Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance

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About the Job

Apply makeup to performers to reflect period, setting, and situation of their role.

It is also Called

  • Beauty Therapist
  • Body Make-Up Artist
  • Commercial Makeup Artist
  • Hair and Makeup Designer
  • Makeup Artist
  • Makeup Instructor
  • Prosthetic Makeup Designer
  • Special Effects Designer
  • Special Effects Makeup Artist
  • Special Effects Technician

What They Do

  • Confer with stage or motion picture officials and performers to determine desired effects.
  • Duplicate work precisely to replicate characters' appearances on a daily basis.
  • Apply makeup to enhance or alter the appearance of people appearing in productions such as movies.
  • Establish budgets, and work within budgetary limits.
  • Alter or maintain makeup during productions as necessary to compensate for lighting changes or to achieve continuity of effect.
  • Select desired makeup shades from stock, or mix oil, grease, and coloring to achieve specific color effects.
  • Cleanse and tone the skin to prepare it for makeup application.
  • Analyze a script, noting events that affect each character's appearance, so that plans can be made for each scene.
  • Assess performers' skin type to ensure that makeup will not cause break-outs or skin irritations.
  • Examine sketches, photographs, and plaster models to obtain desired character image depiction.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: AR.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Artistic interests, but also prefer Realistic environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Relationships, but also value Working Conditions and Achievement in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Fine Arts - Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Education Required

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

Wages

In 2011, the average annual wage in Ohio was $46,190 with most people making between $21,460 and $85,030

Outlook

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During 2010, this occupation employed approximately 150 people in Ohio. It is projected that there will be 150 employed in 2020.

This occupation will have about 0 openings due to growth and about 3 replacement openings for approximately 3 total annual openings.