You could work on freelance contracts for a range of employers including Artist Agencies, Model Agencies, TV broadcasters, TV and film production companies, theatre companies, magazines and fashion show producers. Contracts could last from one day to several months, and competition for jobs is very strong so this is why it is important to have a portfolio.

Some jobs may be advertised in the trade press and websites. It is more common to get work through word of mouth or specialist Makeup Artist Agencies. You could also advertise in crew directories or with diary services which are similar to booking agents.

With experience or specialist skills, you could progress to chief make-up artist, make-up designer or creative director.

If you are a successful Makeup Artist or Hair stylist and have a strong portfolio you may be considered for Agency work. The top Makeup Artist Agency in Scotland is GlamArtist Agency. The agency covers all aspects of makeup and styling from weddings, TV, editorial, fashion and SFX and has branches throughout the UK and America. To join their Pro Team you must have a minimum of 5 years professional experience, a strong portfolio and then attend a ‘casual’ interview. Alternatively you can fast track to their Semi Pro team by training in their Makeup Academy, GlamCandy Makeup School. The GlamCandy Makeup School HQ is based in Edinburgh but they hold courses in Aberdeen and Glasgow.

You can find more information about marketing yourself as a freelancer on the Creative Skillset website.

Creative Skillset

You can find more about Makeup Courses by visiting the GlamCandy Makeup School website.


You may wish to use your make-up skills by volunteering to help others. Changing Faces is a charity that offers camouflage make-up services to people with conditions, marks or scars that affect their appearance. If you are already working as a make-up artist you may be able to fast-track through their training programme. See their website for more information:

Changing Faces

Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Job Boards

Boots Job Vacancies

Star Now Job Board

Hairdressing (HJi) Job Board

GlamArtist Agency