Makeup Artistry Careers

As a professional makeup artist, you can start a career in film, theater, editorial, fashion, special effects, or bridal makeup. You can also work for a cosmetics brand, salon or spa. Read on to discover the many career directions our graduates have taken.

Career Snapshots: Meet QC Grads

We are so proud of QC Makeup Academy graduates! Explore the gallery below to meet real QC students who have launched exciting and diverse careers in makeup artistry.

Sharon Puffenberger
Ohio, USA
QC Graduate: Master Makeup Artistry course
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Yarrellys Ruiz
Florida, USA
QC Student: Master Makeup Artistry course
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Melissa Robinson
Turks and Caicos Islands
QC Student: Master Makeup Artistry course
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Vanessa Pressacco
Alberta, Canada
QC Graduate: Master Makeup Artistry course
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Onakoya Oluwajoba
Lagos, Nigeria
QC Student: Master Makeup Artistry course
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Check out their websites and social media links for a snapshot of life as a professional makeup artist.

Graduate Feature

“Being a makeup artist allows me to express what I feel internally to the outer world. I can create anything and everything that comes to mind … I get to share in the excitement with my clients when they get to see themselves in a different light. I feel most alive when I am creating.”

—Vanessa Pressacco, Master Makeup Artistry Graduate

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Complete Business Start-Up Series

We want to help you find your dream job in the makeup artistry industry. Each certification course includes complete business training.* This training guides you through the start-up process one step at a time, from registering your company to invoicing your clients.

You’ll also learn how to:

  • Determine your target market
  • Create your website, logo and business cards
  • Develop industry connections
  • Charge for your services
  • Use social media to promote your makeup business
  • And more!
  • *Pro Makeup Workshop and Airbrush Makeup Workshop do not include business training.

    Online Career Resources

    QC’s Online Student Center is not just a place to upload your assignments- it’s jam-packed with valuable resources to help you advance your career. Whether that’s starting your own freelance makeup artistry business or pursuing employment with a cosmetics company, salon or spa, we’re going to give you all the tools you need to succeed.

    Get lifetime access to:

    Business templates such as invoices, client contracts and much more

    QC’s Beauty Buzz blog, filled with articles on the latest career tips and makeup trends

    The Career Center where you can access useful tools to help you find work in the makeup industry

    The Professional Profile Builder where you can easily create your own online profile like this one

    Continuing education discounts exclusive to QC students and graduates

    The Student Forum where you can exchange ideas with your peers

    Free E-book: Your Career Roadmap

    Do you want to start a career in makeup artistry but don’t know where to start? Learn about makeup artist career options, salaries, certification and much more in this free e-book: “Your Career Roadmap.”


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