Top 5 Makeup Artist Career Opportunities

makeup artist career opportunities

There is nothing more rewarding than the feeling of knowing that you made another person look better and feel better about themselves. If you have always had a passion for beauty, then you should consider a career as a makeup artist. The term “starving artist” might automatically come to mind when you think about becoming a makeup artist but there is actually no truth to that.

Makeup Artist Career Opportunities

With hard work, you will be able to establish yourself as a well-known artist and before you know it, you will have a solid client base that will keep you busy. Going freelance however, is just one option for you. There are in fact, so many makeup artist career opportunities that you can explore. Here are the top five most exciting career options for you:

Weddings and Events

Most freelance makeup artists choose this career path because of its personal and financial rewards. Brides have to look their best during their special day and it is your responsibility to give her that gorgeous glow as she walks down the aisle to be united for life with her groom. This is one of the most lucrative career paths to take because weddings happen almost every day and once you have made one client happy she will do the marketing for you by spreading the word about your services.

Fashion and Runway

If you have always loved the exciting and thrilling world of fashion, then you can opt to go for a career as a runway make-up artist. This is where you can become your most creative self because fashion requires you to be up to date with the latest trends. The environment in the backstage of a fashion show is extremely thrilling as you have to work fast in between costume changes. So if you crave the adrenaline rush of the runway then this could be the best path for you to take.

Film and Television

Many makeup artists end up working in television and movie sets because it is one of the most challenging fields to work in. If you get assigned to do makeup for horror films it becomes even more fun and challenging. You get to dig deep into the skills that you learned in beauty school to come up with the scariest looks. The best perk of this job however, is not even in being able to let your most creative juices flow. It is actually in the possibility of getting to work with the biggest celebrities in Hollywood. How’s that for an exciting career?


Do you love writing or blogging about your latest makeup finds? You might want to get into a career in magazines. As a the resident makeup artist in big magazine companies, you get to give fashion and beauty advise to readers.

Retail Companies or Brands

If you have always loved strolling in malls and sampling makeup products, you might eventually want to become one of those sales persons that represent the biggest makeup brands in the industry. You get to give free makeup to mall goers and you get to help them find the best products that will make them more beautiful.

Evergreen Beauty College offers esthetics and cosmetology programs. Contact us for more information.

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.

Happy Evergreen Beauty College Students


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