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Career and Education Opportunities for Makeup Artists in Portland, Oregon

If you want to be a makeup artist, the Portland, Oregon area offers many opportunities both for education and employment. The national trend for makeup artists sees this job pool growing by about 16.9% over the next eight years. Makeup artists generally 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 $25,115 per year in Oregon, and an average of $12 per hour or $24,156 per year nationwide.

There are fifty-nine schools of higher education in the Portland area, including ten within twenty-five miles of Portland where you can get a degree to start your career as a makeup artist. Makeup artists usually hold a post-secondary certificate, so 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 Portland include:

  • Assistant Hairstylist. Shampoo and rinse customers' hair.
  • 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

Northwest College of Hair Design - Hillsboro, OR

Northwest College of Hair Design, 210 SE 4th Street, Hillsboro, OR 97123. Northwest College of Hair Design is a small college located in Hillsboro, Oregon. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 79 students. Northwest College of Hair Design has a two to four year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated fourteen students in 2008.

Mt Hood Community College - Gresham, OR

Mt Hood Community College, 26000 SE Stark St, Gresham, OR 97030. Mt Hood Community College is a medium sized college located in Gresham, Oregon. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 7,251 students. Mt Hood Community College has a one to two year and an associate's degree program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated zero and twenty-six students respectively in 2008.

Phagans School of Hair Design - Milwaukie, OR

Phagans School of Hair Design, 16550 SE McLoughlin, Milwaukie, OR 97267. Phagans School of Hair Design is a small school located in Milwaukie, Oregon. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 86 students. Phagans School of Hair Design has a two to four year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated eleven students in 2008.

Phagans School of Hair Design - Portland, OR

Phagans School of Hair Design, 1542 NE Weider Ave, Portland, OR 97232. Phagans School of Hair Design is a small school located in Portland, Oregon. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 143 students. Phagans School of Hair Design has a two to four year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated forty students in 2008.

Academy of Hair Design Inc - Salem, OR

Academy of Hair Design Inc, 305 Court NE, Salem, OR 97301. Academy of Hair Design Inc is a small school located in Salem, Oregon. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 48 students. Academy of Hair Design Inc has a less than one year and a two to four year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated one and twenty-four students respectively in 2008.

College of Hair Design Careers - Salem, OR

College of Hair Design Careers, 1684 Clay St NE, Salem, OR 97301-1952. College of Hair Design Careers is a small college located in Salem, Oregon. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs. It has 61 students and an admission rate of 100%. College of Hair Design Careers has a two to four year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated seventeen students in 2008.

Phagans Tigard Beauty School - Tigard, OR

Phagans Tigard Beauty School, 8820 SW Center, Tigard, OR 97223. Phagans Tigard Beauty School is a small school located in Tigard, Oregon. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 35 students. Phagans Tigard Beauty School has less than one year, one to two year, and two to four year programs in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated three, seven, and sixteen students respectively in 2008.

Beau Monde College of Hair Design - Portland, OR

Beau Monde College of Hair Design, 1221 SW 12th Avenue, Portland, OR 97205. Beau Monde College of Hair Design is a small college located in Portland, Oregon. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 160 students. Beau Monde College of Hair Design has a two to four year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated thirty-five students in 2008.

Northwest College - Aloha, OR

Northwest College, 18295 SW Tualatin Valley Hwy, Ste A, Aloha, OR 97006-3954. Northwest College is a small college located in Aloha, Oregon. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 36 students. Northwest College has a two to four year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated thirty-one students in 2008.

Phagans School of Beauty - Salem, OR

Phagans School of Beauty, 622 Lancaster Dr NE, Salem, OR 97301. Phagans School of Beauty is a small school located in Salem, Oregon. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 55 students. Phagans School of Beauty has a two to four year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated ten students in 2008.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon
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Portland is located in Multnomah County, Oregon. It has a population of over 557,706, which has grown by 5.4% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Portland, 103, is above the national average. New single-family homes in Portland are priced at $194,700 on average, which is below the state average. In 2008, six hundred forty-eight new homes were constructed in Portland, down from 1,205 the previous year.

The three big industries for women in Portland are health care, educational services, and professional, scientific, and technical services. For men, it is professional, scientific, and technical services, construction, and accommodation and food services. The average commute to work is about 23 minutes. More than 32.6% of Portland residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 11.4%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Portland is 10.7%, which is greater than Oregon's average of 10.6%.

The percentage of Portland residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 45.7%, is less than the national average but more than the state average. The largest religious groups are the Catholic Church, the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the Charismatic Churches Independent.

Portland is home to the Barnes Yard and the Haig as well as Cottonwood Bay City Park and Wallace City Park. Visitors to Portland can choose from Motel 6, Shilo Inns & Resorts and Comfort Inn Portland for temporary stays in the area.