A Make-Up Artist ensures that Performers have suitable make-up and sometimes hairstyles for appearing in front of an audience for a production. Make-Up Artists can work in film, live music, photo shoots, television and theatre. Their work involves creating images and characters through make-up, hairstyles and prosthetics according to a brief.
As well as opportunities on the Get Into Theatre website, you can also search The Stage jobs.
Often, academic qualifications are not as important as creative and practical skills. It’s possible to become a Make-Up Artist without a degree. Make-Up Artists often complete traineeships and freelance work within the industry to gain experience. You can find training and experience opportunities in Make-Up here.
A lot of Make-Up Artists start as Assistants, helping with shows and photoshoots for productions and work their way up whilst completing some form of training. It is common for Make-Up Artists to be freelance so it is essential you must be able to promote yourself and your work so it’s a good idea to take pictures of work you’ve created. Read our blog 'How to become a freelancer in theatre' for more information about this. Some Make-Up Artists do other jobs in between make-up jobs to earn money. Read our blog 'What jobs can you do between theatre jobs to earn.'
A trainee Make-Up Artist can earn no less that the national minimum wage in London. More experienced Make-Up Artists can earn £170-£320 for a ten-hour day.
Published: 02 July 2019