Makeup Artists

Arts, Audio/Video Technology & Communications > Performing Arts

Projected Growth: Faster than average

Projected Job Openings

Medium Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Apply makeup to performers to reflect period, setting, and situation of their role.

Common job titles of Makeup Artists include:

Experience and Education

Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

  • 43.48% said they needed a Post-Secondary Certificate.

  • 17.39% said they needed a Less than a High School Diploma.


    Assess performers' skin type to ensure that makeup will not cause break-outs or skin irritations.

    Cleanse and tone the skin to prepare it for makeup application.

    Duplicate work precisely to replicate characters' appearances on a daily basis.

    Analyze a script, noting events that affect each character's appearance, so that plans can be made for each scene.

    Evaluate environmental characteristics, such as venue size and lighting plans, to determine makeup requirements.

    Alter or maintain makeup during productions as necessary to compensate for lighting changes or to achieve continuity of effect.

    Study production information, such as character descriptions, period settings, and situations, to determine makeup requirements.

    Select desired makeup shades from stock, or mix oil, grease, and coloring to achieve specific color effects.

    Provide performers with makeup removal assistance after performances have been completed.

    Confer with stage or motion picture officials and performers to determine desired effects.

    Apply makeup to enhance or alter the appearance of people appearing in productions such as movies.

    Advise hairdressers on the hairstyles required for character parts.

    Create character drawings or models, based upon independent research, to augment period production files.

    Design rubber or plastic prostheses that can be used to change performers' appearances.

    Write makeup sheets and take photos to document specific looks and the products used to achieve the looks.

    Requisition or acquire needed materials for special effects, including wigs, beards, and special cosmetics.

    Establish budgets, and work within budgetary limits.

    Demonstrate products to clients, and provide instruction in makeup application.

    Wash and reset wigs.

    Attach prostheses to performers and apply makeup to create special features or effects, such as scars, aging, or illness.

    Examine sketches, photographs, and plaster models to obtain desired character image depiction.



Tablet computers

Spritzer bottles

Smudge brushes

Round brushes

Rouge brushes

Pro striper brushes

All Tools

Personal computers

Oval brushes

Mixing palettes

Mascara brushes

Makeup pencil sharpeners

Makeup blending spatulas

Makeup application spatulas

Lip brushes

Laptop computers

Foundation brushes

Flat brushes

Fine detail brushes

Fan brushes

Eyebrow combs

Eye shadow brushes

Dome brushes

Digital still cameras

Contour brushes

Colored contact lenses

Chisel brushes

Brow brushes

Angle liners

Angle brushes

Airbrushing tools



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Appointment scheduling software

Blogging software


Clear Books

Client databases

All Technologies

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See details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Near Vision

Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.

Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Visual Color Discrimination

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Occupation Sections


English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Administration and Management

Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Fine Arts

Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.


Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

Communications and Media

Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.

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