Career as a Makeup Artist

Career as a Makeup Artist


A makeup artist is an artist whose medium is the human body, applying makeup and prosthetics for theatrical, television, film-making, fashion, magazines and other similar productions including all aspects of the modelling industry.

In today's world, people have become more conscious about their look. Everybody wants to look good and attractive, either a common man or film star or model. With the boom in entertainment and fashion industry, the demand of good looks has raised as never before and with this, the demand of makeup artist has also come up.

The job of a makeup artist is to make up the client and gives the required look. They make the bride look beautiful and different on her special day, they give  the film / television start the look they required for the role they are playing, they make up the model to match the clothes or any other product they are modelling for etc. 

Job responsibilities of a Makeup artist:
  • Meeting with the client to know the requirements
  • Do the research and design the makeup, which suits best to the skin
  • Prepare the skin for the required makeup if the makeup is special and required lots of cosmetics that may affect the skin
  • Stay update with the latest in makeup industry
  • Takes the notes and photos of any special makeup that takes lots of effort and may need to do again
  • Always available at the set to redo the makeup
  • Removing the makeup after the job done


A degree/diploma/short term course in cosmetology or beauty care or makeup can help you in gaining the knowledge and hone your skills.

Skills Required

Should have a passion for this profession

Should have good colour perception

Good communication skills

Should be detail oriented

Knowledge of different skin types

Knowledge of different makeup ingredients available

Knowledge of which makeup ingredient suites which skin best and which can cause a problem

Knowledge of different makeup application techniques

Should have the patience to work long hours and handle difficult clients

Who should choose this career

If you are passionate about colour, cosmetic products, and love to experiment with the looks then this will be a perfect career option for you.

How to be there?

Get your degree/diploma/certificate in cosmetology or beauty care or makeup

Join as an assistant to a reputed makeup artist to gain experience and practical knowledge

After gaining some experience you can find a job or can start your work as a freelancer

Work Hours

There are no fixed working hours for this job. You may need to work for long hours, late night and weekends too. You may need to travel to another location like for film shooting in another city or for the location of the event or photo shoot in any other location.


The pay of a makeup artist varies, depend on the industry he/she is working, skills and experience. Like if you are working at a salon or spa it may be low, if you working with film / television stars or models, it may be high. If you are doing a job then you may get a fixed salary and if you are a freelancer, then it's up to the contract you have with your client. In film / television industry, normally get paid by per day basis.


There are plenty of job opportunities in this field, but to become successful, it required lots of hard work and patience. They can get jobs in the entertainment industry, fashion industry, spa, salons, bridal boutiques, magazines, modelling agencies and more. You can choose to work as a freelancer too, but it's possible only after having some experience and if you gain some popularity by your work.

Pros and Cons


Meeting with new people

Travelling to new places

Fame and high earning


Long work hours

Need time and efforts to make a reputation

Continue research and learning


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