#12DAYSOFCHRISTMAS – MAKE-UP ARTIST
The role of a makeup artist is to apply make-up and style hair accordingly for those appearing on camera or in front of a live audience.
Although there are not set requirements to become a makeup artist, you will need a qualification in media make-up which can be gained through providing make-up for a student film or photography project, charity or student fashion shows or working alongside qualified make up professionals.
You’ll need to have a creative mind with good communication and people skills to get the job done as required as well as a tactful manner, the ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines and an excellent attention to detail.
On a daily basis, you will be required to research and design new makeup and hairstyles, work to production notes to ensure the look and feel of the makeup and hair suits its needs and taking your own notes for reference. You must be available on set to re-do, tidy and style hair as well as fixing makeup. It is your responsibility to ensure wigs and hair pieces are kept in a good condition to be used the following day.
Most makeup artists work on a freelance basis and will set a desired fee for each contract depending on the type of production worked on and what is able to be negotiated.
As a freelance makeup artist it is expected that you will work long and irregular hours. Filming or shoots may start early in the morning and end late at night and be expected to be able to work in temporary buildings or vehicles on location which may involve intense hours of travelling.
With experience as a makeup artist you could progress onto roles such as a chief makeup artist or designer who will instruct makeup artists to create a defined look.
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