Some makeup artists have completed a high school diploma and launched their career by learning as they work and building up their experience. Others have received training at a school of cosmetology after completing high school. If the job requirement mentions ‘Associate’s degree’, the school of cosmetology training is what they are referring to. You need to mention your level of qualification briefly in your cover letter, as well as supply more detail in your resume.
For some makeup artist positions a state-issued cosmetology license may be required. Even if it isn’t a requirement, you should mention it in your cover letter if you have one.
Many different kinds of enterprises will need a makeup artist, so make sure that you slant your cover letter towards the requirements of the particular industry advertising the position. For example, a makeup artist in an upmarket retail store will need to have customer service and sales skills, while a makeup artist in the theater or movie business needs to demonstrate a high level of creative flair teamed with the ability to work long and flexible hours. Research the industry advertising the position so that you can slant your cover letter accordingly.
No matter which kind of enterprise you will be working in, two things are a given. One, you will be spending a long time on your feet, so it’s worth making an indirect reference to your stamina. Two, your personal appearance is going to count, so aim to supply a photo of yourself in full makeup with your cover letter.
Example of Makeup Artist Cover Letter
XX Plover Circle
Bedford, TX 76048
June 8, 2014
Paula’s Day Spa
XX Lincoln Ave
Grapevine, TX 76048
Dear Ms Piper,
Advertised position for makeup artist at Paula’s Day Spa
I am writing in response to your advertisement for a full-time makeup artist, and enclose my resume.
You mention in your advertisement that any formal training in cosmetology will be viewed favorably. Please note that I have completed a Cosmetology Associate in Applied Sciences degree at Wakeville Community College and obtained my state cosmetology license. Following this I worked for three years as a hair and nail artist at the Good Hair Day salon in Brownstown before becoming a bridal hair and makeup specialist at Bridezilla Weddings.
I note that your spa treatments include facials and skin therapy. I have a particular interest in skin care as the basis for lasting beauty, and while I was still a student I was mentored by leading skin care expert Dr. Jane Doe, who is kindly acting as one of my references .
Health and fitness are vital beauty aids, I believe, and I am a member at the Smithtown Community Gym and an active participant in a local walking club. I enclose a personal photograph with my resume.
I am available for interview at any time, and look forward to your call at 555-555-5555.
Enclosures: Resume; Reference(s)
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