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Golden Rules for a Makeup Artist

Depends on your attitude and how much you really want to suceed as a makeup artist.

Once you have reached a certain level with your makeup artistry skills the world is your oyster. There is certainly wisdom in joining a reputable, successful agency once your portfolio is up to scratch. There is only one way to the top and that is to be prepared to work extremely hard. Makeup jobs don’t just fall into your lap. You have to find them.

The same rules follow as when I begun my career, like myself, you must be prepared to go and visit as many film companies, photographers, studio’s, beauty editors, bridal magazines etc with your portfolio as possible, then follow up with a polite phone call or postcard in the hope that they might remember you. Never give up. Never lose confidence in your ability, to be the best. Keep walking the streets and eventually the right doors will begin to open. In this profession there is a lot to be said about being in the right place at the right time. The key to success is to keep networking.

It is essential when starting your new career as a makeup artist that you are prepared to work for very little, and in some circumstances nothing at all. Most of us gained our first work experience in unpaid roles and only reasonable expenses were paid. Nothing there has changed.

Once you have got your foot in the door and your makeup skills have been tried and tested, you will have a well-earned resume of successful jobs behind you. Armed with a portfolio, which supports your recent work experience and clearly displays your unique creative talents you are now ready to take the next step.

To chase those financially rewarding paid jobs that until now have been just out of reach. You’ve paid your entry fee and you have the credentials to be paid as an experienced, professional makeup artist.

How much you will be paid depends on your makeup artistry skills, and the budget your employer has for makeup. You will find that the daily rates are varied depending on whether you are working in print, music videos , film and television.As a newcomer the daily rates can begin from around £150 and can easily be ten fold dependent on your reputation and success in the industry.

If you have decided you use your makeup skills as beauty and bridal makeup artist your fee's will be dependant on whether you are working as a freelance makeup artist or of you are working as amakeup artist in a hair, beauty or makeup salon.

wishing you every sucess and much good fortune in your career as makeup artist


Karen Loraine







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