You don't need to go to a traditional cosmetology school in order to become a makeup artist. In most states, makeup artistry isn't regulated. Therefore, there's no need to obtain a license in order to work as a makeup artist. While it may be helpful to become a licensed makeup artist if you aspire to work in a salon or spa, if you're hoping to become a freelancer, you can do so with hard work and dedication rather than by going to beauty school. 

Getting your foot in the door to the field of beauty and makeup without going to cosmetology school requires an unsatiable passion, a drive for success and a high skill level in order to successfully execute a look on a model, bride or client. Essentially, you'll have to pour yourself into becoming the best you can be, and push yourself to develop your skills even when you feel like you're "there." This includes learning the types of formulations that work best on each skin type, learning tricks of the trade and developing your own tricks to make your clients look as best as they possibly can, gaining experience by working on a variety of skin types, building your portfolio and spreading the word about your newfound position in the industry.

The Process of Becoming a Self-Taught Makeup Artist

One of your greatest resources in learning how to develop your skills to a professional level is YouTube. YouTube has a rapidly growing Beauty Guru community that can provide you with more knowledge than you've ever imagined you'll need. This community ranges from teenage girls with a passion for craft, to professional and celebrity makeup artists, such as Eve Pearl and Mally Roncal. You'll learn from the best, and you can watch the videos over and over again if you have trouble understanding a certain concept of makeup application. 

In addition to YouTube, you should practice and develop yous skills on a continuous basis before being able to call yourself a professional. In this industry, practice truly does make perfect. Take every opportunity you can to apply makeup to others around you, such as your family and friends. Take pictures of each look you do, even on yourself, to document your progress. Then, when you're ready to create your portfolio, you'll be confident and your talent will have grown to a point where you can actually execute professional results on a model or bride. And last but not least, you'll have to buid your makeup artist kit. A strong, professional quality kit is equally as important as your skills, as poor quality makeup often fades and leads to subpar results.

This is certainly a short synopsis of how you can become a self-taught makeup artist. The road may be long and tedious. But in the end, all of your struggles and patience will be worthwhile as you'll finally hold a career as a makeup artist. You'll get to live your dream and indulge your passion every day. And most importantly of all, you'll know that your success has been prompted by your hand, and your hand alone.