9 tips for a successful training as a make-up artist
I am often asked which makeup artist school I went to and where I did my training as a makeup artist. In this blog post, I would like to give you my tips on becoming a makeup artist so that you don’t invest your money in an apprenticeship that you are dissatisfied with. This article is for all makeup lovers ready to follow their dream of becoming makeup artists! Continue reading the blog on our Escort Service Website.
When are you suitable to become a makeup artist?
Ultimately, anyone can become a makeup artist, even you as an escort girl! In my opinion, for you to be successful, you should have the following qualities:
• A fundamental interest in beauty, makeup & styling
• The will to constantly develop and work hard on yourself
• The attention to detail and a precise way of working
• An open and communicative way
It is possible to learn these qualities during your training and your development as a makeup artist, but it becomes more difficult for you the fewer of these points you already fulfil.
For me, for example, the first point is less applicable. Although I love to express myself creatively with makeup, I don’t have any typical “girlish” interests. I dress more practically, wear no jewellery, no nail polish and now very rarely do I make myself up.
Another example: I know makeup artists who are introverted and still succeed. The most important of all qualities is by far the will to learn! If you don’t have this, you won’t get very far in other jobs either.
That reminds me of school days. Some students always found it very easy and quickly understood the material. They often rested on it and were too lazy to study. Then there were the students who didn’t understand what it was about. However, they invested the time and energy to prepare perfectly for the exam. Guess who got the better grades.
Since you will be self-employed as a makeup artist, you should ideally be punctual, reliable and structured. If you’re more of a slob, you should get help (from accountants, assistants, etc.) or develop systems that create structure.
Your personality type
Maybe you don’t know precisely what qualities define you. I recently took a personality test which I found very accurate. I want to introduce the test to you briefly because it can indicate which things you are good at and which tasks you should instead give up.
The personality test is by psychotherapist and author Stefanie Stahl. After answering the questions, you will receive four letters that describe the following categories:
• Introvert or extravert
• Abstract (or Concrete)
• Thinking decider or feeling decider
• Casual or organized
I found a more detailed explanation of the categories for you here.
Before you take the test, think about which letters you would give yourself. This can be very revealing about your self-perception. Are you interested in my result? I am Minister of Planning with the letters EKDO, i.e. an extraverted, organized, detail-loving thinker. That’s pretty much the case!
Your opportunities to become a makeup artist
Since the training to become a makeup artist is not state-recognized vocational training, you could theoretically call yourself a makeup artist without training and register a business or become a freelancer. The range of free makeup tutorials and helpful information on self-employment is extensive, which is why you could also teach yourself the necessary know-how.
Most will probably already do makeup and style themselves, family members or friends regularly and therefore have a basic understanding of makeup techniques. I felt the same way back then: I taught myself how to do makeup through YouTube videos and started publishing my makeup tutorials before I completed my makeup artist training.
Nevertheless, I decided to do professional training at a makeup school to learn how to do makeup for other people. Although I knew my way around better than most of my friends, I wanted to have the techniques taught me by professionals again. I would advise you the same, but it’s not a must to go to makeup school.
Alternatives to classic makeup schools
There are many alternatives these days: You can choose online training, attend individual workshops or master classes, do beautician or hairdresser training, work at a makeup counter and be trained, or learn from a makeup artist.
Basic training at a school can last anywhere from a week to a year, depending on the option chosen. I think a two to three months duration makes sense, as it is long enough to convey all the important content without being unnecessarily lengthened. You won’t get the exercise until you have your first actual assignments and practice them yourself.
Choosing the proper training for you depends heavily on your knowledge level, goals, budget, and time. Have you been dealing with makeup for years and know your way around? Then online training might be more suitable for you than a classic makeup school. Are you just starting, and would you like intensive support with practical training? Then the classic training at a makeup school is more suitable for you.
Do you work full-time in another job and would like to train as a makeup artist on the side?
Then weekend courses are perfect for you.
Have you just finished school and have no financial support?
With a classic makeup artist training at a school, you should expect costs between 5000 – 6000 euros. Online training can be significantly cheaper, and workshops or weekly courses cost between 250 – 2500 euros.
As you can see, there is no concrete answer to the question of which makeup artist training is the best. But what should you pay attention to when you decide to do an apprenticeship?
What you should pay attention to when choosing the makeup artist training
Unfortunately, I’ve often heard that students are dissatisfied with their makeup training. It’s a shame because they aren’t exactly cheap. To avoid making this mistake, you should consider the following points.
Read the reviews from past participants carefully: Who can give you better insights than the students who have already done the training?
If you can’t find any reviews online, you can write to former students directly and ask them. I’ve often been asked about my experience with Make-up Artist Factory, and I’m happy to share it honestly.
2. Instructor Experience
Ensure that the lecturers have already worked as makeup artists for a few years: Unfortunately, graduates are often hired as lecturers immediately after their training.
On the one hand, this has the advantage that they know the course content well, ensuring they have the desired knowledge. On the other hand, I think it is essential to gain experience first before training others.
Look at the online presence and the results of the course participants: Does the trainer have a professional website and an up-to-date Instagram feed?
Do you like the style of the photos and the makeup looks? Does it look modern to you? I see some makeup schools that still teach outdated techniques.
You will recognize this relatively quickly if you deal intensively with the topic. The photos the school publishes are a good indicator of whether it is keeping up with the times.
4. Group Size
Find out exactly about the conditions: How many students are supervised simultaneously? A small group is better than a mass event.
For example, there are makeup master classes where the whole room is full of people, and if you’re unlucky, you have to sit in the back, and you can only see the makeup through a screen.
For makeup schools, the group should not have more than 10-12 participants.
You should also find out who is wearing makeup. If your school organizes models for you, that’s, of course, perfect. Students may also do each other’s makeup, which is okay too. In any case, a practical part should be part of an offline option.
5. Human Relationship
Get to know your trainers to see if it fits between you as a person: You don’t have to become “best friends” with your trainer, but you should get on well with the people and feel comfortable. You’ll be more willing to learn from someone you like.
If you do online training, you can get to know your lecturers through telephone calls, video calls or simply via social media.
6. Costs & Time Expenses
Get an overview of all costs and the time required: Are there hidden costs such as accommodation costs, travel expenses, investments in equipment or similar?
What is included in the essential equipment, and what is the quality of the products? Can you take the time, so you don’t miss class content?
Most schools also offer weekend courses. These are usually more condensed than the regular training. That shouldn’t be a problem if the dates are not too far apart.
7. Course Content
Take a close look at the course content: Is there something you want to learn that isn’t included? Maybe you already know that you want to work in the wedding industry, but the school focuses on creative makeup and doesn’t offer bridal hairstyles?
You should do your training at a makeup school that covers precisely those subjects that are relevant to your future work.
In addition to the makeup techniques, you should also learn the necessary business know-how to become self-employed successfully.
Read the contract carefully: Is there a way to get your money back if the promised content has not been delivered? I honestly wouldn’t have thought of that myself, but I heard about a recent case, and I’m happy to point it out.
Of course, there may be deviations from the timetable or delayed dates, which is unavoidable, especially in the current situation with Corona. But if you don’t learn anything new or the lesson time is drastically reduced without getting any compensation, you shouldn’t have to pay 6000 euros for it.
Unfortunately, I have often noticed that students were dissatisfied with their makeup artist training. The main reason for this is usually that the teachers have no passion and no genuine interest in sharing their knowledge with others to educate them as well as possible.
Instead, the focus is on financial gain. Sometimes makeup artist schools are too old-fashioned and haven’t evolved. The best information is always found by connecting with alumni and asking their honest opinions.
I have created an overview of Germany’s 12 most well-known makeup artist training courses for you. You will find a summary of the most important facts: content, duration & costs!
What can you expect after your makeup artist training?
Once you have completed your training, the real work begins. The market is now more saturated than it was a few years ago. There are many schools and, therefore, many makeup artists. As far as I know, of the 12 students who did the training with me at the time, only three now work full-time as makeup artists.
I recommend that you first create a professional online presence. It would help if you had a website and an Instagram profile to present yourself and your work. You should organize tfp shootings and build your portfolio. I wrote a guest article on imamua.de on portfolio building and summarized tips for you: Tips for portfolio building. Over time you will find your makeup style and think about your positioning.
If you want to work in the television industry, you should take on video projects and have some experience doing makeup for moving images. If you’re going to work for magazines or fashion week instead, you should start assisting and try to get hired at a makeup artist agency.
So that you can constantly improve your makeup skills and satisfy your customers, you should continue your education and take additional courses. You still have to learn a lot, but this is also an excellent opportunity to grow personally and have an interesting professional life.