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Career and Education Opportunities for Makeup Artists in Tucson, Arizona

Makeup artist career and educational opportunities abound in Tucson, Arizona. The national trend for makeup artists sees this job pool growing by about 16.9% over the next eight years. Makeup artists generally apply makeup to performers to reflect period, setting, and situation of their role.

The average wage in the general category of Personal Care jobs is $12 per hour or $24,145 per year in Arizona, and an average of $12 per hour or $24,156 per year nationwide.

The Tucson area is home to twenty-one schools of higher education, including seven within twenty-five miles of Tucson where you can get a degree as a makeup artist. The most common level of education for makeup artists is a post-secondary certificate. You can expect to spend a short time studying to be a makeup artist if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Makeup Artist

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In general, makeup artists apply makeup to performers to reflect period, setting, and situation of their role.

Makeup artists furnish performers with makeup removal assistance after performances have been completed. They also study production data, such as character descriptions and situations in order to establish makeup requirements. Equally important, makeup artists have to alter or maintain makeup during productions as needed to compensate for lighting changes or to produce continuity of effect. They are often called upon to evaluate environmental characteristics such as venue size and lighting plans in order to establish makeup requirements. They are expected to examine sketches and plaster models so as to obtain desired character image depictions. Finally, makeup artists develop character drawings or models, based upon independent research, so as to augment period production files.

Every day, makeup artists are expected to be able to distinguish between colors. They need to articulate ideas and problems. It is also important that they see details at a very fine level of focus.

It is important for makeup artists to cleanse and tone the skin in order to ready it for makeup application. They are often called upon to layout rubber or plastic prostheses that can be used to change performers' appearances. They also demonstrate products to patrons, and furnish instruction in makeup application. They are sometimes expected to advise hairdressers on the hairstyles required for character parts. Somewhat less frequently, makeup artists are also expected to cleanse and tone the skin in order to ready it for makeup application.

Makeup artists sometimes are asked to establish budgets, and work within budgetary limits. They also have to be able to requisition or acquire needed materials for special effects and special cosmetics And finally, they sometimes have to evaluate environmental characteristics such as venue size and lighting plans in order to establish makeup requirements.

Like many other jobs, makeup artists must be reliable and be thorough and dependable.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Tucson include:

  • Barber. Provide barbering services, such as cutting, trimming, and styling hair, trimming beards, or giving shaves.
  • Hairdresser. Provide beauty services, such as shampooing, cutting, and styling hair, and massaging and treating scalp. May also apply makeup, dress wigs, perform hair removal, and provide nail and skin care services.
  • Manicurist. Clean and shape customers' fingernails and toenails. May polish or decorate nails.
  • Personal Home Care Aide. Assist elderly or disabled adults with daily living activities at the person's home or in a daytime non-residential facility. Duties performed at a place of residence may include keeping house (making beds, doing laundry, washing dishes) and preparing meals. May provide meals and supervised activities at non-residential care facilities. May advise families, the elderly, and disabled on such things as nutrition, cleanliness, and household utilities.
  • Skin Care Specialist. Provide skin care treatments to face and body to enhance an individual's appearance.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Makeup Artist Training

Regency Beauty Institute-Tucson - Tucson, AZ

Regency Beauty Institute-Tucson, 7225 E. Broadway Blvd.-Ste 170, Tucson, AZ 85710. Regency Beauty Institute-Tucson is a small school located in Tucson, Arizona. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs. It has 105 students and an admission rate of 60%. Regency Beauty Institute-Tucson has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated twelve students in 2008.

Empire Beauty School-Tucson - Tucson, AZ

Empire Beauty School-Tucson, 3030 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85716. Empire Beauty School-Tucson is a small school located in Tucson, Arizona. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 250 students. Empire Beauty School-Tucson has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated 100 students in 2008.

Arizona Academy of Beauty Inc - Tucson, AZ

Arizona Academy of Beauty Inc, 5631 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85712. Arizona Academy of Beauty Inc is a small school located in Tucson, Arizona. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 43 students. Arizona Academy of Beauty Inc has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated twenty-five students in 2008.

Empire Beauty School-North Tucson - Tucson, AZ

Empire Beauty School-North Tucson, 4343 N. Oracle Rd. # I, Tucson, AZ 85705. Empire Beauty School-North Tucson is a small school located in Tucson, Arizona. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 125 students. Empire Beauty School-North Tucson has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated sixty-four students in 2008.

Tucson College of Beauty - Tucson, AZ

Tucson College of Beauty, 3955 N Flowing Wells Rd, Tucson, AZ 85705. Tucson College of Beauty is a small college located in Tucson, Arizona. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs. It has 83 students and an admission rate of 100%. Tucson College of Beauty has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated twenty-four students in 2008.

Arizona Academy of Beauty-North - Tucson, AZ

Arizona Academy of Beauty-North, 4066 N Oracle, Tucson, AZ 85705. Arizona Academy of Beauty-North is a small school located in Tucson, Arizona. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 49 students. Arizona Academy of Beauty-North has a less than one year and a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated six and twenty-seven students respectively in 2008.

Regency Beauty Institute-Phoenix - Phoenix, AZ

Regency Beauty Institute-Phoenix, 10217 N. Metro Pkwy W., Phoenix, AZ 85710. Regency Beauty Institute-Phoenix is a small school located in Phoenix, Arizona. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs. It has 84 students and an admission rate of 71%. Regency Beauty Institute-Phoenix has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated two students in 2008.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Tucson, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona
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Tucson is situated in Pima County, Arizona. It has a population of over 541,811, which has grown by 11.3% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Tucson, 88, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Tucson are priced at $179,100 on average, which is well below the state average. In 2008, five hundred sixty-five new homes were built in Tucson, down from 1,131 the previous year.

The three big industries for women in Tucson are health care, educational services, and accommodation and food services. For men, it is construction, accommodation and food services, and educational services. The average commute to work is about 22 minutes. More than 22.9% of Tucson residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 9.0%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Tucson is 9.2%, which is less than Arizona's average of 9.3%.

The percentage of Tucson residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 44.9%, is less than the national average but more than the state average. The largest religious groups are the Catholic Church, the Southern Baptist Convention and the LDS (Mormon) Church.

Tucson is home to the Arizona Correctional Training Facility and the Silverbell Golf Course as well as Vista del Pueblo Park and Verde Meadows Park. Shopping centers in the area include Gaslight Square Shopping Center, Grant Park Shopping Center and Grant Plaza South Shopping Center. Visitors to Tucson can choose from LA Quinta, Casa Tierra Adobe B & B Inn and Best Western Executive Inn for temporary stays in the area.