Exploring Career Possibilities in Makeup Artistry and Hair Styling!

As a cosmetologist, you could choose from a variety of careers once you’re done with our program at The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA), Fort Wayne. Makeup artist and hairstylist are the most common options for many cosmetologists. However, there are several more specific careers to choose from within those broader fields!

Makeup Artist

As a makeup artist, you can learn how to apply different styles of makeup using professional tools and products. You also won’t be limited to working in a salon or behind a makeup counter after completing school. There are a variety of creative routes you could take on this career path. Here are a few examples!

Fashion/Editorial Makeup Artist

Think about all the incredible makeup looks on the catwalk. These styles are typically what sets the ‘trend’ for the following season. As an editorial makeup artist, you could be the one creating trend-setting looks! Interested in photography? Editorial makeup artists also do makeup for magazine and brand campaign photoshoots. If you’ve always wanted to work in fashion, a career as an editorial makeup artist is a great way to get your foot in the door!

Theatrical/Film Makeup Artist

Working as a theatrical or film makeup artist is a great choice for those with a flair for the dramatic arts. The looks you see in movies, TV shows, and stage plays are just as important as the sets and costumes. Makeup is a part of a character, whether you’re styling someone for a modern thriller or a Victorian period piece. With a cosmetology license and the right connections, you could eventually find a job behind the scenes of a musical or on the set of a hit series!

Makeup artist paints an actor with gold paint for a film.

Freelance/Personal Makeup Artist

Does the idea of working for yourself appeal to you? Many makeup artists chose to work as freelancers. This could entail visiting a client’s home or business to do makeup or providing makeup application from your own home. Freelance makeup artists can style bridal parties, help clients get ready for big events, or prepare models for photo shoots. In addition to providing services to physical clients, makeup artists can create informative content on platforms like Instagram and YouTube. Makeup hauls, product reviews, and tutorials are extremely popular across social media channels. As a trained professional, you could offer content with real authority and experience behind it.

Makeup artist doing the makeup for a bride on her wedding day.

Hair Stylist

When we think of cosmetology, a hairstylist is usually the career that comes to mind. While the role of a stylist does include cutting and styling hair in a salon environment, you’ve got options when it comes to your future. If being a hair stylist appeals to you, but you want to take a more creative approach, here are some career choices!

Editorial Hair Stylist

Love the glamorous blowouts you see in shampoo commercials and magazine advertisements? As an editorial hair stylist, you could be the one creating those fabulous locks! From social media campaigns to traditional print spreads, a professional photo shoot always needs a hairstylist. Got a good eye for fashion all things up and coming? Editorial hair stylists can flex their creative muscles by helping design and execute the trendy hairstyles seen on the runways. This is an exciting career choice for anyone interested in fashion, marketing, trends, photography, or a combination of all four!

Film/TV Hair Stylist

What would “Game of Thrones” be like without those elaborate braided hairstyles? Would “Star Wars” really be the same without Princess Leia’s famous space buns? Hair stylists for films and TV shows don’t just do the actors’ hair, they help create the characters! If you’re a film buff or a TV show enthusiast, working as a hairstylist in the entertainment industry could be your perfect cup of tea. It’s a great opportunity to be creative while working with a diverse group of people.

Woman in a roman costume with an ornate hair.

Bridal Hair Stylist

On someone’s wedding day, every detail needs to be just right. The hair is no exception. Brides want a style, cut, and color that’s going to work with their dress and look beautiful in photos. A bridal hairstylist is the one in charge of making her vision come true. Styling hair for weddings is a fun career choice because it allows for a lot of creativity. Every bride is different, so that means you’ll get a chance to do unique styles, colors, and cuts with every client. From long curls, elegant braids, meticulous updos, bridal styling is a great way to use your talent while making someone’s dreams come true!

Stylist arranges a veil on a bride's head.

Hair Colorist

When you think about hair, does color appeal most to you? Hair colorists specialize in formulating and applying different types of color to clients’ hair. This includes services like temporary, semi-permanent, and permanent hair color, highlights and lowlights, and bleaching services like lifting, toning, and color correcting. Coloring hair is a creative science that requires meticulous attention to detail. If experimenting with coloring products and techniques sounds like your thing, think about specializing in hair color once you receive your cosmetology license!

Close up of a colorist applying product to a client's hair with foil in use.

Apply to Our Cosmetology Program

Want to enter the exciting world of beauty careers? Our cosmetology program at TSPA Fort Wayne can prepare you for a long-term future in the industry. To learn more about this and our other programs, contact us today!