Ever wonder what it’s like working as a makeup artist? Lindsey Swart is here to answer some of your questions.
Oakfields College lecturer, Rika Meyer, has asked makeup artist Lindsey Swart a few questions about being a makeup artist. Lindsey has been in the industry for 18 years and according to her, she has loved every minute of it. “To be a makeup artist allows you to make people feel amazing so it is a very rewarding job!”
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What’s it like to be a makeup artist? It goes without saying that having the right work ethic, building relationships with clients, being able to adapt to all situations and being prepared to work long hours goes with the job. Trends also change; it’s up to you to make sure you keep up with the trends that are happening. I am lucky enough to be invited to work on fashion week every season and it’s great to work with other artists and designers and see new trends emerging. What is it like working on a film set? Time is everything so you need to be very organised and stick to the call sheet. Working on any set means long days so you need to make sure you have comfy closed shoes on. Some days / nights are cold so I always make sure I have a warm jacket in the car as well as sun block.
How hard / easy is it to get work? Makeup artistry has become a growing industry and there are a lot of makeup artists. Your consistency and professional attitude will get you your clients back every time so it’s important to always do your best as ‘you are only as good as your last job’. Social media is also a great way to advertise your work so it’s important to post a lot of professional pictures.
What is the one thing you love about your job? Every day you meet amazing people and make them feel great by painting a great face! You also have flexibility which is also nice as you are your own boss.
What is the one thing you like least about your job?
You work a lot of weekends which isn’t always great and some days are 17 hours long!