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Hair and Makeup Artist Courses

A Hair and Makeup Artist uses their skills to create particular looks for performers in film, television and theatre productions. You might style hair to suit a character and use specialist make up techniques to create performance looks. Hair and Makeup Artists might style performers for live or recorded events or you might prepare clients for photographic shoots.

Hair and Makeup Artists should have strong technical skills and be able to adapt their skills to suit a range of productions. You’ll need to have strong attention to detail and be able to recreate looks for the performers you work with. Hair and Makeup Artists should be able to follow instructions and work with production briefs. You may have to work irregular hours in this role.

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Popular Hair and Makeup Artist Courses

There are 3 courses available for people who want to become a Hair and Makeup Artist.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a Hair and Makeup Artist earn?

In Australia, a full time Hair and Makeup Artist generally earns $960 per week ($49,920 annual salary) before tax. This is a median figure for full-time employees and should be considered a guide only. As you gain more experience you can expect a potentially higher salary than people who are new to the industry.

What are the job opportunities for a Hair and Makeup Artist?

This industry has experienced strong growth in employment numbers over the last five years. There are currently 16,800 people working in this industry in Australia and many of them specialise as a Hair and Makeup Artist. Hair and Makeup Artists may find work in all regions of Australia, particularly larger towns and cities.

Source: Australian Government Labour Market Insights

How do I become a Hair and Makeup Artist?

A Certificate IV in Screen and Media (Specialist Make-Up Services) is an ideal qualification if you’re planning a career as a Hair and Makeup Artist. This course covers a range of topics including styling hair for productions, creating classic long hair up styles, designing remedial camouflage makeup, applying makeup for photographs, designing creative makeup, applying airbrush makeup and removing makeup.

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