What skills do makeup artists need?


 What skills do makeup artists need?

Apart from the apparent application techniques employed, there are many necessary skills that new makeup artists often overlook. The literal act of applying makeup is only a tiny part of what goes into becoming a successful artist. 

Even if you’ve mastered the latest techniques and trending looks, if you want to stay booked and build a recurring clientele, you need to learn the following skills that will take you to the top. 

Time Management

Time Management

There are two areas of time organization you will have to master. 1) Your schedule and 2) The time you spend with a client. 


  1. Your schedule. If you’re running your own business, you are your own boss. You can choose the days, hours, and clients you want. Since you don’t have a 9 to 5 job, you have to be especially careful to be balanced. Whatever you do, do not overbook yourself. If your clients need your evenings and weekends, make sure you schedule time off mornings and midweek. You don’t want to get burned out doing what you love. 


  1. The time your spend with a client. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to complete a look for your client. Don’t make your bride late for her wedding or a model late to the runway. Stick to the schedule and manage your time accordingly. While you need to work with speed and precision, don’t rush and leave your client with less than stellar results. 

Learn to Work Under Pressure

As with any job, there are always deadlines. Unfortunately, makeup artists’ deadlines can be extra nerve-wracking, especially if you’re working for a client just before a big performance or event. 

The important thing is that you learn not to panic. Take a deep breath and focus on what needs to be done. Having a couple of time-saving tricks up your sleeve is always a good plan as long as you’re not compromising your work quality. Above all, remain professional and know your limits. 


Learn to Style Hair

You don’t need to be a hairdresser to be a makeup artist. However, many clients prefer artists who can take care of their hair and makeup to save them time and money. It eliminates coordinating timing with the hairdresser. 

While not completely necessary, learning to style hair can help you book more clients and charge more for your services. 

You can know more about Hairstyling and learn the latest styles and inject creativity into your work, or take your business up a notch HERE


Pay Attention to the Details

Because most attention is placed on the face, any makeup flaws will be evident to anyone who sees your client. Pay close attention so you notice your mistakes before anyone else and can fix them before the big reveal.


Communicating With Your Clients

We’ve saved the most important for last. Clear communication with your clients is vital to good reviews and future gigs. Make booking easy, and don’t leave potential clients on “read.” 

Once you start working with a client, make sure you understand the look they have in mind. Communicate to them what you’re doing and why if they have any questions. You can also give them directions on how to angle their head, close their eyes, hold their lips, etc., to make the application easy and flawless. 

Want to Start Improving Your Skills? 

The JTorry Makeup Academy offers a professional makeup training course so you can unleash your creativity with professional skills and techniques that will bring in new and recurring clients. You can go to the link HERE and learn more as we guide you in mastering the art of beauty! 



About Me

Hey Beautiful

I’m Jenny Torry, CEO of JTorry Academy, a Professional Makeup Artist, Educator & Hair Stylist who strives to make you feel beautiful through knowledge and experience.

She is a mother who always teaches people how to become successful.

Welcome to the Jtorry Page. Here you will find tips from 14 years of professional makeup & hair artist.


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