This guest post was written by Bella Rose, a graduate of our Diploma of Screen and Media course.
Deciding to turn your passion into a career is a huge leap. As someone who has always loved makeup, I wasn’t sure what I was in for when I enrolled in a makeup course at Demi International. Would I love it? Would I learn new things? What would it be like to study makeup artistry and turn it into a full time job?
Thankfully, I wasn’t disappointed by any of the answers to these questions. I’ve never had as much fun completing a course as I did with the Diploma of Screen and Media: It was challenging, exciting, and action-packed from start to finish.
No two days were the same. One day I was working on a fashion show for a local swimwear designer, and the next I was behind the scenes doing hair and makeup for a production of Grease at the Caloundra Events Centre.
The course wasn’t just a great pathway to becoming a makeup artist: It was also an opportunity to make new friends, learn many new skills, and explore different career opportunities. Read on for 4 reasons why I loved studying makeup at Demi International.
- The people
My makeup course was full of a mixture of people who all had different reasons for pursuing a makeup qualification. From hairdressers looking to offer an additional professional service and students straight out of high school to beauty enthusiasts wanting to build a freelance business doing makeup for formals, weddings, and other special occasions, my class was a diverse bunch.
The Diploma of Screen and Media was a great opportunity to meet like-minded people and develop other interests in areas like wigs, theatre, and special effects makeup. By the end of my time at Demi International I made a number of great friends that I’m sure I’ll have for many years to come.
- The skills
A huge advantage of completing a makeup qualification course is the wide range of skills you’ll pick up. During my course I was involved in many professional photoshoots, which I was able to add to my growing portfolio, and learned plenty of makeup techniques.
Ultimately this has served me well in my career as a makeup artist, where I’ve found that clients have increasingly complex needs and expectations (you can thank the Kardashians for that!). Studying at Demi International gave me the confidence to do everything from smokey eyes and contouring to catwalk makeup and glamorous editorial looks. These are all valuable skills for anyone who wants to become a makeup artist with a booked-out schedule!
- The practical experience
Hands-on experience is one of the most important parts of completing a makeup course. No matter how many amazing makeup tutorials there are on YouTube, learning how to become a makeup artist isn’t something you can do alone.
I can guarantee that YouTube will never teach you what a real-life fashion show or shoot is like: There’s just no way it can teach you how to work with different models of all ages and skin types. There’s no substitute for the experience of getting a big makeup job done in a short time frame and a tiny change room backstage. While you can learn how to apply a smokey eye to yourself by watching a tutorial, it’s not as easy to teach yourself how to apply camera-ready makeup to a woman in her 50s with rosacea.
- The opportunities
The skills you’ll learn in the Diploma of Screen and Media are transferable and relevant, no matter where you choose to take your makeup qualification. You could work somewhere like MECCA or Sephora, or go into the bridal, spa, or beauty therapy industry. If you love travelling, you could even find a job on a cruise ship and travel the world!
The CUA51015 Diploma of Screen and Media at Demi International covers everything, and opens doors in related fields like beauty therapy and nail technology. The University Pathways program means you’ll even get a chance to complete further tertiary studies in Arts or Creative Industries, potentially with advanced standing.
Where will your qualification in makeup take you?
Since graduating with a Diploma in Screen and Media in 2018, I’ve found plenty of rewarding work within the beauty industry. Within 3 months of graduation I was a freelance makeup artist, and within 4 months I was hired as the head makeup artist for an award-winning photographic studio. I am also the Makeup Director of Aura Makeup Australia and took charge of the 2019 Sunshine Coast Fashion Festival.
If you’re interested in becoming a makeup artist, I highly recommend studying at Demi International. Learn more about the Diploma of Screen and Media or browse Demi International’s other courses online now!