There are many specialist areas of makeup to pursue a career in. Many specialists work as freelance makeup artists focusing on weddings, formals, unique occasions, or high fashion and photography. Some work as TV makeup artists, while others make their way to Broadway by working on theatre productions. One of the most exciting and creative careers in specialist makeup is special effects. To learn how to become a specialised makeup artist, let us introduce you to the world of specialist makeup.
- Decide your passion.
Knowing what you love to do is a great place to start. Developing the skill for your chosen area of specialised makeup will take time and effort. You’ll want to allocate as much of your time as possible to practice alongside further learning opportunities like a new technique, product, or industry tool.
2. Find the right training course.
The specialist makeup courses available in Brisbane include the Diploma of Screen and Media Makeup (CUA51015) course. This diploma course will teach you a range of skills in specialised makeup, including special effects makeup for film. The Certificate III in Makeup (SHB30215), on the other hand, focuses instead on the beauty and glamour industry. A Cert III in makeup will teach you creative makeup techniques like designing and applying makeup looks for different occasions, including remedial camouflage makeup. Also available are informal training courses and workshops for more experienced screen and media makeup students and professionals.
3. What Skills Lead to Jobs?
A crucial skill in makeup is interpreting a design brief and how to meet it. As a makeup artist, your clients will have a specific idea of what they want and what they expect. As a makeup artist, you need to develop a range of different skills to respond to a client brief successfully. Imagine turning up to a location for a wedding, and you haven’t got the right colour palette with you? Being talented and creative is great, but you need the discipline, skills and training to bring your ideas to life. A good specialist makeup course will teach you skills like building a business as a freelance makeup artist.
4. What are the Job Opportunities?
Special effects makeup can be a promising career for any budding makeup artist. Initially, you’ll be working under the supervision of an expert when you first graduate before being let loose on your own creative design briefs. You may find yourself making props, working on actors, stand-ins and stunt people, replicating all kinds of different looks. With a nationally recognised Makeup Qualification there are several job opportunities including:
- Retail – Mecca, Sephora, Myer, David Jones, MAC
- Brand ambassador and product trainer
- Product and brand development
- Fashion and Photography
- Cruise ships and chartered yachts
- Theatre, music videos, street theatre/art
If you’re after more flexibility, perhaps freelancing could be an option. Just know that work is generally seasonal and weekend oriented. Plus, you’ll need your own makeup kit, which is not always an affordable option for new graduates.
Explore your options today, get creative and learn how to succeed at the business of a MuA. Contact us to get started.