Make-up Artist


    Make-up artists are responsible for applying makeup and prosthetics to aesthetically enhance celebrities, performers, individuals, and entertainers, for special events such as weddings or dates. They work independently or with a team. May also style hair.



    • Apply makeup to clients using a color palette and different tools such as mascara, sponges, eyebrow shapers, lip liners, brushes, and applicators.
    • Work with clients to create various looks.
    • Work on theatrical productions, movie sets, photography shoots, backstage at concerts, or on television shows.
    • Apply makeup for big events including weddings, funerals, holidays, and outings.
    • Style hair according to makeup.
    • Set makeup with hairspray or other setting material.
    • Apply touchups as necessary.
    • Remove makeup from clothes if some is transferred.
    • Use photographs or models for reference when consulting with clients on ideal look.
    • Apply prosthetics on movie sets.
    • Read scripts to ascertain the materials and the look required.
    • Sketch designs for future looks.
    • Purchase cosmetics and applicators from vendors and negotiate prices.
    • Ensure makeup looks natural and well-applied under different lighting.
    • Match skin color to color palettes to determine best looks.
    • Teach makeup application to clients.
    • Suggest skin care routines.
    • Fit wigs and hairpieces.
    • Work quickly and accurately under pressure.
    • Wipe off makeup and reapply if client is unsatisfied.
    • Maintain awareness of health and safety issues and legislation.



    Traditionally, academic qualifications are not as important as creative and practical skills. Relevant experience is desirable, like working backstage at amateur dramatic productions or working in a beauty or hair salon, plus any work placements or relevant unpaid work.

    Competition is tough and professionals are often employed on reputation and popularity. A diploma or a degree in any of the following may be helpful:

    • fashion, theatrical and media hair and make-up;
    • hair, make-up and prosthetics for performance;
    • media make-up and character design;
    • media make-up and special effects;
    • beauty therapy;
    • hairdressing;
    • media and theatrical make-up.



    • theoretical interest;
    • an understanding of period and current fashion;
    • excellent practical make-up and technical skills;
    • good interpersonal and self-promotion skills.