How Do You Become a MUA?

Makeup artist or MUA is a dream job for many. With the thriving fashion industry in the UK, the need for qualified makeup artists has surged. This is the perfect time to step foot in the industry and establish yourself as a knowledgeable professional for any kind of makeup artistry. The role of a makeup artist is quite unique. A makeup artist is a specialist in cosmetics, who has all the knowledge and expertise of different products and tools and uses his/her artistic skills to enhance the overall appearance of an individual—people who want to look at their best avail the services of a makeup artist.

A makeup artist style hair and apply makeup for people appearing in front of a live audience or on camera.

So, how do you become a MUA?

You can get into this job through:

  • An apprenticeship
  • A college course
  • A university course
  • Specialist course offered by beauty schools

An apprenticeship is a good option if you already have your basics cleared. The entry requirements are some GCSEs, usually including maths and English, for an intermediate apprenticeship.


You can also pursue a qualification in makeup therapy like VTCT NVQ Level 2 Diploma and VTCT NVQ Level 3 Diploma. The entry requirements are two or more GCSEs at grades A* to D for Level 2 Diploma, and four GCSEs at grades A* to C for Level 3 Diploma.


Once you have completed the necessary certifications:

  • You can start out as a trainee to a makeup team
  • Find casual work
  • Volunteer behind the scenes in amateur dramatic societies or theatres
  • Opt for specialist makeup and beauty courses


The more practical knowledge you gain, the better your portfolio will become.


CPBA offers free employment advice and guidance to their beauty therapy learners. We also offer free make up courses and funded level 3 make up courses with work placements.



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