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Contribution of Makeup Artistry Schools to the Makeup Industry

January 24, 2009

The

history of makeup

is as old as the human settlement. Humans possibly started cleaning, grooming and decorating their bodies as soon as they began staying in permanent dwellings. They used naturally found substances, birds’ feathers and animal bones. Their primary purpose might have been to attract the opposite sex or to appear different from other tribes or to warn the enemies by outstanding bodily display. Not much has changed. In modern times, people still use natural and manufactured substances (cosmetics) for cleansing, beautifying, grooming, altering and enhancing their bodies in order to feel and look good, for display purpose, for seeking attention, and for professional purpose such as appearance in films, television, theatre and modeling.

The business of beauty has spawned the whole industry around itself. A new breed of professionals such as makeup artists, beauticians, cosmetologists, hairstylists, tattoo artists, masseurs, cosmetic surgeons, marketers and cosmetics product developers has developed to meet up the increasing demands. Along with the beauty salons, hair salons, spas, health resorts, cosmetics companies and wedding studios, many makeup schools have established to prepare students as professional makeup artists. The makeup artists generally work as freelancers or find occupations in beauty salons, film and television studios and theaters.

The makeup artist courses developed and taught by the typical makeup artist school comprises of subjects covering all aspects of beauty and corrective makeup, high fashion photographic makeup, hair styling, airbrushing, the wedding business, the psychology of beauty, theatrical/live performance makeup and television/film makeup. There are special programs for students to want to work in the film industry in its special effects department. This area covers the subjects such as full head life casting, designing and designs, sculpting (mold making), application of prosthetics, foam rubber and silicone casting, drawing and sculpting techniques, head casting, full body casting, multi-piece molding, and seaming foam, among others.

Most

makeup schools

have well-equipped library, labs and workshops and many makeup schools provide essential student services such as finding suitable careers for them, arranging housing for outstation students and helping international makeup artist students with I-20 and visa formalities. There are indeed many avenues for serious students who wish to build careers in the makeup and beauty industry.

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