Since March 2020, the rapid rise in coronavirus cases has led countless businesses to collapse and shut down. With so many companies shutting down and most of the world under lockdown, economies have suffered terribly.
At a micro level, many people have been affected adversely due to the rising unemployment rates in every country. Most expect the worst in such uncertain circumstances. Loss of jobs and the closing of businesses has become the norm.
The Collapse of the Makeup Industry: A Horrifying Consequence of the Pandemic
Most businesses have been adversely affected by the surging pandemic, but some, in particular, have suffered more profound losses. Some sectors, for example, airlines, horticulture, hospitality, and even film, have been forced to shut down. The makeup industry is another that has been particularly ravaged by the pandemic.
Makeup involves close contact and touching the skin, particularly the face. Both of these are dangerous for the spread of the virus. The total halting of film & TV production and events that usually require a makeup artist, such as weddings, has meant that demand for this work has significantly dropped worldwide.
People who depend entirely on their income as makeup artists have been forced to look for alternatives. As a result, many artists have switched to other professions, learning new skills from scratch. Even aspiring makeup artists who had enrolled in professional courses had to revert from their career paths halfway and look at other options. Doubts now plague most people who have always had a passion for makeup. Is makeup a viable career anymore?
The Current Situation - An Overview
The good news is, life is slowly starting to return to normal, especially with the vaccines against this deadly virus rolling out. Several countries have lifted lockdowns, with workplaces and educational institutions welcoming students and employees with open arms, albeit with certain restrictions.
There is finally a light at the end of the tunnel, and we can begin to think about life after the pandemic. Now is the perfect time to invest in levelling-up your skills and kick-starting the career you’ve always dreamed about.
The rolling out of the vaccine is a significant indication of things returning to pre-pandemic normality, meaning the demand for industries forced to shut during the pandemic is rising. All excellent news for makeup artists.
So should you consider studying for a career in makeup? If you have always been passionate about makeup and dreamed of going pro, then absolutely! The demand will return, and soon.
Here in Australia, the film industry is already booming again (and, in turn, the makeup industry) as we have returned to life as usual. The opportunities are vast for aspiring artists who want to break into the industry, as many veteran MUA’s have redeployed to other sectors during the lockdown. It’s akin to investors amassing stocks during a recession. Now is the time to invest in your career so that when the industry returns to pre-pandemic normality (which it will), you are ready to pounce at every opportunity while others scramble to catch up.
So, if you are ready to take the leap and start studying for the career of your dreams, we can help. Our ‘Kickstart Your Pro Makeup Career’ course is a 16-week video-based course that takes you from beauty enthusiast to bonafide makeup professional.
Over four months, you’ll unlock four modules, each covering a different aspect of the craft and the industry. You’ll learn about hygiene, kit management, working on set for film & TV, editorial shoots, professional etiquette, branding, marketing and networking, as well as the technical skills you have to master.
By the end of this course, you will know how to get the attention of photographers and agents and feel confident working in a range of makeup industries with large creative teams.
Now is the time; we can’t wait to see you in class.