Over recent years, the aspirations to become a make-up artist has risen drastically among girls and there has even been a spike in interest with boys.

This change may be down to the popularity social media has created among teenagers who has access to images and videos of various make up looks and tutorials created interest in make up at earlier ages than beforehand.

I asked Christina Parker, 19 a trainee make-up artist at Hillsborough College and freelance make-up artist what it takes to become a make-up artist and what steps she took to get to the point she is at.

I asked firstly, “What inspired you to train as a make-up artist?” with Christina responding “What inspired me to train as a MUA is that I’ve always liked make-up since I was young and as I grew up I was getting more interested in make-up. That’s when I decided to go onto a media make-up course to expand on my interest and to learn new skills and techniques.”

Christina has recently started her own business and is in the process of becoming a freelance make-up artist, because of this I asked which make-up looks she specialises in and enjoys doing. Christina replied to me by saying “I specialise in all different types of make-up such as special FX, body painting and beauty. I started with the beauty side first as it was the first thing that interested me and learnt at college. I started getting interested in body paint and special FX as I was ending the course as we spent a short time on them. I love SPX and body painting because I can express myself with make-up and art. I also enjoy doing beauty make-up because I see it as a way of bringing out the beauty of someone and shows their true self. I like making people feel confident with themselves and the way they look.”

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As more people become interested in joining this profession, I then asked what qualifications you would need to become a MUA and what actions she took to get to the point she is such as courses, work experience and more for people who may be want to take the same path. Christina said “The qualification I have is a level three, two year media make-up course that specialised in beauty make-up (basics) special FX and body painting.”

Finally, I asked what steps she had taken to become her own freelance MUA such as social media pages and advertisement as this will give others an idea of what they can do to become a make-up artist and get to the same point as Christina. She responded ” The steps I have taken include talking to people online, advertising myself on Facebook and looking for jobs that specialised in make-up such as salons and shops.”