If you can’t stop admiring the makeup of stars when they walk down the red carpet and dream of drawing bright lips for Emilia Clark’s Oscars look, you’ve come to the right place. We have collected tips from the best in the industry on how to become a celebrity makeup artist and work with first-tier stars.
Attend special makeup artist courses
Training videos on YouTube are not enough here: for a serious career, you need a serious base. In order to get it, it is not necessary to study at the most prestigious school though. Find courses that give knowledge of the basics of makeup and can offer options for further internships to hone your skills.
Celebrity makeup artist Monika Blunder, whose clients include Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Amanda Seyfried and Jennifer Garner, advises combining courses with practice in order to quickly gain experience and get to know other masters.
“I studied at one of the makeup schools in Munich. At the same time, I started working as a makeup artist at a theatre. Thanks to this I met the famous makeup artist Norbert Cheminel. He helped me get into the fashion industry.”
Spend your money wisely and don’t save on cheap products
Being a beginner makeup artist is not easy. There are not so many profitable campaigns to start with, and you simply cannot do without good tools for work. Don’t hesitate to replenish your stock of cosmetics with inexpensive beauty brands but try not to save on quality.
“To collect a whole suitcase of tools and brushes you have to spend a lot of money,” explains Monika Blunder. “I think the most important thing is to have a large supply of tonal bases of different shades, you should not save on them. But good lipsticks, eyeliners, mascaras and palettes with different shades are easy to find from budget brands.”
Don’t be embarrassed to work in beauty corners
It may not be as prestigious to be a consultant as you would like, but at the beginning, it will help you get the necessary practical experience. You will get acquainted with the means and be able to hone the technique in people of different ages and with different facial structures. Try to work with different brands. This way you will be able to test more textures and shades and get to know the market better.
Celebrity makeup artist Vincent Oquendo, who works with Karlie Kloss and Ashley Graham, says:
“I started my career as a freelance makeup artist at the Stila Corner in New York Saks Fifth Avenue. I had to change a few beauty brands, including Dior and Yves Saint Laurent, until I started working with Bobbi Brown on a regular basis.”
Patrick Ta, an international makeup artist for Shiseido, who is in charge of the perfect looks of Shay Mitchell, Gigi Hadid and Kim Kardashian, also started as a consultant at the M.A.C Corner in his native Arizona.
Work as an assistant
Do not miss any opportunity to assist professional makeup artists. This way you will be able to learn the subtleties of working “in real time” and understand exactly what this craft is. Feel free to offer them your help, even if it seems that you are far from them.
Monika Blunder admits that her own career as a celebrity makeup artist began with this:
“I was introduced to a makeup artist Paul Starr, and I directly asked if I could assist him. After that, I signed a contract with my first agency. I was positioned as a young specialist who can help more experienced craftsmen. So I got to assistant to Kevin Okoin himself.“
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Text: Irina Gorskaia
Images: Allure, Vogue UK