFX) Makeup Artist
From doing Halloween makeup for celebrities to changing actors into characters of a fantasy movie, special effects makeup artists are always in demand. If you are accomplished with prosthetics and prefer transforming people to elves, superheroes, or even murder victims, becoming an SFX artist would be in your best interest.
However, it is important to note that special effects require superior makeup skills and a strong portfolio. If you are interested in a career as a professional makeup artist, you can begin your journey by working as an assistant to any established SFX makeup artist. This is one of the fastest ways you can learn the tools of the trade.
3) Runway Makeup Artist
Behind every flawless-looking model is a skilled runway makeup artist. These professionals have demanding yet rewarding jobs. As a runway MUA, you will get the opportunity to travel to exotic places and regularly work with top models, celebrities, and fashion icons. You may have to work long hours, especially during a fashion show or at a shoot with multiple looks. It is a job that often involves working in a high-pressure environment where you have minutes rather than hours to finish a look. However, your work will be photographed and displayed on various media platforms, providing plenty of opportunities to shine.
4) Theatrical and Performance Makeup Artist
Theatre and performance arts are other avenues to prosper as an MUA. The job of a theatrical and performance arts makeup artist is to enhance and exaggerate the features of the performer. You may also be required to have basic special effects skills such as using prosthetics to emphasize a feature or stimulate scars, bruising or aging. Prospective clients include professional dancers, performance artists, and theatre groups.
As a theatrical and performance arts MUA, you will be challenged to work with different concepts. Some clients might have an exact look in mind, while others will need you to develop a portfolio of desired looks. It is exciting, challenging, and highly creative work that allows you to grow as a makeup artist.
The makeup industry is as dynamic and varied as shades of lipstick. There are multiple avenues you can pursue to build a successful career in the makeup industry. With the right experience and educational background, the possibilities to upgrade your knowledge and fuel your passions are endless.
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