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Jan 03, 2013

Giana C.

Will salons or retail stores only hire makeup artist who went to school and have a certificate?

Thanks in advance; )

Jan 03, 2013

Hannah S.

Hey there, I can only speak from my experience, but yes you need to have your liscense to work at a salon, and while its not always needed for retail, experience and schooling play a big role in determining who gets hired.

As Hannah says, salons require licenses. Retail, I am not sure about, but as in everything else in life, school and experience are usually a deciding factor. The Robert Jones Beauty Academy is an online school and has different levels of certification; apprentice, master and pro. It is very reasonable. Some suggestions I would give if you are confident in your skills:
*Market yourself to photographers and photography stylists it's not the best way to make money (at first) but an excellent way to build your portfolio!
*Find make-up artists in your area and see if they need an assistant. Again, not the best way to make money, but a great way to learn and gain hands on experience.

I know my suggestions aren't the best way to make money fast, but you will gain knowledge, experience and build a portfolio, not to mention having Professional References to add to your resume. Probably didn't answer your question, but hopefully helped in some way.

Jan 03, 2013

v t.

I'm not sure if it varies in each state but I work at a salon as a MUA and I don't have a makeup license.

Jan 07, 2013

Emily H.

it varies state to state and depends on where you want to work, in a salon or retail or freelance. If you want to start your own freelance business, check out http://www.moneymakingmakeupartist.... There are free resources and workshops available. The January group starts next week and there is a great deal to get in on that. 

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