I'm 21 & currently stuck on what my next step in my life should be. I attended MDC for 2 years, my major was nursing. I never got anywhere. My brain & my heart wasn't in it. I currently work at a medical center, but I want to get out of here as soon as I can & start working on my dream job. I'm fascinated by makeup, fashion & all that good stuff. But I'm mainly interested in makeup. The different products, tricks, changes you can create.
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A deep love of cosmetics and passion all the things makeup is capable of is one of the first tell-tale signs of a budding makeup artist. If you like to experiment with different cosmetic looks and to try them out on yourself and your friends, you may discover a real knack for applying makeup professionally. If this is your passion, there are makeup artist schools which offer classes in all the different kinds of fashion makeup. Each states requirements to become a certified makeup artist differ. Some states have a separate license where an individual can specialize only in this field. Other states lump the makeup requirements into a full cosmetology certification instead. Still other states dont regulate makeup artistry at all (but even in those states, getting advanced training in makeup artistry is highly recommended to be successful in this field). Makeup training programs typically run 300 to 600 hours depending on your state, and take less than 6 months to complete. Full cosmetology programs, on the other hand, tend to be 1500 to 2000 hours depending on your state. Those usually take 12 to 24 months to finish. Some people choose to work at a local makeup counter in department stores or pharmacies to get their start in makeup. You can also join theater groups at school or in the community and learn to work with greasepaint and theatrical lighting. This type of makeup artistry is very creative, and the artist learns to concoct a character's appearance as part of the director's vision. You can learn this art on the job, and you can also take classes at colleges with theatrical programs. Makeup artist schools provide professional-level expertise for the beginner, which saves the trouble and time of learning everything by trial and error.
If you are committed to changing your career path and have a passion for makeup I would advise you to keep your current job for financial support while you attend Cosmetology School to become a Makeup Artist.
DO YOUR RESEARCH! Check out sites like BeautySchools.com. Also, you want to keep the following things in mind when considering which school or program is right for you:
- Accreditation. Don't waste your time and money on schools that aren't accredited.
- Cost of Attendance. Calculate the cost of attendance, and determine whether or not you'll be able to receive financial aid.
- Career Assistance. There are many schools out there that will provide free employment assistance upon graduation.
- Versatility/Variety of Courses.
- Class Sizes.