An actor’s appearance is a major part of his or her performance. Making the actor look right for the role is the job of the Makeup Artist. Professional Makeup Artists work in TV, movies and live theater. They begin by reading the script and learning details about the production. To create their designs, they consider many factors, including the age of each character and the setting and time period of the story. Artistic ability often comes into play. For example, they may be called upon to make the actor look older or younger. In addition to make-up, many artists deal with hair as well, creating looks with wigs or fake beards and mustaches.
They also design rubber or plastic prostheses that can be used to change performers’ appearances. The Makeup Artist is part of a bigger team of people that put a production together, and must be able to work well with everyone. They consult with the lighting crew and the director about specific makeup needs. Long hours, nights and weekends are part of the job. And a good Makeup Artist will be standing by at all times for touch ups during performances. It takes determination to succeed in this field. Many start by first taking classes in a vocational school that teaches cosmetics. Then they get on-the-job training as an assistant to an experienced makeup artist. It can take a long time to build your reputation, and to earn good money. But the work can be exciting. Not all the stars are in the spotlight. You can be a major player in any production as a Makeup Artist..