Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+11% (faster than the average)


What Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance Do

Apply makeup to performers to reflect period, setting, and situation of their role.

Other Job Titles Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance May Have

Commercial Makeup Artist, Hair and Makeup Designer, Makeup Artist, Prosthetic Makeup Designer, Special Effects Makeup Artist, Special Makeup Effects Artist

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

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Either onset for a freelance job or in the classroom teaching students how to make the most of their passion, a great day is doing makeup or teaching the art of makeup.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Apply makeup to enhance or alter the appearance of people appearing in productions such as movies.
  • Select desired makeup shades from stock, or mix oil, grease, and coloring to achieve specific color effects.
  • Duplicate work precisely to replicate characters' appearances on a daily basis.
  • Cleanse and tone the skin to prepare it for makeup application.
  • Assess performers' skin type to ensure that makeup will not cause break-outs or skin irritations.

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