A Career as a Professional Make Up Artist | Training and Opportunities
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A make-up artist is the artist responsible for creating unique or enhanced looks. He/she applies makeup and prosthetics to aesthetically enhance or create special appearances.
We have compiled a list of makeup techniques:
This make up is used before photo/videography mainly for TV, films, magazine and advertising purposes with main aim of enhancing the appearance of the client.
2. Special effects makeup
The artist uses cosmetics and prosthetics to create appearance of bruises, cuts, blood, old age, deformities, mutations and more. The artist is also charged with creating monsters using make up and prosthetics.
3. Bridal makeup
The artist uses make up to enhance the appearances of brides and bridesmaids before a wedding.
4. Theatrical makeup
Theatrical makeup is used as a method in conjunction with stage lighting to highlight the actors’ faces in order to make facial expressions more visible to the audience from moderate distances. It often includes defining eyes and lips as well as the highlights and lowlights of the facial bones
To become a make-up artist, you need a diploma in cosmetology(Hair Dressing and Beauty); you may later specialize in a makeup specialization of your choice. Hemland College offers the course .We have experienced makeup artists as tutors to teach and guide you to become a rock star makeup artist.
A career as a makeup artist; Makeup artists find opportunities in:
- TV Production
Most televisions stations have official make artists tasked with make up of presenters and other guests
- Film production
Film production makeup artists are required in huge numbers to create special effects e.g. old age , blood ooze, monster etc.
- Weddings and events
Makeup artist services are needed in every wedding and other such events to provide make up to the attendees
- Salon / Beauty parlors
This is where most makeup artists work. Their work involves enhancement of clients’ appearances
Notable make up artists include:
- Muthoni Njoba
- Kangai Mwiti
- Ruth Kinuthia
- Kevyn Aucoin
- Rich Baker
- Bobbi Brown
- John Chamber