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

Avg. weekly wage:


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:




Gender split:

Male 74.6%

Female 25.4%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 0%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 23.8%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 7.9%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 43.7%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 24.6%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 0%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 53.7%

Above 35 years: 47.3%

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

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