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Make Up Artist

Make Up Artists are considered a subset of a larger group of performing arts technicians. Make up artists work with actors, singers, newscasters, and other public figures to apply makeup before shows or before going on camera.

Duties and tasks

  • Determining the makeup needs for particular individuals or settings
  • Discussing plans of action with clients
  • Removing makeup cleanly and safely after the show or performance has ended
  • Selecting and applying particular types or brands of makeup
  • Touching up clients as needed between takes or in commercial breaks

Skills required

  • Active listening
  • Good design sense
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Oral communication
  • Use of logic, reasoning, and critical thinking

Working conditions

Make Up Artists usually work in performing arts venues. They may be assigned to particular individuals or may work for a specific theatre or other facility. Their clients may be performing artists like actors or dancers or public figures like newscasters or politicians.

Professional associations / Industry information

Advanced Association of Beauty Therapists 

Service Skills Australia 

Related jobs and job titles

  • Beautician
  • Beauty Consultant
  • Body Artist
  • Hairdresser
  • Nail Technician