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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.
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.
- Stamina, patience and concentration
- An interest in current and historical fashions
Entry requirements for courses can change. Always contact the college, university or training provider to check exactly what you’ll need.
Most make-up artists enter the job either through a college course or an apprenticeship.
You would need:
- a Higher National Certificate (SCQF level 7) or Higher National Diploma (SCQF level 8)
- or relevant work-based experience and qualifications such as a Scottish Vocational Qualification in Beauty Therapy: Make-up (SVQ level 2/3).
You can enter some Beauty or Make-Up National Certificate or National Qualification courses (SCQF 2-6) with no formal qualifications but some courses ask for National 4/5 qualifications (SCQF level 4/5).
You can enter Higher National Certificate (SCQF level 7) or Higher National Diploma courses (SCQF level 8) with National 4/5 qualifications and one to two Highers or equivalent qualifications.
- Science subjects.
Qualifications and experience that show understanding of the industry, helping customers and an eye for visual detail such as Skills for Work Beauty (SCQF level 6) or Hairdressing (SCQF level 4/5).
A portfolio showing your work on make-up / hairstyling can also be helpful.
Experience in make-up work for amateur dramatics.