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What does a Make Up Artist do?

Make up artists use make up and cosmetics to enhance beauty, cover blemishes and disfigurements, or even create prosthetic masks and special effects. In the beauty industry your career as a make up artist will be focused on designing make up for weddings, special events, parties, glamour photography, and makeovers. But make up artists also work in the creative arts industries too.

If you’re interested in working in film, television and theatre you could be preparing actors, performers, and models for their roles — applying cosmetics to enhance their appearance under a range of stage lighting, or creating special effects (eg, fake bruising, vampire teeth, and weird noses). Even more exciting, you might be moulding prosthetic masks and other body parts to create stunning visual effects.

Make Up Artist Courses

There are 2 courses available for people who want to become a Make Up Artist.

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How much do Make Up Artists earn?

In Australia, a full time Make Up Artist generally earns $1,150 per week ($60,000 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 can you expect a higher salary than people who are new to the industry.

What are the job opportunities for Make Up Artists?

Opportunities for make up artists in Australia have grown strongly over the last 5 years and as of 2016 there were approximately 2,600* make up artists employed around the country. Make up artists work in beauty salons, spas and wellness centres, department stores, photographic studios, television networks, film and production companies, fashion houses, live clubs and theatres.

Source: Australian Government Job Outlook 2020

How long does it take to become a Make Up Artist?

You can get started in make up artistry with a Certificate III in Make-Up or Beauty Therapy, these qualifications usually takes about 6 months to complete. At the same time you should be practicing as much as possible, and a job in the cosmetics section of a chemist or department store would be a perfect entry point. If you have your heart set on an international career in film and television you’ll need a Diploma or Degree which can take 2-4 years.

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Related Job Pathways

Here are some potential career pathways within Beauty Therapy.

Sourced from The Australian Apprenticeships & Traineeships Information Service (aapathways.com.au) funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training and MySkills.gov.au