How to become a Make-up Artist

Make-up artists apply make-up to fashion and photographic models; actors and other performers involved in stage, film and television productions; brides; and other clients for special occasions.

Personal requirements of a Make-up Artist

  • Artistic ability
  • Good colour perception
  • Patient and tactful
  • Good communication skills
  • Good hand-eye coordination
  • Able to work under pressure

Education & Training for a Make-up Artist

You can work as a make-up artist without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job through experience in beauty salons, cosmetic companies or amateur theatrical companies. Entry to this occupation may be improved if you have qualifications. You may like to consider a VET qualification. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You can also become a make-up artist through a traineeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. For further details, visit www.gooduniversitiesguide.com.au.

Avg. weekly wage:

$982

Future growth:

strong growth

Employment by state:

ACT 1.5%

NSW 32.2%

NT 0.3%

QLD 14.5%

SA 4.4%

TAS 0.2%

VIC 34.9%

WA 11.9%

Hours worked:

40.3

Unemployment:

average

Gender split:

Proportion of male workers 74.6%

Proportion of female workers 25.4%

Education level:

Proportion of workers who have not completed Year 10: 0%

Proportion of workers who have not completed Year 12: 0%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is secondary school: 23.8%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 7.9%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 43.7%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 24.6%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 0%

Age bracket:

Proprortion of workers aged below 35 years: 53.7%

Proportion of workers aged above 35 years: 47.3%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.




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