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Make-Up Artist Training

American designer Marc Jacobs is a firm believer that “beauty and makeup and color is like the finishing touch on everything.”

Makeup has existed in one form or another since the time of the ancient Egyptians, who often used it to enhance their looks and provide protection from the harsh sun. Some of the earliest forms of makeup, however, have been found to contain unsafe ingredients. One of the most popular unsafe ingredients was lead, which was abandoned by makeup companies in the 20th century when the dangers of using it became known.

While makeup has evolved over the years, the intent behind its use remains the same – to enhance beauty. Most individuals apply their own makeup; however, there are certain occasions when the help of a professional may be in order. Weddings, proms and other special occasions may be the perfect time to employ the help of a makeup artist. A skilled makeup artist can take even the most ordinary face and make it extraordinary.

As with other careers in the cosmetology field, makeup artists can pursue a degree in cosmetology. Certificate and associate degree programs take between one to two years to complete and teach the basics of makeup application, as well as information about how makeup and the products used to create it can affect different skin types. Those who wish to pursue a career as a makeup artist in film or theater may wish to pursue a bachelor’s degree in fashion, which will take four years to complete.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average annual salary for makeup artists as of May 2012 was $50,980. Makeup artists with advanced degrees who work in film or theater earned as much as $100,000 annually.

To find a program designed for training as a makeup artist, please use the unique search tool on www.Collegefinder.us.com.

Articles & content by Shari Berg, Collegefinder.us.com.

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