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1) How much can I make as a makeup artist?
There are many factors that play into this. It depends whether you plan to work in sales or as a freelancer or in entertainment. It also depends on how many clients and jobs you get.
This is a good website where you can find average wages of different jobs in the United States. Like anything, your success is up to you!
2) Do I need a license to be a makeup artist?
Remember, I'm only answering for the state of California. In California, you do NOT need a license to be a makeup artist in the entertainment business or to be a freelancer. You can work for fashion shows, photography, motion picture, theatre, etc. You can also have your own freelancing business and do makeup on clients EXCEPT brides. You CANNOT do bridal makeup without a license. You CANNOT work in a salon or spa without a license. You can work in sales such as MAC, Estee Lauder, etc.
You can find more information regarding this here.
3) What kind of license or certification can I get?
A license isn't required unless you want to do bridal makeup, work in a salon, or work in a spa. You are still welcome to get a license to further your knowledge on the subject. You can get an esthetician license where the focus is on skin care. The other is a cosmetology license where the main focus is on hair. You can also become a certified makeup artist by going to a makeup artistry school. A certification is not the same as a license and will not make you eligible to work in a salon, spa, or do bridal makeup. Certification is just to further your own knowledge.
4) Which beauty school should I go to?
There is a list of beauty schools here. You should do your research and take campus tours before deciding which place is best for you. Take into consideration:
5) Do I need to go to school to become a makeup artist?
No. There are many successful makeup artists who didn't go to school. There are many benefits to go to school such as learning tips and tricks in person, getting hands on help and advice, networking, learning about sanitation, etc.
If you would like to ask any questions, feel free to email me at email@example.com!