A career in beauty is increasingly attractive as it offers variety and is rewarding and a fulfilling way of earning a living. As a professional makeup artist your job is to fulfill a creative requirement. In a rapidly changing world in which computers are replacing people in so many areas of work we know for sure that no machine can ever replace the makeup & hair artist.
Frequently asked questions
WHEN WAS THE SCHOOL FOUNDED?
Sisters Alex Ruiz and Julisa Duran founded My Beauty Mark Cosmetics in 2008 shortly after they started My Beauty Mark Makeup Academy in 2011. Both Alex and Julisa were working makeup artist prior to starting My Beauty Mark. After years in the makeup industry they were offered a position as Makeup Educators. They took on the position and not only started educating but came up with a custom curriculum in which they both took part in creating. They were educators for 3 years before they decided to branch out and open up My Beauty Mark Makeup Academy of their own. They wanted full control over the environment, education and experience of their students.
WHO ARE SOME OF THE INSTRUCTORS AT MY BEAUTY MARK?
Lorena Gonzalez @_divamaker
Gilbert Estrada @makeupbygilly
Adilene Ruesga @adilenexoxo
Emma Sandoval @ema_maya
Yenny Figueroa @yennyy.yenn
Jessica Gomez Updo @beautify_by_jmarie
Monique Valadez Updo @hmua_m.v
WHAT TYPE OF WORK DOES A MAKEUP ARTIST DO?
The great benefit about a career in the makeup industry is that work can be very diverse – some of the areas you can work in are – weddings, formals, special occasions, film, television, fashion, photography, theatre, stage productions, makeup for advertising, catwalk, fantasy makeup, body painting, special effects makeup, talent to camera, feature films, video clips, musical productions, magazines, and makeup for television commercials.
HOW DO I CHOOSE A SCHOOL TO BECOME A MAKEUP ARTIST?
Start by studying with a professional makeup school. Ensure the trainers are currently working in the makeup industry and have extensive experience with an up to date portfolio that you can view. Ask to see their latest freelance work and ask who will be training you throughout all modules of your class. Ask to meet the trainers who will be teaching you and get a feel for their experience and knowledge of the industry.
WHAT SUBJECTS SHOULD I REVIEW AT SCHOOL TO HELP ME PREPARE FOR THE MAKEUP INDUSTRY?
Concentrate on creative subjects such as art, design, drama, dance and photography. You will also need great communication skills, marketing, business management and English.
WHAT ELSE CAN I DO TO ADVANCE MY MAKEUP SKILLS?
Try and obtain a part time job in the cosmetic industry or retail fashion industry. Also consider hairstyling and beauty therapy as a sideline. Knowing how to cut and color hair is an advantage for film and international work. Learning about fashion is helpful for those wishing to pursue the photographic makeup jobs. Practice your drawing and painting skills. Be sure to take the hairstyling course as it is easier to build clientale and get hired when you have both skills and certifications.
WHERE SHOULD I GO FOR ADVICE?
Make an appointment at My Beauty Mark Makeup Academy to discuss any questions you may have and we will help you plan your career. Speak to other professional makeup artists who are currently working in the industry for advice.
HOW DOES A MAKEUP ARTIST GET WORK?
A makeup artist would either work for a company or as a freelancer. They are also responsible for promoting themselves and marketing their skills. There are agencies for creative talent as well, who put makeup artists on their books and find work for them.
DO I NEED TO FINISH HIGH SCHOOL?
While a high school diploma or completion is not a requirement, we do recommend you finish your high school studies and major in artistic subjects. Start to concentrate on skills in the drawing and painting department.
WHAT DOES A MAKEUP ARTIST EARN?
A freelance makeup artist will develop their own pricing but you can expect to earn approximately between $60.00 – $200.00 per makeup application or you would work on a full day or half day rate. Each specialized facet of the industry has its own pricing structure. The quality of your work and your commitment to excellence are two deciding factors; next is which industry you choose.
The cosmetic retail industry is the entry level for many makeup artists. Many artists start at $12 - $26 per hour with or without sales commission. Artists doing bridal makeup make $75 - $1000 depending on location and the size of the bridal party. Production work is paid by "day rate" which averages $250 - $1500 per day for print, video, and runway work, and $400 - $850 per day for film (and time and ½ or double time for overtime).
DO I NEED AN ACCREDITED COURSE?
No, there is no need to spend an excessive amount of money on a training course to gain the appropriate knowledge. Your portfolio of work, personal presentation, professionalism and creative skills is what gets you work. Clients and creative agencies that are hiring a makeup artist will look at your portfolio of work and past experience only. Your reputation and artistic skills are the most important assets you can have. At My Beauty Mark Makeup Academy, we listen to the expectations of the makeup industry. Our training is based on hands on practical experience and helping you to build your portfolio of work.
DO I NEED TO KNOW HOW TO DO HAIR?
We feel that it is important to know the general basics of hair styling, which we offer in one of our certification programs. It is easier to build clientale and earn more money when you can offer more services. Agencies also look for artists who are double certified and have multiple skills.
WHAT KIND OF COURSES DOES YOUR SCHOOL OFFER?
*100 Hour Pro Master Course- color theory, contour and highlight, day looks, evening looks, bridal, mature skin, makeup for men, editorial, avant-garde, fantasy
*40 Hour Pro Hairstyling Course- styling, bridal, editorial, high fashion, fantasy, different eras
*140 Hour Pro Artist Certification Hair & Makeup Course- In this course we combine the Pro Master Course and the Pro Hairstyling Course
*Personal Makeup Classes
*One on one Lessons
CAN I WORK OVERSEAS?
Yes, you can definitely work overseas as a makeup artist. Obviously, you will need to obtain passport and correct working visas for the countries you want to work in. Being a Makeup Artist is like having a trade. It can take you to all corners of the globe.
While we will endeavor to help you with finding internship and employment opportunities, My Beauty Mark does not guarantee actual employment. This will depend on the individual's skills, experience and abilities. Moreover, the actual employment will depend on the standards of the hiring company. In addition, the salary and rates stated above per are not guaranteed rates, they are merely examples of various prospective salaries.
DO I RECEIVE A CERTIFICATE?
Yes, upon successful completion of our professional courses, and meeting all graduation requirements, students receive a certificate.
DO I NEED A LICENSE TO DO MAKEUP?
In the state of California there is no licensing for makeup artistry. Check with your state for licensing requirements
IS THIS A COSMETOLOGY SCHOOL?
No, this is a makeup academy specializing in professional Makeup artistry and professional Hairstyling.
WHAT IS THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE & PROCEDURE?
Regular registration is up to 7 days before class starts. We take up to 30 students per session and spots fill up quickly. It is recommended to register sooner than later.You can register by filling out the registration form online or in the studio, or you can request us to email you a form. To complete your registration, we must have a deposit. The minimum deposit varies depending on elected course.
HOW CAN I PAY FOR THE SCHOOL?
We accept payment via check, credit cards (we take all cards except Discover) and cash. You may pay in installments through in house financing. These installments must be made on or before due date.
WHAT IS YOUR REFUND POLICY?
Deposits are not refunded. Once class begins students will not be refunded. If a student requests to interrupt enrollment for emergency/personal/medical reasons and want to re attend at a later date and if space is available an additional $250 fee will be added to registration.
WHAT IS THE MINIMUM AGE TO ENROLL?
14, but you need to have a parental or guardian consent on hand and a copy of the parent or guardian’s legal ID.
DO YOU OFFER FINANCIAL AID?
No, sorry, the minimum required by FAFSA to be recognized as a trade school is a 300-hour course.
WHAT DO I BRING TO CLASS?
You need to bring a notebook, a pen, and your current makeup kit.
WHAT ARE YOUR CURRENT PROMOS AND OFFERINGS?
While we constantly offer various promos to our prospective students, our current promotional offer includes: A student’s make up kit which contains the basic tools you will need to start your way and help you with your classes. We also offer you an additional 10 Classes for Life Promo which you can use after your 20 class sessions have been used up.
CAN I GET A MAC PRO CARD WITH THIS CERTIFICATION?
YES! MBM is one of the very few Makeup Academies recognized by MAC. We are not responsible for your Pro card and each student is responsible for applying on their own. You will have to contact MAC to receive more information.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO COMPLETE THE PROGRAM?
*100 Hour Pro Master Course- 20 weeks
*40 Hour Pro Hairstyling Course- 10 weeks
*140 Hour Pro Artist Certification Hair & Makeup Course- 30 weeks
*Workshops- 4-6 hours
*Personal Makeup Classes- 3-4 hours
*One on one Lessons- 1 hour