Makeup artistry is actually an extremely varied and flexible profession. You can apply makeup on customers in department stores, spas or beauty salons. You can teach people the best ways to apply makeup to flatter their features, consulting on colors and pigments as well as specific products. You can apply makeup to television personalities and guests, or for stage or film performances, requiring a very particular set of skills to create certain looks and effects that cosmetics can do so realistically or so dramatically. You may want to specialize in applying making for special occasions weddings, photo shoots, and fashion runway events, where the designer wants to create a certain, dramatic effect that compliments his or her fashion vision.
You can also help people who have been cosmetically compromised by illness, injury, accidents of birth, or the results of medical treatments, making a difference in how they look, feel, and feel about themselves. Makeup is an area within the beauty industry that takes less time in formal study than other specialties, so it is a way to enter the field relatively quickly. It does take an artistic eye, an excellent color sense, and a steady hand, but if these possibilities are appealing to you, then a career as a makeup artist in Maryland could be the perfect career choice for you!
Makeup artists who practice in Maryland are not required to possess a license. However, many spas, salons and clients will want to see evidence that you have attended an accredited program where you have been trained in all aspects of the craft.
Makeup artistry is a specialty taught in schools of cosmetology, hair styling, and hair dressing, which are plentiful throughout the state. Some vocational high schools also teach makeup artistry, as do some community colleges. Your program will teach you all about normal skin and skin diseases and conditions. It will train you in color and pigment selection for different hair, eye, and skin colors. Of course, you will learn to use the tools of the trade and the many products and pigments available. Youll learn about specialty applications such as makeup for weddings, photo shoots, and fashion shoots. Your program may teach you about specialty make up for film, stage, and television. Possibly youll learn about restorative techniques. You will learn about sanitation and sterilization regulations applicable in Maryland, as well as aspects of relating to and retaining clients, and marketing your services. Most programs last between six and twelve months, but they may be shorter.
In Maryland, you can either choose cosmetology or esthetician training to become a makeup artist practitioner. If you want to open your own salon one day, and offer hair and nail services, then check out cosmetology programs. If you just want to work on facial and skin care, then focus on esthetician training. No matter which direction you choose, youll need to pay attention to the renewal process. Both of these licenses need to be renewed every two years before the expiration date for a $25 fee.
The average yearly salary for makeup artists in Maryland in 2013 was $25,400, somewhat above the national median. Of course, the type of makeup you apply (e.g. makeup for everyday use versus for television, for example) and the setting in which you apply ( e.g department store versus fashion shoot) it will cause your salary to vary. It will also depend upon how much experience you have and whether you have a client following who return to you regularly. The field is expected to grow between 8% and 14% from 2010 to 2022, meaning jobs in the field should be available for recent graduates and others.
Most recent graduates of makeup programs work in department stores, spas, or beauty salons. Those are good places to begin to develop a reputation as a talented makeup artist and to start to build a loyal customer base. In department stores, you will be expected to sell cosmetics, often a particular brand, and in fact that company may offer you training in their particular product line. In spas and salons you may finish a clients look after they have had other beauty treatments such as facials or massages. In all settings, you may instruct clients in application techniques. If you do makeup for special occasions, or for television or stages, chances are you will have to travel to location. You will work one-on-one with individuals, usually although not always by appointment. You will probably have to work some evening and weekend hours although you should have some control over your schedule. It is possible to work either full or part time. In between clients you will need to sanitize and freshen your work area to make it fresh and inviting for the next client.
Maryland Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing
500 N. Calvert Street, Room 201
Baltimore, MD 21202-3651
Phone Number: 410-230-6320
E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can contact the board if you have additional questions about obtaining a Maryland state cosmetology license.