Monday, May 12th, 2008

Temptalia Asks You


Would you like to become a makeup artist? Often beauty addicts also have desires to be a makeup artist, but what about you? Do you love makeup on its own, or do you want to make something of your passion? Is there something you want to do career wise that’s makeup-related?

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67 thoughts on “Temptalia Asks You – Would you like to become a makeup artist?

  1. Amy

    Yes, yes, and yes! I went to beauty school and unfortunately got little to no make-up education. I like doing hair, but I’d rather do make-up by 100%!

  2. Silk

    Because of my addiction to makeup, I became a licensed makeup artist about 6 months ago.

  3. viv

    ooo… I definitely have thought about becoming one… but for uni/college, I’ve kind of already made up my mind about art and design. So maybe not anytime soon, but the thought of being a MUA has definitely crossed my mind, and the career is so exciting (though slightly unstable if there are no jobs). Maybe later on when I’m in uni… do some free lancing perhaps :)

  4. tinky

    I am one!! I went to school and got my Certificate, but starting your own business is tough, but I’m working on it!

  5. Nicemeka

    Yes, very excited of being a makeup artist. I had just finished a course at BCI in D.C. and now just wanted to receive my license in the mail. But I really would like to do it part-time.

  6. Tracy

    Oh yes, this has been something I’ve wanted to do since I was about 10-11! I just realized one of my neighbor’s sister is like the manager of my entire region for Laura Mercier, so hopefully she can get me in somewhere! If not, no biggie, because it’s definitely one of my life’s ambitions aside from my criminology degree so I’ll do it some how. It would be a nice side job if anything! :)

  7. Vanessa

    I have been thinking about it since my addiction to MAC started. I think I would really enjoy it, but I think the fun-ness would wear off after awhile.

  8. Sharonda.

    I do!I’m actually going to take a class in stage makeup and get a job at Ulta.But I look at it not just a job, but a passion that I’ve grown to love.

  9. Ashley

    I’ve considered doing some of the research involved in cosmetics, working new ingredients, formulas etc. but I think I’ll still be applying to Veterinary College!

  10. I thought about it for a while. But…I don’t like working with customers.

    Writing is for me.

  11. AmyLou

    Oh definitely! I don’t know if I’d really want to go to school for it—I’d rather just find myself a job at a counter, that’d be enough for me.

    The only problem is that I’m a HUGE people-pleaser and I’d feel so bad if the person didn’t like the look I did for them.

    In college, I did a friend’s makeup a couple times for a different look for her. I also like to do my mom’s and sister’s. My mom and I have similar coloring so it’s super easy. My sister is Koren, so that presents more of a challenege for me!!

    But I definitely like it!

    • Hey AmyLou! You know, most people probably won’t say anything if they didn’t like the look, lol. But at least you’re aiming to please, rather than just getting the job done!

  12. HeavenLeiBlu

    Sure! than I’d have an excuse ( and a tax write off, LOL) for all the makeup I buy. I hardly ever do a full face for myself, but I find myself on this site and other beauty sites drooling, and all excited talking makeup with my friends who are MA or just laypeople like I am. I realized this weekend that it’s a career change I out to look into; I found myself in Sephora, at the MAC counter, and in the drugstore choosing and buying makeup for family members and friends, and beating faces in the freaking parking lot before my cousin’s graduation on Saturday. My train case put in some serious work over the course of the weekend, LMAO. They all looked pretty fierce, if I say so myself!

  13. taj

    Since I already have a steady job, doing makeup would only be my favourite pastime. I am glad people would come around and ask me about makeup, not to mention people in my working place start to pay more attention to their looks since I come to work with them :)

  14. PorclainPirate

    Even though I’tend to go for more ‘academic’ type jobs, I’d definitely consider make-up artistry, and I’ve actually applied to work at a couple of make-up counters in my time.
    I think for me, the ultimate make-up related job would be to do make-up for theatre! I’ve always loved being involved with stage productions, and back when I was a performer, I was often roped in to do make-up for the rest of the cast!

  15. Well it’s only ever been a fleeting thought and I could never do it as a proper job. I love make up but could never imagine myself standing at a counter all day. I love clothes and have worked in retail, and I know that I would be so broke if I did work at somewhere like MAC! Working in retail just makes you buy more! I like shopping for make up and it’s turned out as a bit of a hobby and I want to keep it that way! I know that it’s not the right job for me anyway!

  16. Ashlee

    I would love to be a MuA. But there aren’t any schools close and when I apply makeup on other people I shake, really bad. Shadow I can do fine but when I put on liner or mascara I shake. So I guess I’ll stick to going to school to be a pre-school teacher.

  17. I have a serious desire to become a makeup artist! :)

  18. Sanayhs

    I’d not mind being freelance, if only for the industry discounts. :P I wouldn’t want to be full time, though, by any means.

  19. No, I am happy with playing with make up on my own.

  20. Ashley

    I don’t really want to be a makeup artist, but I want to be able to do other people’s makeup. I just got into makeup, so I still need LOTS of practice, but next year I’m going to do prom makeup for FREE to get some practice.

  21. Kell

    Yes, I have, and I know I will always have the art of makeup somewhere in my life. I love doing makeup for others, as art (in all forms, fine art) has always been a huge part of me/my life.. & what’s better than doing art on your face? :)

  22. traca

    i want to go to school desperately, but there arent any near me. i’d love to be a make up artist. when i was younger i wanted to be a cosmetolegist, but my mother told me i was too smart for that. I listened and went on to a career path that is more streamlined, but im BOREEEEEEEEEDDDDDDDDDDD. Im almost 30 and think its time to find something i enjoy

  23. lala

    I wish to be a make-up artist…I love making people smile about themselves…like, “wow!… that’s me?”

  24. Erin

    As a filmmaker, I hope dearly that I find work that is fulfilling within the production/writing/editing realm. However, knowing that sometimes work doing exactly what you want to do is an unrealistic expectation in this field, I figure it’d be better to be a makeup artist on the set than not on the set at all. So yes, I’ve been looking into it but I doubt I’d actually go to school for it or anything.

  25. Chloe

    It’s funny you mention this topic because that’s what I’ve been debating with for a while. I had the opportunity to work at Sephora and I loved being around makeup all day. There’s so much to learn when you’re around other makeup addicts. Anyway, this past weekend I walked into one of my favorite MAC stores and this very nice MUA told me that I should definitely apply. I practically know everyone there by name and they know me. It would be my dream to turn my passion into a career but I sometimes feel a little intimidated by MAC MUAs. What do you ladies think? Most of the time I think I can do it except the competition out there sometimes makes me feel that I still need more experience…

  26. Avatar of Quynh Ruby

    I want to but I feel that I don’t have enough imagination to be one…so maybe a freelancer!

  27. Jennifer

    I would LOVE to become a make-up artist. It’s weird because I’m a nurse and it is a total career change but ever since I discovered Christines site a year ago I instantly was hooked to you tube tutorials and beauty blogs (especially this one!)and I have become pretty creative, I love when my patients tell me I have “FUN” or “WILD” make-up or when the kids ask how i do it, my co workers tell me the like the blues and purples better then any other colors. They usually tell me to apply for a job for MAC. I don’t know the first thing about becoming a make-up artist or being licensed. but would love it…..Jersey is funny that way…

  28. Karen

    I have been interested in being a makeup artist since 15. I actually went to a beauty school for a summer crash course and realized I didn’t like the “formal makeup education”. I also realize being a makeup artist is more about making connections than having solid techniques. Now I am going into grad school in Accounting and have kind of made up my mind of being an accountant. I still love having makeup as a hobby. I am also thinking of being a part-time bridal/prom kind of makeup artist if I have time. Relying on your hobby to make ends meet sometimes just kill the fun of it.

  29. My dream job most definitely. I am currently doing a part-time make up course (as I work full time) and eventually I would love to work for MAC. The SAs at my counter said they would put in a good word to head office for me if they ever had any positions available :D

  30. Leanne

    I have also DREAMT of being a makeup artist, but have yet to pursue it. Now that I have a BA, I’m ready to start a new direction.

    Are there any makeup artists reading this out there that have tips/stories/warnings about your experiences?

  31. tricia c

    i thought about it a while ago and actually checked out a couple schools online to get more information, but i not really invest the time to actually apply. i would love to attend beauty school to actually learn the entire process in depth so i can complete my circle. see i earned my degree in fashion merchandising, and i already know how to do hair. i can handle myself with makeup, but is the least skilled in that dept. that way i can be thrown into any situation and would get the job done.

  32. vbie3714

    I would love to be a M/U artist. I just don’t know where to start! haha.