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Finding a Job in Makeup Artistry

Finding a Job in Makeup Artistry

Where to look:

  • Local newspapers
  • Trade publications
  • Online job boards
  • Company websites
  • Human resources departments
  • Specialist recruiters: cruise ships, agencies
  • Researching online e.g., SimplyHired careerbuilder, and hairandbeautyjobs

Types of Employers

The main types of employers for makeup artists are:

  • Salons
  • Spas
  • Cosmetic companies
  • Shops
  • Boutiques
  • Portrait photographers

Note that you may need to move to a large town or city in order to improve your chances of finding a job in makeup.

Let’s take a look at each of them in more detail


In a larger town or city there may be openings for full time or part time makeup artists but generally you have a better change of being hired if you can offer other skills such as hairdressing, manicures, pedicures or facials.


Spas tend to cater to a more affluent market and offer services such as massage, facials, hair, etc. Makeup may be offered to clients at the end of the session. Again by offering additional skills your chances of finding employment in makeup increase.

You may find work in: a day spa, a resort, at plastic surgery centres, luxury hotels, health and fitness resorts,weight loss centres, and cruise ships.

Cosmetic Companies

You may find work as a makeup artist for a cosmetics brand working behind the counter at a retail location or be a member of the company’s promotional team. Promotions may include working with celebrities, trade shows and special events.

Shops and Boutiques

You’ll be working in a retail shop that sells makeup and body products or behind the counter at a department store. You may have the opportunity to give makeovers to shoppers. You’ll also be expected to sell the products.

Portrait Photographers

Large retail stores offer portrait photography to customers as do some independent photographers and Glamour studios. As a makeup artist you’ll be making up the clients before their photo shoot.

Once you’ve found a job that interests you:

Make Contact

If you’ve found a job you’re interested in pursuing send the contact person your resume and a short email or letter letting them know that you are interested in the position and why you are the best person for the job. Provide them with your contact details and them give them time to respond.


If you haven’t heard anything after about a week or two send an email stating when you sent your application and resume and that you are checking on the progress of your application. Keep the email short and polite and leave your contact details again.

My biggest word of advice if you want to work as a makeup artist is persevere. Don’t give up. Keep practicing your skills and promote yourself and your ability everywhere you can.