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Make Up Personal Statement Example

Whether it’s the war paint of the Native American tribes or the whited-out faces of the Japanese Geisha and Kabuki, or the avant garde looks of a John Galliano or Alexander McQueen fashion show, make up has always seemed to play a part in society and is used to create characters and to evoke an emotional response.

With the current international strength of theatre, movies, fashion, media and music in culture, the make up industry is important. The creative possibilities and job opportunities this programme would offer are both appealing and exciting to me.

Since 2001 I have been a significant figure within a Manchester based art collective. We participated actively in the local art scene holding site specific events that combined music, art and performance.

As we evolved, we became part of the Temporary Autonomous Arts (TAA); a hotbed of emerging arts that crosses all disciplines, and inspired further collaboration between traditional and contemporary media. Although being a pivotal figure in the organisation of these events (finding venues, developing promotional and marketing tools etc), I found the creative activities involved most inspiring.

My true passion flourished whilst creating makeup and hair designs, constructing backdrops and designing flyers for fashion shows, caberet, barndances and other events.

This has given me excellent firsthand experience of working creatively under pressure and inspired me to now pursue a professional career within the makeup industry.

I have supported my artistic endeavours through a successful career in hospitality. From waiter to manager I have acquired the discipline, organisational, time and people management skills that will be essential in my studies and future career.

I have greatly enjoyed the diversity of my job and the opportunities it has presented me with to interact with new people and build on my skills, but it did not satisfy my creativity.

In 2008 I was able to travel to India for three months which was an incredible experience. I chose travel alone which was both challenging and very rewarding. Having to rely on myself in a completely different country and culture gave me the opportunity to learn a lot about myself.

Having this experience opened my eyes to the diversity of world we live in and gave me a far greater appreciation for what I have. It also inspired me to see more of the world in the future.

Most recently I have gained work experience with two professional freelance makeup artists; Alexander Moses and Maria Lindgren. From this I have enhanced my basic skills in actual working processes and now feel that I have a clear understanding of the rigours of the job.

I am also in the process of arranging a summer internship with-in the makeup industry.I am now extremely motivated to follow a career within makeup. I feel as a mature student I have the self-knowledge, motivation and life experience to both commit to and excel throughout this course.

The unique mix of skill development, production experience, industry placements and academic study you offer, will enable me to develop my skills in a tangible direction. I have always had a keen interest in fashion, photography and media and, if accepted on this course, it will give me the opportunity to play an active role within these industries.

I believe the specific course you offer, combined with my determination and natural creativity, will allow me to realise my career ambitions. Its only limitations will be my own personal drive and creativity which I intend to push to their limits.

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Makeup Artist CV example

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Being a makeup artist can be such a fun, creative and rewarding career and it can open you up to a whole range of exciting opportunities.

But depending on the industry you want to go into (weddings, TV and film, etc.), this can also be a very competitive industry.

So, to boost your chances of getting a job, check out our top tips and example of a makeup artist CV below.

Guide contents

Makeup Artist CV example

  • Structuring and formatting your CV
  • Writing your CV profile
  • Detailing work experience
  • Your education
  • Skills required for your Makeup Artist CV

CV templates 

Makeup Artist CV-1

Unsure of what your Makeup Artist CV should look like?

Take a good look at the CV example above to get familiar with the structure, layout and format of a professional CV.

As you can see, it provides plenty of relevant information about the applicant but is still very easy to read, which will please busy recruiters.

Makeup Artist CV structure and format

Recruiters are busy, and if they can’t find the information they’re looking for in a flash, it could be game over for your application.

You need to format and structure your CV in a way which allows the reader to pick out your key information with ease, even if they’re strapped for time.

It should be clear, easily legible, well-organised and scannable – check out some simple tips and tricks below:

CV format and structure

Formatting Tips

  • Length: Two sides of A4 makes for the perfect CV length , though one page is okay for less experienced applicants. This forces you to make sure that every single sentence adds value to your CV and ensures you avoid waffle.
  • Readability : Help out time-strapped recruiters by formatting your CV for easy reading. Using lots of bullet points and lists will help them to skim through your info, while clearly formatted headings will allow them to navigate towards the content which is most useful to them.
  • Design: Don’t waste time adding fancy designs to your CV. It generally adds no value to your application and may even end up distracting recruiters away from the important written content.
  • Avoid photos: Don’t add photos, images or profile pictures to your CV. Not only do they take up much-needed CV space, but they’re actually completely unnecessary and won’t boost your CV at all.

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Structuring your CV

As you write your CV , divide and sub-head into the following sections:

  • Name and contact details – Always start with these, so employers know exactly how to get in touch with you.
  • CV profile – Add a short summary of your relevant experience, skills and achievements, which highlights your suitability.
  • Core skills section – A 2-3 columned list of your key skills.
  • Work experience – A detailed list of any relevant work experience, whether paid or voluntary.
  • Education – An overview of your academic background and any training you may have completed.
  • Hobbies and interests – A brief overview of your hobbies and interests, if they’re relevant (optional).

Now I’ll guide you through exactly what you should include in each CV section.

CV Contact Details

Contact details

Make it easy for recruiters to get in touch, by heading your CV with your contact details.

There’s no need for excessive details – just list the basics:

  • Mobile number
  • Email address – Use a professional address with no nicknames.
  • Location – Just write your general location, such as ‘London’ or ‘Cardiff’ – there’s no need to put your full address.
  • LinkedIn profile or portfolio URL

Makeup Artist CV Profile

Recruiters read through countless applications every day.

If they don’t find what they’re looking for quickly, they’ll simply move onto the next one.

That’s what makes your CV profile (or personal statement , if you’re an entry-level/graduate candidate) so important.

This short and snappy summary sits at the top of your CV, and should give a high-level overview of why you’re a good match for the job.

This way, you can ensure that busy recruiters see your suitability from the outset, and so, feel your CV is worth their time.

CV profile

Tips for creating an impactful CV profile:

  • Keep it brief: It might be tempting to submit a page-long CV profile, but recruiters won’t have the time to read it. To ensure every word gets read, it’s best to include high-level information only; sticking to a length of 3-5 lines.
  • Tailor it: Not tailoring your profile (and the rest of your CV) to the role you’re applying for, is the worst CV mistake you could make. Before setting pen to paper, look over the job ad and make a note of the skills and experience required. Then, incorporate your findings throughout.
  • Don’t add an objective: Career goals and objectives are best suited to your cover letter , so don’t waste space with them in your CV profile.
  • Avoid cliches: “Determined team player who always gives 110%” might seem like a good way to fill up your CV profile, but generic phrases like this won’t land you an interview. Recruiters hear them time and time again and have no real reason to believe them. Instead, pack your profile with your hard skills and tangible achievements.

What to include in your Makeup Artist CV profile?

  • Summary of experience: To give employers an idea of your capabilities, show them your track record by giving an overview of the types of companies you have worked for in the past and the roles you have carried out for previous employers – but keep it high level and save the details for your experience section.
  • Relevant skills: Highlight your skills which are most relevant to Makeup Artist jobs, to ensure that recruiters see your most in-demand skills as soon as they open your CV.
  • Essential qualifications: If the jobs you are applying to require candidates to have certain qualifications, then you must add them in your profile to ensure they are seen by hiring managers.

Quick tip: Your CV is your first impression on recruiters, so it’s vital to avoid spelling and grammar mistakes if you want to appear professional. Use our quick-and-easy CV Builder to add pre-written content that has been crafted by recruitment experts.

Core skills section

In addition to your CV profile, your core skills section provides an easily digestible snapshot of your skills – perfect for grabbing the attention of busy hiring managers.

As Makeup Artist jobs might receive a huge pile of applications, this is a great way to stand out and show off your suitability for the role.

It should be made up of 2-3 columns of bullet points and be made up of skills that are highly relevant to the jobs you are targeting.

Core skills CV

Work experience/Career history

Now it’s time to get stuck into your work experience, which should make up the bulk of your CV.

Begin with your current (or most recent) job, and work your way backwards.

If you’ve got too much experience to fit onto two pages, prioritise space for your most recent and relevant roles.

CV work experience

Structuring your roles

Your work experience section will be long, so it’s important to structure it in a way which helps recruiters to quickly and easily find the information they need.

Use the 3-step structure, shown in the below example, below to achieve this.

Role descriptions

Start with a brief summary of your role as a whole, as well as the type of company you worked for.

Key responsibilities

Use bullet points to detail the key responsibilities of your role, highlighting hard skills, software and knowledge wherever you can.

Keep them short and sharp to make them easily digestible by readers.

Key achievements

Finish off by showcasing 1-3 key achievements made within the role.

This could be anything that had a positive effect on your company, clients or customers, such as saving time or money, receiving exemplary feedback or receiving an award.

In your education section, make any degrees, qualifications or training which are relevant to Makeup Artist roles a focal point.

As well as mentioning the name of the organisation, qualification titles and dates of study, you should showcase any particularly relevant modules, assignments or projects.

Interests and hobbies

The hobbies and interests CV section isn’t mandatory, so don’t worry if you’re out of room by this point.

However, if you have an interesting hobby , or an interest that could make you seem more suitable for the role, then certainly think about adding.

Be careful what you include though… Only consider hobbies that exhibit skills that are required for roles as a Makeup Artist, or transferable workplace skills. There is never any need to tell employers that you like to watch TV and eat out.

Essential skills for your Makeup Artist CV

Tailoring your CV to the roles you are applying for is key to success, so make sure to read through the job descriptions and tailor your skills accordingly.

However, commonly desired  Makeup Artist  skills include:

  • Makeup techniques: Most obviously, you need to be able to apply makeup to an exceptionally high quality using the latest trends and techniques
  • Confidence: If you’re going to be doing makeup for people on important occasions such as weddings, you need to be confident in your abilities
  • Calm under pressure: Similarly, you need to always remain calm in high-pressure environments. You can’t be a makeup artists that becomes easily stressed or flustered
  • Organisation and time-management: You need to make sure you always keep on top of your diary and arrive on time, so you don’t let a client down on an important day
  • Flexibility: Often, makeup artists are required to work early mornings and late nights, so you’ll need to be flexible

Writing your Makeup Artist CV

Once you’ve written your Makeup Artist CV, you should proofread it several times to ensure that there are no typos or grammatical errors.

With a tailored punchy profile that showcases your relevant experience and skills, paired with well-structured role descriptions, you’ll be able to impress employers and land interviews.

Good luck with your next job application!

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"Makeup has the power to enhance the beauty that already exists."

Is your existing makeup resume blended as smoothly as your artistic makeup skills?

Well, you being here says that you do need a little help with renovating your existing resume or you need to curate the perfect resume for makeup artist from scratch.

Here is a summary of our Makeup Artist Resume 2020 Blog:

  • Always use your name as the header and maintain the unique individuality of your makeup resumes.
  • Write only one-liners that make specific statements in your professional experience section and strictly avoid writing bulky paragraphs.
  • Curate a makeup artist summary for your 3 years and above of professional experience and a makeup artist resume objective for below 3 years or zero years of experience.

You can also refer to the makeup artist resume examples and makeup artist resume samples that we have provided in this blog while writing your perfect makeup resume.

By the end of this blog, you will be able to write a job-winning resume for makeup artist and also learn:

  • What is a makeup artist resume?
  • How to talk about your experience on a makeup artist resume?
  • How to make your makeup artist resume summary effective?

Make use of the provided makeup artist resume samples and makeup artist resume examples for you to have a better understanding of resume writing in detail.

. . . All so you can get the job that you want!

Our Online Resume Builder is filled with a huge library of examples and a makeup artist resume sample that will blow your mind!

All you have to do is fill in with the suitable details and your flawless resume for makeup artists is good to go.

Makeup Artist Resume Sample

Let us take a look at our sample complete makeup artist resume to know what an ideal resumes for makeup artists should look like:

  • Handled 10+ clients daily and 250+ on a monthly basis to achieve 100% client satisfaction
  • Advised the brides and 50+ other customers regarding skin care routine and make-up techniques
  • Managed the makeup of 20+ major clients , including top models and received 100% positive feedback
  • Deployed latest cosmetic techniques & processes to do bridal makeups of 20+ clients
  • Ordered make-up cosmetics and maintained an inventory of ~100 product types
  • Recommended makeup products to clients to increase the product sales by 30%
  • Spearheaded a team of 5 professionals and taught them 20+ makeup tips & tricks
  • Promoted from Junior Makeup Artist to Senior Makeup Artist in just a year in Jun’ 14
  • Accomplished 'Best Employee of the Year Award' twice in Jun ’17 and Jun ’18
  • Attended 100+ clients in a month and achieved 99% client satisfaction
  • Performed makeup application of ~50 clients including 5 brides
  • Communicated with the clients and sold the makeup products worth USD 20K & increased the sales by 20%
  • Won ‘ Best Employee Award’ in a team of 15 in Jun ’13 due to stellar performance
  • Top 20 percentile of the class
  • Certification in Makeup Artistry | Alp Academy | Jun '13
  • Secured 2nd position out of 200+ participants , National level Makeup Show | Jun ’18
  • Received ' Best Makeup ' award out of 500 participants in Free Look Makeup Awards | Jun '16

What is a Makeup Artist Resume & why do you need it?

Curating your makeup resumes can give you the golden chance to stand out for the recruiters to recognize your skills and raise your chances of being shortlisted for the targeted job.

Your freelance makeup artist resume is most likely the first means of contact between you and the recruiters.

It is not an easy task for the recruiters to read through every resume that they receive, hence most of them rely on the ATS (Applicant Tracking System) to filter through resumes.

Doing so helps them pick the resume that ranks high on the ATS and your aim here is to rank high on the ATS if you want to raise your chances of being shortlisted by the recruiters.

Despite being an efficient applicant, your freelance makeup artist resume has a high chance of being rejected if it is not ATS-friendly.

Hence, always make sure that your freelance makeup artist resume is ATS-targeted so that you can go one step closer to your dream job.

Make sure to read Hiration's tips of dos and don'ts while writing a resume to create the perfect ATS-friendly resume.

In the meanwhile, you can get your existing resume professionally reviewed by Hiration’s Resume Review Service.

Makeup Artist Resume Sections

There are different unique sections in your resume, the standard sections that are mandatory to be framed, and optional sections that are not compulsory but can help add value to your beginner makeup artist resume.

Given below is the list of all the standard functional sections that should be filled at all times:

  • Personal Information
  • Profile Title
  • Summary/Objective
  • Professional Experience

The below-given list refers to the optional sections that you can frame whenever required, provided you possess them:

  • Certifications (if any)
  • Awards & Recognition (if any)
  • Volunteering Experience (if any)
  • Additional Information (if any)

Always maintain a professional approach while curating any section of your resume by thoughtfully framing them.

Read Hiration's Guide to writing perfect sections in a resume to frame every section in your resume.

You can also use Hiration’s Online Resume Builder to stand a high chance of getting shortlisted for the job of your dreams.

It comes with a huge library of pre-filled resume templates that you can personalize to suit your specific qualifications and professional work history.

How to write your Makeup Artist Resume

Everyone follows a different way of writing their resume, likewise, we at Hiration follow three important stages that can help raise the chances for your resume to stand out amongst a sea of average makeup resumes.

The three important stages for writing your resume for makeup artist are given below:

  • Stage 1: Master Makeup Artist Resume
  • Stage 2: First Draft of Makeup Artist Resume
  • Stage 3: Final Draft of Makeup Artist Resume

Now, let us thoroughly discuss these three stages to understand their importance and learn how to apply them while writing any of your freelance makeup artist resume or beginner makeup artist resume.

Master Makeup Artist Resume

Always start by creating a master resume as the first step to utilize it as a master folder of all your details and pieces of information.

All you have to do is stack up all your details and information that you may require while framing your resume for makeup artists.

And do keep in mind that your master makeup resume can be used for both the present time-line and any future updates of your makeup resumes.

Collect every detail and information about your professional experience and educational qualification ventures in this folder.

Try not to miss out on any required details of personal information that the recruiter may need in case they want to get in touch with you for any likely shortlist.

You can also write down all your extra-curricular activities, hobbies, languages that you speak/write (apart from English), and any other additional information that may help enhance your potential as a suitable applicant.

Once you are done with this you need not worry about any unclear information that you are not sure about in the present time-line because you may need them in any possible future updates.

First Draft of Makeup Artist Resume

As part of the second stage of resume writing, you need to compose the first draft of your resume.

The following section needs to be composed in this first draft:

Make sure that every section that you frame in your makeup resumes is thoughtfully curated to have an impact on the recruiters to recognize your potential as a suitable applicant.

Final Draft of Makeup Artist Resume

Finally, for the third stage of writing your resume for makeup artist, you need to compose two important sections that we have briefly described below:

Key Skills : Your key skills should be curated as the last second step. It is so because you have to scan through your entire resume and pick the most effective key skill that you possess and highlight them in this section.

Summary/Objective : Write a summary or a makeup artist resume objective in the last stage while writing your resume for makeup artists. It is so because you have to create an overall statement of your entire professional experience and highlight your most significant efficiency in this section.

Now that we have discussed the three important stages of resume writing, you can follow them religiously and make your resume writing a little less stressful and create a flawless resume.

Make sure to read Hiration's Guide on how to write a resume to learn more about resume writing.

Makeup Artist Resume: Header

Your resume header is a distinct feature in your makeup resumes that needs to be curated with a professional approach.

A well-framed header can help you maintain the unique individuality of your resume and helps the recruiter to easily keep a track of your resume.

Read the following points to be implied while framing your makeup resumes:

  • Your full and real name should be written on the topmost part of your resume.
  • It should be written in 16-20 font-size as the largest text in your resume.
  • If you have a middle name, use only the initial followed by a period.
  • Example: Lily Allen Bing should be written as "Lily A. Bing"

Read Hiration’s Guide To Writing The Perfect Resume Header to learn the art of curating the perfect header for your makeup resume.

Here is a sample makeup artist resume illustrating the ideal header for your freelance makeup artist resume.

Head Section in Makeup Artist Resume

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Makeup Artist Resume: Personal Information

Some personal information details need to be provided in your resume so that the recruiters can get in touch with you in case of any likely shortlist.

The following details are required in an ideal personal information section of your makeup artist resume:

  • Contact number

Email Address

Hiration Pro Tip : Try and avoid giving details of your marital status, religious affiliation, or political inclination in your resume unless explicitly asked for. Most countries have forbidden it by law to mention these things as it may lead to biased hiring.

Contact Number

Giving out your contact number serves you with an important purpose.

The recruiters may need to contact you for any likely shortlist to schedule or confirm interviews with you. They may even need to interview you over the phone.

You should keep any possibilities in mind and make sure that you provide your active number through which the recruiters can get to you 24x7.

Avoid making careless mistakes by giving out wrong numbers because you may miss the chance of being contacted by the recruiters in case of any likely shortlist.

Given below is the correct format for writing your mobile number:

  • Use your country’s ISD code as a prefix before your phone number
  • Put a plus sign (+) before the ISD code
  • Eg: +1 82635 82374
Hiration Pro Tip : If you have 2 or more mobile numbers, make sure that you accurately provide only that mobile number on which you are available 24x7. If the recruiter cannot get in touch with you, there is no use of penning down your contact number in your details. Hence, be extra sure that you are writing it correctly in your resume.

Emails are one of the most convenient means of communication in this day and age. It saves time and is a suitable means of official communications.

Always provide your official email address in your resume. Your email ID should have your full/real name at all times for any official purpose.

Example: [email protected] or [email protected]

Strictly avoid fancy email IDs for official purposes as it may make you seem like an immature person who is not serious about one's career.

Example: [email protected] or [email protected]

Hiration Pro Tip : Since your email ID is a professional communication channel between you and your recruiter, you should write it as professionally as you can. For example, use your real full name in your email ID. Avoid using flimsy nicknames while drafting your email address in your resume.

Current Location

Keep the following points in mind and apply them while providing your current location on your resume:

  • If you are looking for a job in your own country, simply mention the city and state of your residence. On the contrary, if you are looking for a job in another country, simply mention your city and country of residence.
  • Avoid giving out your house number, street number, and your locality name as those details are unnecessary. You should also avoid giving out any address of past residence or workplace.

Given below is a sample makeup artist resume showcasing the ideal personal information section of your makeup resumes.

Personal Information in Makeup Artist Resume

Read Hiration's Guide to composing your contact information to get a better sense of this section.

Use our Online Resume Builder to put together a perfectly fashioned resume.

It comes with a pre-designed & pre-filled resume template that you can easily modify to suit your needs & preference.

Makeup Artist Resume: Profile Title

Profile titles help the recruiters recognize and identify your level of professional status.

It directly reflects where you stand in your field of work. You may write a freelance makeup artist resume, beginner makeup artist resume or a professional resume for makeup artist and it can be reflected through your profile title.

Make sure to write your exact profile title correctly and avoid exaggerating your level of professional status as it may pass as cheating the recruiters.

Remember that your profile title communicates the following facts to the recruiter:

  • Your current designation.
  • Your functional industry.
  • Your level of seniority in your line of work.

Follow the below-mentioned guidelines to write an impeccable profile title:

  • It should be the second-largest text in your resume after your resume header
  • It should ideally be written in the range of 14-16 font size

In the meanwhile, we advise you to go all out on our AI-powered Resume Review Service to get an in-depth and constructive analysis of your makeup resumes within minutes of uploading it on our tool!

You can refer to our sample makeup artist resume given below to know what a profile title should ideally look like.

Profile Title in Makeup Artist Resume

Makeup Artist Resume: Professional Experience

The main goal of writing your makeup resumes is to bring forth your best to the table and raise your chances of being shortlisted by the recruiters for the targeted job.

The three important factors that can help enhance your professional experience section are discussed below:

  • STAR format

Framing Points

Bucketing & bolding, star format.

STAR format is an important factor that can have a huge impact on the recruiters by creating the cause-effect relationship between your skills and the contributions to an organization by highlighting your achievements.

The full form of STAR is given below:

  • S stands for the situation, background, or context of your contributions as part of your roles and responsibilities.
  • T stands for the actual task that was assigned to you as part of your job profile.
  • A stands for the action that you executed by coming up with your specific strategies and ideas.
  • R stands for the outcome that is the result of the action that you performed in your work.

STAR format brings out the relation between your situation, the assigned task, action, and result which in turn adds value to your efficiency as a suitable applicant.

Try to provide figures of the number to specify your exact contributions or achievements wherever applicable.

Framing your points can be beneficial for you if it is curated in the right way while writing your professional experience on your makeup resumes.

Let us look at the two makeup artist resume examples given below to analyze and discuss the importance of framing points and how it can be applied in your resume writing.

Makeup Artist Resume Example 1

"I have actively handled 20+ clients daily and 300+ monthly to successfully achieve 100% client satisfaction. I have advised 50+ customers regarding skincare routine and make-up techniques that would suit their skin type. Efficiently managed 10+ top models and received 100% positive feedback that was conducted via an online survey. Simultaneously deployed cosmetics in trend to blend the most suitable bridal makeups of 15+ clients."

Makeup Artist Resume Example 2

Handled 20+ clients daily and 300+ monthly to achieve 100% client satisfaction Advised 50+ customers regarding skincare routine & suitable make-up techniques Managed 10+ top models & received 100% positive feedback via online survey Deployed trending cosmetics to blend suitable bridal makeups of 15+ clients

Framing Points: Analysis

By comparing the two makeup artist resume examples, we can see that framing points (example 2) make your points more specific and readable.

On the other hand, writing lengthy paragraphs (example 1) make your points look bulky and may end up being rejected by the recruiters due to its lack of quick readability.

Both the makeup artist resume examples are stating the same points but there is a higher chance that the recruiter would go through the framed points in example 2.

Whereas the recruiters may not want to go through example 1 due to its bulky outlook because they may assume that it is too much to go through in the mere 06-20 seconds that they spend on a resume.

In conclusion, now that we have compared both the makeup artist resume examples always frame your points with bullet points to make your statements clear and make it easier for the recruiters to read through.

Bucketing and bolding should be applied while framing your professional experience section to make your one-liners more organized.

Let us look at the two makeup artist resume examples given below to analyze and understand how it can be implemented in your resumes for makeup artists.

Handled 20+ clients daily and 300+ monthly to achieve 100% client satisfaction Advised 50+ customers regarding skincare routine & suitable make-up techniques Managed 10+ top models & received 100% positive feedback via online survey Deployed trending cosmetics to blend suitable bridal makeups of 15+ clients Ordered genuine cosmetics & maintained an inventory for 1000+ products Recommended clients with imported products to increase the 30% product sales Spearheaded a team of 5 interns & taught them 30+ makeup tricks Promoted as Senior Makeup Artist from Junior Makeup Artist in Jul’ 14 Accomplished 'Best Makeup Artist of the Year Award' Jul ’18
Client Relationship Management & Makeup Application Handled 20+ clients daily and 300+ monthly to achieve 100% client satisfaction Advised 50+ customers regarding skin care routine & suitable make-up techniques Managed 10+ top models & received 100% positive feedback via online survey Deployed trending cosmetics to blend suitable bridal makeups of 15+ clients Maintained Inventory & Team Leadership Ordered genuine cosmetics & maintained an inventory for 1000+ products Recommended clients with imported products to increase the 30% product sales Spearheaded a team of 5 interns & taught them 30+ makeup tricks Key Achievements Promoted as Senior Makeup Artist from Junior Makeup Artist in Jul’ 14 Accomplished 'Best Makeup Artist of the Year Award' Jul ’18

Bucketing & Bolding: Analysis

Both the given makeup artist resume examples are framed by bullet points but bucketing and bolding (example 2) make your one-liners seem more readable and organized.

Framing points (example 1) alone is not enough as it only lists out your one-liners but fails to emphasize them.

Create unique subheadings (bucketing) and list out the relevant points under it.

Next, bold all the figures of numbers highlighting your most efficient skills and achievements.

Doing so can make the recruiters recognize the best of what you possess that can help raise your value as a suitable applicant and raise your chances of being shortlisted.

Remember that both the makeup artist resume examples are stating the same points but there are higher chances for the recruiters to read through example 2 so it is advisable for you to use bucketing and bolding in your one-liners.

To learn more about this section and how to perfect it, read Hiration's Blog on how to compose the work experience in your makeup resumes .

Apart from the makeup artist resume examples, here is a makeup resume sample showcasing what an ideal professional experience section looks like.

Experience Section in Makeup Artist Resume

Makeup Artist Resume: Education

Your educational qualification should be mentioned in your resumes for makeup artists as it makes the recruiters recognize your level of educational qualification.

There may not be any specific educational qualifications required for your resume for makeup artists but it is always advisable to frame this section.

It can help the recruiters consider you as an educated applicant who can efficiently execute one's roles and responsibilities.

The education section of your makeup resumes should ideally consist of:

  • Name of the school/university you have attended.
  • Name of the courses you have pursued.
  • The location of your school/university.
  • Enrollment and graduation dates in the month & year format .

Refer to Hiration's Guide on how to list education on your resume to read an exhaustive guide on how to correctly curate the education section.

In addition to all the makeup artist resume examples that we have provided in our blog so far, here is a sample makeup artist resume showcasing the ideal education section of your makeup resume.

Education Section in a Makeup Artist Resume

Makeup Artist Resume: Certifications

Listing your certifications can add value to your freelance makeup artist resume, celebrity makeup artist resume, film makeup artist resume, resume for makeup artist entry-level, makeup artist resume for Sephora, etc.

It can reflect your level of expertise on your resume and make the recruiters realize your effort in getting certified for your line of work.

As a makeup artist, it can benefit you if you mention the certifications that you possess and raise your chances as an efficient applicant.

The certification section of your makeup resumes communicates the following details about you:

  • Certification course name.
  • Name of the institute of affiliation.
  • Location of the institute of affiliation.
  • Enrollment and completion date of the course in the month & year format .

You can align the above-given points in the below format:

{Name of certification} | {Affiliating Institution} | {Location} | {Date} (month & year format)

Read Hiration's Guide on listing certifications on a resume to get a better understanding of this section.

In addition to all the makeup artist resume examples given in this blog, here is our makeup artist resume sample demonstrating the ideal certifications section of your makeup resume.

Certifications in a Makeup Artist Resume

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Makeup Artist Resume: Additional Information

Additional information refers to those details of the hobbies that you keep or languages that you speak/write (apart from English).

For example, in your line of work as a makeup artist, you are bound to come across a lot of people from different backgrounds and you speaking their language can help you have stronger communication with them.

You can mention this information in your freelance makeup artist resume if you feel that they can help enhance your educational and professional experience section in your beauty advisor resume.

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Makeup Artist Resume Key Sections

Makeup artist resume: key skills.

Make your most significant skills stand out in your key skills section.

This is a platform wherein you can make your skills stand out and make the recruiters recognize you as the most suitable applicant for the targeted job.

You should create this section as the last second step because you need to scan through your professional experience section and pick out your most effective skills and achievements.

Pick those keywords that have been used by the recruiters in describing the target job. It can help you rank high on the ATS and raise your chances of being shortlisted.

Read Hiration's Guide on what skills to put on a resume to get a better understanding of how to efficiently curate this section.

Given below is a makeup artist resume sample showcasing the perfect makeup artist skills section.

Skills Section in a Makeup Artist Resume

Makeup Artist Resume Summary

A summary of your makeup resume is a brief statement of your professional experience that reflects your contributions and achievements in an organization.

The recruiters can be intrigued to go through your freelance makeup artist resume and shortlist your makeup artist resume just by going through your makeup artist summary if it is curated in the right way.

Here is a list of what you should do to while writing your makeup artist summary:

  • Write your summary at the end as it makes it easier to decide what to put on this section.
  • Scan through your makeup resumes and pick the highlights of your career from your professional experience section.
  • Always try to include the keywords that the recruiter has used in the job description of the targeted job.
  • Frame a summary of your beauty advisor resume in only 3-4 lines to keep it brief and specific.
  • Write a resume summary only if you have worked for 3 years and above.
  • If you have worked for less than 3 years, write a resume objective instead.

Read Hiration's Resume Summary Guide to learn how to write an impactful summary for resumes.

In addition to all the makeup artist resume examples that we have given in this blog, we have also attached below our makeup artist resume template showcasing the ideal makeup artist summary.

Summary in a Makeupup Artist Resume

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Makeup Artist Resume Objective

The makeup artist resume objectives can be created to give a brief description of your efficient skills and any work experience that you possess.

An objective can help you sell your skills to the recruiters so that they can recognize you as an eligible applicant for the targeted job.

You should write your makeup artist resume objectives if:

  • You have no work experience.
  • You have very limited work experience of fewer than 3 years.
  • You are a fresh graduate writing an entry-level resume.

Write your makeup artist resume objectives to let the recruiters know what you can do for an organization instead of just writing what you expect from the targeted job.

Read Hiration's Guide on Resume Objectives to learn the art of fashioning your makeup artist resume objectives.

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Key Takeaways

  • Always make sure to write the dates in the month & year format throughout the resume.
  • If you are applying for a job in the same country, write the location in the city/state format. But if you are looking for opportunities abroad, write the location in the city/country format.
  • Curate your roles & responsibilities using one-liner points and enhance it using bucketing & bolding. Use the STAR format to enhance the readability and the effectiveness of your resume for makeup artists.
  • Begin each point in your work experience section with a power verb. Use these power verbs in the past tense for any past profiles/projects and present continuous tense for all current profiles and projects.
  • Write makeup artist resume objectives if your work experience is limited to 0-3 years. If you have over 3 years and above of relevant professional experience, write makeup artist summary instead.

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This handout provides information about writing personal statements for academic and other positions.

The personal statement, your opportunity to sell yourself in the application process, generally falls into one of two categories:

1. The general, comprehensive personal statement:

This allows you maximum freedom in terms of what you write and is the type of statement often prepared for standard medical or law school application forms.

2. The response to very specific questions:

Often, business and graduate school applications ask specific questions, and your statement should respond specifically to the question being asked. Some business school applications favor multiple essays, typically asking for responses to three or more questions.

Questions to ask yourself before you write:

  • What's special, unique, distinctive, and/or impressive about you or your life story?
  • What details of your life (personal or family problems, history, people or events that have shaped you or influenced your goals) might help the committee better understand you or help set you apart from other applicants?
  • When did you become interested in this field and what have you learned about it (and about yourself) that has further stimulated your interest and reinforced your conviction that you are well suited to this field? What insights have you gained?
  • How have you learned about this field—through classes, readings, seminars, work or other experiences, or conversations with people already in the field?
  • If you have worked a lot during your college years, what have you learned (leadership or managerial skills, for example), and how has that work contributed to your growth?
  • What are your career goals?
  • Are there any gaps or discrepancies in your academic record that you should explain (great grades but mediocre LSAT or GRE scores, for example, or a distinct upward pattern to your GPA if it was only average in the beginning)?
  • Have you had to overcome any unusual obstacles or hardships (for example, economic, familial, or physical) in your life?
  • What personal characteristics (for example, integrity, compassion, and/or persistence) do you possess that would improve your prospects for success in the field or profession? Is there a way to demonstrate or document that you have these characteristics?
  • What skills (for example, leadership, communicative, analytical) do you possess?
  • Why might you be a stronger candidate for graduate school—and more successful and effective in the profession or field than other applicants?
  • What are the most compelling reasons you can give for the admissions committee to be interested in you?

General advice

Answer the questions that are asked

  • If you are applying to several schools, you may find questions in each application that are somewhat similar.
  • Don't be tempted to use the same statement for all applications. It is important to answer each question being asked, and if slightly different answers are needed, you should write separate statements. In every case, be sure your answer fits the question being asked.

Tell a story

  • Think in terms of showing or demonstrating through concrete experience. One of the worst things you can do is to bore the admissions committee. If your statement is fresh, lively, and different, you'll be putting yourself ahead of the pack. If you distinguish yourself through your story, you will make yourself memorable.

Be specific

  • Don't, for example, state that you would make an excellent doctor unless you can back it up with specific reasons. Your desire to become a lawyer, engineer, or whatever should be logical, the result of specific experience that is described in your statement. Your application should emerge as the logical conclusion to your story.

Find an angle

  • If you're like most people, your life story lacks drama, so figuring out a way to make it interesting becomes the big challenge. Finding an angle or a "hook" is vital.

Concentrate on your opening paragraph

  • The lead or opening paragraph is generally the most important. It is here that you grab the reader's attention or lose it. This paragraph becomes the framework for the rest of the statement.

Tell what you know

  • The middle section of your essay might detail your interest and experience in your particular field, as well as some of your knowledge of the field. Too many people graduate with little or no knowledge of the nuts and bolts of the profession or field they hope to enter. Be as specific as you can in relating what you know about the field and use the language professionals use in conveying this information. Refer to experiences (work, research, etc.), classes, conversations with people in the field, books you've read, seminars you've attended, or any other source of specific information about the career you want and why you're suited to it. Since you will have to select what you include in your statement, the choices you make are often an indication of your judgment.

Don't include some subjects

  • There are certain things best left out of personal statements. For example, references to experiences or accomplishments in high school or earlier are generally not a good idea. Don't mention potentially controversial subjects (for example, controversial religious or political issues).

Do some research, if needed

  • If a school wants to know why you're applying to it rather than another school, do some research to find out what sets your choice apart from other universities or programs. If the school setting would provide an important geographical or cultural change for you, this might be a factor to mention.

Write well and correctly

  • Be meticulous. Type and proofread your essay very carefully. Many admissions officers say that good written skills and command of correct use of language are important to them as they read these statements. Express yourself clearly and concisely. Adhere to stated word limits.

Avoid clichés

  • A medical school applicant who writes that he is good at science and wants to help other people is not exactly expressing an original thought. Stay away from often-repeated or tired statements.

For more information on writing a personal statement, see the personal statement vidcast .

Makeup Artist Resume Sample

If you’ve always had a passion for putting makeup on your Barbie dolls or your teenage friends, then a career as a makeup artist might be a good fit for you. Meanwhile, learn more about the work process of a professional makeup artist. Find out about the skills that both hiring managers and potential customers would love to see in your resume. 

  • Learn when to contact a resume writing service or reach out to cover letter writing service when creating a bot-beating makeup artist resume; 
  • Get free makeup artist resume examples valued highly by recruiters;
  • Learn about resume formats.

Check more on how to format your make up artist resume.

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How to Format a Makeup Artist Resume

  • Functional . Emphasizes skills in your resume layout yet is perfect for beginners and industry changers;
  • Chronological . A great choice if you want to list your experiences in the job application;
  • Combination . Suitable both for professionals and entry-level specialists. Use it to focus both on your skills and experience before the actual job interview happens. 

Should I write my resume with the help of a professional article writer ? Yes, but before you do it, learn more about an artist resume format in our Skillhub community.

Makeup Artist Resume [Sample]

There are no two resumes for makeup artists that share the same data, like skills and experience. Each resume for makeup artist is unique since it focuses on one’s specific qualities and skills. Before you start composing beauty resumes, google ‘resume artist’ and check all possible makeup artist resume samples to learn the basic principles of efficient resume writing. 

Julia Grace

Makeup Artist

Phone Number : 737-777-7251

Email : [email protected]

LinkedIn : Add the link to your LinkedIn profile here

A highly skilled makeup artist with authentic artistic vision and 7 years of industry experience. Open for hire locally in New York and metropolitan areas. Due to outstanding communication skills and cosmetology knowledge provided makeup and skin cleaning services while achieving a 98% client satisfaction rate. 

‘Flora Beauty Salon’

Key Responsibilities

  • Provided makeup application services while following the core cosmetology requirements;
  • Consulted clients on skincare routine;
  • Helped clients choose products suitable for their skin type;
  • Promoted the company’s products and services;
  • Followed the hygiene and safety industry standards;
  • Assisted the cosmetology team with service updates and sales;
  • Updated customer payments and created a work schedule while applying superb organizational skills.

Key Achievements

  • Increased customer retention by 53% in 2 years;
  • Kept a 98% client satisfaction rate during the entire career. 

New York Cosmetology School

  • Graduated in Makeup Artistry (120 hours);
  • Completed a 3-month internship at L’Oreal.

Hard Skills

  • Authentic artistic vision;
  • Knowledge of color palettes and fashion styles;
  • Superb design skills;
  • Strong knowledge of industry standards and cosmetology products;
  • Communication and interpersonal skills.

Soft Skills

  • Multitasking;
  • Time management;
  • Self-organization;
  • Stress resistance.

Other Sections

  • Attending seasonal makeup workshops (organized by L’Oreal, Maybelline, etc.); 
  • Leading a blog on makeup and fashion;
  • Organizing fashion charity events in the local community and transferring the raised money to beauty startups.

Resume Objective & Resume Summary

A typical cosmetic resume will include a makeup artist resume objective or summary. The role of a summary or objective is to show your skills and experience concisely or represent your need for training respectively. While a resume summary is a perfect option for showcasing your accomplishments and talents, makeup artist resume objectives are great for telling the reader about your job demands.

Additionally, a typical summary is longer than an objective. While a summary is more descriptive in nature, an objective is more straightforward. 

Resume Summary [Examples]

Professionally written make up resumes always contain a Summary section. To stand out in the job market, showcase your skills and work experience in a short Summary. 

To find a job in the cosmetics industry

A highly creative and self-organized makeup artist with 3 years of cosmetology experience. Due to superb artistic vision, strong knowledge of cosmetological procedures, and makeup application techniques achieved a 96% client satisfaction rate and increased customer retention by 43%.

Resume Objective [Examples]

A traditional makeup artist objective is a statement of your personal job demands when it comes to job duties, salary, or responsibilities. Check a well-written and badly composed objective in a resume example below.

To find a job as a makeup artist in local salons (New York and Metropolitan area). Open for hire for gigs and fashion shows on a freelance basis. Preferences for salons cooperating with L’Oreal, Dior, or Estee Lauder

Resume Examples [Experience]

The Experience section in your make up resume is one of the core sections in all makeup artist resumes that give a recruiter a reason to hire you among other job seekers. How to write this section properly?

  • Type of business . Mention whether you’ve worked as a freelance makeup artist or for a traditional salon; 
  • Job responsibilities . List all the job duties you had as a makeup artist; 
  • Mention the products you used for your work . Different salons specialize in different product types in their niche. Some will prefer Dior, while others will be L’Oreal-focused;
  • Structure . Keep the information organized, preferably in lists.

Entry Level Makeup Artist Resume [Experience]

How to let your beginner makeup artist resume shine if there is not much to add to your Experience section? 

  • Never leave the Experience section empty. This is a place to give a reason to a hiring manager to hire you; 
  • Portfolio . Add a portfolio that contains photos of your projects to your make up artist resume;
  • List job-related responsibilities . Do you know how to organize and handle appointments professionally because it was a part of your last job? Mention it!

Entry Level Makeup Artist [Sample]

Make sure your resume for beauty industry has an Experience section. Check a resume example below.

I haven’t got any experience in the industry, but with acceptance to your company, I can prove to you that I’m worth the creative positions at your company

Volunteering Makeup Artist

Colorado Spring Fashion Festival

  • Providing artistic solutions to directors and designers
  • Creating artistic concepts for photoshoots
  • Cooperating with models and directors
  • Following industry guidelines, standards, and requirements

I haven’t got any experience in the industry, but with acceptance to your company, I can prove to you that I’m worth the creative positions at your company.

  • Providing artistic solutions to directors and designers;
  • Creating artistic concepts for photoshoots; 
  • Cooperating with models and directors;
  • Following industry guidelines, standards, and requirements. 

How to Put Education on a Resume

The most popular educational institution mentioned in makeup resumes is a cosmetology school. There are no strict requirements for composing this section. The main suggestions for the creation of a sample makeup artist resume are structure and organization. Other tips to follow are:

  • Mention the name of the makeup courses or the cosmetology school you’ve graduated from; 
  • Mention the years of studying and the graduation date;
  • List your qualifications. For instance, you’ve studied makeup art and hairdressing - list the data in your resume. 

Makeup Artist Resume Examples [Education]

When creating a sample makeup artist resume, keep the Education section well-structured and real. Don’t mention the school or courses you’ve never attended. Don’t harm your career! Regardless of your education, a typical employer will focus on your skills and portfolio rather than your college education before inviting you for job interviews.

I graduated from Denver Cosmetology School recently. My specialization is Theatrical Makeup

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  • Studied Visual Art and Makeup
  • Completed internship at Denver Central Theater

Skills on a Resume for a Makeup Artist

Your makeup artist skills won’t focus solely on your technical skills like makeup application or color palette knowledge. All because the career field of a typical makeup artist implies working with people. You won’t practice makeup on mannequins for the rest of your life, right? Hence, it’s preferable your makeup artist skills resume includes non-technical skills like communication as well. 

  • Start with Hard Skills like ‘strong knowledge of brands and products’ and follow with Soft Skills like ‘stress resistance’; 
  • Divide your Skills section into Hard Skills and Soft Skills subsections to emphasize your technical and non-technical skills to the hiring manager;
  • Present yourself from different angles. For instance, emphasize your theoretical knowledge and practical skills to prove your proficiency as a makeup professional. 

Makeup Artist Resume Examples [Skills]

How to be a good makeup artist? The answer is simple - start with developing your skills and meeting individuals that can inspire you and share some knowledge. Meanwhile, make sure to present the skills that salon occupations require in a perfect structure and organization.

Strong industry knowledge, superb knowledge of makeup application techniques, etc.

  • Authentic visual conceptualization and imagination
  • Strong industry knowledge
  • Superb knowledge of color palettes and makeup application techniques
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Communication
  • Stress resistance

How to Stand Out at the Job Market

To brighten up your makeup resume and maximize your chances of winning a job interview, add Other Sections at the end of your resume. Think of Other Sections as statements for your amazing personality and job-related interests. In other words, Other Sections are the last chance to persuade a hiring manager to recruit if they have doubts. 

Other Sections to add to your resume for beauty industry are as follows:

  • Other Projects;
  • Volunteering;
  • Awards and Certifications. 

Makeup Artist Resume Examples [Other Sections]

When composing Other Sections for your professional makeup artist resume, make sure the data you use is completely job-related. For instance, there is no need to mention your hobbies in your makeup artist sample resume that are not about applying makeup or learning more about the beauty industry. Also, if you scan the job market, you’ll find that Other Sections aren’t as long as the Experience or Skills sections. 

  • Writing about IT and technology
  • Reading about cinema
  • Writing a ‘Visual Recognition’ blog on makeup and beauty
  • Supporting the work of other makeup artists through volunteering and charity activities

Makeup Artist Resume Keywords 

What are professional keywords, and why are they important in your Makeup Artist Resume? Professional keywords are terms related to a particular profession. They would be built in the algorithm of an ATS system designed to identify your skills and qualifications. At the end of the screening process, the ATS bot would accept or reject your resume.

  • List the job-related tasks you’ve performed as a makeup artist . For instance, ‘skin cleansing,’ ‘applying lipstick,’ ‘smoothing the skin texture,’ etc.;
  • Mention professional nouns . List the tools you’ve used for your work. For instance, ‘bronzer,’ ‘concealer,’ ‘eye pencil,’ etc.;
  • Add verbs . Think of actions like ‘applying,’ ‘cleansing,’ ‘removing,’ etc.

Writing down professional keywords all throughout your makeup artist resume template is a great way to persuade the recruiter that you know your job and industry requirements. In other words, it’s a great opportunity to persuade the recruiter to hire you and start a new breathtaking career. 

Final Thoughts

Writing makeup artist resumes is not as tough as it sounds once you’re equipped with the necessary knowledge. Check as many makeup resumes examples as you can before composing a resume for yourself. 

  • Make sure the make up artist resume examples you find are composed by professional writers;
  • Get an advantage in the job hunting process by adding professional keywords;
  • Alter your resume according to different job position requirements;
  • Provide perfect structure to your resume sections so a recruiter can quickly familiarize themselves with your makeup artist bio and other data;
  • Keep the data real - don’t make up (pun intended) your education if you don’t have one.

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17 Women Share the Reasons They Stopped Wearing Makeup

By Jenna Ryu

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When Pamela Anderson went to Paris Fashion Week without any makeup last October, the internet freaked out. Seeing the beauty icon forgo foundation and eyeliner in front of so many cameras—with a huge smile on her face—was refreshing, to say the least. You don’t see many barefaced women celebs in general, and especially not ones over 50.

This minimalist attitude is creating a buzz outside of Hollywood too. On TikTok, for example, #nomakeup has more than 1.6M posts. Of course, many of these videos (ironically) involve putting a lot of effort (and money) into achieving the “no-makeup makeup” look or “clean girl aesthetic.” But there are also plenty of posts from people of all ages proudly showing off their natural skin —no mascara, no blush, no filters.

To wear—or not wear—makeup is completely up to personal preference and comfort, and the reasons behind either choice are different for everyone. Here, 17 former makeup enthusiasts tell SELF what inspired them to ditch their beloved cosmetics.

I got so used to seeing myself without makeup during the pandemic, that it just became the new normal.

I used to always wear makeup whenever I went outside. But while I was quarantining during COVID I didn’t need to, since I wasn’t seeing anyone or going anywhere. The more I went about my day with my bare face, the more I got used to the way I looked without foundation, mascara, undereye concealer, and eyeliner. —Katrina Huang, 24

Constantly worrying about how my face looked added unnecessary stress.

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It’s the same reason I also stopped doing my hair: I just don’t have time, nor do I consider it a priority. When I did have makeup on, I’d constantly have to be careful about not touching my eyes in a way that would smear my mascara or not cleaning it off properly at the end of the night. All that extra stress could be avoided by simply not putting any on in the first place. —Jiamie Pyles, 44

My daughter inspired me to embrace my bare face.

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I stopped wearing makeup after admiring my daughter and her natural beauty. I was sort of in limbo at the time, because I’d just cut my long hair off and was struggling with my personal image. Once I noticed that I became dependent on wearing makeup during this stage, I realized that it didn’t feel natural, so I started to focus on what’s beautiful to me. —Marissa Kelley, 32

It was so irritating for my eyes.

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I never really took to wearing proper makeup all the time, but in the last few years I have given it up completely. My skin (and my eyes in particular) are just far too sensitive . Plus what am I trying to hide? This is my true skin, wrinkles and all. I’m five years younger than Pamela Anderson, and I think she looks amazing. I applaud her for taking a stand and appearing as herself. — Holly Ross, 52

Somewhere along the way, I realized I shouldn’t wear makeup for external validation.

Growing up, I always loved playing with makeup, and I wore at least a little every day from middle school until my junior year of college (when the pandemic started). Since I was staying home for the most part, I didn’t feel the need to wear makeup, but once I started seeing people again I noticed that I was motivated by external reasons (namely, to appeal to men).

My initial break from makeup reminded me that it was supposed to be fun and for my own enjoyment—not to impress others—and that wake-up call helped me feel confident in my skin again. I still love a glam moment for special occasions like birthdays and Halloween, though, where I can experiment and get back to the fun of it all! —Simone Afriye, 24

I wanted to look—and feel—like my authentic self.

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I realized I like the feeling of clean, clear skin as opposed to wearing makeup. At this stage in my life, the main idea is to look healthy. And of course there are times when I feel pressured to wear eye makeup with lipstick. But when I do, I remind myself that the goal is to overwhelm others with my grace and intellect. —Virginia Peacock, 65

I was sick of having to wear so much as a former dancer and cheerleader.

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For so many years, I had to wear tons of blush, eyeshadow, eyeliner, and foundation for dance recitals and cheerleading competitions. The looks were pretty dramatic—to the point where I could barely recognize myself. So when I stopped doing dance and cheer years later, I was finally able to embrace my bare face, which made me feel more comfortable in my own skin. —Sydney Charles, 24

I didn’t want to adhere to sexist beauty standards.

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For me, makeup is no different than getting charged more for pink razors catered to women. It’s something society expects us to keep paying for and putting up with, and I realized men aren’t obligated to maintain their looks in the same way. That and maybe I’m too lazy for the upkeep that would be required. — Anna Shkolnikov, 46

To practice self-acceptance, I decided to stop covering my acne.

17 Women Share the Reasons They Stopped Wearing Makeup

I initially got into makeup because I was insecure about my cystic acne . I just wanted to cover up the breakouts, but I realized I was using makeup as a crutch: I couldn’t leave the house without it, and I didn’t feel beautiful either.

So, to reclaim my confidence, I made an intentional decision to not wear makeup on days I went to class [at my university] Monday through Friday. It’s been five years since making that commitment, and I still don’t wear any (although I do enjoy it at dressier events). It was scary at first, but I’ve learned to feel good about myself again, even with some acne and scars. —Pooja Tanjore, 22

Work got so busy, and I just didn’t have the time.

17 Women Share the Reasons They Stopped Wearing Makeup

Someone once told me to “dress for the job I wanted.” In an effort to look more put-together and mature, I would do a full face of foundation, bronzer, brows, everything. As I spent more hours working, though, I dialed back on the makeup to save time and instead just focused on skin care products , which I apply before bed. Honestly, I love sleep so much that it’s worth it to me to skip all those steps in the morning, so I can stay in bed even a little longer. —Yun Yu Quinn, 36

It was masking, not enhancing, my natural beauty.

17 Women Share the Reasons They Stopped Wearing Makeup

To be honest, I never wore makeup in high school or college. The most I’d wear was mascara and lip gloss, but that was it. I did want to learn eventually, though, so I tried layering on more. But after five minutes, my face always ended up looking so cakey and had a lot of cracks, and I realized I was trying to achieve a level of “perfection” that just wasn’t worth it. Plus being exactly who I am is beautiful—slight skin discoloration and all! —Elaine Dealy, 25

It felt performative—like I was using makeup just to be more “likable” online.

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On social media, where the objective is to capture attention, knowing how to do makeup flawlessly seemed like an unspoken essential to being a female content creator. Anytime I wanted to film, I’d rush to do my makeup first before presenting myself to the world. But by the time I had wiped off the fifth mismatched eyeliner wing, I was out of my creative flow and didn’t even want to film anymore.

I also became more self-conscious: I’d worry if my concealer creased along my eyes when I laughed, if the foundation was settling in the folds of my smile lines, if there was lipstick on my teeth. Performing feminity through heavy makeup might've made me feel more “presentable,” but it stunted my self-expression. Since going bare-faced, I’m less worried about my appearance and more appreciative of my Nigerian facial features, since I no longer follow trends that encourage an “ideal” way to look. —Bellekissu Hanidu, 22

The whole process felt like a chore.

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I actually love watching people do their makeup. It’s such a cool skill! But for me, it felt like work that I could never keep up with (or actually enjoy) daily. Instead, I find it much more pleasurable and exciting to focus on my skin care routine , so that I can continue to confidently show up barefaced. Now when I go to work, it’s pretty much just sunscreen. I definitely subscribe to the idea that if you feel good, you look good. As long as I’m clean and my outfit is on point, I feel “put-together” and gorgeous. —Nasha Smith, 43

I sweated it all off anyway.

17 Women Share the Reasons They Stopped Wearing Makeup

I started going to the gym a lot, where I was able to move my body and do amazing things, like PR a squat or deadlift. That felt like the real me—not the red lipstick—and, over time, I just didn’t see the point in wearing makeup that was going to end up smearing anyway. —Jade Womack, 30

My daughter introduced me to the power of a good skin care routine.

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My 33-year-old daughter influenced me the most: She shared samples of a cleanser that was supposed to exfoliate my face , and I just loved how smooth my skin felt and looked. Since then, I realized less is more, and that saving time is key too. There was a lot of fuss involved with applying makeup—which is why I applaud the folks who have honed these skills and artistry. — Barb Jones, 64

The makeup trends I followed weren’t flattering for my Asian features.

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An amazing friend of mine who never wears makeup inspired me.

17 Women Share the Reasons They Stopped Wearing Makeup

I was actually inspired by a friend, who’s normally makeup-free and only wears mascara once in a blue moon. How others saw her never seemed to bother her, and something about her confidence was just so radiant—everyone wanted to be her friend and loved her for her. So when I saw her just being herself, I was like, Maybe I don’t need makeup for people to like me or to feel more beautiful. I realized I am who I am, and this is how I look, so I’m completely okay with it too. I don’t feel the need to change anything by covering or concealing. —Anjana Rajbhandary, 40

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