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How To Become A Freelance Makeup Artist In The Philippines

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May 09, 2019

Makeup has never been so popular than what it is today. With the ever-changing trends in hair and beauty, more and more individuals are attracted in the world of cosmetics. If you love applying makeup and trying out different styles, you might find a career as a makeup artist fulfilling. However, if you don’t want to work full-time in salons, being a freelance makeup artist could be a great option for you!

Freelance makeup artist is an individual who performs makeup on clients per order basis, instead of working under an employer. This type of work setup gives you the freedom to choose your own hours and work on a project that you want. If you are interested in becoming a freelance makeup artist in the Philippines, here’s a guide to help you:

5 Steps on how to become a freelance makeup artist in the Philippines

Despite the glamour and awesome job, being a freelance makeup artist also requires a lot of hard work. But don’t worry, here are steps to help you jumpstart your career:

1. Master your makeup application skills.

Practicing regularly can help you master your makeup skills. Try out different looks on yourself. You can also ask your close friends and be the one to do their makeup. The more you practice, the better you’ll be.

You can also enroll in a TESDA short course. You can earn certifications from these TESDA courses through various skills assessments. Earning a TESDA National Certificate not only help you master your skills but also, it can increase your credibility as a makeup artist.

Some of the TESDA courses you can take are:

  • Beauty Care NC II
  • Barbering NC II
  • Hairdressing with Cosmetology NC II

Aside from these TESDA courses, there are also a number of free makeup courses that you can try online!

2. Invest in a professional makeup kit.

As a freelance makeup artist, the most important thing you need is, of course, your makeup kit. Figuring out what makeup and brands to put in your bag can be as confusing as a jigsaw puzzle. However, if you’re a beginner, here are the essential stuff you’ll need for your kit:

For face:

  • Primer
  • Full coverage foundation
  • Setting powder
  • Brushes

For cheeks:

  • Blush
  • Bronzer
  • Highlighter

For eyes:

  • Eyeshadow base
  • Eyeshadow palette
  • Eyeliner
  • Mascara

For lips:

  • Lipstick
  • Lip gloss
  • Lip balm

3. Build your online presence.

As a freelancer, you need to hustle a little more on marketing your craft to your potential clients. You start building your online presence by creating a facebook page or instagram account where you can post your sample art. It would also be helpful to consider taking courses on digital marketing to learn some effective social media practices.

4. Create a professional portfolio.

Your portfolio is your resume. Taking quality photographs of your work can help you build your portfolio. These photos should showcase your best works. Create your online portfolio by starting a website. There are many free website templates that you can use. Post a quick bio about yourself and your works, your sample creations and your contact details. Aside from your website, having a ready printed portfolio is also great for face-to-face client meetings. Printed portfolio also makes you look like a professional artist. Your portfolio should include before and after makeup photos into a binder asa well as sections showcasing different types of makeup styles that you can do.

5. Brush up your other skills.

As a freelance makeup artist, you also need to have the following skills to be successful in your career:

  • A good communication skill to be able to work effectively with your clients, suppliers, photographers, models, and other people.
  • A healthy body and stamina as makeup artist jobs mostly require long hours of standing and working. Pro-tip: Always wear comfortable clothes and shoes when you do your work.
  • Creativity and confidence to try out new looks, play with style colors, and update your knowledge with the latest beauty trends.
  • Professionalism and ability to work well under pressure and tight deadlines.

Starting your career as a freelance makeup artist in the Philippines might seem to be a daunting task. But by following the guide above, you’re set on the right track. Do you need more tips on starting a career as a freelancer? Check out our Job Hunting blog at Edukasyon.ph now!

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Karl Nicole Nucum

Karl has been in the writing industry for more than five years now. She finished Bachelor of Arts in English Major in Broadcast Journalism. Aside from happily doing household chores, her most productive spare time includes reading tech articles and learning more about digital marketing.

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