Building a career as a makeup artist is different than getting started in a lot of other industries. For one thing, most of the jobs you get will not be advertised online. When trying to get freelance makeup artist jobs, you need to get your clients to come to you. Here are a few tips to get you started:
Buy the right tools
It is a bit of an investment to build a professional makeup kit, but it will be well worth the money when you’re going into a job well prepared and with the tools you need to create beautiful makeup looks. That means collecting a range of colors in eye shadows, lipsticks, blushes, and foundations that will suit a variety of different skin types and different events. It’s also very important to come to a job with quality brushes and a good brush cleaner. This will ensure that you show up to any job like a professional.
Build a portfolio
In your free time, practice your artistry on friends or family members, take good quality photos of your work (keep in mind the lighting!), and upload them online. It’s a good idea to get a professional Facebook page for your freelance business, especially if you don’t yet have a website, for your portfolio pictures. When you get business cards, be sure to include your Facebook fan page link so potential clients can easily see your work.
Create a network
Reach out to models and photographers who are looking for a makeup artist to help with a shoot. You might not get paid for your work, but you will make valuable industry contacts and will probably get to keep the photos for your portfolio. The more people who know you’re working in the industry, the more likely you are to be contacted when one of them is looking for a makeup artist. It’s all about who you know.