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Be your own boss and build your freelance makeup business!
What is a Freelance Makeup Artist?
Most makeup artists are freelance artists. Basically, this means you work for yourself, take your own clients, and set your own prices.
Typically freelance makeup artists are their own brands: your business name will be synonymous with your personal name (think, “Makeup by Jane” or “Mario Hair & Beauty”. You’ll likely have a small makeup studio/area in your home and also will probably travel to your clients on some occasion (a great example of this is for bridal makeup).
If you’re thinking of offering makeup services on your own terms and at your own pace, you’ll want to become a freelance MUA!
How to Become a Freelance Makeup Artist
A certification will prove to your clients that you have the skills and knowledge to apply their makeup safely, and with an expert touch.
Set Up Your Online Presence
It’s really hard to get enough work through word of mouth alone. A freelance MUA needs at least a small website that contains basic information about your services.
Build Your Portfolio
Clients will choose to hire you largely based on photos of your work. Put your portfolio on your website and promote it via your social media pages.
Start Getting Clients!
You’ll likely start out slow, and that’s ok. Everyone does! But as your reputation grows
What Course Should You Take?
If you want to start a career in freelance makeup artistry, start here.
QC’s most popular course is a great place to start for most freelance MUAs. This course will teach you the core skills that every freelance artist needs to master, from blending & contouring, to daytime and evening makeup, to everything you need to know about bridal makeup. You’ll also learn some advanced skills that can be a unique selling feature for your future business!
Business Training Included! This course also features QC’s business start-up training. You’ll work with your personal tutor to come up with your business plan, name your freelance makeup business, think about how to price your services, and so much more. You’ll graduate ready to advertise your services!
Set Yourself Apart!
Upgrade your freelance makeup artistry training with these additional courses, and help yourself stand out from the competition.
Never underestimate the value of extra certifications! And remember! As a QC student, you receive a 50% discount on all additional courses!
A lot of brides will ask for airbrush makeup for their big day. If you plan on marketing your freelance services to brides, offering the option of airbrush makeup can help you stand out from your competition in a BIG way, and you’ll be able to increase your makeup artistry fees for this premium service.
Don’t sell yourself short!
Why not offer your bride hair AND makeup services and increase your profit! Brides and their bridesmaids will need hair and makeup for their big day. You can plan ahead and offer both services for small bridal parties, or be a part of a larger coordinated “beauty team” for the big day! The hair styling essentials course focuses on all sorts of different hair styles for special occasions. Lots of brides will pay a premium for the convenience you’ll offer.
If you want to increase your client base, the Global Beauty Workshop will help you appeal to clients from different religions and ethnic groups. Weddings in particular are highly influenced by the bride and groom’s culture. Being trained in traditional makeup techniques from different cultures and religions can greatly improve your chances of booking brides! This workshop will help you get there, and also includes an entire unit on henna makeup!
Wondering what your full tuition costs would be once you add up all these courses? Remember that you get a 50% discount on all additional courses with QC Makeup Academy! Use the tuition calculator below to get an idea of the tuition fees on your Freelance Makeup Artistry training plan.