How to Start a Makeup Artist Business

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Doing makeup for commercial enterprises or for large groups will account for most of your income.
Doing makeup for commercial enterprises or for large groups will account for most of your income. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

A makeup artist business can be started with an initial capital investment of $500 to $1,500. The yearly potential income typically ranges from $20,000 to $40,000. Makeup artists generally charge $25 to $100 per hour. Providing one-on-one services will not produce significant income. Makeup artist businesses generate more revenue by providing services to groups. Providing your services to funeral homes, beauty salons and weddings will allow you to quickly create a clientele.

Train for a career in makeup artistry. Contact local community colleges and inquire about the availability of appropriate courses. Apply for a job in a department store. Working at a cosmetics counter will allow you to apply customers' makeup.

Gain knowledge. Whether you attend formal classes or choose to partake in on-the-job training, read books that further expand your knowledge so that your makeup artist business will make money. Learn about skin types and problems. Study facial structure. Additional knowledge will allow you to provide outstanding customer service.

Match products to clients' needs. Purchase products that complement customers. Do not simply use products because you have them available. Learn about various product lines. Select products with particular clients in mind. Give clients makeup tips that apply to their specific needs

Produce professional results. Schedule events carefully. Do not attempt to apply makeup quickly.

Create a portfolio of your work. This can be in the form of a traditional photo book and/or a website. Ask clients to pose for pictures. Have clients sign a photo release form. This will allow you to create a website as well as promotional literature that depicts your skills.

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