Richland, Washington, US
Hey there -- obviously I'm a photographer, that's what I do, but I would really like to learn more about makeup. Right now it'll help because I don't really have the money to pay a MUA, and maybe later on if I do have the money, it will be nice to be able to conceptualize and communicate a little more effectively.
So my question is; buy a kit and learn it myself or go to cosmetology school? I know there are just makeup courses available but none in my area (I live kind of in the middle of nowhere) so that isn't an option. It seems that cosmetology school would be more inclusive but I'm not sure I want to put out that much money for something maybe geared towards salon careers, since that isn't my focus. I'm a very DIY type of person anyway, I taught myself photography, so buying a kit has appeal, but I can't seem to find a good-quality, all-inclusive kit, if one even exists.
I do have some experience with makeup but not with being a makeup artist, so I apologize if I'm making some naive assumptions here. Enlightening would be helpful thank you so much for any advice.
Sep 16 13 09:13 pm Link
Los Angeles, California, US
Cosmetology school will prepare you to cut and color hair in a salon setting. It will not help you apply makeup one jot; they only spend a few weeks on it and it does not prepare you to do makeup professionally at all.
The best inclusive kits I've seen are offered by Camera Ready Cosmetics. I would strongly suggest hiring a local artist to teach you the basics, but you may not like the results. It takes years to learn this stuff.
Sep 16 13 11:00 pm Link
Ocala, Florida, US
I agree with her ^^^ I go to cosmetology school and They don't teach anything about makeup , but that's ok bc I'm already skilled with makeup , there main focus is hair..also there's a lot of beginner makeup artist that will trade for prints..maybe that's an option
Sep 17 13 04:45 am Link
Grand Rapids, Michigan, US
You'll be better off spending the money to get a good makeup artist to teach you the tricks, maybe on-set, as opposed to going to a cosmetology school.
Sep 17 13 07:29 am Link
Los Angeles, California, US
Makeup by Dani B wrote:
I agree. Cosmetology school does not teach makeup. There are schools in California and Canada that are strictly makeup schools (Some are great and some are not worth it). The Camera Ready cosmetics kits are the best for starting out both in quality and pricing.
Sep 17 13 07:32 am Link
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US
Cosmetology schools these days are so expensive. If you don't have the money to hire a makeup artist how can you afford school? And like everyone said it doesn't teach you enough makeup to help you for shooting. If you can't find someone in your area to hire for an intense workshop, you may consider traveling outside your area for a workshop. You'll pay a fraction of the cost of beauty school, learn exactly what you want and need, and get a tax right off. Maybe even get a little vacation at the same time! R-
Sep 17 13 08:04 am Link
Atlanta, Georgia, US
find an inexpensive, yet reputable Makeup Academy. It will give you formal training on hygiene, color theory, and basic makeup application. It will cost much less than cosmetology school, and will actually teach you makeup. - alternately, if you are looking for a license... you can look into an Esthetician's Licensing program. (which teaches advanced skincare, and makeup application) hope this helps some.
Boy Does Makeup
Sep 18 13 12:11 pm Link
Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
I did a full-course professional make-up, special FX and hair-styling....have even worked as a professional, but biggest reason was to have a backup, and to communicate better with my creative team
Just have to be careful that my make-up-kit doesn't get more expensive than my camera bags...
Sep 18 13 04:00 pm Link