What does a Retail 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
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Avg. Experience2-4 years

Retail Makeup Artist Salaries

Average Base Pay

€11 /hour
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Retail Makeup Artist Career Path

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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.”

12 Jul 2020

“There is no growth opportunity in this job also you will not get a raise.”

Freelance Makeup Artist
9 Jun 2021

“very good and rewarding in this career”

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”

Smashbox CosmeticsSmashbox Cosmetics
Freelance Makeup Artist
19 Oct 2021

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

MAC CosmeticsMAC Cosmetics
Makeup Artist
21 Sep 2020

“Permanent hourly rate isn’t great”

MAC CosmeticsMAC Cosmetics
Makeup Artist
3 Oct 2019

“No downside there i never feel that i m demotivated or cant do its best place to work”

Space NKSpace NK
Makeup Artist
23 Apr 2021

“Skincare and product training was amazing”

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