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What You Need To Become A Professional Makeup Artist

Breaking into the makeup artistry industry can be tricky – with competition at an all time high, it’s essential you standout for all the right reasons. Being a makeup artist is a rewarding career, and when you are passionate about makeup, you get to live your passion each and every day. With a little guidance and support, it’s possible to kick start your career as a professional makeup artist.

Read on to discover what you need to become a makeup artist…


The first step is becoming qualified. Without the necessary experience and education, you will be quickly swallowed up by the competition in the industry. Learning techniques, trends and everything that you need to become a successful artist is the first part of the process, but it’s also one of the most enjoyable parts too.

For many, becoming a makeup artist has been a life-long dream, and so starting to learn from a professional is a really exciting stage. At Studio50, all of our makeup artistry courses and hands-on, meaning you’l be working with professional products and learning essential techniques from day one. Our courses provide you with everything you need to make it as a professional makeup artist, and are the perfect stepping stone into the industry.


That age old phrase ‘it’s not what you know, it’s who you know,’ is somewhat applicable to the industry. When it comes to makeup artistry, it’s what you know AND who you know. Learning the ropes is the first step, but having the guidance of an experienced and well-known makeup artist and building relationships in the industry is also key.

Getting your foot in the door while you are studying will go a long way to helping you gain work after you are qualified. In this industry reputations grow fast, so if you’re able to make some great connections early on, this will stand you well in the future.

At Studio50 you will be taught by some of the very best in the industry who have a wide network too. During your studies you will gain some great insights into working in the industry, and we can even help you gain valuable work experience and help you make essential connections.

Portfolio & Makeup Kit

Towards the end of your studies you will need to start thinking about how you can present your skills, as well as tackling your first jobs as a professional makeup artist. In order to gain jobs in the first place, you will need a professional and varied portfolio to display your work. When you first start applying your jobs, it’s likely that you’ll find almost all employers will ask to see your portfolio. In addition, in order to attend jobs and make a lasting and positive impression, you will need a professional kit containing a variety of products, brushes and tools.


When you study with Studio50, we provide you with everything you need to succeed as a professional makeup artist. This includes helping you build your portfolio and your makeup kit.

Armed with your education, your contacts, portfolio and your kit, you will be stepping out into the professional world well prepared to start to develop a fantastic reputation for yourself as a makeup artist. If you’re just starting out, ensuring your education is up to scratch is the first step to success.