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

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