Makeup Artists

Makeup artists prepare actors for performances on stage and before cameras. They read scripts and consult with directors, producers, and technicians to design makeup effects for each individual character. They apply makeup and prosthetics and build and style wigs. They also create special makeup effects. Others are employed in the fashion industry. Approximately 2,800 theatrical and performance makeup artists work in the United States.

Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
Related School Subjects
  • Art
  • Theater/Dance
  • Drawing/Design
  • Interpersonal
  • Performance
  • Music
  • and Acting
Personality Traits
  • Artistic
  • Creative
  • Hands On
Licensure/Certification None