AFTER YOU HAVE QUALIFIED
Doing a make-up course does not make you a make-up artist! There is a career progression and it takes time to gain the right experience to progress.
After completing a foundation training course, you are a trainee. There is much for you to learn, not only about hair and make-up but about how a production works, set etiquette, continuity and so on - things that a course can only teach in theory.
After being a trainee, you progress to being an assistant and, after several years of solid experience, you may then be considered a make-up artist.
Being a film or television make-up designer takes many years of experience and NASMAH cannot stress this enough - simply doing a make-up course does not make you a designer!
You never stop learning and developing your skills and there are lots of "top up" short courses on a wide variety of subjects.
Please see below for some more useful advice and tips for becoming a professional screen hair and make-up artist.