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Career and Education Opportunities for Makeup Artists in Chesapeake, Virginia

Makeup artists can find both educational opportunities and jobs in the Chesapeake, Virginia area. 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.

A person working as a makeup artist can expect to earn about $10 hourly or $21,490 annually on average in Virginia and about $12 per hour or $26,270 annually on average in the U.S. as a whole. Earnings for makeup artists are not quite as good as earnings in the general category of Personal Care in Virginia and better than general Personal Care category earnings nationally.

The Chesapeake area is home to thirty-six schools of higher education, including six within twenty-five miles of Chesapeake where you can get a degree 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 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 Chesapeake 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

Virginia School of Hair Design - Hampton, VA

Virginia School of Hair Design, 101 West Queens Way, Hampton, VA 23669. Virginia School of Hair Design is a small school located in Hampton, Virginia. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 105 students. Virginia School of Hair Design has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated thirty-three students in 2008.

Suffolk Beauty Academy - Suffolk, VA

Suffolk Beauty Academy, 860 Portsmouth Blvd, Suffolk, VA 23434-3020. Suffolk Beauty Academy is a small school located in Suffolk, Virginia. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 41 students. Suffolk Beauty Academy has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated nineteen students in 2008.

Wards Corner Beauty Academy - Norfolk, VA

Wards Corner Beauty Academy, 7525 Tidewater Dr Ste 200, Norfolk, VA 23505-3700. Wards Corner Beauty Academy is a small school located in Norfolk, Virginia. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 84 students. Wards Corner Beauty Academy has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated twenty-three students in 2008.

Wards Corner Beauty Academy-Virginia Beach - Virginia Beach, VA

Wards Corner Beauty Academy-Virginia Beach, 544 Newtown Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23462. Wards Corner Beauty Academy-Virginia Beach is a small school located in Virginia Beach, Virginia. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 85 students. Wards Corner Beauty Academy-Virginia Beach has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated twenty-six students in 2008.

Rudy & Kelly Academy of Hair and Nails - Virginia Beach, VA

Rudy & Kelly Academy of Hair and Nails, 5606-8 Princess Anne Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23462-6120. Rudy & Kelly Academy of Hair and Nails is a small school located in Virginia Beach, Virginia. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 88 students. Rudy & Kelly Academy of Hair and Nails has a less than one year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated ninety-three students in 2008.

College of the Albemarle - Elizabeth City, NC

College of the Albemarle, 1208 N Road St, Elizabeth City, NC 27906-2327. College of the Albemarle is a small college located in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 2,329 students. College of the Albemarle has a less than one year and a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated twenty-one and zero students respectively in 2008.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Chesapeake, Virginia

Chesapeake, Virginia
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Chesapeake is located in Chesapeake City County, Virginia. It has a population of over 220,111, which has grown by 10.5% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Chesapeake, 87, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Chesapeake are priced at $160,000 on average, which is well above the state average. In 2008, five hundred eighty-nine new homes were constructed in Chesapeake, down from seven hundred fifty-eight the previous year.

The three most popular industries for women in Chesapeake are educational services, health care, and public administration. For men, it is construction, public administration, and transportation equipment. The average travel time to work is about 25 minutes. More than 24.7% of Chesapeake residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 8.8%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Chesapeake is 6.1%, which is less than Virginia's average of 6.4%.

Pleasant Grove Church, Refuge Mission Church and Saint Andrews Church are among the churches located in Chesapeake.

Chesapeake is home to the Jacks Camp and the Portlock Yard as well as Cascade Park and Ford Park. Shopping malls in the area include Great Bridge Shopping Center, Greenbrier Mall Shopping Center and Poplar Hill Plaza Shopping Center. Visitors to Chesapeake can choose from Courtyard By Marriott, Chesapeake Travelodge Motel and Comfort Inn Bowers Hill for temporary stays in the area.