Make-up Artist


Make-up artists apply make-up to fashion and photographic models; actors and other performers involved in stage, film and television productions; brides; and other clients for special occasions.

Duties & Tasks

Make-up artists may perform the following tasks:

  • prepare the skin for make-up application and remove make-up as required
  • demonstrate cosmetic products to clients
  • instruct clients about make-up application
  • apply a wide variety of professional make-up products
  • design wigs, beards, masks and prosthetics (artificial body parts) and apply them to achieve an appropriate character appearance
  • use make-up to produce effects such as ageing, illness, scars and bruising
  • alter or maintain make-up during productions to ensure the continuity of a performer's appearance
  • advise hairdressers on the hairstyle required for character parts.

Personal Requirements

  • artistic ability
  • good colour perception
  • patient and tactful
  • good communication skills
  • good hand-eye coordination
  • able to work under pressure.
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