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Do you have questions about makeup artistry? There’s a lot to be said about the makeup industry, and while we can only touch on a few things right now, we want to answer 6 of our most asked questions! If you want to learn even more, come in for an esthetics program tour.

1. Do I need to go to school to be a makeup artist?

Every state has different laws about makeup artistry and whether or not you need a license. Whether your state requires one or not, we think you should go to school for makeup artistry. This is because beauty bloggers on Youtube, where most up and coming makeup artists go for education, are leaving out vital information. You need to learn about sanitation, business practices, insurance, and more to succeed. You need to practice on different face shapes, understand the science behind skin and apply makeup on different skin types. None of this happens when you watch tutorials online.

2. What jobs do makeup artists get?


Makeup artists work on set at photo shoots and movie productions. They help brides feel beautiful, they turn people into monsters for Halloween, and they work in spas and salons. Anything you see on TV or in magazines involved a makeup artist. Almost every wedding you’ve gone to had a makeup artist. And almost every photography studio, whether they focus on senior pictures, family shoots, boudoir or fashion, has a preferred makeup artist.

3. Where should I live if I want to be a makeup artist?

Where you live depends on your goals as a makeup artist. If you want constant clientele year round, you should live near or in a large city. If you want to work with celebrities or on big fashion shoots, you should consider moving to New York, L.A. or even Chicago. Keep in mind that large cities have more competition, though. If you want to work with special effects makeup, enrolling in a special effects makeup school will put you in the right direction. Most are on the west coast. If you would rather work weddings or independent shoots and also spend time in a salon, your choices are endless. You could really work anywhere.

4. What products should I have in my makeup kit?

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When someone gets their makeup done, they want a special, luxury service. No one has to get their makeup done, and they are trusting you to make them look as amazing as possible. The products in your makeup kit should be quality items. This doesn’t mean every single item has to be from a prestige brand, but every product should work superbly. You’ll need primers for various skin types, a variety of lipsticks, false lashes, applicators for hygiene, alcohol to clean brushes, and more. You’ll also need foundations and concealers in a variety of shades. As a makeup artist, you should be able to cater to every skin tone.

5. How much do makeup artists earn?

This can vary a lot based on what you personally want to charge and how much you book. If you’re a freelance makeup artist, how much you earn is solely dependent on you. According to Pay Scale, makeup artists average $17.25 per hour. Some makeup artists also sell cosmetics or work at beauty counters to supplement their income.

6. Do I need makeup artistry insurance?

If you’re working independently, you should have insurance. Liability insurance will protect you should a client have an allergic reaction to your makeup, you damage something belonging to your client or you do anything that could end in a lawsuit. Liability insurance is around $100 a year. Also, if you’re going the freelance route, we recommend you also become an LLC, which will keep your business funds separate from your personal funds, so should you get sued, only your business funds will be at risk. You’ll learn even more about business practices when you start cosmetology school.

Ready to become a makeup artist? It all starts at beauty school! Schedule your tour at VICI Beauty School today and get the ball rolling.

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