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Career and Education Opportunities for Makeup Artists

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

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JOB DESCRIPTION: Makeup Artist

Makeup Artist video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

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.