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Makeup Artists, Theatrical & Performance

Also called: Commercial Makeup Artist, Hair and Makeup Designer, Makeup Artist, Special Effects Makeup Artist

What they do:
Apply makeup to performers to reflect period, setting, and situation of their role.
On the job, you would:
  • Confer with stage or motion picture officials and performers in order to determine desired effects.
  • Duplicate work precisely in order to replicate characters' appearances on a daily basis.
  • Establish budgets, and work within budgetary limits.


  • customer service
  • management
Arts and Humanities
  • music, dance, visual arts, drama, or sculpture
  • English language
Engineering and Technology
  • design


Basic Skills
  • talking to others
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • create new and original ideas
  • group things in different ways


People interested in this work like activities that include creating, designing, and making your own rules.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Cooperation
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Initiative
  • Innovation


You might use software like this on the job:

Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop
  • DatInf DigiMakeup
Accounting software
  • Clear Books
  • Intuit QuickBooks software
Instant messaging software
  • Instagram
  • Twitter


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
certificate after high school or
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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Job Outlook

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