Make-up Artist

Make-up Artist Job Description

A Make-up Artist Ensures That Models, Performers And Presenters Have Suitable Make-up And Hairstyles Before They Appear In Front Of Cameras Or An Audience. This May Be In A Variety Of Settings, Including Film, Television, Theatre, Live Music And Photographic Shoots.

Make-up Artists Interpret The Make-up Requirements Of Clients To Produce Both A Creative And Technically Accurate Visual Representation. This May Involve Very Basic Make-up For A TV Presenter Through To More Complex Period Make-up Or Special Effects. The Work Involves Creating Images And Characters Through The Medium Of Make-up, Hairstyles And Prosthetics In Accordance With A Brief.

Make-up Artist Duties/Functions/Responsibilities

  • ensuring continuity in hair and make-up and liaising with other members of the design team to ensure the overall look/effect is consistent and coherent;
  • sourcing, budgeting and ordering materials and equipment from specialist suppliers;
  • time management - knowing how long a subject will take to be made-up;
  • demonstrating and implementing a practical understanding of lighting, the photographic process, colours and the impact of special effects/make-up processes on the skin;
  • ensuring that appropriate action is taken to minimise unpleasant side effects from the use of specialist make-up/hairdressing techniques;
  • maintaining an up-to-date knowledge of available make-up and beauty products;
  • communicating with clients to clarify visual requirements;
  • production study: reading scripts to ascertain the materials and the look required, budget implications and identifying areas where research is required;
  • producing and sketching design ideas for hairstyles and make-up;
  • working quickly and accurately in time-pressured conditions;
  • maintaining awareness of health and safety issues and legislation;
  • casting facial and body moulds and sculpting latex foam - known as prosthetics;
  • fitting and maintaining wigs, hairpieces and prosthetics;
  • hairdressing;
  • taking detailed notes and photographs of work, maintaining an up-to-date portfolio of work.

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