Tips on Excelling as a Fashion Makeup Artist


April 10, 2017 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ artist,Make-Up



Learn which skills will set you apart from other makeup artists in the fashion industry.

Are you a makeup artist who works in the fashion industry? The fashion industry offers a variety of jobs for makeup artists, from print work such as advertising, catalogs and editorial to live fashion shows. While there are many jobs to choose from, the fashion industry is still very competitive.

Whether you do editorial print work, fashion shows, or both, the fashion industry is a cutthroat field for makeup artists. Since most artists work on a freelance basis, it’s imperative to learn how to stand out in a sea of many professionals with the same skillset. This is why many technicians attend make up artistry schools to learn more than merely how to apply makeup for fashion. Not sure where to start? Here are a few tips on how to excel as a makeup artist in the fashion industry.

Master Set Etiquette

Every type of job comes with its own set of rules, and being on set as a fashion makeup artist is no different. While most fashion makeup artists know how to work on set, only a few have truly mastered the dos and don’ts of this unique office setting.

To set yourself apart from the competition, learn and master everything about working on set, from how to introduce yourself to photographers, clients, models, and other team members to where to setup your makeup station. Other important topics include etiquette with the model, the right way to touch-up makeup, and how to stay out of the photographer’s way.

Learn Lighting

Even though you’re not the photographer, your job as a makeup artist in fashion relies heavily on lighting. The makeup you apply depends on the type of lighting that is used. Makeup artists must master how to apply makeup according to the type of lighting used by the photographer, but they must also know the technical terms associated with lighting.

Understanding the basics of lighting will ensure that you do your job right and that you can discuss the project with the photographer without asking him to define his terms. Learn the definitions of key light, back light, and fill light. Learn the difference between daylight, evening light, and sunset light. You can take a class at a leading special FX makeup school on lighting.

Get an Agent

In addition to mastering set etiquette and learning lighting, you can excel as a makeup artist when you have the right agency on your side. As a freelance artist, consider hiring an agent to get work on your behalf. The right agent can help market your skills and even provide you with tips on how to set yourself apart from the competition. Most agents get a cut of 20 to 50 percent, but they are responsible for getting you work, negotiating rates, and even setting up appointments.

Tips on Excelling as a Fashion Makeup Artist