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.

What responsibilities are common for Makeup Artist jobs?
  • 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
What are the typical qualifications for Makeup Artist jobs?
  • 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
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Marguarite & Co Unisex Salon
7 Aug 2021

“The pay was great and I always strived to do better than the day before.”

Freelance Makeup Artist
30 Jun 2022

“Some time face many more things which is not good for our work also get bad experiences.”

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Makeup Artist
8 Feb 2023

“4. payment was always late then due dates. 5. they only give 1 sick leave a month and no other leaves which is miserable.”

Freelance Makeup Artist
9 Jun 2021

“very good and rewarding in this career”

The Threading PlaceThe Threading Place
Eyebrow Threader
26 Feb 2022

“Good place to work and nice”

Estée Lauder CompaniesEstée Lauder Companies
Make Up Artist
28 Jul 2021

“You get to work with some of the top makeup artist and you get trainings every 6 months”

Blo Blow Dry BarBlo Blow Dry Bar
Freelance Makeup Artist
30 Nov 2022

“They for some reason wouldn’t book me with clients 🤷🏻‍♀️ The tipping is great but that’s the only real way to make money here.”

Smashbox CosmeticsSmashbox Cosmetics
Freelance Makeup Artist
19 Oct 2021

“Fantastic a Artistry line and great people to work with.”

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