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Makeup Artist

Apply cosmetics and prosthetics to transform peoples’ appearances.

What's it like to be a Makeup Artist?

Makeup Artists are creative professionals who apply cosmetics and prosthetics to transform the way people look. Depending on the client, Makeup Artists use different techniques to enhance a person’s beauty, disguise blemishes or create special effects. Makeup Artists specialise in a particular area of makeup artistry, such as theatrical makeup for film, stage or television, fashion makeup for modelling shoots, special events makeup for weddings and other occasions, or working in a retail store, helping customers sample makeup.

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The main qualities you need to become a Makeup Artist are creativity and experience. While you can work as a Makeup Artist without any formal qualifications, enrolling in a course can give you valuable skills and insights into the industry.

  1. Gain experience by practising on family and friends or even yourself. There are lots of videos online that can teach you the basics. Photograph every design you create so that you can start to build a portfolio to show potential employers.
  2. Consider completing a Certificate III in Make-Up (SHB30215). A course can give you industry knowledge and teach you different techniques.
  3. Volunteer or apply for a job. Once you have decided what type of Makeup Artist you want to be and have spent some time practising your skills, you can start to find work, either as a volunteer or a junior Makeup Artist.
  4. Promote yourself on social media. Most prospective employers will expect you to have an online presence, so posting photos of your work on different sites may be beneficial.

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Certificate III in Make-Up

This certificate will prepare you for a role as a make-up artist in the beauty, fashion or entertainment industries.

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Diploma of Beauty Therapy

This qualification will prepare you to provide a range of beauty therapy treatments and services as a Beauty Therapist.

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Certificate III in Hairdressing

This certificate provides the technical skills needed to provide hairdressing services to clients.

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Latest Makeup Artist reviews

Latest reviews from 8 Makeup Artists surveyed on SEEK
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May 2021
I LOVE my job as a makeup artist, but it’s a LOT of hard work..definitely not suited to many personalities
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Make-up
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Bridal & editorial
The good things
-The industry is constantly evolving, so I’m always learning new skills, techniques etc -Very fulfilling making clients feel happy, beautiful & confident -Social environment -Creative & every day is...
The challenges
-The ever changing algorithm of social media -Doing everything myself incl. admin, advertising, marketing, content creation -Not being taught adequate business skills, so navigating & making a lot of ...
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Aug 2021
retail makeup artist FANTASTIC for boosting skills for your own freelance business.
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Sales
The good things
Really good to put on your resume and doing a few hours per week (25+) can really help boost your clients in your personal business. The industry can be quite competitive but it's alot of fun when you...
The challenges
Challenges include competitive nature of industry, favourtism within the business and the lack of pay for high amount of work.
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