• Career Paths for Makeup School Graduates

    • July 18, 2018
    • Author | Celena Rubin

    The opportunities are endless! A career in makeup is one of those unique industries where you can follow your passion and create your own path. It provides skills that can take you down many paths in your career if you choose.  The Art of Makeup graduates have achieved successful careers in so many different ways! You can read some of our student success stories.

    Which path is right for you? If you like fast-paced makeup, then runway fashion may be your thing. If you have an entrepreneur streak in you, you may want to be your own freelance makeup artist. Below we will break down some of the more popular career choices. You can always call us at (503) 244-1558 to help you get started on your makeup career goals.


    If you are ambitious, pro-active, have self discipline, and like the idea of working for yourself, a freelance makeup artist career may be the right fit. You own your own business, do your own bookings or have an agent book your jobs, and build your client base. You must negotiate rates, invoice, and collect payments. With all this responsibility also comes control. You have more control over the client’s fee and you can set your own rates. You also have more control of your schedule. You decide when you want to go on vacation!


    A career in film and television makeup requires a lot of skills. It is more than just beauty makeup. You must learn how to apply makeup for an HD camera that picks up the most subtle makeup applications. Makeup must look realistic for sharp close-ups on camera. Most of the makeup in this career will require an ability to enhance features with a light touch. Some films may require you to do cuts, bruises, apply bald caps, wrinkles or facial hair, so you may also need skills in special effects makeup. Advanced special effects artists learn how to work in a lab, creating prosthetic appliances that can be applied to the face and body to create a complete character transformation.

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    Working in fashion is a very creative and expressive career. Runway makeup is extremely fast-paced and requires you to have your pulse on fashion. The key is to compliment the designer’s collection—not only the colors, but the theme. Key artists often get to design the makeup for the collection. If you like makeup that is bold and exciting, this may be the path for you. Fashion makeup artists also work on photo shoots for advertising, catalogs, and fashion stories in magazines. Music videos and touring bands also often require fashion makeup artists to keep musicians and dancers looking current and on trend.


    Through a network of industry relationships, The Art of Makeup assists student certificate program graduates in obtaining work and experience in a variety of ways, such as exclusive membership on the AofM Job Board. Please also view our Facebook page for additional graduates at work profiles. Click on the following link to see some of our Makeup School Graduates at Work

    Call The Art of Makeup Today at (503) 244-1558 and get started on your makeup career goals.

    The Art of Makeup offers certificate programs, individual courses, and specialty classes in makeup for fields such as bridal, fashion, editorial photo shoots, fashion runway shows and catalog shoots, commercials, music videos, theater, and media & advertising. The Art of Makeup’s training and education environment provides makeup artistry skills from successful working makeup artists current in fashion and makeup trends, film, television, stage, and HD makeup.

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