Tips for Becoming A Celebrity Makeup Artist

makeup toolsBeing a celebrity makeup artist is perhaps the most sought after job in the cosmetology field. These cosmetologists provide makeup and beauty services for screen stars, television actors and actresses, news anchors, politicians and other celebrities. In addition, they often work with models for photo shoots and beauty pageant contestants.

Job Outlook for a Celebrity Makeup Artist

The competition for these jobs is stiff, but there are more celebrities than ever before and therefore more demand for cosmetologists who work in the field. Makeup artists for big name celebrities or who work on large-budget films are among the most highly paid professional cosmetologists. You don’t have to go to New York or Los Angeles for work, either. There are positions in almost any city in the nation, from working with a local celebrity to providing services for the regional news station.

Tips To Become a Celebrity Makeup Artist

Becoming a sought after makeup artist in the entertainment industry doesn’t just happen. It takes years of work and dedication. Tips for having a successful career in makeup artistry include:

  • Get a good education. The best makeup artists come from the best cosmetology schools. Celebrities have their pick of beauty school graduates, so the better your education the more likely you are to be selected.

    Earning a high-quality degree from an accredited cosmetology school is the first step toward a career working in the entertainment industry. If you are looking for a beauty school in the Pacific Northwest, Evergreen Beauty College is enrolling students in its cosmetology program today.

  • Look for opportunities. In most cases, recent graduates won’t be immediately offered a job in Hollywood or working with a big name celebrity. Most successful artists in the industry began their careers working in a related field. They took internships and pro bono work for local celebrities while crafting their skills. They were willing to work as an understudy or apprentice on a short term basis to meet people and gain new skills.
  • Make connections. For many, the key to being a successful makeup artist is making the right connections along the way. Word of mouth recommendations are the key for most makeup artists in building their client lists. It is important to network with people in the industry, even if they are not working in cosmetology. Exchange business cards, keep in contact and recommend them for work when you can. This will be appreciated and the favor will be returned. Knowing the right people is the only way cosmetologists land the big jobs with celebrity clients.

There is no doubt that becoming a celebrity makeup artist requires time and dedication. A high-quality education cannot be overlooked. In fact, this builds the basis of a successful career in cosmetology. No matter what your dreams are, we at Evergreen Beauty College can make them a reality. Click here to learn more about our beauty courses and more importantly, our makeup artistry course.

Frank Trieu
Vice President of Business Development & Industry Relations

Frank Trieu is a cosmetology industry leader, and despite his accomplishments and accolades, he still prioritizes students on the Evergreen campus. Through building relationships within the community and local salons, retail stores, and spas, he helps facilitate job placements for aspiring beauty professionals using his expansive network.

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11 years ago

I think experience also needed to become celebrity make up artist.
Also number one is your talent of course.

Charu Artist
Charu Artist
10 years ago

It is totally depends how creative you are. What you have something new.