Makeup artistry is a career with a good deal of variability. You may work in a spa or salon setting, performing the finishing touches after a day of treatments and rejuvenation procedures. You may offer your services for special occasions and events, such as weddings, photo and fashion shoots.
Or, you may specialize in applying makeup for the theater, film, or television, in which case your skills are used to create a particular image or role for a certain character, or to make a television personality look his or her best on air. Some makeup artists specialize in the cosmetic normalization of appearance following illness, injury, or surgery.
The state of Idaho requires that makeup artists be licensed in order to practice. Students must attend school at an accredited institution for a minimum of 140 days of instruction. You must be at least sixteen and a half years of age, and have completed the tenth grade of high school. The state licensing exam consists of two parts, a theoretical or written part, and a practical, skills part. Once you pass these and pay the requisite fee, you will be issued your license.
Makeup artistry is typically taught in schools of cosmetology, and there are several in the state of Idaho. In school, you will learn about anatomy and physiology of skin and hair, and about enhancing facial shape and facial features using cosmetic pigments and techniques. You will learn about beauty makeup, fashion makeup, and character makeup. You will learn all about cosmetic pigments and colors, and the techniques and tools used for applying them. You will learn specialized makeup techniques such as air brushing, as well as makeup for the full range of situations in which makeup artistry skills are called for. You will also be taught about sterilization and sanitation procedures, and about state laws governing these procedures.
In Idaho, there is a path towards a career as a professional makeup artist that includes esthetician or cosmetology licensure. You can view the fees for renewal here they are both $10 annually by the expiration date. We recommend taking the esthetician license route, since that area of beauty is more directly related to makeup. In fact, you may realize that facials, and the science of skincare is a passion of yours as well. Cosmetology programs can also be good if you would like to expand your skills to hair and nails.
Specialty makeup artists who apply makeup for stage, film, and television, earned a median salary of $47,200 across the United States in 2013, the most recent year for which there are data available, according to O*Net. Makeup artists working in more typical settings such as department stores, spas, and salons probably earn a somewhat lower salary on average, although this is influenced by a number of factors including length of experience, reputation, and the fees charged by the spa or salon. Career outlook for makeup artists is good, meaning that recent graduates can expect to find employment in the field without much difficulty.
There are many different directions in which you can take your career as a makeup artist. Perhaps most people start out by working at a salon, spa, or department store, creating makeup looks for clients who wish to freshen their look or desire a total makeover. If you are a makeup artist at a department store, you may be expected to sell cosmetics from a particular line as well as demonstrate what items from that line can do to improve a customers appearance. You may do makeup for entire bridal parties, or create runway looks or looks for fashion and photo shoots. These would be performed on location, and you would need to travel with your tools to provide the makeup services. If you apply makeup for stage, film, or television, you will also need to travel so that you can perform your services before your client goes on set. You may decide to specialize in applying makeup to patients whose appearance requires special attention because of illness, injury, or surgery. Your hours will vary depending upon the types of services you perform. You may work early in the morning, or during evenings and weekends. You will need to have considerable scheduling flexibility and be available to your customers when and where they need you. Still, you should be able to at least somewhat control your hours and make your work fit in around other aspects of your life. You should be able to work either full or part time, as you prefer. Makeup artistry is a people-pleasing profession in which your goal is to leave people looking and feeling better about themselves than when they came in. To do well in this profession, you should genuinely enjoy being around people, have an artistic eye and a good color sense, be steady with your hands, and love making people both look and feel their best. If this describes you, then a career as a makeup artist in Idaho may be a great career option for you!
Idaho Board of Cosmetology - Bureau of Occupational Licenses
700 West State Street
Boise, ID 83702
Phone Number: 208-334-3233
Fax Number: 208-334-3945
E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Idaho State Board of Cosmetology can help you with replacing a lost cosmetology license, updating change of name or change of address information, and can answer additional questions about obtaining an Idaho state cosmetology license.