From the cool dominance of the Cowboys’ navy and gray-green uniforms to the vivid pinks and reds of a young Hispanic girl’s quinceañera, Dallas has it own unique color palette. If you memorize color combinations and reinterpret them in makeup, you’re a great candidate for a career in makeup artistry. If you like the idea of attending classes but aren’t sure how to become a makeup artist, we’ve compiled some helpful information to get your search started.
Finding the right Makeup Artist School
Considering Dallas-Fort Worth is now home to 7.1 million residents, it’s easy to lose track of what’s located where (Wikipedia, 2017). To speed up your makeup school search, we’ve compiled a list of area schools below. Request information from those that interest you, and their brochures will answer general questions like “Is there a makeup school near me?” For more specific questions, we recommend scheduling makeup school campus tours of your top two or three institutions.
During each school visit, be respectful of your visitor status, but don’t hesitate to ask questions. You’ll witness firsthand factors such as faculty-student interaction, teaching methods, hands-on opportunities and overall learning environment. Everyone’s learning style is different, so by adding your observations to your overall decision process, you’re more likely to choose the school you’re most comfortable in. Ask any makeup artist who’s earned their license. They’ll probably tell you their school -- and what they learned there -- played a big role in their success.
Becoming a Makeup Artist in Dallas
Once you’ve selected a Dallas makeup school and completed your program, look out Texas! Professional makeup artists are synonymous with fashion, beauty, and style. They’re also integral in creating reconstructive looks for accident victims and cancer survivors. And while it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, makeup artists occupy an important niche in the funeral industry, where they prepare people for their final viewing by friends and loved ones. Depending on where you work, your average Dallas-area annual wage for creating amazing looks through makeup will be around $47,340 (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2017).
For a closer look at Dallas makeup artistry opportunities, explore these local businesses:
If you’re ever wandering around the city in your free time looking for new muses, don’t forget about the Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in East Dallas. It’s a safe bet there’s always something new and different in Central Dallas’ Arts District. And don’t overlook the cultural vibrancy of Southern Dallas. The more you soak in your city’s influences, the better your artistry will reflect them. Combine those nuances with the skills you acquire in makeup school, and you’ll be instrumental in creating the looks that retain Dallas’ glamorous, sophisticated edge.