Career outlook for make-up artist
Average UK salary
Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would apply make-up and style hair for people appearing in films, television programmes or photo shoots, or live events like concerts, plays or fashion shows. You could also work to prepare people for weddings, or other special occasions.
Your job would be to create the look that the person needs for the type of production or event.
For example, you could create a natural look for a TV appearance or use wigs and hairpieces for an actor in a period drama. You might also apply special effects or prosthetics such as false noses or bald caps.
Depending on the production or event, you would:
- Research and design make-up and hairstyles
- Work to production designers' notes and instructions
- Tidy and style hair
- Use special effects make-up to completely change a person's look
- Take notes and photos you can use to keep the look consistent throughout filming
- Wait on set to re-do make-up and hair
- Keep work areas and equipment clean and tidy
- Remove make-up
- Keep wigs and hairpieces in good condition
You could either work by yourself, as an assistant to a senior colleague, or as part of a larger hair and make-up design team.
You would work closely with production designers, costume designers, camera and lighting crew, and performers.
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