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Makeup Artist Job Description, Career as a Makeup Artist, Salary, Employment - Definition and Nature of the Work, Education and Training Requirements, Getting the Job

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Education and Training: Varies—see profile

Salary: Median—$32,630 per year

Employment Outlook: Good

Definition and Nature of the Work

Makeup artists are experts at giving people a desired look through the use of makeup, wigs, and other tools of the trade. Many makeup artists work in a theater or performance environment. Others apply makeup for television and film. Some makeup artists put lipstick and mascara on department store customers in order to help sell mass-market makeup products. Cosmetic companies also employ makeup artists as consultants. Makeup artists are often hired for one-time events like fashion shows or weddings.

The job of show business makeup artists is to apply makeup to performers according to the specific needs of the person or show. In some cases, they may use makeup to make an actor look much older or younger, or even to look like a monster or alien. In other situations, the job involves simply hiding blemishes and making the performer look as beautiful as possible under stage lights. Makeup artists who work in this type of setting must be knowledgeable about the effects of stage lighting on a person's appearance. These artists must also be good at analyzing a script to make sure the characters end up looking the way they are described. All of these decisions must be made in collaboration with directors and costume designers.

Makeup artists are also special effects experts in a sense. They must have the skill to give performers realistic looking scars, make them look sick, or give them other unusual physical characteristics as necessary. Sometimes this involves making rubber or plastic "prostheses," or pieces that are applied to change the performers' appearance. To design the right prostheses, a makeup artist must be able to accurately evaluate the place in which the performance will take place, taking into account the size of the venue, lighting, and distance between the audience and the stage.

In the consumer market, a makeup artist must understand color and skin tone in order to match each customer with the right makeup. They must also understand what kinds and amounts of makeup are appropriate for different people. For example, makeup that looks good on a nightclub bartender might be totally inappropriate on a business executive—even if the two are identical twins.

Makeup artists must also be skin care experts. They must be on the lookout for allergic reactions and other possible negative effects of makeup. This involves knowing how to assess performers' skin types to avoid irritation or rashes.

The most important trait in successful makeup artists is creativity. They must be able to visualize a particular look, then bring it to life with the makeup, wigs, and prosthesis they have available.

Education and Training Requirements

Education and training requirements for makeup artists varies widely from one type of job to another. While students can specialize in makeup application at some schools of cosmetology, there is no standard certification required to work in the field. Many makeup artists acquire their skills by participating in amateur community theater or other smaller performance environments and learning from others with more experience.

Getting the Job

College placement offices can often provide information about how to find a job with a commercial cosmetics company or department store. The best route to a job in a performance environment may be to volunteer with smaller organizations in order to build an impressive portfolio—a collection of photographs of work samples. Internships may be available with television stations, theater companies, or fashion designers.

Advancement Possibilities and Employment Outlook

While the demand for makeup artists is expected to grow ten to twenty percent through 2014, it is difficult to earn a comfortable living in this occupation. A very small percentage of makeup artists become well known and are sought after by stars and wealthy individuals for personal service. Fewer still end up designing their own lines of makeup products. Many makeup artists must supplement their incomes with "day jobs" that pay stable wages.

Working Conditions

Makeup artists who work for department stores, makeup manufacturers, or established film or television production companies or performance organizations can expect to work regular hours in a well-lit, comfortable setting.

Where to Go for More Information

Make-Up Artist Magazine
4018 N.E. 112th Ave., Ste. D-8
Vancouver, WA 98682
(360) 882-3488
http://www.makeupmag.com

Worldwide Alliance of Makeup Artists
http://groups.msn.com/WorldwideAllianceofMakeupArtists/

Makeup Artist Network
http://www.makeupart.net/

Earnings and Benefits

Makeup artists' income varies widely according to experience and the nature of the job. Median annual earnings in 2004 were $32,630. Salaries for those just beginning their career tend to be quite low. Those with established careers in network television, the Hollywood film industry, or the Broadway theater business may command substantially higher wages. Makeup artists working full time for large companies usually receive health insurance, paid vacation, and other benefits, while those on the fringes of the industry must often provide their own insurance and retirement plans.

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about 6 years ago

What can I do to get myself started ? And how can make-up artist lets say that work at department stores be hired by celebrities? As well as what requirements are need to work as a make-up artist for a company such as M.A.C ?

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over 6 years ago

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over 7 years ago

There is an excellent school called Make-Up Designory(MUD for short). There is one in C.A. and one in N.Y. You can go to their website and check them out. They also have a facebook page.

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over 4 years ago

Makeup Artist Job Description, Career as a Makeup Artist, Salary, Employment - Definition and Nature of the Work, Education and Training Requirements, Getting the Job

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over 9 years ago

how much would a makeup artist be able to make if they are much farther into working? And also thaks for the information you have given me it was very helpful.

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over 7 years ago

Hi, do you need to be licensed to become a makeup artist and do updo's for bridal party's at their choice of location i.e. their hotel rooms, homes etc.?

Thank you,
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over 8 years ago

i want to know what is the scope of make up artists in india. and what is the average income,which can be earned from this proffession in india.

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almost 6 years ago

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about 9 years ago

i was wondering what kind of jobs are offered in ohio as a makeup artist. I am only 17,and i know that is young but i have so much experience with makeup. i do almost allmy frinds makup for prom/homecomming,parties and huge get togethers. i have done 4 weddings(all brides maids) and i have done 2 people for debbs ball along with other social gatherings. i think i am ready to go into makup, i just dont know where to start! Any tipps?

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about 6 years ago

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about 6 years ago

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about 8 years ago

Hey- i was wondering, what courses/classes should you take in high school if you want to become a makeup artist? also, what's the best college school to go to, to become a pro makeup artist?

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almost 9 years ago

i was wondering how much a special effects make-up makes every pay check

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about 6 years ago

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about 8 years ago

Hey, I was wondering, how much schooling, if any, do you need to be taken seriously as a makeup artist? Also, what are employment opportunities looking like in smaller-city areas?

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over 5 years ago

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over 5 years ago

I would like to be a make up artist because I love to create things I love color and beauty and fashion. So what are the other requirements I'd need for something like this..

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about 6 years ago

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over 7 years ago

Hey guys,

Ashley,the Make Up Designory School in C.A & N.Y is an excellent school and very credible.

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about 7 years ago

I am a cosmetologist/makeup artist in NJ. Went to cosmetology school and now work at a Spa. I ordered "The Event Make Up Artist" online which is a DVD system (about $200) which I think is an invaluable tool to help me learn deeper skills for makeup application. I do not do makeup at the spa, however I am looking forward to trying to build up a steady clientele of freelance appointments with my current clients.

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about 8 years ago

hi i was just wondering were there is a good cosomotolgy school by centerville,texas. I would realy want to go to a good make- up artist school and i need to know the cost

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about 9 years ago

Dear pupil that wrote this article,
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over 6 years ago



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over 9 years ago

after finishing a training center. what would be the best way to network into working in film studios. I will be trying this out in the Hollywood area. thanks

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over 8 years ago

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about 3 years ago

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over 9 years ago

What makeup artist jobs are availible for me in Nashville, Tennessee?

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over 10 years ago

How old do you have to became a make up artist and what college can i go if i am underage?

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about 3 years ago

Yani is good in makeup also in crossdressing also in hair dressing.. good beauticitn in Hyderabad I felt :-)

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almost 8 years ago

Thanks for the great and usefull information you provided us about the education and your point of view of the definition behind the beauty of art. I'v deeply thought about going into the make-up industry, and now i'v moved to sac. but i havn't found a good cosmetology school yet. Do you have any advice you could give me of what school around here is a great start to learn more about make up?

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about 5 years ago

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almost 8 years ago

For those of you out there that wouldn't mind traveling states check out the EI school of make-up artistry in California. They do nothing other then make-up it took me some time of searching. I know when I am able this is the school I will be attending.

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over 9 years ago

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almost 10 years ago

how many colleges are in the state of Kentucky that you can attend for this career?

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over 4 years ago

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about 5 years ago

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over 4 years ago

hi,i am a bridal make-up artist from lasy 3 years as freelanser but now i want a job , kindly suggest me job in a company or in a reputed parlour .

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about 7 years ago

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almost 8 years ago

I have been looking for about 2 years for the best make up school in Arizona. I have found many cosmetology schools, but i just want to learn about make up.

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about 8 years ago

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over 8 years ago

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over 8 years ago

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almost 9 years ago

I am extremely interested in pursueing a career in special effects makeup and would like to know if you have any information on the annual pay and how i may go about it. Would it be better to attend a college which specializes in special effects makeup and then go onto study it in university or attend a school to take courses in this?

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almost 9 years ago

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3 months ago

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over 1 year ago

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