Do you love making people look great? Do you dream of working in the glamorous television and movie industries with well-known personalities? Are you interested in helping people with cancer and other serious illnesses look and feel better about themselves?
All of these goals are possible for individuals with careers as make-up artists, a branch of cosmetology that specializes in the application and teaching of the application of cosmetic products. Maybe you have always loved make-up and would like to turn your passion into a lucrative career. If so, a career as a make-up artist in the state of Alaska may be a good choice for you!
In Alaska, makeup artists must go through the process of obtaining an estheticians license to work at salons in this state. Once you complete the 350 hour training requirements, and pass the exams, you will receive your license.
Request information from the beauty schools in your area of Alaska to learn more about makeup artist programs available to students like you. Our goal is to show you all your options so you can make the best decision! If you wish to be able to apply permanent cosmetics (such as permanent eyeliner or lip liner), you will need to be licensed by the Alaska Board of Barbers and Hairdressers. If you do not plan on applying permanent cosmetics, but plan to apply only temporary cosmetics, you do not need to be licensed. All of the beauty/cosmetology schools in the state of Alaska offer training programs for make-up artists. Coursework will teach you about film and television makeup, bridal makeup, body art, fashion makeup, marketing yourself as a makeup artist, and photo shoot makeup, among others. Most curricula can be completed in the course of several months, providing you with a marketable skill you can rely on for your entire career!
In Alaska, you will have to renew your estheticians license by August 31st in odd-numbered years. The cost is currently $140. We also recommend looking for schools that offer makeup specific programs you can add to your training.
The need for qualified individuals who apply makeup and teach makeup application to others in a salon or spa setting is expected to grow at a decent rate of between 8% and 14% between 2012 and 2022. Based on the salary of cosmetologists in general, makeup artists in the state of Alaska can expect to earn a median salary of $25, 800 a year. It is fairly common for makeup artists to open up their own small business, rent salon space, or do at-home client appointments. Theatrical and performance makeup artists, who apply makeup for film, stage, and television, are a particular subgroup of makeup artists with special, very marketable (in some areas) skills. In the state of Alaska, there would be a market for stage and television makeup artists in the major cities, and, to a lesser extent, for the film industry. According to O*Net, the median salary for theatrical and performance makeup artists in the United States is about $47,500, considerably higher than for general makeup artists. Possibly somewhere in between is the makeup artist who specializes in bridal party makeup applications and photo shoots.
The field of makeup artistry is really quite varied, and offers many options for working the way you want to work. It is possible to work either part or full time in this field, and to have considerable scheduling flexibility, making it an ideal career for someone with family or other obligations. Of course, your hours may depend largely upon your clients needs, so weekend and evening hours are practically a given. One successful group of makeup artists in Alaska is a group known as the Alaska Makeup Team. The makeup artists in this business do a variety of different types of makeup applications for all different needs, including special occasions, like weddings, photo shoots, commercials, print ads, and film, among others. Their flexibility in meeting diverse client needs and interests, as well as their high-quality products and services, has been a big part of their ongoing success. Take a few moments to request more information about makeup artist programs in Alaska!
Alaska Board of Barbers and Hairdressers
P.O. Box 110806
Juneau, AK 99811-0806
333 Willoughby Avenue, 9th Floor
Juneau, AK 99801-1770
Phone Number: 907-465-2547
Fax Number: 907-456-2974
E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Alaska Division of Occupational Licensing can help you with additional questions about obtaining an Alaska cosmetology license.