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A spoonful of skill, a cup of passion and a dollop of ‘who you know’ – DFMA have the perfect recipe on how to become a successful makeup artist.

In a competitive industry, it is understandable as to why becoming a successful makeup artist may feel out of reach, which is why DFMA is your helping hand when getting your foot in the door in this dog-eat-dog world! In a world full of make up artists fighting for the next job, how do you stand out from the rest?

Along with the determination and drive to do well, here’s some advice from some successful DFMA graduates that can help you whip up a successful career!



DFMA grads

“So for me, I ensured I put myself forward for everything. Remembering that MAC is a business I used my passion for artistry to sell and drive sales. I raised my hand for every little job, big or small worked on my timing and asked over and over to a chance to prove myself. 2 years later I have progressed further than I ever thought I could in such a short space of time.
You have to reallllly want it. Really go above and beyond and make your client your sister or mother. Customer service is everything in makeup.

DFMA is a great learning platform so always look into more courses to further your education, plus everyone is always connected from being a DFMA grad – huge makeup family!” – Chiara Aprea



“I graduated from the 4week Tv, Film and Theatre course in October 2017. My first job was a student film in the December and started work on a ongoing film staring Terry Coldwell and Jimmy constable in the January.

I started Assisting Isabelle Larter a wonderful tutor and mentor and now friend and have since worked on a period Musical film “The Secret” and Andrew Lippas “The Little princess” staring Amanda Abington and Danny Mac at the national theatre in London. I met the wonderful Fee at a DFMA business day and have been working with her and her beautiful brides – I am now starting to be searched for and asked to work and earn proper money and loving it!” – Rosey Duffy


wedding shoot

“Upon leaving DFMA I worked my butt off building my portfolio whilst working full time, I then took the leap to be freelance after a year of doing both and haven’t looked back since!

I now average approx 75 weddings per year, have been a finalist in the Dorset Wedding Awards 2 years in a row, earn more in a week than I used to in a month, have need for assistants on a more regular basis, have opened my second studio and now I’m in the regional finals for the whole of the South West in The Wedding Industry Awards.

The skills and guidance that DFMA showed me have really helped push me forward. Remember it’s not just about your make up skills, it’s about you as a person!

If you keep focused, really have passion, be the most productive and helpful you can be, you really can do anything you put your mind to!” – Fi Chambers Clark



With the right skills, determination and will power you could be on your way to being as successful as previous grads – making your hobby a pro career!

Until next time, DFMA x

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