A Make-Up Artist must skillfully transform the human canvas into the desired character or appearance within an allotted timeframe. They will often work with their clients to enhance their physical features and create a flawless appearance. Professional and well established Make-Up Artists can also serve as columnists and editors for beauty and style magazines. They may serve as experts on panels and write books and have their own blogs on the subject of make-up application.
Make-Up Artists must have a broad range of common skills, but can specialize in many different types of make-up and application techniques including:
Special effects Make-Up Artists spend hours developing a person into the desired finished product. They often work with prosthetics and can spend several hours tediously creating the perfect illusion. Theatrical Make-Up Artists often work with directors to bring their vision for the actor to reality. All Make-Up Artists clean and maintain their tools and carefully select their mediums. They may work with cosmetic companies to develop products and often times may create their own line of cosmetics.