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Career and Education Opportunities for Makeup Artists in San Francisco, California

Makeup artists can find many career and educational opportunities in the San Francisco, 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.

Makeup artists earn approximately $28 per hour or $59,170 yearly on average in California. Nationally they average about $12 hourly or $26,270 per year. Earnings for makeup artists are better than earnings in the general category of Personal Care in California and better than general Personal Care category earnings nationally.

There are eighty-six schools of higher education in the San Francisco area, including nine within twenty-five miles of San Francisco where you can get a degree to start your career as a makeup artist. The most common level of education 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

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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 San Francisco 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.
  • Skin Care Specialist. Provide skin care treatments to face and body to enhance an individual's appearance.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Makeup Artist Training

Los Medanos College - Pittsburg, CA

Los Medanos College, 2700 East Leland Road, Pittsburg, CA 94565. Los Medanos College is a medium sized college located in Pittsburg, California. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 8,360 students. Los Medanos College has a two to four year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist.

College of San Mateo - San Mateo, CA

College of San Mateo, 1700 W Hillsdale Blvd, San Mateo, CA 94402-3784. College of San Mateo is a large college located in San Mateo, California. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 11,215 students. College of San Mateo has one to two year, associate's degree, and two to four year programs in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated forty-two, three, and zero students respectively in 2008.

Miss Martys Hair Academy and Esthetics Institute - San Francisco, CA

Miss Martys Hair Academy and Esthetics Institute, 1087 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. Miss Martys Hair Academy and Esthetics Institute is a small school located in San Francisco, California. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 65 students. Miss Martys Hair Academy and Esthetics Institute has a less than one year and a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated twenty-seven and five students respectively in 2008.

Hilltop Beauty School - Daly City, CA

Hilltop Beauty School, 6317 Mission St, Daly City, CA 94014. Hilltop Beauty School is a small school located in Daly City, California. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 161 students. Hilltop Beauty School has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated fifty-nine students in 2008.

Skyline College - San Bruno, CA

Skyline College, 3300 College Dr, San Bruno, CA 94066-1698. Skyline College is a medium sized college located in San Bruno, California. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 9,515 students. Skyline College has less than one year, one to two year, associate's degree, and two to four year programs in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated five, six, one, and zero students respectively in 2008.

Alameda Beauty College - Alameda, CA

Alameda Beauty College, 2318 Central Ave, Alameda, CA 94501. Alameda Beauty College is a small college located in Alameda, California. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs. It has 72 students and an admission rate of 100%. Alameda Beauty College has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated fifty-two students in 2008.

Paris Beauty College - Concord, CA

Paris Beauty College, 1655 Willow Pass Road, Concord, CA 94520. Paris Beauty College is a small college located in Concord, California. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs. It has 278 students and an admission rate of 100%. Paris Beauty College has a less than one year and a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated 206 and 110 students respectively in 2008.

Contra Costa College - San Pablo, CA

Contra Costa College, 2600 Mission Bell Dr, San Pablo, CA 94806-3195. Contra Costa College is a medium sized college located in San Pablo, California. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 7,147 students. Contra Costa College has a two to four year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist.

Laney College - Oakland, CA

Laney College, 900 Fallon St, Oakland, CA 94607. Laney College is a large college located in Oakland, California. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 13,104 students. Laney College has one to two year, associate's degree, and two to four year programs in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated thirty-five, two, and zero students respectively in 2008.

LOCATION INFORMATION: San Francisco, California

San Francisco, California
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San Francisco is located in San Francisco County, California. It has a population of over 808,976, which has grown by 4.2% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in San Francisco, 180, is far greater than the national average. New single-family homes in San Francisco cost $218,300 on average, which is far less than the state average. In 2008, fifty-seven new homes were built in San Francisco, up from fifty-five the previous year.

The three most popular industries for women in San Francisco are professional, scientific, and technical services, health care, and educational services. For men, it is professional, scientific, and technical services, accommodation and food services, and construction. The average travel time to work is about 31 minutes. More than 45.0% of San Francisco residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 16.4%, is higher than the state average.

The percentage of San Francisco residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 41.8%, is less than both the national and state average. Gold Mountain Monastery, Golden Gate Community Church of the Nazarene and Golden Gate Lutheran Church are among the churches located in San Francisco. The most common religious groups are the Catholic Church, the Muslim Estimate and the United Methodist Church.

San Francisco is home to the Pier 88 and the Prayer Book Cross as well as Helen Wills Playground and Music Concourse. Shopping malls in the area include Yerba Buena Square Shopping Center, Fox Plaza Shopping Center and Galleria At Crocker Center Shopping Center. Visitors to San Francisco can choose from Astoria Hotel, A-1 Inn Motel and Best Western Canterbury Hotel for temporary stays in the area.