Makeup Artist

Make-up artists are professionals who do hairstyling and make-up that gives people the most flattering look or gives performers the desired appearance for TV shows concerts fashion shows or theatrical productions. They apply and retouch normal make-up or use corrective make-up when necessary while remaining alert to possible allergic reactions or skin irritations. Make-up artists must have a good understanding of color and skin tone so they can apply the type and amount of make-up that will flatter the client under a particular type of lighting. For theatrical productions film or television they may be asked to make actors look ill or to look younger or older by using make-up hairpieces or wigs. For some performances they may also be asked to create special effects such as realistic looking scars or other physical anomalies. According to the website there is no specific educational requirement for make-up artists nor is there any certification for this type of work. However many attend schools of cosmetology and then hone their skills by working with people who are more experienced. Sometimes they start out by working in beauty salons. However they may take specialized courses in media make-up so that they can work for movies television theatrical productions or modeling agencies. Earnings for make-up artists depend on experience talent and type of clientele. According to the website the median annual salary for full-time make-up artists is approximately $33000. The website says that make-up artists that are hired for one-time events can earn between $400 and $2000 for a day’s work.

Education Required: High School Diploma & Specialized Training
Avg Salary: $33000
High Salary: $36000
Low Salary: $30000
Tasks: Works in theater and performance venues.
Creates the look of a character using make-up.
Experienced with special effects.
Re-applies make-up when necessary.
Also Called: Make-Up Specialist
Cosmetics Expert
Theatrical Make-Up Specialist
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