Contrary to what one might believe, being a makeup artist is more than just a hobby and it can be turned into a hugely successful and satisfying career. The importance of a makeup artist is often seen as they are in almost every sector of the entertainment business, from film to magazines to the modeling industry. Moreover, it is not just in the entertainment industry, they can also establish their own business, work as freelancers or work for a multi-million dollar company. Everyone needs a good touch-up once in a while. Over the years, the work of makeup artists have not gone unnoticed. There are now multiple awards to be won globally as an aspiring makeup artist. Among these awards a makeup artist can win, there are the more prestigious ones such as the Academy Award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling in film, an Emmy Award or even a Golden Globe Award. However, there are several other entertainment industry awards. Like the Top Vendor Wedding Awards in South Africa.
The road to success for a makeup artist is long and challenging as it requires commitment and a deep passion for the art. It takes time to build up a clientele and gain enough prominence to become the go-to makeup artist, but it can be done.
Firstly, you have to establish what you are good at. There are several fields to specialize in as a makeup artist. There is fashion makeup, which is used in magazines and on the fashion runway. This type of technique is the one most often used in television and film. Then there is bridal makeup, a field that is quickly growing throughout the world. Another interesting field is special makeup effects, where special effects are utilized to enhance certain features for a particular theme. This includes the use of prosthetics and plaster, especially when a project features non-human characters. In addition, with the rise of social media, you can either be a makeup artist instructor by setting up a blog or creating a channel on YouTube.
Whatever field you choose to work in, whether you want to land a full-time job with a particular company or work as a freelancer on a project-by-project what you have to keep in mind is that experience is key. A portfolio is the Holy Grail for any makeup artist, it highlights your work and skills, and reassures employers or clients that you know what you are doing. In addition, experience gives a chance to form a network and in effect a strong clientele.
There is a lot of work involved in becoming a renowned makeup artist but in Africa where the field is still relatively fresh, you have the chance to establish your niche and stand out as one of the pioneers of your field.
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