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Make-up Artistry Courses In South Africa - Become A Full Or Part Time Make-up Artist


I have been a make-up artist since 1994. I studied make-up artistry in London and returned to South Africa equipped to pass on my skill to those individuals who also wanted to learn the art of make-up. I have a great passion for the make-up industry and have been teaching make-up in some form or another since 1995. Although I don't personally teach make-up artistry courses any more I can connect you with a suitable make-up school. You will need to share with me what you want to learn, the area where you live and what you expect to get out of the course.

Debbie teaching a group make-up workshop

Debbie teaching a group make-up workshop


You will find most of the reputable make-up schools are in Durban, Johannesburg, Cape Town and there is one is George. The variety of courses is vast, you can do a 2, 4 or 8 day make-up course and there is also longer part and full time make-up courses. Some make-up schools offer one year make-up courses which I personally feel is for those individuals who need time to develop their own personalities whilst studying the art of make-up. Most aspiring make-up artists would like a shorter more constructive time frame when they study make-up art.

Once you have finished your make-up training it is very unrealistic to think that you can start working for fashion magazines right away. You will start with special occasion make-up and bridal make-up and work your way slowly towards fashion shoots if this is the way you want to go. You can also work for a professional brand of make-up at one of their make-up counters and earn money part time whilst you develop your make-up skill in their store (Mac and Bobbi Brown are always looking for reliable, well groomed make-up artists to work at their stores) To work for fashion magazines you will need to work on your make-up portfolio (photos of your make-up work) Fashion and beauty editors who work for magazines full time and choose the make-up artist they would like to work with really do not care if you have a certificate or diploma in make-up art. All they want to see is your actual make-up work in the form of photos (your portfolio) this selection of photos that make up your portfolio need to be of a VERY high standard and this can only be achieved by working with professional fashion photographers and professional models. Of course if you have the budget you can pay for your own shoots to build up your portfolio. However a less expensive way is to offer your make-up services free of charge to model agencies. This way when a model needs new photos for her portfolio she does not have to pay for a make-up artist and of course you get the advantage of getting photos after the shoot. Another important note is not all test shoots (model portfolio shoots) work out so you can't always use the photos in your make-up portfolio. This makes the portfolio building process time consuming, however you get lots of experience on test shoots not to mention the make-up practise as well. Another important note is make-up artists are expected to create basic hair styles on most photo shoots. Generally you need to do both hair and make-up for shoots and television commercials. So if you are aiming for the fashion industry a short hair course will help equip you for this area of the industry. If you only plan on doing wedding make-up and special occasion make-up then you can decide if you would like to do make-up or make-up and hair.

I find it very dishonest that a lot of make-up schools in South Africa tell their potential students that they have to have a recognised make-up certificate/diploma to work successfully as a make-up artist. This is simply NOT true! Make-up is an art and anyone can do make-up there is no restrictions what so ever. Of course make-up courses are needed for those who don't have natural talent – most aspiring make-up artists needs to build their skill with the help of a make-up teacher and learning about how to use professional products is also important. When you receive your certificate or diploma at the end of the course realise that it is not automatically going to get you a job. For bridal make-up work and special occasion make-up you will need to market yourself (your make-up school should give you marketing tips) for fashion shoots you will need to build your portfolio of photographs, so your qualification is not actually your ticket to make-up work. YOU are your ticket and you need to work at promoting yourself. Your make-up certificate or diploma will come in handy yes, like when you hand in your CV to work at a professional make-up counter for example. It will also come in handy to display your achievement on your wall if you own a beauty or hair salon for example. I work full time as a make-up artist and NO bride or magazine editor or fashion editor has ever asked me where I studied, all they want to see is what you can do. Google me: Debbie Jean make-up artist, you will see I work a lot and the knowledge I am giving you on this page is valuable because it is true.

You are welcome to email me if you would like to do a make-up course to become a make-up artist. I only recommend make-up schools in South Africa that offer intensive make-up courses. I also only recommend make-up schools that offer lessons to very small groups.

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Debbie's clients include the following international publications: Marie Claire, Men's Health, Glamour, Shape, Cosmopolitan/Cosmo Girl, GQ, La'Official and Grazia magazines. View some of Debbie's work: look under hair and make-up you will find Debbie's full portfolio there.
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