3 Ways to Make Money as a Makeup Artist

If you have a passion for beauty, you might not be aware that you can make money as a professional makeup artist. The beauty industry is extremely profitable, and once becoming a makeup artist you will be able to advance in your career as there are many opportunities and positions that fall under the umbrella term of “makeup artistry.” Since this is a position that initially relies on freelance work, it can be difficult to get started and find the motivation to build a career. If you are interested in making money as a makeup artist, here are a few ways you can get started. 


Special Events Makeup 

If you are known for your talents and skills when it comes to applying makeup, it’s likely that some friends or family have asked you to do their makeup before for fun or even ahead of a special event. Why not make money from this? Offering your services for occasions like proms or weddings is a great place to start in the makeup industry, as these are events for which people will need makeup done anyway. The amount you can charge for your services should depend on the occasion, the number of people you are servicing, and the amount of product you need to purchase. 


Online Makeup Artistry

Makeup is one of the most popular topics on the internet today, with billions of social media users watching tutorials and product reviews and following their favorite artists. A great way to grow a following while practicing makeup on yourself is by filming online tutorials for sites like YouTube and TikTok. Not only will you get paid through views, but if you can grow a large enough following, brands will likely reach out to sponsor a video or send you free products. 



Another great way to make money is by offering your expertise to clients who book consultations. These sessions can cover makeup, as well as skincare, or what all-around beauty tips you have for improving certain issues or insecurities that a client might have. You can use the consultation to recommend foundations that are right for a client’s skin tone or recommend outside services like microneedling from The Institute of Natural Health to correct undereye wrinkles or circles that might be too severe to be hidden with makeup. 

These are just 3 of the many ways that you can make money as a makeup artist. As with any industry, there are opportunities for growth in the field of makeup artistry, and you can use these 3 ideas to get started.