Make-up artists apply make-up and style hair for performers and presenters. Their work is seen on film, stage and television.
The work of a make-up artist varies from straightforward, contemporary make-up and hairdressing to more creative and specialist techniques. This could include make-up and cosmetics for horror or science fiction productions, or for recreating different historical periods.
Make-up artists have to be experts in their field:
- Selecting and purchasing supplies
- Doing 'corrective' make-up and hair tidying, as well as applying full make-up
- Discussing with directors and lighting departments the overall effect that they want
- Researching past styles of hair and make-up for period productions
- Adding prosthetics such as false noses and scars, wigs and hair decorations.