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Career after Class 12: Become a make-up artist or hair stylist

There is a growing demand in the fashion industry for make up artists and hair stylists. The increasing desire among urban population to look good adds to this trend.


Updated: June 7, 2016 5:13:31 pm
Career options after 12th, makeup course, hair styling course, hair stylist, personality remodelling artist, hair artist, makeup artist, fashion industry, make-up institute, Christine Valmy International Academy of Beauty Mumbai, Aashmeen Munjaal’s Star salon n’ Academy Delhi, J D Institute of Fashion Technology Bangalore, Lakme Academy Mumbai, Lakme Academy Delhi, Loreal Arth Academy Mumbai, City and Guild University, U K, London School of Advanced Make-up, Delamar Academy for make-up and hair styling U K, Cameron Jane Make-up Design Pvt Ltd Sydney Australia, Vizio make-up academy Germany Make-up artistry is a highly competitive industry in which you gain success by the quality of services you offer

Unconventional careers are gaining prominence, thanks to the ample opportunities in every sector where one can earn a decent salary no matter they are not engineers or MBAs.

There is a growing demand in the fashion industry for make-up artists and hair stylists. Even in  daily life, both men and women are happily splurging on brands and stylists to make them look good. Be it the traditional wedding make-up, parties or fashion events, the artistes are finding innovative ways to give their clients a satisfying look.

Make-up artistry is a highly competitive industry in which you gain success by the quality of services you offer. This profession will not only justify your artistic skills but if you gain a good command, then money and fame will follow you.

Here is a list of some of the best make-up artist programmes to help you choose the best career option:

Hair artist:

One of the first things people notice about a person is their hairstyle. These days people are not limiting their horizons to special occasions but even for shopping or hanging out with friends. This has led to an increase in demand for hair stylists.

An eight weeks course can equip you with hair therapy, styling, cutting, scalp treatment, massages and brow shaping skills, Bollywood inspired styling, bridal hair techniques, classy ramp styles and party dos while offering unlimited potential for creativity.

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Highlight specialist:

This course teaches the fundamental range of skills required to master colour placement. The aim of this course is to impart knowledge of the relationship between the careful balance of cut and colour.

Professional make-up artist:

Candidates undergo programmes on skin types, make-up techniques, product knowledge, basic correcting and concealing techniques, use of highlighters and concealers, face shapes and use of the colour wheel. How to choose, apply and blend foundation, use of tools and maintenance of hygiene are also taught.

Bridal make-up artist:

This programme provides training in make-up skills for day as well as evening Indian and western bridal looks. The course covers choosing the correct palette of colours and deciding upon bridal looks.

Camouflage or corrective make-up artist:

These artists use products to conceal colour or contour abnormalities of the face or body. Make-up can cover marks from skin dyschromia, sunspots, senile spots, acne, burns, stretch-mark, scars, bruises, blue stains, eye sockets and even tattoos.

Personality remodeling:

The USP of this field is that it includes creating specific-look based make-up and hair styles with appropriate attire selection and mannerisms.

Prosthetic make-up specialist:

This is a process of realistic prosthetic make-up application popular in the entertainment industry. It teaches miniature techniques and use of materials such as glitter and body paint.

Open your own make-up academy:

You can open your own training institute and become an entrepreneur! To do so, you need to know about beautification techniques, business licenses and business plans as well as location, secure financing, professional and experienced teachers and marketing.

Work as a freelance make-up artist:

The basic duties of a freelance make-up expert are no different from a permanently employed artist, the only difference being that the former is not a salaried individual working in a salon but works on assignment basis. You need some experience of working with salons before you start working as a freelancer.

There are various institutes which offer such courses. Some of the institutes in India are:

Christine Valmy International Academy of Beauty, Mumbai

Aashmeen Munjaal’s Star salon n’ Academy, Delhi

J D Institute of Fashion Technology, Bangalore

Lakme Academy, Mumbai & Delhi

Loreal Arth Academy, Mumbai

Internationally, some of the institutes offering these courses are:

City and Guild University, U. K.

London School of Advanced Make-up

Delamar Academy for make-up and hair styling , United kingdom

Cameron Jane Make-up Design Pvt Ltd, Sydney, Australia

Vizio make-up academy, Germany

Authored by Aashmeen Munjaal, Director, Star Salon n’ Academy

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