If you’re a makeup maven, the chances are you’ve pondered a career in the beauty industry. Well, who wouldn’t want to turn their obsession into a job?! The thing is, the beauty world is a tough one to crack, and if you’re clueless as to what job you actually want to do, it can all seem a little overwhelming.
Before you give up the dream, let’s take a few minutes to explore your options in this huge (ever so slightly intimidating) industry…
The Makeup Artist
If you’re an artistic soul, you might be drawn in by the creative freedom that comes from getting up close and personal with your kit every single day. Out of all the routes we’re going to mention, this is probably the most accessible, as most makeup artists start off working on beauty counters in department stores.
If you’re still at school or college, you’d be wise to get ahead of the game by doing it part-time alongside your studies. Brands like Laura Mercier and Clarins are well-known for providing their staff with lots of training, so you’d be learning on the job right from the start. If you’re past school age and can’t afford to quit the day job in pursuit of your dreams just yet, you could invest in some evening beauty classes by doing a bit of digging around online for something that matches your interests (Capital Hair and Beauty is a good place to start, FYI.)
After you’ve mastered the basics, you can start assisting more experienced makeup artists on shoots as well as taking bookings for weddings and special occasions!
The PR Girl
If you’re after a fast-paced career and aren’t afraid to put in the hard work to get there, then beauty PR might be for you.
Basically, PRs work to build a positive name for a brand by getting them featured in top magazines and newspapers, organising product launches and events and generally managing the public’s perception of them. It can be stressful, but it’s a fairly glamorous industry to work in at times, and the perks of the job include a busy social life, lots of schmoozing and getting to know the industry inside out.
Most entry level beauty PRs will be graduates, but a degree isn’t essential. Work on building up a portfolio of work experience and networking with people who might be useful to your career in future – check out this guide from a girl who’s been there and done it. It’s not always what you know, it’s who you know, and that miserable account manager you once interned with could be the key to getting your foot in the door a few months down the line!
The Beauty Editor
If you’re a creative at heart but don’t fancy the hands-on approach to beauty, you might be daydreaming about a career in the magazine industry. Days spent surrounded by products and attending the latest launches followed by brainstorming sessions for your next feature sounds ideal to any beauty junkie, but you’ll need some pretty sharp editorial skills if you’re going to make the cut.
The golden piece of advice is to get writing. Start a blog, write for your student newspaper if you’re at university, and read as many magazines as you can. Apply for work experience with as many publications as possible (note that it will often take hundreds of emails to even receive a reply, so don’t give up!)
If you need a little help, check out Go Think Big – an organisation working to help young people achieve their career dreams – as they have some amazing opportunities in the editorial world.
Whatever route you go down, you’re going to need a whole lot of drive to get where you want to be. So work hard and aim high, and it should pay off eventually.