A Career in Make Up


Posted September 10th, 2010 by Olga Kirnos with Comments Off on A Career in Make Up

How to make it as a Professional Make Up Artist?

Working as a professional Make Up Artist for several years, I started freelancing in Canada as a Film & TV Make Up Artist, working on commercials, TV series’ & Feature Film Productions. Later on expanding my work into the Fashion & Film Industries in India.

Within the past twelve months of working in India, I’ve had the chance to collaborate with some of Indian’s top Photographers & Fashion Magazines doing Print Ads, Campaigns, Calendar Shoots, Magazine Covers and Spreads.

I contribute my progress to a few basic and essential work ethics that I follow and advice new comers who wish to become a part of this fast paced industry.


To make it means to be busy. My four tips of becoming a busy Make Up Artist are these:

1- Be Passionate

Passion & Profession go hand in hand. First and foremost when choosing this line of work be sure that this is the career choice you are passionate to follow and invest in.

Working in the Fashion Industry requires a 100% commitment to face the challenges that such an industry may present. Your passion for your line of work will determine how you will face all the other steps that, in my opinion, are required to become a successful professional.

It is also fundamentally expressed through one’s work quality, range of versatility and creativity, which are key elements of working in this line.

2- Do Your Research

Keep your finger on the pulse- if you choose such a versatile line of work you have to do your homework.

Never feel that your cup is full and there is nothing left to learn, this is when you will stop growing and eventually sabotage your own progress. Whether observing other professionals, experimenting with products or simply browsing all the fashion magazines you can get your hands on, there is an endless source of knowledge to observe and absorb.

Good knowledge & research of the industry will also help you understand how to create the right portfolio and approach the right clients.

3- Learn & Practice

“Practice Makes Perfect”. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, play around & experiment with different ideas, techniques & styles.

This will not only contribute to your versatility but also your ability to improvise on the spot and be well prepared for any creative challange.

Criticize your work to understand what you can improve on and compliment yourself on job well done. Be confident and open minded because there is no one right way to follow except to posses a positive attitude.

4- Stay Pro-Active

Always strive to improve. A good approach to maintain is to keep in mind that you are not competing with anyone- you are only competing with yourself to do better than your last performance.

Innovating yourself is a must if you choose to work as a freelancer like I did, you should never have nothing to do. Improving your skills is something that has to be followed persistently whether it’s your product knowledge, portfolio or simply interaction in person, there is always something that you should be doing.

It’s important to remember there is a direct relationship between your output and your input. Between your efforts to the amount of work that follows.

Olga Kirnos

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