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Makeup Artist: Career Information

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Job Description:

A makeup artist applies makeup to performing artists in order to enhance their appearances. He or she works with actors or others who are performing in theater, on television or in movies.

Employment Facts:

There were 3,000 makeup artists employed in 2008.

Educational Requirements:

Before one can work as a makeup artist, he or she must be trained at a school of cosmetology. A high school diploma is often required for entrance into such a program. Training may take several months to a year.

Other Requirements:

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects employment for makeup artists to grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2018.

Job Outlook:

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects employment for makeup artists to grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2018.

Earnings:

Makeup artists earned median hourly wages of $15.12 or a median annual salary of $31,450 in 2009.

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A Day in a Makeup Artist's Life:

On a typical day a makeup artist's tasks might include:

  • consulting with performers, directors and others associated with a production in order to come up with a makeup plan that meets the desired effects
  • duplicating makeup from prior day or days so performers' appearances remain the same over multiple days of filming
  • planning use of makeup according to a script
  • reapplying makeup as necessary throughout a performance
  • establishing and working within a budget

Sources:

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, Makeup Artist, Theatrical And Performance, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos333.htm (visited November 30, 2010).
Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, O*NET Online, Makeup Artist, Theatrical And Performance, on the Internet at http://online.onetcenter.org/link/details/39-5091.00 (visited November 30, 2010).

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