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Makeup Artists, Theatrical & Performance

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

What they do:
Apply makeup to performers to reflect period, setting, and situation of their role.
On the job, you would:
  • 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.

Knowledge

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

Skills

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

Abilities

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

Personality

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

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop Hot Technology
  • DatInf DigiMakeup
Web page creation and editing software
  • Blogging software
  • Facebook Hot Technology
Accounting software
  • Clear Books
  • Intuit QuickBooks Hot Technology

Education

Education: (rated 3 of 5)
certificate after high school or
no high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$59,300
$21,250
$127,030
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