How to become a professional makeup artist in India?

Let’s start with the definition of a makeup artist – “A makeup artist is a person who practices Makeup and provides services around the same.

As the name suggests, their first and foremost responsibility is to enhance any feature or facial aesthetics with the help of Makeup.

Makeup has become a common arena for both women and men. Makeup artists are also recognized as beauticians for all the right reasons. They play a significant role in beautifying celebrities, theatre artists, models, brides, and mostly every human in today’s time. 

Who is a Professional Makeup Artist?

Now coming to the point, who actually is a professional makeup artist?

A professional Makeup artist is one who has studied about Facial Structure, Features (Eyes, Nose, Skin, Lips etc.) and has a knack for creativity, which they use to beautify human appearance.

Understandably, this is a practical industry, but knowing in and out about the subject makes you the professional. 

A good thing about this profession is that it will never age-bound you. You can become a makeup artist at the age of 17 or even at the age of 47. 

Age is just a number, and this profession ensures it adheres to this quote. In fact, it doesn’t matter what your qualification is; if you are interested in colors, brushes, and faces, then congratulations. The makeup artist profession will welcome you with open arms!

How can I become a professional makeup artist in India?

It may look complex, but it is pretty easy to become a makeup artist here in India.

Step 1 – Gain the expertise

To gain the makeup expertise, you ought to join a makeup academy. This skill is too difficult to be self learned. There are multiple good academies – both online and offline.

You can enroll yourself in one such academy and opt for desired courses.

Now, the question is –

In India, makeup courses are sold in almost every second salon out there but are they actually teaching the art of Makeup? And will you surely become a professional makeup artist by taking such courses?

The answer is NO!

Not every other person who is a beautician can teach you to become another, and you need to keep this crystal clear to start with!

Having said that, there are some of the great places to learn Makeup from (which you will obviously google out after reading this article!). But to make your search easier, I’ll just mention our course offering and tell you Why it’s the best out there in the market.

The platinum Makeup Course offered by Cosmup Makeup School, is one of the updated course in the makeup industry.

Now why did I say Updated?

Let’s digest one thing that this industry has gone through a drastic change with the advent of Social Media. However, most of the Makeup Academies failed to adapt their curriculum to the current scenario.

But how? Most of them don’t have detailed modules on How to actually promote your Makeup services, even after you learn makeup. That’s exactly what we have given importance to, in our curriculum.

So coming back to our discussion..

Step 2 – Choose your Career Path

Being a makeup artist is not a restricted profession. It allows you to experiment, experience, and expand your artistic self. And if you ask for it, several different options can be opted for as a career in this field.

To name a few, below are the paths –

Salon Owner

You can open your own beauty Salon with an investment of 4-5 lakh, which will include infrastructure, Marketing & Product cost.

The expected earnings can be 50k to 1 lakh in the start, if it goes well.

Freelancer Makeup Artist

Instead of opening a physical salon, you can choose to build up your online presence via Youtube, Instagram, Google ads etc. to get makeup appointments.

This is the most trending and highly demanded career options. One can start earning quickly, around 1 – 2 Lakh per month, if you know how to run Social Media ads.

Beauty Consultant

Online product companies like Flipkart, Amazon, CliQ, AJIO and Video Production Houses frequently hire makeup artists.

The income is highly variable in such cases – you can expect to earn anywhere between INR 20,000 to 2,00,000 per month, depending on your existing portfolio and skill.

Step 3 – Break into your Desired Profession

To start with any of the first two options – a salon owner or a freelance artist, you need to know how to market your services well. Else your makeup skills will go in vain.

For the third option i.e. beauty consultant, you need to build up your portfolio, and hone your makeup skills. Only then you have the chances to crack the interview in such companies.

For all the above career paths, you can join Cosmup’s Platinum Makeup course where we teach how to Market your Makeup services, and how to build your portfolio.

India VS Other Countries!

India has come a long way in terms of westernization and wide mindset. Makeup artists are now considered a respectable profession. Still, definitely, there are other countries where there will be better exposure and opportunity in the field of Makeup, that is for sure. 

Places like the USA, Europe, and Russia indeed have better scope than India, but India pays really well, given the lower amount of expenses here .


Learning in the field of Makeup is a never-ending journey.

Each day you will get to learn something new, something useful, and something very unique, and each day you will experience growth as a makeup artist. 

In today’s time, literally, anyone and everyone can become a makeup artist, but not everyone will be able to achieve heights. Success will only be in the lap of those who spend their energy and time on actual learning that will help them for their entire life. 

Always remember that Makeup is an art form, and hence you as an artist are responsible for cherishing it to the fullest way possible. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the average earning of a professional makeup artist?

The earnings of a makeup artist are highly variable, but a professional makeup artist can earn between Rs. 2,00,000 to Rs. 25,00,000 Annually.

Is it essential to join a course to become a makeup artist?

No, it is not necessary, but it is recommended to take up some classes and learn the basics and stay up to date with the trends. 


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