Career as a makeup artist: Scope, Qualification and Salary in India

If I tell you that each year Americans spend more money on beauty than on education or if I tell you that lipstick sales increases during recession or during a state of war, how would you believe it? It will certainly raise your eye brows right?

Makeup has been around us from thousands of years and it’s not going to die any sooner, In fact it continues to exponentially increase as people around the world are becoming more conscious about the looks. Then the questions comes how about becoming a makeup artist if the industry is booming so well and our answer to your question will be “YES WHY NOT?”

Makeup Artistry as a career is gaining tremendous amount of momentum as more and more professionals are making a career change because of the sheer glam, work life balance, creativity and money involved. Makeup Artists are trusted and respected and accepted everywhere.

This profession has a high demand and if you want to make a note in this industry then there are couple of things you must have to even begin your career as a makeup artists

Pre-qualification

Education: You need education no matter what you do, Education makes you matured and brings in lot of weight in your personality. Many youngsters approach us after finishing high school and senior secondary to become a makeup artist. It’s a very bad choice!

Since Advertising agencies, Magazines ,Fashion Houses, E-retail sector hire professional makeup artist and usually pay a fat paycheck they expect a minimum graduation from a professional makeup artist to even begin screening the art. Please do not quit your education for a short term gain.

Creativity & Imagination: Makeup Artistry demands creativity, you should be able to use your imagination to create a piece of art ,Yes indeed you will become a Makeup Artist however your journey and salary as a makeup artist will be below average and limited.

Personality & Hygiene: This industry is glamourous and glittery and your personality must resonate as a confident person. Cleanliness, effective communication skills and a great sense of fashion and latest trends is just to name a few. A makeup artist has to look and talk amazing!

Skills & Attributes Required

Now once we know the pre-qualification let’s find out exactly what you need to become a rock star makeup artist who is famous, rich and successful.

  • Professional Makeup Artist Certification – You will get many who will undermine certification however if you really want to have a head start in this industry then quit that you tube videos and your makeup artist friend and join a professional academy to learn the deep skills. You need to gather up funds to invest for your future career.
  • Good communication skills
  • Business sense
  • Customer Service Skills
  • Self-Motivated
  • work longer hours and during odd hours
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Time Management
  • Eye for detail
  • Attractive and outspoken personality

To know the salary of a makeup artist in India we have written a dedicated article you may check out here

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You will have to understand that Makeup Artist are into two categories, there is this one category who works at Beauty Parlor with limited line of work and skills. There is then premium category who does customized work, run their own business and work as an entrepreneur. Our recommendation is for the premium category. Salary of a makeup artist can vary from fifteen thousand rupees to five lakh rupees a month or even more if you have become the top 10% of the makeup artist in your town.

To summarize, it’s an amazing profession which is competitive, glamorous and appreciative. However to go to another level there is lot of hard work and skills required like any other profession.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the skills & attributes required for a makeup artist?

Skills required for a makeup artist are: professional makeup artist certification, good communication skills, business sense, customer service skills, self-motivated, work longer hours & during odd hours, ability to work under pressure, time management, eye for detail, attractive & outspoken personality.

What are the different types of makeup artists?

Makeup Artist are into two categories, one category who works at Beauty Parlor with limited line of work & skills. There is then premium category who does customized work, run their own business & work as an entrepreneur.

What is the salary of a makeup artist?

Salary of a makeup artist can vary from fifteen thousand rupees to five lakh rupees a month or even more if you have become the top 10% of the makeup artist in your town.