What does a Makeup Artist do?

A makeup artist is responsible for visually transforming people's' appearance via make-up, paint, wigs, and other accessories. Makeup artists have the ability to determine the correct material and application according to lighting, setting and physical facial features. They apply simple and complex makeup as required by the client ensuring the needs of the client are met. Makeup artists can work in a variety of industries including entertainment, fashion or cosmetic service. They may also work as a freelancer or part of a team.

Generally, makeup artists must complete a diploma from a vocational school in cosmetology or makeup with at least 3 years of experience within their chosen industry. Successful makeup artists possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills and have an artistic personality.

  • Communicate with clients to understand their needs and wants
  • Stay up to date with the latest best practices, tools, and technology in your field
  • Adhere to personal hygiene standards
  • Determine the necessary supplies and equipment needed
  • Assist in applying and removing makeup and prosthetics
  • Apply makeup in a professional manner
  • Understand requirements from a visual and technical standpoint
  • Create appropriate hairstyling to complement makeup
  • Excellent knowledge of makeup products, techniques, and technologies
  • 5 years of experience in the makeup industry
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills
  • Superior attention to detail
  • Creative mindset and artistic personality
  • Customer oriented with a proactive and positive attitude
  • Technical understanding of lighting, photography, styles, and dramatization
  • Deep understanding of health and safety rules
  • Great understanding of makeup and hairdressing techniques

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
17%
2 - 4
47%
5 - 7
0%
8+
36%

Common Skill Sets

Excellent Customer Service
Positive Work Ethic
Protocols
Epdm
Interpersonal and Communication
Spanish Speaking
French
Extensions

Makeup Artist Seniority Levels

Salon Manager
5% made the transition
Beauty Consultant
19% made the transition
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Makeup Artist Salaries

Average Base Pay

$30,342 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$20K
Median: $30K
$44K
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