Make-Up Artist

Make-Up Artist

Creative and Media

Make-up artists prepare make-up and hair for anyone appearing in front of a camera or a live audience. They can work in film, television, theatre, concerts, photographic shoots or fashion shows. As a make-up artist, you might create anything from a straightforward natural look to period wigs and make-up, or special effects such as scars and prosthetics.

Personal skills

Creativity and imagination, good communication and 'people' skills, a tactful manner, stamina, patience and concentration, the ability to work efficiently under pressure.


£15,000 to £30,000 per year

Key skills




Creative and Media

  • The creative and media industries are the UK’s fastest growing sector
  • There are around 542,500 people employed in the sector
  • 31% of the Creative & Cultural Skills workforce is located in London
  • 61% of the workforce is male and 56% of sector workers are under 40
  • Across the UK, there are 180,000 courses at F.E and H.E level in the sector