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Makeup Artist Course

A makeup artist performs a variety of functions. Many work in the fashion or media industries, creating looks for models, presenters and performers. They may work on the makeup for actors for movies, television, theatre, photo shoots and concerts.

A makeup artist will listen to the needs of their clients and then work to create a look that enhances their natural beauty and works well with their hair and other factors. 

It may be important to understand how the lighting effects the look of the makeup. Makeup artists will usually speak with the client, to ensure that they understand what look they are going for and then create it for them. 

However, once an artist has been working with a client for a while, they may know what to do for them without any direction.

It can be an exciting, rewarding and challenging career. It may be difficult in the beginning, to make your mark in the industry. However, if you work hard, you can achieve a lucrative and action-packed career. 

It can be an exciting, rewarding and challenging career. It may be difficult in the beginning, to make your mark in the industry. However, if you work hard, you can achieve a lucrative and action-packed career. 

Responsibilities and Techniques

As a beauty makeup artist, you will experience an array of responsibilities, from advice, to product recommendations, to giving makeup tips. You will need to know the most popular brands and the department store brands.

It will be essential for you to know the various application techniques and how to use different types of makeup. That means that you need to know how to use products and techniques that you may not use personally. The more you know, the better off you will be.

Colour and Skin Tone

One of the other main areas that you will need to master, is the understanding of colour and skin tone.

Basic colour theory is important, because you will need to match complementary colours with the client’s skin tones.  

Not everyone will look good in all colours and you will need to know how to effectively determine which colours work and which ones to stay away from. That means that you will need to know enough to be able to apply the makeup for the client’s individual skin maturities, skin type and face shape.

Positions and Salaries

Because a makeup artist performs in such a wide spectrum of venues, it is difficult to narrow down a salary range. A freelance beauty makeup artist can get paid per project or per hour. 
It is hard to say how much you can make, because it is all about how many jobs you book, what you charge and how far you push yourself. 

If you work in a salaried position, you can expect to make between $27,000 and $35,000 per year. If you get yourself into television and film, you can make upwards of $90,000 per year. 

Makeup artists that work on celebrities, fashion shows and for large cosmetic brands, can make over $100,000 per year.

Skin Care

It is important for you to have an idea of how the skin functions and what you can do to protect it. Part of your job is to offer beauty tips to your clients and work with them to protect their skin.

Protection and Care

Skin plays an important role in our overall health and the focus needs to be on its protection. This module will look at skincare and how you can direct your clients to protect their skin. 

Taking care of your skin is very important because as you age, your skin becomes drier and more wrinkled. However, if you take care of it, you can look young for a long time without the need for surgeries or procedures.

The largest body organ is the skin. It covers an area of around twenty square feet. Its several purposes are to protect the body from the elements and microbes, to assist in the regulation of body temperature, and for sensations to cold, heat, and touch. It consists of three layers: the Epidermis, Dermis and Hypodermis.

Layers and Cells

The Epidermis is the outer layer of skin, that creates the skin tone and provides a barrier that is waterproof. It actually consists of fifteen layers to forty layers. The amount of layers of skin depends on the part of the body. For example, the skin is the thinnest underneath the eyelids and a lot thicker on the bottom of the feet. The thickness of the skin depends on age and gender as well. For most people, the skin thins as we age. 

Most of the skin consists of dead cells. It is mostly a collection of protein-filled and flattened cells that are layered on top of the other ones. When the cells move from one to the next, filaments of keratin, a protein, and a substance that is granular called keratohyaline are produced.

They clump together and kill the cells. This is called keratinization. These cells make up the nails and hair, but the skin is flexible and soft. That is how it is easy for you to bend your fingers and move your knees.

The keratinocyte cells are tough once they make it to the surface. They are bonded together by proteins that they produced. They create a shield that protects them from light, heat, chemicals, and bacteria.

This lamination also makes them waterproof. It keeps the fluids inside and most of the water from the outside from getting in, so that you don’t get waterlogged.

Introduction and Tools

In this video, the instructor and ‘tools of the trade’ are introduced. Advice is given regarding pre-makeup skin preparation, skin care, and recommended products.

Makeup Brushes

In this video, the instructor introduces and discusses different types of makeup brushes and their uses.

Foundation Preparation and Application

In this video, the instructor demonstrates pre-foundation facial cleansing and moisturizing, as well as the application of primer and concealer, prior to applying the foundation.

Cheek Colouring

In this video, the instructor demonstrates how to apply blush on the cheeks effectively.

Contouring

In this video, the instructor demonstrates contouring the face, i.e. highlighting and shading areas of the face for definition. 

Brow Grooming

In this video, the instructor demonstrates how to groom the eyebrows and apply brow makeup effectively.

Lip Colour

In this video, the instructor demonstrates how to apply lip liner, colour and gloss effectively.

Eye Liner

In this video, the instructor demonstrates how to apply winged eyeliner to the eyelid.  

Eye Lashes

In this video, the instructor demonstrates how to apply different mascaras and brushes onto the eyelashes.

False Lashes

In this video, the instructor demonstrates how to apply false eyelashes to the top and build up the under eye lashes, for a dramatic look.

Eye Makeup

In this video, the instructor demonstrates how to apply eye shadow and eyeliner and create the ‘smokey eye’ look. False lashes are added to enhance the effect.

Cleaning

In this video, the instructor explains how to clean your brushes and sponges, as well as correcting makeup mistakes.