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Make-up Artist Job Description

A make-up artist is a person who creates art on the human body by applying makeup and prosthetics. Make-up artists apply make-up to models, actors, presenters and other people appearing in front of the camera or an audience to create a desired look or to make them look more appealing. They may also be responsible for styling the hair of their clients.

A make-up artist should have self-confidence, imagination, creativity, focus, manual dexterity, and good physical and mental stamina. They should be able to speak clearly and professionally, and have a good eye for color. They should also be very knowledgeable about make-up and the various methods and techniques for applying them.

What does a Make-up Artist do?

Make-up artists may do some or all of the following:

Working Conditions

Make-up artists may work long irregular hours including evenings and late nights, if they work in the entertainment industry, but those who work in makeup salons and cosmetic stores usually work more regular hours.

Make-up artists work in dressing rooms, spas, and makeup and hairdressing salons. They may travel for work, especially when involved in the entertainment industry. Their work can be physically demanding and stressful, and may involve exposure to chemicals.

What is Required to Become a Make-up Artist?

There are no standard requirements to become a make-up artist. Jobs in this field focus more on experience than educational qualifications.

Knowledge, Skills and Attributes

Make-up artists need to have:


Alternative Careers

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