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Beautiful you

Make-up artists generally beautify the face of a model for a runway show, a bride for a wedding or an actor for a stage production or a film by enhancing and concealing the right features.

education Updated: Nov 03, 2011 17:09 IST

The lowdown
Bipasha Basu’s smouldering eyes, Preity Zinta’s rosy cheeks, Katrina Kaif’s Cupid’s bow pout… if you have not been born with such assets, you can always bank on a make-up artist to gift these to you. Make-up artists generally beautify the face of a model for a runway show, a bride for a wedding or an actor for a stage production or a film by enhancing and concealing the right features. It requires a thorough understanding of face types, colour and make-up techniques

Clock Work
9am: Reach the salon
9.30am: Start working on faces
1pm: Lunch
2pm: Browse the internet for make-up tips and reviews of new products
3pm: Meetings and workshops
4pm: Watch you-tube videos on make-up and try and replicate those on collegues
7pm: Wind up work
7.30pm: According to schedule, leave for a runway show or go home

The payoff
A beginner in the field could get Rs5,000 per assignment, which would include working on two-three looks for a model (for a magazine or an ad shoot). This goes up to Rs50,000 per assignment and after that maybe even Rs20,000 a face or per look.

As you build up experience and a name for yourself in the industry, there’s no looking back and you could earn some good money

Skills / TRAITS
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A creative bent of mind
. Steady hands
. Love for experimenting and playing with colours
. Interest in skin texture and facial structure
. Familiarity with basic make-up concepts
. Good people skills will help you bond beautifully with your customers
. Good communication skills
. One should be in the know of new products being launched by cosmetic brands

Getting there
One can make a career as a make-up expert after completing Class 12, or after graduation. One can join a good make-up school and do a course in personal make-up. Go for a course in advanced make-up after that. Make a portfolio of your work and visit salons and well-known make-up artists looking for apprentices. Work on as many faces as you can to gain experience. After working with a salon for some time, you can set up your own salon or be a freelance make-up artist

Institutes and URLs
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Style Studio by Shalini Singh www.stylebyshalini.com (site under construction)

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D-45, Pancsheel Enclave, first floor Conducts two or three day course

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Vidya Tikari
www.vidyatikari.in/ B-21, Lajpat Nagar-2

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MUD (Make-Up Designatory)
53-54, fifth floor, Govardhan House, Nehru Place
Conducts a one-month course in all areas of make-up.Students get international certificates, and are listed in the International Make-up Directory

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Make-Up Studio
B-6, third floor, Kalkaji
Conducts a basic three day course and a month long course for make-up enthusiasts

Pros and cons
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Scope for creativity as there are no boundaries
. There is no repetition or monotony
. Meeting and networking with a lot of interesting people
. Good money
. Lots of travel
. Physically tiring. You may have to do back-to-back assignments
. It can get tough if you have to work on models prone to tantrums and demanding customers
. There may be lean periods with no assignments