Frequently Asked Questions

What type of license will I earn?

In accordance with the State Laws of New Jersey, Makeup Artistry by itself is not a licensed profession. Generally, Makeup Artists working in the fashion and entertainment industries are Freelance Makeup Artists. In New Jersey, the practice of cosmetic enhancement falls under the umbrella of Cosmetology and Esthetics, however, salons and department stores may employ Makeup Artists without a Cosmetology and/or Esthetics License to apply makeup applications for retail promotion and product demonstration purposes only. Applying makeup in a salon for cosmetic or beauty enhancement without the intent of retail purchase or promotion would require a Cosmetology or Esthetics License. For information on Cosmetology or Esthetics classes, visit Robert Fiance Beauty Schools. Scholarships are available to Makeup students and graduates who wish to pursue a licensed profession in the Beauty Industry.

What types of jobs are available for Makeup-Artists?

Make-up artists are specialists in the art of cosmetic beauty. They become experts in the latest beauty products and use them to dramatically improve their clients' natural appearance. Their job is to help people look and feel glamorous, which in turn can help build their clients’ self-esteem and help provide the “perfect” look for a daytime or evening event.

As stated above, many states do not recognize Makeup Artistry as a separate licensed profession, therefore many professional make-up artists are also Cosmetologists, Hairstylists or Estheticians that work in salons and spas. In addition to providing other beauty services such as facials, hairstyling, or nails, they offer makeovers and special occasion make-up. They may do makeovers at a retail counter and make most of their money on product sales commissions.

Professional make-up artists may also work for magazines, modeling agencies and runway shows. Individuals with a true passion for make-up artistry may do make-up and prosthetics for theatrical, film and television productions. In this highly competitive, but exciting career, you can be part of the magic of show business. If you're extremely good and work in the right environment, you might even earn an Academy Award!

The career of a make-up artist working in the fashion and entertainment industry is very fast-paced and exciting. Many make-up artists trained in all areas of make-up including beauty and special fx start on independent films while developing their portfolio and resources. It will take a lot of hard work, time, and sacrifices to become a Creative Director for a film or production, but it is well worth it. Creative Directors of Hair & Makeup work with producers and directors to create their visions for the screen and stage. Then you recruit and/or direct a team of artists and stylists to execute the looks according to the scripts. Getting to this level may take many years, but Creative Directors can make well over $100,000 a year depending what area of the entertainment industry your involved with. Imagine going on tour with your favorite musician being in charge of designing the set hair & makeup?!

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What are the qualities of a successful Makeup-Up Artist?

Up-to-the-minute knowledge of fashion and beauty trends.
Willingness to work evenings, weekends and long hours.
A steady hand, excellent motor skills, an eye for symmetry and close attention to detail.
Excellent communication, people, and leadership skills.  
High standards of cleanliness and sanitation.
Sales-oriented and business-savvy.


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What is the Career Outlook?

With the growth of day spa culture and the continuing demand for high quality salon services, there is no shortage of opportunity for a talented make-up artist. There will always be a demand for professional make-up application for weddings, proms and other special occasions. And with the popularity of shows like "Extreme Makeover" and "Look-A-Like," there is also an increasing interest in makeover services to help people look their best every day.

A career as a make-up artist in the entertainment world, while exciting and rewarding, requires persistence and patience. Top make-up artists are paid extremely well. If you have talent and passion, this exciting career may be worth it. True makeup artists are just that, artists. The face is a canvas, and like any great artist, we have the ability and creativity to use our hands to bring our imagination to life. Just like writers use pens and hairdressers use shears, makeup artists use a brush.

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What is the difference between a Certified and a Non-Certified Makeup Artist?

A Certified Makeup Artist is a business-minded, highly trained professional who knows how to take their passion for creativity and beauty and apply it to establishing a reputation and a career at being good at their favorite hobby. Non-certified makeup artists are self-taught and may be able to perform some techniques, but may not know how to properly respond to clients with abnormal skin, how to correctly touch and direct a client during application, or how to accurately blend different makeup, colors, and techniques to create a true masterpiece. Certified MUA's understand that they are business people. They learn the tools of the trade, the right way to build a successful portfolio, and how to successfully launch a professional full-time career in the fashion and entertainment industries. Certified MUA's are highly respected for their education and training; in fact, if you research the careers of many artists who work in film, fashion, and editorial, you will find that almost all received some form of formal education in their area of speciality.

Earning your Certification as a Professional Makeup Artist will jumpstart your career and provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to survive what we call the Lipstick Jungle.

Consider this, Marlon Brando & Marilyn Monroe both went to film school.

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I have a Cosmetology License, why do I need a Certificate in Makeup?

Most cosmetology schools such as Robert Fiance Beauty Schools, include basic training in makeup as part of their complete Cosmetology & Hairstyling program. This training is often combined with Skin Care into 100 hours or less to offer a fundamental introduction and practical instruction on the subject. The Cosmetology program offered at most Accredited Beauty Schools primarily focuses on the subjects of Hairstyling and is intended to prepare students for jobs in the Beauty Industry that most often relate to the practice of haircutting, coloring, styling, and barbering. Since Makeup Artistry falls under the career categories of Cosmetology, a Licensed Cosmetologist is certainly qualified to perform most makeup services; however, they may not be as experienced or capable of fulfilling the job requirements found in the more specialized and advanced fields of the Makeup Industry or those relating to the duties of a Freelance Makeup Artist who may work in film, stage, runway, print, and editorial styles of makeup application.

Advancing your Cosmetology or Esthetics career with a Certification of Makeup Artistry, will open the door to new opportunities and venues you may not have had previous exposure to. Having a strong, reputable education in Hair, Esthetics & Makeup, will help boost your career to the next level and give you the advantage of offering clients and employers the complete package. One less person to hire for them and a bigger cut for you.

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