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Career and Education Opportunities for Makeup Artists in Vancouver, Washington

There is a wide variety of career and education opportunities for makeup artists in the Vancouver, Washington 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.

The average wage in the general category of Personal Care jobs is $14 per hour or $30,051 per year in Washington, and an average of $12 per hour or $24,156 per year nationwide.

There are forty-eight schools of higher education in the Vancouver area, including seven within twenty-five miles of Vancouver where you can get a degree to start your career 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 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 Vancouver 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

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.

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.

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.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Vancouver, Washington

Vancouver, Washington
Vancouver, Washington photo by Matthiasb

Vancouver is located in Clark County, Washington. It has a population of over 163,186, which has grown by 13.7% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Vancouver, 98, is near the national average. New single-family homes in Vancouver are priced at $95,700 on average, which is far less than the state average. In 2008, two hundred eighty new homes were built in Vancouver, down from four hundred twenty the previous year.

The three most popular industries for women in Vancouver are health care, educational services, and accommodation and food services. For men, it is construction, computer and electronic products, and accommodation and food services. The average travel time to work is about 23 minutes. More than 21.7% of Vancouver residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 7.4%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Vancouver is 7.8%, which is less than Washington's average of 8.7%.

The percentage of Vancouver residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 27.9%, is less than both the national and state average. The most prominent religious groups are the Catholic Church, the LDS (Mormon) Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Vancouver is home to the Vancouver Square and the Vancouver Plaza as well as Leverich Park and Wintler Park. Shopping malls in the area include Arbours Shopping Center, Millport Shopping Center and Vancouver Village Shopping Center. Visitors to Vancouver can choose from Comfort Suites Vancouver, Homewood Suites Portland-Vancouver and Best Western Hotel and Suites Vacouver Mall Dr for temporary stays in the area.