Make-Up Artist

What does a Makeup Artist do?

What does a Makeup Artist do?

The MAKE-UP ARTIST transforms the actors into their characters through the use of make-up, along with hair and styling. MAKE-UP ARTISTS develop a look and style for each character that helps convey the story. Their responsibilities can also overlap with those of a COSTUME DESIGNER, as MAKE-UP ARTISTS can be in charge of hair, wigs, and face paint.


Attention to detail | Ability to use and apply makeup | Research | Special effects makeup | Resourceful


Classes in make-up and hair | Degree or certificate in design or fashion | Assisting | Freelance work | Cosmetology

How to become a Makeup Artist

Many colleges and universities offer degrees and concentrations in design, as well as opportunities working on student-led or official school productions. Broadway make-up artists often start out with a strong interest and passion for make-up, transitioning this interest into a career. Those just starting out may want to explore available classes, workshops, tutorials, and volunteer or assistant opportunities available in their region for training and experience.

Playbill’s “Watch This Broadway Makeup Designer Recreate the Faces of 6 Iconic Characters”

American Theatre Wing’s “Working in the Theatre: Makeup”