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Become a Makeup Artist

Imagine having a fun, high-paying job that lets you use your creativity to make people look good. Welcome to the world of makeup artistry!

There are few jobs that offer so many benefits. As a makeup artist you will have the satisfaction of making your vision a reality. 

A makeup artist is intimately involved in the most important and exciting events of people's lives, from weddings to the Academy Awards. Makeup artists get to work with celebrities such as models, actors, politicians, and musicians. 

"I was getting to be around people that I would pay to hang out with, but I was getting paid for it. It was really fun."
      - Dyana Aives, Professional Makeup Artist 
         who has worked with many celebrities
As a makeup artist you will have a rewarding job with flexible hours. If you start your own business as a freelance makeup artist you will enjoy the freedom of being your own boss. Top makeup artists get paid hundreds or thousands of dollars a day for their services. Plus you may get invitations to parties, admission to exclusive restaurants and clubs, or introductions to other celebrities you admire.

Professional makeup artists are more in demand than ever before. Here are just a few of the job opportunities for makeup artists. Which ones can you imagine yourself doing makeup for?

  • Advertisements
  • Magazines
  • Modeling agencies
  • Movies
  • Music videos
  • Runway shows
  • Salons and spas
  • Television
  • Theater
If you work with individuals, your clients might be people who need to look their best for a special occasion, such as an awards dinner, beauty pageant, prom night, or wedding. Or you might help cancer survivors look and feel better about themselves.

As long as you have the desire, you can become a professional makeup artist. You don't need years of specialized training, or any particular certification to start out as a makeup artist. Unlike becoming a cosmetologist or esthetician which have strict requirements (such as hours worked, type of training, and a written test), in most jurisdictions you can become a makeup artist immediately. 

If being a makeup artist sounds like the career of your dreams, the FabJob Guide to Become a Makeup Artist is for you! In this book you will discover how you can get started and succeed in a career as professional makeup artist. 

This guide offers insider tips and expert career advice from successful professional makeup artists who have worked for numerous celebrities and done makeup for album covers, commercials, hit films, national magazines, music videos, and television.

The contributors to this guide include Emmy Award winning makeup artist Eva Jane Bunkley, celebrity makeup artist Todra Payne whose work has been featured in Elle, Harper's Bazaar, W and Martha Stewart's Living, Make-Up Artist Magazine founder Michael Key, plus more than a dozen other successful makeup artists and industry experts.

This makeup artist guide covers topics of vital importance to anyone who wants to learn how to apply makeup and get hired as a makeup artist, including: 

Getting Ready to Become a Makeup Artist

  • How to develop the skills you need as a makeup artist including a good eye
  • Information about makeup artist schools and makeup artist training including
    • A list of makeup artist schools in North America
    • How to choose a makeup artist school and what to beware of 
    • Other makeup artist training programs including one day workshops and online courses
  • Ways to teach yourself makeup artistry
  • How to apply makeup like a professional makeup artist
    • Assessing the client (coloring, skin type, face shape, features)
    • Preparing the face
    • Applying makeup (foundation, eye makeup, blush, lip color, etc.)
    • Completing the look
  • Doing makeup for print photography
  • How to do character makeup
    • Makeup for film and television
    • Makeup for theater
    • Special effects makeup
  • What to have in your makeup kit (different types of makeup and makeup application tools)
  • How to keep up with makeup trends
  • How to quickly get experience as a makeup artist through volunteer work or an apprenticeship
Getting a Makeup Artist Job
  • How to create an impressive portfolio even if you have no previous paid makeup artist experience
  • How to make your resume and cover letter stand out in the crowd (includes samples)
  • Discover who employs makeup artists and how to contact them, including:
    • Salons and spas
    • Retail stores
    • Cosmetics companies
    • Other employers
  • Where makeup artist job openings are advertised
  • Discover what employers are looking for
  • How to make a great impression in an interview
Starting Your Own Freelance Makeup Artist Business
  • How to start a freelance makeup artist business for as little money as possible
  • Links to all the information you need about the "business" side of things (permits, insurance, etc.)
  • Your options for where to set up your makeup artist business
    • Working out of your home
    • Working in a salon or spa
    • Setting up a storefront
  • Choosing a name for your makeup artist business
  • Where to find suppliers of makeup products
  • Pricing your makeup artist services by the hour or service
  • Identifying potential clients 
  • Creative ideas to market yourself effectively
  • Preparing promotional materials
    • How to get photos of your work (plus what you need to know about test shoots and time-for-print or TFP projects)
    • How to create a professional portfolio
    • What to include on your comp cards
  • How to get photographers and businesses to refer clients to you
  • How to do a client consultation
  • How to get work through a makeup artist agency
  • What you need to know about unions if you want to work in the entertainment industry
PLUS, you will discover:
  • Valuable makeup artist resources (including the best professional associations, publications, etc.)
  • Information about airbrushing and other makeup application techniques
  • Makeup kit checklists (also includes carry kit checklist and hair kit checklist)
  • Information about cosmetics company internships
  • Samples to help you launch your makeup artist career, including:
    • Sample questions to ask clients
    • Sample resume and cover letter
    • Sample model release
    • Sample invoice
    • And more! (including free updates)
  • And more!
The information in this guide can save you many hours of research, help you avoid some common mistakes, and give you advice you need to get a job as a makeup artist or start your own freelance makeup artist business.

This guide has been selling for up to $39.95 U.S. for an e-book alone. SPECIAL OFFER # 1: If you buy the e-book today, Thursday, November 20, 2014 you can have this valuable insider information for the incredible price of only $29.97.

SPECIAL OFFER # 2:  Although this guide has previously only been available as an e-book you can get a print copy together with a CD-ROM that includes sample checklists, contract, forms, and more. This 2-in-1 Book and CD-ROM Set is only $5 more (plus $5 shipping). Plus, as a bonus, you will also receive an e-book so you can read it immediately.

NOTE: Only a very limited number of copies of the new edition of this popular guide have been published in print, and are available on a first come first served basis. The previous edition sold out, so if you would like to have a print copy of the new edition, we strongly suggest that you purchase it immediately.

You can earn back the price of the guide many times over your first day on the job. And with this guide you can get a job as a makeup artist or start a freelance makeup artist business much more quickly and cost-effectively.

If you believe you deserve to have the career of your dreams, this guide is for you. It gives you what you need to know to become a professional makeup artist.

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"The FabJob Guide to Become a Makeup Artist will show you how to get started and succeed in this fabulous job. It is loaded with the kind of insider information that helped established makeup professionals get to where they are today. It offers advice for succeeding in a career as a makeup artist anywhere in North America."
- Jennifer James, Editor

"This insightful book offers a wealth of information."
- M'chel Bauxal
Professional Makeup Artist
Aurora, Oregon

"This guide is chock full of useful information for anyone looking to begin a career as a makeup artist."
- TC Thecla Luisi
Makeup Artist and Teacher
Los Angeles, California

"FabJob Guide to Becoming a Makeup Artist has lots of good information on how to get started. Makeup artist feedback was great, and I really enjoyed the wonderful websites provided at the end. Thanks!!"
- Candace Tyler,
Columbia, MD

"I have purchased 2 books from fabJob so far (including Makeup Artist) and have found both to be extremely useful, a very good guideline for those venturing out into a new career. Highly Recommended!"
- Paniti Monkolhutti,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

"I recently purchased the FabJob Guide to Become a Make-Up Artist and the book has really helped me tremendously. The information contained in the book is helpful because sometimes you don't know where to look to get the information you need. The authors of this book took their time and have produced a very good product. I have recommended these books to my friends and they love them also."
- Nikkie Hilliard,
Upper Marlboro, MD


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