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Career and Education Opportunities for Makeup Artists in Sacramento, California

There is a wide variety of career and education opportunities for makeup artists in the Sacramento, California area. The national trend for makeup artists sees this job pool growing by about 16.9% over the next eight years. In general, makeup artists apply makeup to performers to reflect period, setting, and situation of their role.

A person working as a makeup artist can expect to earn about $28 hourly or $59,170 annually on average in California and about $12 per hour or $26,270 per year on average in the U.S. as a whole. Incomes for makeup artists are better than in the overall category of Personal Care in California, and better than the overall Personal Care category nationally.

There are five schools within twenty-five miles of Sacramento where you can study to be a makeup artist, among forty-two schools of higher education total in the Sacramento area. Given that the most common education level for makeup artists is a post-secondary certificate, you can expect to spend a short time training to become a makeup artist if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Makeup Artist

Makeup Artist video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, makeup artists apply makeup to performers to reflect period, setting, and situation of their role.

Makeup artists furnish performers with makeup removal assistance after performances have been completed. They also study production data, such as character descriptions and situations in order to establish makeup requirements. Equally important, makeup artists have to alter or maintain makeup during productions as needed to compensate for lighting changes or to produce continuity of effect. They are often called upon to evaluate environmental characteristics such as venue size and lighting plans in order to establish makeup requirements. They are expected to examine sketches and plaster models so as to obtain desired character image depictions. Finally, makeup artists develop character drawings or models, based upon independent research, so as to augment period production files.

Every day, makeup artists are expected to be able to distinguish between colors. They need to articulate ideas and problems. It is also important that they see details at a very fine level of focus.

It is important for makeup artists to cleanse and tone the skin in order to ready it for makeup application. They are often called upon to layout rubber or plastic prostheses that can be used to change performers' appearances. They also demonstrate products to patrons, and furnish instruction in makeup application. They are sometimes expected to advise hairdressers on the hairstyles required for character parts. Somewhat less frequently, makeup artists are also expected to cleanse and tone the skin in order to ready it for makeup application.

Makeup artists sometimes are asked to establish budgets, and work within budgetary limits. They also have to be able to requisition or acquire needed materials for special effects and special cosmetics And finally, they sometimes have to evaluate environmental characteristics such as venue size and lighting plans in order to establish makeup requirements.

Like many other jobs, makeup artists must be reliable and be thorough and dependable.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Sacramento include:

  • Barber. Provide barbering services, such as cutting, trimming, and styling hair, trimming beards, or giving shaves.
  • Hairdresser. Provide beauty services, such as shampooing, cutting, and styling hair, and massaging and treating scalp. May also apply makeup, dress wigs, perform hair removal, and provide nail and skin care services.
  • Manicurist. Clean and shape customers' fingernails and toenails. May polish or decorate nails.
  • Personal Home Care Aide. Assist elderly or disabled adults with daily living activities at the person's home or in a daytime non-residential facility. Duties performed at a place of residence may include keeping house (making beds, doing laundry, washing dishes) and preparing meals. May provide meals and supervised activities at non-residential care facilities. May advise families, the elderly, and disabled on such things as nutrition, cleanliness, and household utilities.
  • Skin Care Specialist. Provide skin care treatments to face and body to enhance an individual's appearance.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Makeup Artist Training

Sacramento City College - Sacramento, CA

Sacramento City College, 3835 Freeport Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95822-1386. Sacramento City College is a large college located in Sacramento, California. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 26,175 students. Sacramento City College has less than one year, one to two year, associate's degree, and two to four year programs in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated thirty-eight, forty-five, five, and zero students respectively in 2008.

Elite Progressive School of Cosmetology - Sacramento, CA

Elite Progressive School of Cosmetology, 5522 Garfield Ave, Sacramento, CA 95841. Elite Progressive School of Cosmetology is a small school located in Sacramento, California. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 573 students. Elite Progressive School of Cosmetology has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated thirty-seven students in 2008.

My Le's Beauty College - Sacramento, CA

My Le's Beauty College, 5972 Stockton Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95824-3039. My Le's Beauty College is a small college located in Sacramento, California. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 100 students. My Le's Beauty College has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated seventy-five students in 2008.

Federico Beauty Institute - Sacramento, CA

Federico Beauty Institute, 1515 Sports Drive Ste 100, Sacramento, CA 95834. Federico Beauty Institute is a small school located in Sacramento, California. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 236 students. Federico Beauty Institute has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated 119 students in 2008.

MTI College - Sacramento, CA

MTI College, 5221 Madison Ave, Sacramento, CA 95841-9817. MTI College is a small college located in Sacramento, California. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs. It has 708 students and an admission rate of 67%. MTI College has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated 121 students in 2008.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Sacramento, California

Sacramento, California
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Sacramento is located in Sacramento County, California. It has a population of over 463,794, which has grown by 13.9% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Sacramento, 93, is below the national average. New single-family homes in Sacramento are valued at $185,300 on average, which is far less than the state average. In 2008, nine hundred thirty-four new homes were constructed in Sacramento, down from 1,337 the previous year.

The top three industries for women in Sacramento are health care, educational services, and public administration. For men, it is construction, public administration, and accommodation and food services. The average travel time to work is about 23 minutes. More than 23.9% of Sacramento residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 8.4%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Sacramento is 14.7%, which is greater than California's average of 12.3%.

The percentage of Sacramento residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 36.9%, is less than both the national and state average. Pearly Gate Missionary Baptist Church, Peace Lutheran Church and Parkview Presbyterian Church are among the churches located in Sacramento. The most prominent religious groups are the Catholic Church, the LDS (Mormon) Church and the Assemblies of God.

Sacramento is home to the Southern Pacific Shops and the Bing Maloney Golf Course as well as Alkali Flat North Historic District and Silva Field. Shopping centers in the area include Farmers Center Shopping Center, Florin Square Shopping Center and Franklin and Florin Shopping Center. Visitors to Sacramento can choose from Best Western Sutter House, Best for Less Motel-Cababa Lodge and AAA Residence Inn for temporary stays in the area.