Salary and Outlook
According to the US Department of Labor, there are 3,100 people employed as makeup artists, theatrical and performance in
the United States.
The median annual salary is $106,900.
Entry level employees earn approximately $38,010 per year and senior employees earn approximately $157,680
Estimates do not include other potential benefits such as health insurance, overtime pay, or retirement benefits that may be offered by employers.
- 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.
- Study production information, such as character descriptions, period settings, and situations, to determine makeup requirements.
- Alter or maintain makeup during productions as necessary to compensate for lighting changes or to achieve continuity of effect.
- Analyze a script, noting events that affect each character's appearance, so that plans can be made for each scene.
- Confer with stage or motion picture officials and performers to determine desired effects.
- Establish budgets, and work within budgetary limits.
- Write makeup sheets and take photos to document specific looks and the products used to achieve the looks.
- Provide performers with makeup removal assistance after performances have been completed.
- Requisition or acquire needed materials for special effects, including wigs, beards, and special cosmetics.
- Evaluate environmental characteristics, such as venue size and lighting plans, to determine makeup requirements.
- Attach prostheses to performers and apply makeup to create special features or effects, such as scars, aging, or illness.
- 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.
- Examine sketches, photographs, and plaster models to obtain desired character image depiction.
- Advise hairdressers on the hairstyles required for character parts.
- Design rubber or plastic prostheses that can be used to change performers' appearances.
- Demonstrate products to clients, and provide instruction in makeup application.
- Create character drawings or models, based upon independent research, to augment period production files.
- Wash and reset wigs.