Become a Makeup Artist on Weekends

In South Africa, the beauty market is a multi billion rand industry. The cosmetics industry increases by 10% every year. There are hundreds (and thousands!) of make-up artists in big cities. This idea is about becoming a part-time makeup artist and making some extra cash by applying makeup for various events.

Opportunity Overview

The art of makeup is not that difficult to learn. But you will have to practice a lot.

First, you have to decide which customers to serve. If you’re not ready to leave your 9-5, doing bridal makeup might be an option. Your busiest part of the week will be Saturday and Sunday mornings.

There are other options:

  • Fashion makeup. It’s commonly used in professional photography, television and film production.
  • Theatrical makeup. There are dozens of theatres in major cities. A make-up artist is a must-have specialist in every theatre.
  • Airbrushing. With different bottles and sprays, you can do a water-based makeup.

How and What To Learn?

First, you have to learn how to do makeup. There are a lot of of free tutorials on YouTube.

Second, you have to learn how to turn your abilities into a business.

If you’re looking for some extra cash, you have to focus on doing a bridal makeup, as stated before. You will have busy weekends, but free weekdays to do your usual job.

Get a course – How to Start a Bridal Makeup Business and Earn Extra Income.

This is what you will learn:

Money Expectations

On average, a bridal makeup costs up to R1000. You can also offer additional services for bridesmaids.

This way you will be able to make several thousand Rands per week offering your services.


Don’t forget that weddings are largely seasonal in South Africa. They occur less often in winter when it’s cold and more often in spring and summer.

Watch a video on becoming a successful makeup artist and make it happen!