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Career and Education Opportunities for Makeup Artists in Omaha, Nebraska

Omaha, Nebraska provides a wide variety of opportunities, both career and educational, for makeup artists. 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.

The average wage in the general category of Personal Care jobs is $12 per hour or $24,450 per year in Nebraska, and an average of $12 per hour or $24,156 per year nationwide.

The Omaha area is home to thirty-one schools of higher education, including seven within twenty-five miles of Omaha where you can get a degree as a makeup artist. Given that the most common education level for makeup artists is a post-secondary certificate, you can expect to spend a short time studying to be 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 Omaha 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

E Q School of Hair Design - Council Bluffs, IA

E Q School of Hair Design, 536 W Broadway, Council Bluffs, IA 51503. E Q School of Hair Design is a small school located in Council Bluffs, Iowa. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 51 students. E Q School of Hair Design has a two to four year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated thirty-one students in 2008.

La'James International College - Fremont, NE

La'James International College, 1660 N Grant, Fremont, NE 68025. La'James International College is a small college located in Fremont, Nebraska. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 42 students. La'James International College has a one to two year and a two to four year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated zero and forty-seven students respectively in 2008.

Josephs College of Beauty-Lincoln - Lincoln, NE

Josephs College of Beauty-Lincoln, 5801 O Street, Lincoln, NE 68510-2226. Josephs College of Beauty-Lincoln is a small college located in Lincoln, Nebraska. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 353 students. Josephs College of Beauty-Lincoln has a two to four year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated 110 students in 2008.

College of Hair Design - Lincoln, NE

College of Hair Design, 304 S Eleventh St, Lincoln, NE 68508-2199. College of Hair Design is a small college located in Lincoln, Nebraska. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 201 students. College of Hair Design has a two to four year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated ninety-two students in 2008.

Xenon International Academy II Inc - Omaha, NE

Xenon International Academy II Inc, 8516 Park Drive, Omaha, NE 68127-3622. Xenon International Academy II Inc is a small school located in Omaha, Nebraska. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs. It has 242 students and an admission rate of 100%. Xenon International Academy II Inc has a two to four year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated 121 students in 2008.

Vatterott College-Spring Valley Campus - Omaha, NE

Vatterott College-Spring Valley Campus, 11818 I Street, Omaha, NE 68137. Vatterott College-Spring Valley Campus is a small college located in Omaha, Nebraska. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 329 students. Vatterott College-Spring Valley Campus has a two to four year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated forty-eight students in 2008.

Capitol School of Hairstyling - Omaha, NE

Capitol School of Hairstyling, 2819 S 125 Ave, Suite 268, Omaha, NE 68144. Capitol School of Hairstyling is a small school located in Omaha, Nebraska. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 97 students. Capitol School of Hairstyling has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated seventy-three students in 2008.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Omaha, Nebraska

Omaha, Nebraska
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Omaha is located in Douglas County, Nebraska. It has a population of over 438,646, which has grown by 12.5% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Omaha, 81, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Omaha are valued at $105,100 on average, which is far less than the state average. In 2008, 1,576 new homes were built in Omaha, down from 1,905 the previous year.

The three big industries for women in Omaha are health care, educational services, and finance and insurance. For men, it is construction, accommodation and food services, and professional, scientific, and technical services. The average commute to work is about 18 minutes. More than 28.7% of Omaha residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 9.0%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Omaha is 4.7%, which is greater than Nebraska's average of 4.5%.

The percentage of Omaha residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 54.5%, is more than the national average but less than the state average. Calvary Baptist Church, Calvary Chapel of Omaha and Calvary Foursquare Gospel Church are all churches located in Omaha. The most common religious groups are the Catholic Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Lutheran Church.

Omaha is home to the Gibson and the Cedar Hills Golf Course as well as Al Caniglia Field and Adams Park. Shopping malls in the area include Frederick Square Shopping Center, North Park Shopping Center and Oak View Mall. Visitors to Omaha can choose from Countryside Suites, Hampton Inn Omaha-Central and Townhouse Inn for temporary stays in the area.