With all these Instagram famous socialites getting interested in make-up, a lot of girls and guys following them also have grown a fascination for it. And why not! Make up is so cool and it really is a brilliant form of art. How cool is it that you can take up looks of your favourite characters and even your favourite seasons? I, personally, love how much one can innovate in this field.

Of course for a form of art, there are artists, both—good and bad. If one can make a career out of painting or sketching, then why not this form of art, which is so in right now and has so much scope!
Becoming a make-up artist may sound a little offbeat at first but really, as long as you’re good at it, there is nothing but success written for you. There are so many options too. All you have to do is practice and explore.

There are two main categories of makeup artist. Cosmetic or fashion artists range from the clerk at the store makeup counter to the artist who prepares fashion models for photo shoots. The artist knows how to make the subject look her or his best, and understands the different effects required by lighting and digital photography. The fashion artist also works with designers to create a certain look for the model, such as emphasizing lip shape or cheekbones. Thanks to digital cameras, makeup artists are increasingly in demand for weddings, fashion shoots, fashion shows, corporate headshot photography, and other special events that will be photographed or recorded.

The other main type is theatrical and film makeup artist. This person enhances an actor’s features to emphasize the character he or she plays in performance art. Young actors can be made to look old, older actors to look younger, creative characters can be created from nothing, and the makeup can change as the character changes in the course of the story.

What is the first step?

The first step in any field is getting a degree that proves that you’re a master in what you’re doing so that people don’t question your capabilities. Alternatively, you could skip going to beauty school if you are that confident, but then, remember that you always have to keep practicing. Practice on different types of faces with different types of make-up so that you become versatile.

There are various schools in India and abroad where you could hone these skills.

Fat Mu Pro Makeup

Shahnaz Husain International Beauty Academy

Lakme Training Academy

Vidya Tikari

Schnell Hans Academy

What is the scope?

Makeup artists can work at salons, spas, retail and department stores, bridal boutiques and so many more types of businesses. Many makeup professionals are freelance because the work is so portable, and choose to market themselves as specialists in weddings and special events, mortuary makeup, photo shoots, runway models, film and television, live theater, and special effects, among others.

The most common industries makeup artists work in are the motion picture and video industries, personal care services, performing arts companies, television broadcasting, and amusement parks and arcades (seriously!).

One can also open their own salon after getting some amount experience and when enough capital is available, and if you are really good at your work, you could even be approached by the film industry themselves.

Becoming a make-up artist is a lot of fun, and why wouldn’t it be? Doing what you love is always fun but it is not a very lucrative career choice. If you’re looking for fame and a lot of fortune, this is not the career for you. If you have the talent for it and are willing to take some risk on the monetary aspect, there is nothing better than this for a make-up enthusiast.