How to Get Paid as a Freelance Makeup Artist

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As a freelance makeup artist, you'll have plenty of opportunities to work in a variety of settings. Makeup artists help private clients before photo shoots, weddings or important meetings. Some artists work in the entertainment industry and do makeup for projects such as music videos, while others work out of their homes for private clients. In order to make money as a makeup artist, you must start your business, find clients and start invoicing.

Create a business plan. Decide on the type of clients you want to work with, how many hours and days per week you plan to work, and what you plan to charge for your services. Decide whether to charge hourly or on a per-project basis.

Create a DBA, or "doing business as," name for your business. This name will be your legal business name.

Apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN) by visiting the website and completing the required forms. You will use this number to open a business checking account and file your taxes.

Open a business checking account using your DBA name and EIN number.

Obtain your first client. You can get a new client through marketing or a personal referral. Visit with the client to determine her needs. Inform the client of your rates.

Perform the makeup job for the client. Write down the date of the job and the time you spent working with the client.

Create an invoice for the client using an invoicing software or word processing program. Include a description of your services, the amount due, the due date and where to mail payment.

Deposit the payment from the client into your business checking account.


  • Consider starting your business with lower rates. As you build up a client base and gain experience, you can raise your rates.