How to become a makeup artist: some useful tips

They say that, if you choose a job you love, you will never have to work a day in your life. It's absolutely true, as if you fulfill your life with pleasure and passion your clients will feel your energy and if you love what you are doing.

If you want to be a makeup artist probably you have been attracted by art and colours since you were a child, you love painting, you are sensitive to beauty, sociable and love people. If you read some stories of famous makeup artists and hair stylists, you’ll figure out they had this passion since childhood as they loved creating something on their family members: Kevin Aucoin, for example, tested make up on his sister; Pat Mcgrath was strongly influenced by her mother that experimented with colours, pigments and textures to create more options of make up for dark skins.

For some people it’s a little bit easier, for some less, but usually one has basic qualities and capacities a makeup artist needs since his early age. It’s very important to feel inside what you want to do and follow it, as when we do something we love we always succeed in it.

When you found out that you want to follow a of makeup artist career, you need to figure out the best school where to get your basic knowledge, where you will study the theory, the basics, do a lot of practice and get more into make up’s world. Now with the internet, Instagram, social media and reviews one can choose the best school where apart from studying they offer a lot of practice such as taking part in photography shootings, runway shows and collaboration with different professionals.

My tip for everyone: you should remember that a makeup artist needs to be creative, but it’s not all; as you may develop your creative skills, you need to know that choosing this type of a career you become an entrepreneur, so you need to develop also you communicative, time-management, marketing and goal-oriented skills.

Being a great listener, psychologist, team member it’s also a part of this job.

Another tip I have for future makeup artists is you need to understand what you like most: weddings, fashion, theatre or television, music industry. When you know exactly what you like, it’s easier to set goals and reach them.

After finishing a makeup school don’t ever feel as if you've made it: being a makeup artist means continue learning, updating skills and studying. Do a lot of practice, study people's facial features, make them feel beautiful being friendly and sensitive. Your mission is improving their self-esteem using make up as a therapy.

These were my tips: hope they will be helpful!

Confessions of a make up artist: facts about my job

I’ve been in the make up and hairstyling industry for over
11 years and I move a lot for work in different parts of Italy.

When you work for destination weddings, especially when the high season starts, one day you find yourself in Florence and the day after you get up in Ravello. The day after tomorrow you may hurry up to Lake Como or Garda or both. Anyway, your suitcase must be always there ready for you.  




As a wedding make up artist and hairstylist, you always work in a team of other people: wedding planners, flower designers, photographers, nail artists, other make up artists and hairdressers.

That’s why it’s so important to be able to work with any kind of team, to have perfect communicative and organisational skills, to be very patient and calm,
to overcome stress quickly.

You need always to react and find a solution.

The Amalfi Coast in summer is a disaster for what concerns traffic jams. I remember once we were going there with the wedding planners and a photographer to make a lifestyle shooting for a couple that was going to get married the day after.

Usually I need about 2 hours for make up and hairstyling, but this time there was so much traffic and a car accident so I had just a half an hour, as the natural light was going away and our photographer had little time. So, when I arrived, I tried to seem very calm and did my best to do my job.

Sometimes it happens that the photographer assistant can’t come, so I need to hold a reflector or help the bride with the dress.  

For this kind of job, you must be very flexible person and a real professional in make up and hairstyling, but you must also be able to adapt to any other situation.

You must be able to be a part of a team that works towards the best results!

Do you need a make up artist? Feel free to contact me for rates and further information.

Very often, when the dress is very complicated and has a lot of buttons, the parents of the bride get into panic: so guess who is there to help her? Surely, it’s a make up artist! After so many dresses that I helped with, I could even sell them.

Sometimes there are problems with a translator, so they tell you one day before that during the official ceremony you need to translate. Thanks God, I studied languages at the university!