I get asked all the time about the best way to become a professional makeup artist.  I am here to answer all of these questions for you!  It’s so hard to decide the right path to take when you are doing your research…  I’ve broken it down for you in a few easy steps.

Melissa McNamara Makeup School

Do I need to pay thousands of dollars to attend a big school?

It depends on what your goal is.  If you want to enroll in a full time, long term commitment education, then this might be the right choice for you.  I always say that for some students, this is a good choice.  If you are looking to hang out with a lot of students, work on projects in a school setting, and take your time to learn, and money isn’t a roadblock, consider this option.

If you are on a budget, and want to get working immediately, there are other options.  This is why I created a short term, focused program for those students that want to learn while doing from a working professional.  Learn more about my makeup artistry training.

What should I look for when choosing a school?

Beautiful Outlook Makeup Training

#1  Are your instructors ACTIVELY working in the industry?

This is KEY to your education.  I happen to know of some instructors that have been teaching the SAME curriculum for 20+ years!!  Plus, they haven’t worked in the industry for just as long!  Products, social media,  job booking, techniques…  These things are changing all the time, and you need to be instructed by someone that can really teach you the “ins and outs” of the industry.

#2 Get references from ACTUAL students.

Ask the school for references from students, but more importantly, do some research online.  Look on google, yelp, etc. to see what people are saying.  I found an extremely helpful blog that talks all about the different options where actual students weigh in on the pros and cons of each option.  Click here to learn more.

#3 Make sure you’re not being conned into buying a kit with crappy makeup.

Sorry, but it’s true.  So many schools REQUIRE that you spend an exorbitant amount on a kit full of makeup that they make money on.  NOT NECESSARY!  You can get a kit with all you need to get started for under $300!!  Don’t be fooled by imitations, they just want to make money off of you!

Do I need a cosmetology license?

Not if you plan on working in film, print, runway, photography, tv, retail or weddings.  The only time you need a license is if you want to work in a salon or spa environment.  In fact, I have a lot of students that attend my training that are in aestheticians school, because they inadequate makeup training!!

Contact me if you want more information regarding my makeup school.  Most of my students are assisting me on the job and working within 2 weeks.  If this sounds like something you want to do, I’d love to meet you!