Makeup Artist

Make-up artists apply make-up and style hair for people appearing on camera or in front of a live audience.

 Day-to-day Tasks

  • understanding the fundamentals of makeup application, skincare, and beauty trends
  • learning about different makeup styles, from natural to dramatic, to suit client preferences
  • developing a keen eye for colour coordination, contouring, and blending techniques
  • collaborating with salon staff to ensure a seamless and enjoyable customer experience
  • you could work in a salon, TV studio, theatre, on a movie set, or at a movie studio

 Skills and Knowledge

  • design skills and knowledge
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • artistic and creative flair
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to use your initiative

Industry Qualifications

You could start out as a trainee or assistant to a make-up team, or find casual work doing make-up and hair for extras in crowd scenes.

You could also get experience in salon, wedding and events make-up, or through working in cosmetics sales, and build a professional portfolio to demonstrate your skills.

You can do specialist make-up and beauty courses through private beauty schools. 

You could also consider a Level 2 NVQ Beauty Therapy, which is a full-time one year course offered by UCM.

You can do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or a degree in specialist make-up techniques like:

  • make-up for media and performance
  • media make-up artistry
  • theatrical, media and special effects make-up

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