Maybe freelance makeup artistry or working in a salon just isn’t for you. Maybe you’re looking for something wacky, weird, and wonderful! Well, you’ve come to the right place.
Keep reading for six unusual makeup artist jobs you’ve probably never heard of…
1. Face Feeler
Yup, you can actually get paid to feel other people’s faces. Before you roll your eyes too hard, hear us out! It’s a pretty serious business and actually a vital step in testing many personal-care products.
“Face feelers,” also known as “sensory scientists,” spend years honing their skills and learning about skincare, skin conditions, and more. They’re trained experts who make objective opinions about different products – from razors to moisturizers.
Using their hands, face feelers can judge the effectiveness and quality of different products. Consider this career if you really love skincare and want to ensure only the best products get put on the market.
2. Lipstick Reader
Ever gotten a palm reading before? Well, you can get your lipstick-kiss print read as well. For the spiritual MUAs out there, this could be a funky makeup career to explore.
Specialists in lip print readings often have a background in palm readings, tarot cards, and other spiritual services. Basically, clients apply lipstick and then kiss a white card. The lipstick reader (after years of training in different practices) will analyze the client’s personality using the card! The reading is based on both the color the client chooses and the detailed lip impressions on the print. This makeup job isn’t for everyone—but it sure does sound interesting!
3. Product Namer
Catfight, Butt Taco, Chic Happens… no, I’m not just spewing random words and auto-correct did not take over. These are actual names of products you can buy! Catfight is the name of a rich red lippy by Urban Decay and a semi-matte pink by NARS. Butt Taco is an orange matte nail polish by Man Glaze. And Chic Happens is a matte mauve shadow by ColourPop.
And yes, someone gets paid to come up with these. If you have a strange (but clever) sense of humor, then being a product namer might be for you. Name those shades and turn the heads of beauty gurus everywhere!
4. Mortuary Makeup Artist
Maybe not as glamorous as you imagined makeup artist jobs to be, but it’s definitely a profession that’s looking to hire.
At first glance, the job description sounds pretty standard for a makeup artist… until you realize you have to perform it on someone who has recently passed away. This job is not for the faint of heart.
As a mortuary makeup artist, you may be asked to do simple, natural makeup application. Other times, your job can be a super involved process if the person died of trauma. Regardless, this job can bring peace to loved ones who get to see the deceased as they were when they were alive. For many, this can be the start of the healing journey.
5. Cosmetic Product Stylist
Those gorgeous M.A.C. ads have to come from somewhere, right? Well, just like fashion stylists, there are product stylists. Product stylists spend their days making beauty products look their best.
It’s not just setting up a bottle in front of a camera either! Product stylists spend years mastering lipstick smears and eye shadow smashes. Don’t cringe yet! Destroying makeup can be fun when it’s on purpose and it creates a masterpiece!
So go out there and use your knowledge of different makeup products from your online makeup course to style those products!
6. Dog Manicurist
As a dog manicurist, you’ll never feel torn between your passion for dog grooming and your obsession with beauty products! Beyond a basic, full-body groom, some groomers also offer special manicure services! With this wacky makeup-related career, you can be enjoying the company of dogs instead of humans all while creating beautiful art!
Getting dogs’ nails painted is a very common trend in Japan. Dog Beauty Artist, Eiko Sase, is well-known for her doggy nail art. She charges clients between $25 and $40 for dog manicures. That’s a fair amount of cash for some sparkly dog nails! Bring the Japanese trend to your city or town and make those pooches super stylish!
Makeup artistry and careers in the beauty industry are very flexible! Combining your love for makeup with other passions, like photography or animal care, is surprisingly easy to do. Although strange, some of the above careers are valid options for makeup artists who want something a little more “out there”!