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Makeup Artists

Makeup Artist—Career Q&A: Professional Advice and Insight

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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 3,140 theatrical and performance makeup artists work in the United States.

Salary Range

Below $25,000 to $100,000+

Minimum Education Level

High School Diploma




About as Fast as the Average
Personality Traits



Hands On

Career Ladder
Head of Makeup Department or Owner of Makeup Art Business

Makeup Artist

Assistant to Makeup Artist

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